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Vietnam Veteran Describes Exploits As A Green Beret


Last updated 12/4/2017 at 3:30pm

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DiRocco at home in Brevard, 2017

Mike DiRocco's clandestine entry into Vietnam began on a moonless night in the Viet Cong-controlled Van Canh valley, 200 miles north of Saigon. The 12-member Special Forces team's mission: organize, equip, train and lead a mercenary army of South Vietnam's indigenous tribes-men, the Montagnards.

Born in 1938 of Italian immigrants, Michael "Mike" DiRocco is highly trained in military engineering, explosives and communications. He joined the Marines in 1954, serving as a tank commander and an Italian interpreter for NATO. In 1960, he joined the Army specifically for Special Forces. He serve...

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