I retired from the U.S. Army Special Forces (Green Berets), 22 years active duty, Regular Army. I operate mostly on digital. I am having fun building antennas. I have made some real good friends through the hobby here locally, and I am learning alot from them. I have added some pictures to my page to show my ulterior motive of Army recruiting, hi hi ! Join up today, see the world, jump out of perfectly good airplanes, and you even get a way cool dog when you retire (tattoos not included) ! Go Army, Beat Navy!!!
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MILITARY FREE FALL (MFF), AKA HIGH ALTITUDE LOW OPENING (HALO) ALT 13,000 FT. AGL
A FEW PIECES OF ARMY SYMBOLOGY FROM MY CAREER
WAY COOL DOG, TATTOOS NOT INCLUDED!!!
SOME OF MY GUERILLA FRIENDS FROM WAY BACK
FAST ROPING FROM A MH-53 PAVELOW HELICOPTER
TWO OF MY GOOD FRIENDS IN SENEGAL,AFRICA
TO END THIS PAGE, PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT OF YOUR TIME TO HONOR TWO GREAT FRIENDS THAT I LOST IN COMBAT DURING MY CAREER. THEY WERE AWARDED THE SILVER STAR, AND PURPLE HEART, POSTHUMOUSLY FOR VALOR IN COMBAT. I LOST SIX FELLOW GREEN BERETS THAT WERE EITHER IN THE SAME UNIT OR WENT TO A SCHOOL WITH. REST IN PEACE MY BROTHERS..........................................................................................................
I knew Bruce in the 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne). He was the Executive Officer of SFOD-A313, and I had the honor of serving on the same team as the Team Sergeant, before I left to serve as the Company Sergeant Major. I was stationed at another duty station when Bruce was KIA. He was a great leader. He was also qualified as a Ranger. He was hard charging, patriotic, and a fine Warrant Officer. He exceeded the standard on a daily basis. He left behind his wife and son, and he grew up "Army", as his father was a full bird Colonel. Rest in Peace Bruce.
Bruce E. Price
Date of birth: September 11, 1966
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918 (amended by an act of July 25, 1963), takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Chief Warrant Officer Two Bruce E. Price, United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as the assistant detachment commander for Operational Detachment Alpha 313 (ODA-313), Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Afghanistan in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM during an armed reconnaissance mission near Musa Qalay, Afghanistan on 15 May 2004. Chief Warrant Officer Price's personal bravery and selfless actions are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army. NARRATIVE TO ACCOMPANY AWARD: Chief Warrant Officer 2 Bruce E. Price distinguished himself by gallantry in action and extreme heroism above and beyond the call of duty as the assistant detachment commander for Operational Detachment Alpha 313 (ODA-313), Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Afghanistan in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM during an armed reconnaissance mission near Musa Qalay, Afghanistan on 15 May 2004. On this date, Chief Warrant Officer Two Price and his detachment were part of a combined patrol consisting of U.S. Special Forces and soldiers from the 1st Kandak, 3d Brigade of the Afghan National Army. The purpose of the mission was to disrupt anti-coalition militia (ACM) activity in this known enemy sanctuary. Chief Warrant Officer Two Price commanded the lead vehicle in a convoy composed of two ground mobility vehicles (GMV) and two non-tactical vehicles. While moving through a small, restricted village, the patrol was ambushed at extremely close range from multiple prepared positions. Chief Warrant Officer Two Prices' GMV was immediately struck head-on by two rocket propelled grenades (RPG) and machine gun fire, disabling the vehicle. Within seconds of the ambush, all personnel in Chief Warrant Officer Two Price's vehicle were wounded or unable to return fire. The determined enemy swept the vehicle with repeated volleys of machine gun and RPG fire. Chief Warrant Officer Two Price immediately rallied his men and tried to gain fire superiority in order to break the enemy attack. He quickly realized that the enemy force was concentrating its fire on the lead and trail vehicles of the patrol in an effort to trap the friendly forces inside a prepared kill zone. With his vehicle in flames and under a mounting volume of fire, Chief Warrant Officer Two Price gave the order to dismount and seek cover. Chief Warrant Officer Two Price then exited the vehicle and without hesitation began engaging enemy directly to his front from the exposed door machine gun position on his vehicle. The ACM force immediately began concentrating its fire on Chief Warrant Officer Two Price. With total disregard for his own life, his continued to man the machine gun until he was mortally wounded by small arms fire. Chief Warrant Officer Two Price's courageous efforts to destroy the enemy enabled his teammates to reach cover and continue to fight. His valorous leadership and spirited actions served as the call to action, which inspired the entire patrol to drive the entrenched enemy from the field. Chief Warrant Officer Two Price's conspicuous personal heroism, extraordinary valor and selfless courage saved a number of his detachment members from certain injury and possible death at the cost of his life. The gallantry in action and absolute bravery in the line of fire by Chief Warrant Officer 2 Bruce E. Price reflect great credit upon himself, the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Afghanistan and the United States Army.
