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Height-waiver Green Beret: Captain James Flaherty was a Special Forces legend

Stavros Atlamazoglou | August 26, 2021

Richard James Flaherty was born on November 28, 1945.

Unbeknownst to his parents, Richard and his mother, Beatrice Rose, shared incompatible blood types (Richard, Rh-Positive; Beatrice, Rh-Negative). This is a dangerous condition that can lead to serious complications for the fetus or even death. Thus, when Richard was born, he was different.

The incompatibilities in the blood caused hormonal imbalances and stunted his growth. When he reached adolescence, Flaherty was small compared to his peers. Flaherty would be considered a dwarf in medical terms, meaning that his height was less than 4’ 10.’’

Short in size he might have been, but short in courage he wasn’t. When the Vietnam War heated up, Flaherty volunteered for the Army. However, he was initially turned down because of his size. It was only after a determined effort, which included the involvement of his local Congressman, that he managed to acquire a waiver.

 
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Offline rustynail

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Would not his size and strength be an advantage in many situations?

Offline sneakypete

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I am NOT trying to claim I knew everybody that was in SF at that time,but SF was a MUCH smaller group of people at that time than now,and someone as small as he was would have really stood out. BTW,I was in the 3rd SFG at the same time they claim he was,and the "target country" for the 3rd SFG was Africa,not VN or anywhere else in Asia.

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Flaherty was assigned to 3rd Special Forces Group. He went back to Southeast Asia with the 46th Special Forces Company as a Special Forces Operational Detachment A (SFODA) commander. His ODA was tasked with training the Royal Thai Army in counterinsurgency operations and prepare them for a deployment to Vietnam.

Once again,3rd SFG=Africa,not southeast Asia.

46 Company was based in Thailand,and was a stand-alone organization. It should also be noted that Thailand is not Viet Nam.

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In 1970, Flaherty was reassigned to the 10th Special Forces Group, where he commanded another ODA and then an Operational Detachment Bravo (ODB), a headquarters element. The following year, 1971, he was discharged from active duty and transferred to the Army Reserves, where he served until 1983

The 10th SFG was and always has been based in Germany.

In other words,there is ZERO evidence he ever served in VN with Special Forces

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"In other words,there is ZERO evidence he ever served in VN with Special Forces"

So he comes up short?

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"In other words,there is ZERO evidence he ever served in VN with Special Forces"

So he comes up short?

@rustynail

I guess that is one way of putting it.

BTW,it should be noted that it is NOT him making these claims,it is someone else.
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