From the Winter Issue of the Drop, Winter 1989.
Barry Allen Sadler
Honorary member and Co-Author of The Ballad of the Green Berets, died November 5, 1989, at 49. He was hospitalized at Alvin C. York Medical Center at the time of his death and had been undergoing treatment for brain damage suffered from a gunshot wound in 1988 in Guatemala.
He volunteered for Special Forces training in early 1963 and graduated as a Special Forces medic in March 1964. He was assigned to Company A, 7th Special Forces Group, as an A-Team medic. He reenlisted for 3 years and was assigned to Headquarters Company, 3rd Special Forces Group, as the senior medical specialist in the group surgeon's office.
In August 1964 he deployed to Viet-nam for duty with Company C of the 5th Special Forces Group in the Central Highlands as A-Team medic and was later medically evacuated for a wound sustained by a punji stake while on patrol.
He returned to Fort Bragg as the senior medical specialist in the JFK Special Warfare Center surgeon's office and was still recovering from his knee wound when he wrote and recorded The Ballad of the Green Berets, which sold a reported 9 million singles and albums. After leaving the service, he appeared in at least one motion picture and began to write a series of books using a military theme that have been published in millions of copies, according to reports.
Barry served one tour of duty in the U.S. Air Force as a senior radar operator before enlisting in the U.S. Army and volunteering for Special Forces. He is survived by his wife, Lavona; two sons, Thor and Baron; a daughter, Brooke; his Mother, Bebe Sadler; and a brother, Robert. Funeral arrangements had not been announced as this issue went to press.