Master Sgt. Eric Delph announced that the Army’s 1st Special Forces Command was present Tuesday at Arlington National Cemetery for the unit’s annual wreath-laying ceremony to honor the former president’s unwavering support for the Green Berets.
To a crowd of lawmakers, Gold Star families, members of the Kennedy family, and military leaders, including the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Delph stated, “Today we recognize the lasting relevance of President Kennedy’s vision to choose the United States Army Special Forces as the leading organization to confront the global security problems of his presidency and of the present. After visiting Fort Bragg, North Carolina, which is currently the base for the Army Special Forces, in October 1961, Kennedy wrote a letter of support for then-Brig. General William P. Yarborough commander of the Army’s Special Warfare Center. The green beret became the Army Special Forces’ official headgear shortly after the president approved it.