Taking Care of Their Own
Our Special Forces Chapter is just getting started, and as usual we did not know how active duty SF treated War Deaths. Our plan was to go down there and if no one showed up we would assist in anyway that was proper. We also had a Regimental Flag to give SFC Johnson's wife.
Well today I got a class.
As we drove up to the Funeral Home in Corning CA, some 50 miles south of us, we saw several large groups of 7th SFG(A) Soldiers standing around.
What we finally found out was that there was a Two Star (Non SF) General there. All Army Units from Northern California, i.e. Guard , Recruiting, etc. were in attendance. The ROTC Command at UC Davis was there with their SF Advisor.
AND about 30 plus Green Berets from the 7th SFGA at Ft. Bragg, to include the 1st Bn Commanding Officer and Command Sergeant Major (CSM), a one star from the Special Warfare Center I believe, with another CSM, a Chaplain, SF Team members, Honor Guard, Pall Bearers, Escorts for the family and those sent immediately upon notification of his death, and on and on.
I can't tell you how impressed and proud I was. When I mentioned this to the Battalion Commanding Officer I was told, in no uncertain terms, that SF takes care of their own and every KIA is treated the same. I was more impressed after the funeral and lunch than I can ever express in words.
The funeral was truly a SF Military Funeral of the first order.