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United States Army
Serial Volunteer

October 1964 - August 1968

a symbol of excellence,
a badge of courage,
a mark of distinction
in the fight for freedom."

President John F Kennedy
The White House - April 11, 1962

John F Kennedy
Center For Special Warfare
March 1965 - November 1966

8th Special Forces Group ( Abn )
1st Special Forces

Fort Gulick, Panama Canal Zone
November 1966 - August 1968
8th Special
Forces Group

( Airborne )
1st Special Forces

AIRBORNE ... All The Way
... and SCUBA Duba Too

Bob Wirt ( RA ... Sergeant E-5 )

Three Qualified:
Weapons - Demolitions - Medics
Shoot`Em-Up; Blow`Em-Up; Sew`Em-Up

Of The

Keeping Our Hand In The Game And Our Chutes Open Whenever Possible
While On Separate Duty From Fort Bragg NC To Fort Sam Houston TX - 1965
The Fort Sam Houston Desert Squad Takes To The Air From Lackland AFB 1965
Drop-Zone Bound Hondo Texas 1965

OJT @ Fort Benning; Surgical Lab @ Fort Bragg Then Orders To The 5th SFG
My Uncle Sam Sends Me To Spanish Lab At Berlitz In DC Instead, Then On To
The 8th Special Forces Group ( Abn ) Fort Gulick, Panama Canal Zone


Private Slicksleeve Wirt Hasn't Yet
Learned How To Wear His Hat - 1965

Boat Drills With The Somoza Guardia
Puerto Cabezas Nicaragua 1967

Engineering Excellence - The Rio Coco
At Capo Gracias A Dios Nicaragua 1968

Major Firepower Expended For A
Couple Of Parrotfish - Panama 1967

Bob Story and Snorkle The Airborne
Scuba Dog - San Blas Islands 1967

Remains Of The Bay Of Pigs Air Support
Puerto Cabezas International - 1967

Scuba Team Invites Lobster To Lunch
Outside Colon Harbor, Panama - 1967

Preparing For Yet Another Shark Hunt
150 Foot Deep-Dive Colon Panama 1967

Team Deep-Dive Exercises Off The LCM
Outside Colon Harbor Panama - 1967

8th Special Forces Group ( Abn ) Para-Scuba & Tree Jump School, Panama CZ 1968

Help In Defying Gravity Offered By Compassionate Scuba School Instructor

Snorkle The Airborne Scuba
Dog Reviews The Troops Prior
To Jungle Canopy Deployment

Suiting Up For A Tree Jump - 1967
Fort Gulick - Panama Canal Zone

Water Drop In Gatun Lake Panama - 8th SFG Scuba School Training 1967

Sgt Bob Wirt Prepared For
Tree-Top Deployment 1967

Nylon Tree-Jump Suits With 100'
Rappel Rope In Pouch To Allow For
Escape and Evasion From Treetops

Preparing For Water Jump From C-46 In Atlantic Off Colon Panama 1967

Target Sighted, Course Held
And Mission Accomplished

It Doesn't Make Much Sense To Take
The Time & Effort To Get The Training
If You Don't Actually Land On ( Or In )
Your Target ( Large Menacing Tree )

Applying Just A Touch Of C-4 To The Target's Anchorline - Panama CZ 1967

It Seemed As Good Idea At First To
Keep This Green Guy On As A Mascot

But He Made A Better Meal, With A Taste
More Like Boa Constrictor Than Chicken

Open Road Running, Open Ocean Swimming, Flat On Your Back With Most
Excellent Flutter-Kicks and Hello-Darlins' Earn A Little Extra Jump-Time.

OJT At Major Hirsch's Special Forces (Abn)
Dental Clinic, Fort Gulick, Panama CZ 1967
Same Fine Individualized Service Offered
In The Jungle At No Extra Cost - Or Pain.

Civic Action Medical Mission In Conjunction
With Counter-Insurgency Guardia Training On The Mosquito Coast
Just Below The Rio Coco, Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua - 1968

Sgt Bob Wirt Administers A Novocaine Mandibular Block
Before Extracting Nicaraguan Farmer's Abcessed Tooth

Nicaraguan Patients Of Deployed A-Team's Sick Call
Clinic Line Up For Some Free Bar-Soap And Vitamins

On the Mosquito Coast Near Puerto Cabezas Nicaragua.
It Didn't Look Anywhere Near This Organized During The
Midnight Infiltration Exercises But No One Drowned

Boat Drills For Somoza's Guardia Nacional In Training
To Interdict Ongoing Sandinista Incursions In The Area

~ The Sea ~

I really don't know why it is that all of us are so committed to the sea, except I think it is because in addition to the fact that the sea changes and the light changes, and ships change, it is because we all came from the sea. And it is an interesting biological fact that all of us have, in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch it we are going back from whence we came.

President John F Kennedy ~ 1962

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