A question to Vietnam Veterans, or those with extensive knowledge of the history.

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    I hope that this is the correct forum. If it isn't, I'm sure that someone will let me know.

    I had an uncle who died 15 years ago from cancer. We knew that he'd served in the Army, but no one but his wife knew about the extent. He confided in my father, less than an hour before his (my uncle's) death, that he'd been in some missions which required high-security clearance, somewhere in Southeast Asia. We know that he went to jump school and that he served from 64-68. He told Dad that this was a joint effort with the CIA, and that he'd been responsible for killing "many people".

    My question is....if anyone knows: Why did he keep it a secret for nearly 30 years? What the heck was he involved with? And why can I find NO record of his military service, even though I've seen multiple photos of him in Army Dress? MACV-SOG? Is that too sensitive a subject still? I would just like to know.

    Any takers?
     
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    I'm assuming you've tried: Veterans' Service Records
     
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    Father, mother, sister, brother, daughter, son.....I'm only his niece. Not allowed.

    Thank you though.
     
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    I can't say for sure what your uncle was involved with when when the Military sends you on a classified mission you cannot tell anyone about it until it becomes declassified.
     
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    He was probably SAD/SOG.
     
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    It must still be classified, because most of us are still completely in the dark about it. It will probably stay that way.
     
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    If this mission involved other countries or intel agencies like the CIA it probably still is, alot of these missions stay classified indefinently.
     
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    Ask his wife. If she's the only one who knew, per your OP - she should have his DD214/Dischage papers. The DD214 will tell you what units he served in.

    I lost a cousin over there in December '65. I know for a fact they were involved in some behind the scenes/not for public consumption stuff. They trained in the PI in 64 and were some of the first guys in Nam.

    Utter's Batallion was the bunch - my cousin was with F/2/7, U.S. Marine Corps.
     
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    Sorry for your loss. Thank you for the information.
     
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    yers it was classified and much still is.
    I was there. And spent much of my military service in a country adjacent to South Vietnam.
    Sorry I am not allowed to say much either.
    I would hate to spend my short remaining time in Govt detention.

    Yankee doodle dandy and all that crap.

    You know the movie Air America?

    Highy stylized for hollywood, but the basic concept was absolutely true and it operated under multiple names.
    the miliitary did not mind the moving being made it added an air of deniability and consipiracy theory to the whole thing.

    but that was just one aspect of illegal/covert military activities.
     
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