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From there he was taken to Mott Lake, a few miles away, where he and the general sat alone in the bleachers facing the lake. They observed a rubber boat carrying both Special Forces A-team members and several men in civilian clothing, who paddled across a small portion of the small lake and conducted a raid on an enemy element located on the other side of the lake.

John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Museum

After the raid, the men faded into the woods and disappeared. The president was very impressed and told the general so.


The general informed the president he would witness four men exit the aircraft and free-fall. Two of the men crossed paths and the other two drifted away. The general informed the president that the crossing indicated the exchange of an item between the two jumpers. As the third man drifted away, the last man came toward the bleachers.

All parachutes opened and the nearest paratrooper landed in front of the bleachers, on the ground 10 yards from the water.

Green Berets honor President Kennedy in ceremony

He approached the president, saluted him and handed him the baton the paratroopers had exchanged in the air. The president thanked the man, who then departed sharply behind the bleachers. He handed it to the president and recommended that the beret be approved as the official headgear for Special Forces soldiers. We've wanted them a long time.

At Arlington, Green Berets pay tribute to JFK

The challenge of this old but new form of operations is a real one and I know that you and the members of your Command will carry on for us and the free world in a manner which is both worthy and inspiring. I am sure that the Green Beret will be a mark of distinction in the trying times ahead.

Already active in several overseas locations, Green Berets were soon deployed to an even greater number of countries and in greater strength across the globe- from Europe to Asia, throughout Central and South America and into the continent of Africa. This green beret is now on permanent display in the Museum at the John F.

Today, the John F. For decades to follow, Green Berets would honor President Kennedy by laying a Green Beret wreath at his grave at Arlington National Cemetery, an honored tradition that continues to this day. Skip past main navigation.

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