View Full Version : COL John "Skip" Sadler, RIP 07 OCT 2013

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10-13-2013, 13:28
COL (R) John "Skip" Sadler, 89, passed away yesterday, 7 October, 2013, after being hospitalized for massive heart failure on Friday. To list all of COL Sadler's assignments would take several pages. He enlisted in 1943, attended jump school, and was sent to the Pacific Theater with the 511th PIR, 11th Airborne Div. He fought across New Guinea, the Philippines, Leyte and Luzon. He attended OCS in Australia in 1945. After Japan surrendered he served with the Army of Occupation in Japan in 1947. He served in Korea with the 8240th, 8751st and 8706 Army Units in then classified assignments. After the Korean War Skip was with the XVIII Airborne Corps at Ft. Bragg and JUSMAAG, Turkey. In 1961 he was assigned to PACOM in Hawaii with a classified duty station. In civilian clothes he became the Chief, Military Region 2, Laos, where he supported the White Star teams. After various assignments with the 82nd Abn Div, the 187th Infantry Reg, Army War College, he became the Chief, Plans and Programs Division, USAREUR. He was a Brigade CO in the 8th Inf Div when he was called by COL Cavanaugh, then Chief SOG. COL Sadler became the fifth and final Chief SOG from 1970 to 1972. He retired in 1975 after 32 1/2 years of distinguished service as the DCO, Southern Command, in the Canal Zone. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Dorothy "Murph;" Daughters, Krissie and Beth, son; John, and four grandchildren

Blue Skies, Sir.

Memorial Service is 28 OCT 2013 at Fort Lewis - Service at 4 Chaplains Chapel, gathering at 1st SFG(A) Regimental Mess.

10-13-2013, 13:33
RIP, Warrior

Just got through reading about him last night.

10-13-2013, 14:08
What an impressive resume.

Rest in Peace COL Sadler. +

The Reaper
10-13-2013, 14:41

Rest in Peace, Colonel.

Thank you for your service.

You will not be forgotten.


10-13-2013, 15:03
RIP Skip, Vaya con Dios..

full cooler
10-13-2013, 15:23
Rest in Peace Sir.

10-13-2013, 16:12
Rest in Peace Col......

10-13-2013, 18:40
Rest in Peace COL Sadler.

Blue skies and soft landings

10-13-2013, 18:52
Amazing. Rest in Peace, Sir.

10-13-2013, 19:03
Rest in Peace, Colonel and thank you for your service and many sacrifices.

Unapologetic Soldier
10-13-2013, 19:10
Thank you for your service, rest in peace Sir.

10-14-2013, 04:36
Rest In Peace Colonel. Prayers out for you and your family.

Red Flag 1
10-14-2013, 11:28
Rest In God's Own Peace, Col.

10-14-2013, 14:57
Rest in a Peace most deserved, COL Sadler. And thank you for your selfless-service.

10-14-2013, 16:09
Rest in Peace Col. Sadler. Thank you for your many years of selfless dedication and service.

10-14-2013, 19:02
I echo TR's comment....wow indeed.

Rest in Peace Colonel and thank you for your service.

10-15-2013, 08:06
Rest in peace and thank you for your service. Godspeed.

10-23-2013, 21:17
I am planning on attending Colonel Sadler’s memorial next week. I never met the man but, he and the men of SOG dramatically affected my life. I was a Plain Vanilla, Ass in the Grass Grunt in the 101st working in the FSB Birmingham/Bastogne AO near the Ashau. I was completely unaware that SOG existed, and what they did. I have come to believe after reading Major Plasters book, other articles and meeting some Special Forces soldiers who enlightened me further. Colonel Sadler and the men of SOG bought me 43 extra years of life with their blood. This is what I have done with those years. I have been married to the same woman for 31 years. We have three children, each born in a different country and on different continents. I was a Cop and then went back to college and earned a BA and MBA. I went into ROTC, received a commission stayed on AD for another decade, and later went into DoD where I recently retired. I have been allowed to professionally support Special Forces and the Special Operations community in a few endeavors that you gentlemen may or may not have found useful regardless, I gave you my best. I have never been arrested, divorced, bankrupt, or in treatment. Our son recently left the Army after serving in Iraq with the 82nd and he is now in college. Our oldest daughter graduated from college and is about to bless us with a grandson. Our youngest daughter took some time off of college to work for a Libertarian group because in her words “if her Grandfathers, father and brother served, she thinks she should do fighting for our values as well!” Since becoming aware of the unearned gift of life, the Grace that was given to me by the men of SOG with their blood, not a day goes by that I do not say a prayer. Unfortunately, I do not possess the eloquence to adequately describe the feelings I have, especially when I am surrounded by my family and am so acutely aware of the price that was paid by others for the life I have today.
This is what I have done with the Gift the men of SOG gave to me. It seldom seems enough considering their sacrifices but, I have never and never will break the faith by quitting or dishonoring the gift with pedestrian behavior. I found a calling that allowed me to contribute to the US military and be of service to the men and women who live and die at the pointy end of the Spear. I will pay my respects to Colonel Sadler with the greatest humility and Light a Candle for him, his family and all of those SOG men and their families.
Thank You and God Bless!