By John Prados

Eminent pupil John Prados brings his deep services to the topic of the U.S. certain Forces and gives a necessary primer on its a variety of components.

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In terms of raw numbers of enemy killed, that was probably true; but the assertion gave little credit to the elite units for the key missions they had carried out, and targets they had neutralized, at crucial moments during the campaigns. Regulars also disdained the glamorization of the exotic units, such as Merrill’s Marauders, the subject of much favorable publicity. The idea that the unconventional forces consumed resources and siphoned off skilled soldiers that could benefit the military at large was already being articulated.

President Kennedy ordered inquiries after that failure, and among the recommendations he approved was to take the paramilitary function away from the Central Intelligence Agency and give it to the military. In Vietnam this led to Operation Switchback, at the end of 1963, in which both the Montagnard program and the special warfare mission were taken over by the Pentagon. The Combined Studies Group became part of the MACV command, eventually supplanted by the Studies and Observation Group. Final preparations for Switchback were underway when John F.

At that time Leopard was reporting its strength at 5,500. A few months later the high command reorganized again, taking cadres from this force to create the United Nations Partisan Forces Korea, which it anticipated would attain a strength of up to 20,000 within a few months. The air force also replicated its Carpetbaggers from the big war. This began with a detachment of the Twenty-First Troop Carrier Squadron. Captain Henry (“Heinie”) Aderholt led this unit, which made supply drops and inserted agents throughout the theater.

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