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    A-Team Commander, 5th Special Forces Group, Vietnam, 1967

    Captain Dusty R. Brown, A-Team Commander, 5th Special Forces Group, Vietnam, 1967


    Color me strange, but I’m one of the few people who love the older BBI sculpts, bodies, and hands. No other molded hands pose better, hold and aim weapons better, and look more natural as the BBI hands. I also don’t think they look too large, as hands, heads, and bodies (in real life) all come in a variety of sizes.

    War-Toys had (has?) a heck of a bulk deal going on some Nam figures (2 Mike’s and a Russell for $69.00) and I couldn’t help myself. Besides my A-Team Commander, I’ll probably be building a Team Sergeant, later on, after I finish the other eight guys I’m working on (SWAT, future Marine, Civil War Marine, Panzer Tanker, Nam M-60 gunner, 101st AB Captain 1944, modern SEAL, and 101st AB Private 1944).


    Mike gear, with a few extra DML parts added, homemade bracelet, and Mr Blonde cigarette (I finally ran out of the other cigs I had laying around). I had a Captain Miller collar insignia in my insignia envelope. I only had to repaint it, remove the LT bar from his beret, and glue it on. His collar rank insignia is two of the Mike LT patches (I had an earlier Mike I parted out) glued together.

    I always chuckle a little when someone comments on how nicely I’ve weathered my M-16’s. I have to confess. They come that way from Sideshow. The M16A1 from SS is the best on the market. Unfortunately, the M-16 and butt pack carded set from their web site (limited edition of 200) finally dried up. If you still want a SS M-16, you’ll have to buy a full figure. I’d recommend their Lerner Platoon figure. Besides a Johnny Depp headsculpt, the figure is as full-geared as any Nam figure offered.

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    Nam Dong, Lang Vei, Dak To, A Shau, Plei Mei - these were just some of the places Special Forces troops fought and died for during their 14-year stay in South Vietnam. It was a stay that began in June 1956 when the original 16 members of the 14th Special Forces Operational Detachment entered Vietnam to train a cadre of indigenous Vietnamese Special Forces teams. In that same year, on October 21, the first American soldier died in Vietnam - Captain Harry G. Cramer Jr. of the 14th SFOD.

    Throughout the remainder of the 1950s and early 1960s, the number of Special Forces military advisors in Vietnam increased steadily. Their responsibility was to train South Vietnamese soldiers in the art of counterinsurgency and to mold various native tribes into a credible, anti-communist threat. During the early years, elements from the different Special Forces groups were involved in advising the South Vietnamese. But in September 1964, the first step was taken in making Vietnam the exclusive operational province of 5th Group when it set up its provisional headquarters in Nha Trang. Six months later in February, Nha Trang became the 5th's permanent headquarters. From that point, Vietnam was mainly the 5th's show until 1971 when it returned to Fort Bragg.


    In 1964 Roger Donlon, a Special Forces Captain responsible for a twelve man A-Team, was stationed at the small Camp Nam Dong, deep in the dark jungles, where his team served as advisors to 311 South Vietnamese soldiers. In the darkness of the early morning hours of July 6, more than 900 Viet Cong soldiers attacked Nam Dong with mortars, grenades, rifles and other small arms. Two members of Team A-726 died. Captain Donlon himself was wounded four times.

    Less than six months after the attack, still recovering from his wounds, Roger Donlon was invited to the White House. President Lyndon Johnson said. "No one who has seen military service will fail to appreciate and understand the magnitude of Captain Donlon's heroic performance under enemy fire in the darkness."

    Then the President of the United States leaned forward to fasten the blue ribbon of the Medal of Honor around Roger Donlon's neck, making him the FIRST Green Beret in history, and the first American soldier of the Vietnam War, to receive his Nation's highest honor.


    By the time the 5th left Southeast Asia, its soldiers had won 16 of the 17 Medals of Honor awarded to the Special Forces in Vietnam, plus one Distinguished Service Medal, 90 Distinguished Service Crosses, 814 Silver Stars, 13,234 Bronze Stars, 235 Legions of Merit, 46 Distinguished Flying Crosses, 232 Soldier's Medals, 4,891 Air Medals, 6,908 Army Commendation Medals and 2,658 Purple Hearts. It was a brilliant record, one that was built solely on blood and sacrifice.

    Through their unstinting labors, Special Forces troops eventually established 254 outposts throughout Vietnam, many of them defended by a single A-team and hundreds of friendly natives.


    The Special Forces earned their reputation in places like Song Zoai and Plei Mei, where the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese threw everything they had at them but found out that wasn't enough.

    Back home in America, a confused public searching for heroes in a strange and unfamiliar war quickly latched onto the Special Forces. John Wayne made a movie about them, Barry Sadler had a number-one hit song, "The Ballad of the Green Beret", and the Green Beret took its place along side the coonskin cap and cowboy hat as one of America's Mythic pieces of apparel.