Action Date: May 15, 2004
Mike gained the name of "NO SLACK, MIKE STACK", in the 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He was mentioned by President G.W. Bush in a speech given about the War on Terror. He was the best Non-Commissioned Officer that I ever knew. He put the mission first, then his men, his family, and then him. He served in the 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), the United States Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School (Airborne), and finally as a Company Sergeant Major in the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne). He left behind a legacy that any Green Beret would strive to be. Rest in Peace Mike.
Michael Boyd Stack
Date of birth: April 5, 1956
Sergeant Major Michael Boyd Stack, United States Army, was awarded the Silver Star (Posthumously) for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as Company Sergeant Major with Company C, 2d Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), during combat operations in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, near Baghdad, Iraq, on 11 April 2004. On that date, Sergeant Major Sack's Special Forces team was traveling from Baghdad to Al Hillah, Iraq, when they came under enemy fire. His vehicle was pulling rear security for the convoy and Sergeant Major Stack immediately began to fire upon the enemy so that the others in the kill zone could escape from the hail of enemy fire. He then led a security force into the kill zone to eliminate the remaining threat and allow for the safe evacuation of casualties. After the casualties were evacuated, Sergeant Major Stack began preparation for a counterattack on the enemy position. He manned a .50 caliber machine gun to cover the elements movement toward the enemy position but, because of a damaged vehicle, the counterattack was abandoned, so Sergeant Major Stack directed a link-up with a nearby quick reaction Force and returned to Forward Operation Base 52 to refit. Knowing that the element was in danger of being attacked, he began leading the soldiers in reinforcing their position. That night, as their convoy moved toward Al Hillah, the Special Forces element was ambushed several times from several directions by a high volume of enemy fire in a multiple-kilometer kill zone. In the midst of the ambush, Sergeant Major Stack remained calm and continued to direct fire upon the enemy while keeping control of his element and allowing other vehicles to maneuver to covered and concealed positions. After seeing Sergeant Major Stack's actions, which helped to lead the Special Forces element out of the kill zone, the enemy began to concentrate fire on his vehicle. An explosion killed him instantly. Sergeant Major Stack's personal sacrifice and courage allowed the remainder of the attack to fight its way out of the ambush and ultimately, to survive the attack. His intrepid actions, at the cost of his life, exemplified the highest traditions of the military forces and reflects great credit upon himself, the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), and the United States Army.
Action Date: April 11, 2004
////////////////If you took the time to read about these fine Green Berets, thank you. They gave their lives so we can have our Freedom, which sometimes we may take for granted. Please remember, FREEDOM IS NOT FREE, AND ALL GAVE SOME, SOME GAVE ALL!!!
MATTHEW J ST MARIE
MASTER SERGEANT / ACTING SERGEANT MAJOR, RETIRED
U.S. ARMY SPECIAL FORCES, "DE OPPRESSO LIBER"
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