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dknob
04-20-2012, 11:28
Hey warriors,

I'm writing an article on the SF Team that was in Iran for almost a week before the main rescue force were to touch down on Desert One. They are mentioned in COL Beckwith's book briefly as well as other sources. From what I gather their assignment was to rescue a few hostages who were in an apartment complex away from the embassy. Major Meadows worked with them and the CIA guys on the ground to get JSOCs truck and other equipment in a Tehran warehouse.

I understand for the most part that they were forced to E&E through the desert and were left without support.

Not much info other then the little tidbits in the books I mentioned. This is what I have gathered from Google, it's not much:

- Possibly the SF team was called the 39th Special Forces Detachment
- other sources say it was 5th Group's Blue Light, but those are here-say and weak-ass rumors at best.
- There was some info from www.specialforces.org in the form of a .pdf report on the history of Major Dick Meadows. A small portion was dedicated to his role in Tehran.
- I also found this on stars and stripes: http://www.stripes.com/news/special-forces-detachment-korea-redesignated-1.39635
The link talks about Det K from 1st Group redesignating its name to the 39th SFD. At the bottom of the article it says they were visited by President Carter in 1982. I feel like this is probably the best lead I have as to the who.

I figured any other information would be found here on PS. Any help would be appreciated as the only thing people here about is Desert One.

Thanks,
D.

35NCO
04-20-2012, 11:43
I do not know how others will respond to this. I think that's a question that you should stick with your open source research. There is a lot of information available on the subject in books and articles. If you are looking to push the envelope on previously unreleased information, you are not going to find it here. I would not encourage you to do so either. Good luck with your research. I am curious myself as to if anyone will respond. If you really feel like you are stuck I can point you in the right direction of books that cover it.

Dusty
04-20-2012, 11:51
Whatever you can't google is prolly classified, or should be.

dknob
04-20-2012, 13:21
Although I disagree the issue is classified, as it happened 32 years ago. It's simply an event that was overshadowed by a larger event (Desert One and the deaths of eight servicemembers).

Still crossing my fingers for some good intel, but am definitely prepared for disappointment.

SF_BHT
04-20-2012, 13:38
Although I disagree the issue is classified, as it happened 32 years ago. It's simply an event that was overshadowed by a larger event (Desert One and the deaths of eight servicemembers).

Still crossing my fingers for some good intel, but am definitely prepared for disappointment.

When you become the President you can then Change the classification rules...... Until then it is what it is........

dknob
04-20-2012, 13:49
So you are confirming that this particular event I'm asking about; which was part of a larger clandestine incursion into a sovereign nation (Iran), thirty plus years ago to rescue Americans via a force from JSOC, Rangers, and other support personnel including the CIA which is all open source and declassified by the DOD. But any info involving the SF team is classified?

Dusty
04-20-2012, 13:54
So you are confirming that this particular event I'm asking about; which was part of a larger clandestine incursion into a sovereign nation (Iran), thirty plus years ago to rescue Americans via a force from JSOC, Rangers, and other support personnel including the CIA which is all open source and declassified by the DOD. But any info involving the SF team is classified? Makes perfect sense to a simpleton from the 75th like me. Thank you very much.

OK, OK! Your biting wit has forced me to reveal the truth.

The incident never happened. It was a manufactured event dreamed up by Henry Kissinger to drum up sympathy for Carter and filmed on an outdoor stage near Las Vegas by extras from Chuck Norris films.

Dang.

dknob
04-20-2012, 13:55
OK, OK! Your biting wit has forced me to reveal the truth.

The incident never happened. It was a manufactured event dreamed up by Henry Kissinger to drum up sympathy for Carter and filmed on an outdoor stage near Las Vegas by extras from Chuck Norris films.

Dang.

I'm quoting you. lol.

Cake_14N
04-20-2012, 13:56
Running for cover as the Black Helo's are inbound!!!
:eek:

:munchin

Dusty
04-20-2012, 14:10
Running for cover as the Black Helo's are inbound!!!
:eek:

:munchin

Or the men in white suits. :D

dknob
04-20-2012, 14:11
Intel in the PM cleared it all up. Thank you Dusty.

Best to find a different subject to write about.

Team Sergeant
04-20-2012, 14:29
OK, OK! Your biting wit has forced me to reveal the truth.

The incident never happened. It was a manufactured event dreamed up by Henry Kissinger to drum up sympathy for Carter and filmed on an outdoor stage near Las Vegas by extras from Chuck Norris films.

Dang.

You had to let the cat out of the bag....

Great now those folks that think the moon mission was "staged" will soon be here asking questions........

dknob
04-20-2012, 14:33
You had to let the cat out of the bag....

Great now those folks that think the moon mission was "staged" will soon be here asking questions........

The moon was staged. I read it on a blog somewhere.

Plus.. there was that movie with OJ Simpson - and he doesn't lie.

mark46th
04-20-2012, 15:06
OK- I think the story starts something like this-"There I was, knee deep in grenade pins...."

MR2
04-20-2012, 15:18
OK- I think the story starts something like this-"There I was, knee deep in grenade pins...."

So your confirming they had grenades? And that you were there?

On the sound stage of course...

Richard
04-20-2012, 17:40
dknob job - the phishing expedition is over - go ask the USASOC Historian.

Richard