    But fighting in remote areas of Vietnam - publicity to the contrary - wasn't the only mission of the Special Forces. They were also responsible for training thousands of Vietnam's ethnic tribesmen in the techniques of guerrilla warfare. They took the Montagnards, the Nungs, the Cao Dei and others and molded them into the 60,000-strong Civil Irregular Defense Group (CIDG). CIDG troops became the Special Forces' most valuable ally in battles fought in faraway corners of Vietnam, out of reach of conventional back-up forces.


    Other missions included civic-action projects, in which Special Forces troops built schools, hospitals and government buildings, provided medical care to civilians and dredged canals. This was the flip side of the vicious battles, the part of the war designed to win the hearts and minds of a distant and different people. But although the Special Forces drew the allegiance of civilians almost everywhere they went, the war as a whole was not as successful.

    In 1969, after President Richard M. Nixon took office, the United States began its withdrawal from Vietnam, a process known as Vietnamization. Gradually the Special Forces turned over their camps to the South Vietnamese. On March 5, 1971, 5th Group returned to Fort Bragg, although some Special Forces teams remained in Thailand from where they launched secret missions into Vietnam. But by the end of 1972, the Special Forces role in Vietnam was over.

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    Just when I thought I have seen it all from you, you post another great bash. I love the historical remarks and bio on your figures. Thanks as always.

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    Aside from George Cloony staring at me,(sic) I love that bash! Again, I enjoy the history lesson as much as the figure! Great work!

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    Very nicely done. The background info was excellent. heh Kinda makes me wanna salute.

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    That is just to friggin cool. You're right about the old bbi hands, they look good and can hold objects in ways that the others can't.

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    U R one of the OSW greats I use to inspire me to improve my bashing/customizing skills & storytelling, Wayne

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    Great bash!!

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    Thanks for the kind comments.

    I remember my first bashing efforts, and the progression to my current efforts. Lots of trial and error, lots of advice from more senior members of the boards I frequented, lots of time lurking and learning, and lots of great, great bashes to admire and strive to duplicate.

    I'd encourage anyone reading this to keep at it. I used to see (still do) work that I knew I'd never be able to replicate. The figures/vehicles were realistic, custom-built, and amazing.

    There are some very exceptional craftsmen who frequent this and other 1/6th boards. They all started somewhere. It's like everything else we do in life...the more you do something, the better you get at it.

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    fantastic job, Wayne.

    I really enjoy your bashes, particularly the amount of work you do in providing some amazing background information. This figure is no exception. As previously mentioned above, except for that "Clooney" headsculpt, it is fantastic. *


    *not a big Clooney fan.
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    WOW Wayne,
    but what really impresses me in this post is the History behind the Figure.I do really love your style of posting. First a pic than the text and so on.It seems like you always go trough the books or gather infos first,huh?
    Great stuff. The Figure it self is nnot the #1 Stunna but very well put togehter and very well researched.
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    I always try to get a feel for a figure/era before I start bashing.

    The info used is a combination of the www, books, videos, and personal recollections.

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    Holy smokes. Another killer bash from USMCWayne. Damn fine job.
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    Very cool figure!


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    Wayne.
    I'm a big fan of your work.
    Thanks also for the info and history provide with the pics.
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    Every time Wayne ...Every time .
    Great work !
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    I love it!
    Great bash, great historical background data.
    Thanks for posting, Wayne!
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    crisibabe's Swiss Invasion

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    Beautiful job there on the bash and posing!!

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    Dinky-dau, GI!

    Another great figure, Wayne! Num-bah One! For those interested, here's a terrific book on the subject, titled WAR STORIES OF THE GREEN BERETS- http://www.militarybookclub.com/doc/browse/detail/product_detail.jhtml;jsessionid=2PCXGCP2QQYS0CTI4E NCF3Q?repositoryId=560376B547&null&_requestid=4251 0
    Very good read, and there's some hilarious, as well as heart-wrenching stories in it.
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    great work Wayne.

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    Nice work.

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    Wayne:

    Superbly done. One suggestion though . . . with all the projects you're working on or have on tap . . . you really need to work on a female figure for variety.
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    Thanks...again.

    I'm always a bit amused when a figure from a couple years ago resurfaces with new comments.

    This Captain still holds down a dedicated spot on my shelf, but I see I need to take him down and at least get rid of some of those loose threads on his rolled up sleeves.

    The female contingent in my Joe room is very much under-represented (six in all), but I figure once I add a Ripley and power loader she'll want to be in charge of everyone.
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    Well done, a big Semper Fi to you!
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    Here is one I did without weathering using the same uniform-took a resin recast of the BBI insignia and painted and drilled it out.
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    Well I'm glad it was revived!! Really nice looking bash and back story.
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    Wayne,

    That is one awesome bash there!

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    Ditto, this is a great bash and I didn't get to see it the first time around. Glad I got to see it this tiime Nice work as always, Wayne.

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    That is very cool. I was expecting to see someone that looked like George Peppard.

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    sweeet work like always Wayne

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