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#1 warpath

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Posted 11 March 2018 - 08:46 AM

Colonel Charlie Beckwith Founder and First Commanding Officer of 1st SFOD-Delta Delta Force...His British Camouflage Uniform Smock I obtained recently from another Forum member...Photos include his field gear grouping from Operation Eagle Claw...This grouping is historically significant in several ways and I am pleased to have the opportunity to add the grouping to my collection of Col. Beckwith's guns and Delta Force related firearms several of which I posted elsewhere on this forum.

 

As a vocal proponent of British SAS tactics and organization, Col. Beckwith utilized much of SAS doctrine during his planning and subsequent organization of what would become Delta Force in the late 1970s. His dedication to forming a premier elite unit within the US Army was nothing short of remarkable for its audacity and eventual establishment overcoming incredible obstacles for the many years he worked to form the unit.

 

He is well known in Special Operations, of course, but the link below gives a brief biography of his life and service history.

 

https://en.wikipedia..._Alvin_Beckwith

 

https://en.wikipedia...tion_Eagle_Claw

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Posted 11 March 2018 - 09:09 AM

Col. Beckwith's field gear grouping from Operation Eagle Claw.

 

 

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Posted 11 March 2018 - 09:10 AM

Note the rigger modified belt loops on the reverse.

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Posted 11 March 2018 - 09:12 AM

Col. Beckwith prior to the mission in Iran.

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Posted 11 March 2018 - 09:19 AM

Col. Beckwith and Lt. General Vaught

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Posted 11 March 2018 - 09:22 AM

His holster named inside the flap

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Posted 11 March 2018 - 09:23 AM

Named magazine pouch

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Posted 11 March 2018 - 09:27 AM

Named compass

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Posted 11 March 2018 - 09:41 AM

His sweater 

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Posted 11 March 2018 - 09:41 AM

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Posted 11 March 2018 - 09:43 AM

 Col. Beckwith training prior to the Iran mission

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Posted 11 March 2018 - 12:01 PM

Wow!!!!!  Great pick up!  The person who basically formed Delta Force which of course doesn't exist.  I like the way you can match the camouflage pattern from the photograph with the jacket.  



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Posted 12 March 2018 - 10:09 AM

He sure liked Brit Kit !!

 

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Posted 12 March 2018 - 12:28 PM

He had a very strong bond with the SAS.



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Posted 12 March 2018 - 03:51 PM

The Woolie pullie is also called a jumper.



#16 ArchangelDM

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Posted 13 March 2018 - 12:01 AM

Fantastic British Camo smock - killer piece. He had good taste

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Posted 25 April 2018 - 03:53 AM

Operation Eagle Claw, the mission to rescue US hostages in Iran, was conducted on April 24, 1980

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Eagle_Claw

 

 

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Posted 25 April 2018 - 04:02 AM

Operation Eagle Claw
 

With the mission already aborted, things got worse when one of the helicopters moved to another position and drifted into one of the parked EC-130's. In the pilot's defense, it was dark and his rotors kicked up an immense dust cloud, making it difficult to see but immediately both the C-130 and RH-53 burst into flames, lighting up the dark desert night, and 8 crewmembers lost their lives. http://www.popasmoke...ncident_id=323

CAPT Harold L. Lewis Jr., USAF --- EC-130E A/C Commander
CAPT Lyn D. McIntosh, USAF --- EC-130E Pilot
CAPT Richard L. Bakke, USAF --- EC-130E Navigator
CAPT Charles McMillian, USAF --- EC-130E Navigator
TSGT Joel C. Mayo, USAF --- EC-130E Flight Engineer
SSgt Dewey Johnson, USMC --- RH-53D Crewmember (parent unit HMH-461)
Sgt John D. Harvey, USMC --- RH-53D Crewmember (parent unit HMH-461)
Cpl George N. Holmes, USMC --- RH-53D Crewmember (parent unit HMH-461)

 

 

 

 



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Posted 25 April 2018 - 04:10 AM

Amazing. I've been listening to Joe Galloway interviews lately and he mentions getting the M16 that he took to X-Ray as a parting gift from Beckwith for manning a machine gun for him.

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Posted 03 May 2018 - 11:54 AM

Col. Beckwith training prior to the Iran mission


Awesome group of items to a true warrior. In the pic he reminds me of Col. Hannibal Smith, i wonder if he was the inspiration for his chracter?


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