Knives Illustrated

WHY ARE THE BERETS GREEN?

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The 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) formed in 1952. The Group unofficial­ly wore berets while training. In the beginning, the berets came in many colors—not just green.

Over time, green became the favorite. Why? Because the Group had many OSS World War II veterans among their ranks. The green reminded early members of the World War II British Commando berets.

On Oct. 12, 1961, President John F. Kennedy visited the Special Forces at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. The President asked Brigadier General William P. Yarborough to make sure that the men under his command wore green berets for the visit.

“The Green Beret is a symbol of excellence, a badge of courage, a mark of distinctio­n in the fight for freedom,” President Kennedy later stated.

 ??  ?? Above, Right: First Lieutenant James Frederick Godsey exemplifie­d the Green Beret soldier through his extraordin­ary heroism and devotion to duty during the Vietnam War.
Above, Right: First Lieutenant James Frederick Godsey exemplifie­d the Green Beret soldier through his extraordin­ary heroism and devotion to duty during the Vietnam War.

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