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SALUTING OUR MILITARY: Sergeant Terry McIntosh
Terry McIntosh is one of the youngest men, if not the actual youngest, to ever serve on a Special Forces A-Team and engage an armed enemy in combat as a Green Beret. Military Records verify that he was assigned to Special Forces at age 18 and at the height of the Vietnam War because of his military skills. The median age of Special Forces soldiers was about 30 to 35 years old. The Group had suffered high causality rate Tet68, and temporarily dropped the age requirement to 18 in order to fill much needed positions. In spite of the age drop, SF only recruited those qualified in a critical Military Occupational Skill. The assignment demanded skill, determination, and ability in keeping with SF standards. He was accepted by his team members without question. After all, they were all getting shot at regardless of age, and it was during a time when a soldier was judged by his actions more than anything else.
Terry earned his Combat Infantryman Badge at age 19 during a Search & Destroy mission. Lt. Col. Wesley Herrlein was OIC with air support, and ten enemy soldiers were killed in action. Terry’s citation of combat was submitted, and orders for the award were officially cut Feb 23, 1969. By then, he was reassigned and serving on Det. A-414 in Thanh Tri, a rifle shot from the Cambodian border. He spent 170 days on the A-Team.
Terry’s service was in the old Army and before the SF Tab was issued to qualified soldiers. Before creation of the Tab, Special Forces status was indicated by wearing a full-size unit flash on the Green Beret. At the time of its creation in 1983, the Special Forces Tab was retroactively awarded to any Army soldiers previously Special Forces qualified. In addition, as set forth in Army regulations, veterans of certain categories of former wartime service are also eligible for retroactive awards of the tab. This includes personnel captain and below awarded the Combat Infantryman Badge or Combat Medical Badge while serving at least 120 days wartime service between 1955 and 1975 in a Special Forces Operational Detachment-Alpha (A-Team).
Non Airborne clerical and others on TDY (Temporary Duty) to support and assist Special Forces in Vietnam were allowed to wear the Green Beret with small, rectangular colored patches referred to as Candy Stripes, but did not and do not qualify for SF status. Terry met the wartime criteria outlined above, was airborne qualified and trained in Long Range Reconnaissance. His assignment to SF was PCS (Permanent Change of Station) with full size unit flash, which indicates that he was an official part of the Group by all current standards 1968. Based on those facts, it is likely that he is the youngest man in Special Forces history to engage the enemy in ground combat, and certainly one of the youngest men to wear the Green Beret.
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