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How The Green Berets Became Famous | History Net

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World War II bomber gunner Robin Moore wanted to convey the narrative of a new generation of fighters. In 1964, he traveled to Vietnam to do research for a book that was to be based on the Green Beret fights at Tinh Bien and Nam Dong. Moore trained for a year, and at 37, he was the first civilian to be accepted. To appease the Army, Moore decided to declare his book as fiction, he explained to readers that though details and names may have been changed, the basic truth of the novel remained. Moores novel, like the 1968 film The Green Berets, propelled the US army Green Berets to public fame. When Moore arrived in Vietnam in 1964 there where only 16,000 US Soldiers were in country, largely lower than the wars peak of 435,000. The 16,000 US troops where primarily military advisors and US army Sepcial forces, who where distinguished by there green berets. 

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