MACV-SOG - Military Assistance Command, Vietnam – Studies and Observations Group

Lord Zero

Viciously Silly
Is anyone else obsessed with this shit? said:
Military Assistance Command, Vietnam – Studies and Observations Group

Military Assistance Command, Vietnam – Studies and Observations Group (MACV-SOG) was a highly classified, multi-service United States special operations unit which conducted covert unconventional warfare operations prior to and during the Vietnam War.

Established on 24 January 1964, the unit conducted strategic reconnaissance missions in Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam), the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (North Vietnam), Laos, and Cambodia; carried out the capture of enemy prisoners, rescued downed pilots, and conducted rescue operations to retrieve prisoners of war throughout Southeast Asia; and conducted clandestine agent team activities and psychological operations.

The unit participated in most of the significant campaigns of the Vietnam War, including the Gulf of Tonkin incident which precipitated American involvement, Operation Steel Tiger, Operation Tiger Hound, the Tet Offensive, Operation Commando Hunt, the Cambodian Campaign, Operation Lam Son 719, and the Easter Offensive. The unit was formally disbanded and replaced by the Strategic Technical Directorate Assistance Team 158 on 1 May 1972.
From the "Confessional Booth" thread:

Over the past two weeks or so, I've developed an intense interest in the Vietnam War and the history of MACV-SOG. In my opinion, the Vietnam War was America's most aesthetically interesting war and I never get tired of watching the Huey do it's work. That's a neat little helicopter.
Here is a link to an mp3 recording of a rescue mission
I suggest reading th thread as well, it's pretty interesting.


Ridiculum Anserini
Is anyone else obsessed with this shit?
Not obsessed, but I have a healthy interest. I have a Cousin that did 3 tours as an SF Officer '67-'71. He had assignments in both A & B detachments, but his specialty was PsyOps.


Liberal Psycopath
I've always been interested in the Vietnam war in general. No specific attachment, just driven by a general curiousity since it wasn't really talked about much in school. Most of our textbooks and lessons stopped right after Truman dropped the bomb. All of the Cold War crap, Israeli conflicts, Vietnam & Afghanistan, were like forgotten times for me growing up.