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Inside the Green Berets topic at SIR #53


Oakmont East Recreation Center

Tuesday October 2015 - 11:00am to

At its Oct. 27 meeting, Sons in Retirement (SIR) Branch #53 will hear about the structure of the Green Berets and how they fit into the larger picture of special operations forces.

Perry Ritenour, whose Army service includes a stint as a counter-intelligence officer with 1st Special Forces Group (Green Berets), will also explore the special relationship between the Green Berets and the CIA. His talk will include the tale of “Murder in Wartime,” the true story of the Green Beret assassination of a Vietnamese double agent in 1969, which brought formal murder charges against the 5th Special Forces Group and its commander by the U.S. Army brass, and ended Green Beret operations in Vietnam.

Ritenour provided training in intelligence skills and counter-insurgency techniques to Vietnamese, Cambodian, Thai and South Korean soldiers.

A distinguished military and academic graduate of the Virginia Military Institute, Ritenour holds Master’s and Doctoral degrees from Georgetown University in Asian studies and has studied Chinese at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey. He will offer a class titled “The French and American Experience in Indochina 1850-1975” next January for Osher Lifelong Learning at Sonoma State University. He will also teach a class called “The Cobra and the Mongoose: China and Japan in Conflict” next spring in Oakmont.

SIR Branch #53 meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month at Oakmont’s East Recreation Center, 7902 Oakmont Dr. A social starts at 11 a.m., with lunch at noon catered by J’s Grill & Café. Any Oakmont man interested in attending this presentation and/or membership should contact Vic Grail at 539-9574 or Don Green at 539-2046.


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