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Barry Sadler (November 1, 1940September 8, 1989) was an American author and musician. Sadler served as a Green Beret medic and Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Most of his works have military themes, and he billed himself under his military rank of Staff Sergeant as SSgt Barry Sadler. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... is the 305th day of the year (306th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1940 (MCMXL) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display the full 1940 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 251st day of the year (252nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... For other uses, see Author (disambiguation). ... “Instrumentalist” redirects here. ... The United States Army Special Forces —Special Forces or SF — is an elite Special Operations Force of the United States Army trained for unconventional warfare and special operations. ... United States Military Staff Sergeant insignia (U.S. Air Force) Staff Sergeant is the fifth enlisted rank in the U.S. Air Force, just above Senior Airman and below Technical Sergeant. ... The United States Army is the largest and oldest branch of the armed forces of the United States. ... Combatants Republic of Vietnam United States Republic of Korea Thailand Australia New Zealand The Philippines National Front for the Liberation of South Vietnam Democratic Republic of Vietnam People’s Republic of China Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea Strength US 1,000,000 South Korea 300,000 Australia 48,000...



Sadler was born in Carlsbad, New Mexico, the second son of John Sadler and Bebe Littlefield of Phoenix, Arizona. Sadler's parents divorced shortly afterward, with his father dying of a rare form of nervous system cancer at age 36. Littlefield took Sadler's older brother, Robert, to various places in the Southwest, working temporary jobs in Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas. It has been suggested that Carlsbad North, New Mexico be merged into this article or section. ... Capital Santa Fe Largest city Albuquerque Largest metro area Albuquerque metropolitan area Area  Ranked 5th  - Total 121,665 sq mi (315,194 km²)  - Width 342 miles (550 km)  - Length 370 miles (595 km)  - % water 0. ... Nickname: Location in Maricopa County and the state of Arizona Coordinates: , Country State County Maricopa Incorporated February 25, 1881 Government  - Type Council-Manager  - Mayor Phil Gordon (D) Area  - City  515. ... Official language(s) English Spoken language(s) English 74. ... Divorce or dissolution of marriage is the ending of a marriage before the death of either spouse. ... The Human Nervous System. ... Cancer is a class of diseases or disorders characterized by uncontrolled division of cells and the ability of these to spread, either by direct growth into adjacent tissue through invasion, or by implantation into distant sites by metastasis (where cancer cells are transported through the bloodstream or lymphatic system). ... The Southwest region of the United States is drier than the adjoining Midwest in weather; the population is less dense and, with strong Spanish-American and Native American components, more ethnically varied than neighboring areas. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Largest metro area Greater Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... Official language(s) English Capital Denver Largest city Denver Largest metro area Denver-Aurora Metro Area Area  Ranked 8th  - Total 104,185 sq mi (269,837 km²)  - Width 280 miles (451 km)  - Length 380 miles (612 km)  - % water 0. ... Official language(s) No official language See languages of Texas Capital Austin Largest city Houston Largest metro area Dallas–Fort Worth–Arlington Area  Ranked 2nd  - Total 261,797 sq mi (678,051 km²)  - Width 773 miles (1,244 km)  - Length 790 miles (1,270 km)  - % water 2. ...

Military service

Sadler dropped out of the Leadville, Colorado high school in the tenth grade. He hitchhiked across the country, and joined the U.S. Air Force after a year of wandering the country. Sadler was trained in radar and was stationed in Japan at age 17. After a few years in the Air Force, Sadler joined the Army, hoping for more excitement. View of Mount Massive looking west from Harrison Street in downtown Leadville Leadville is the county seat of Lake County, Colorado. ... For other uses, see High school (disambiguation). ... Hitchhiking (also called lifting or thumbing) is a form of transport, in which the traveller tries to get a lift (ride) from another traveller, usually a car or truck driver. ... “The U.S. Air Force” redirects here. ... For other uses, see Radar (disambiguation). ...

While serving in the Vietnam War, he was severely wounded in the knee by a feces-covered punji stick while leading a patrol in the Central Highlands of Vietnam, southeast of Pleiku in May 1965. At the time, Sadler was on an antibiotic for dysentery, so no major ill effects from the punji stick were seen. He used only a cotton swab and an adhesive bandage while finishing the patrol. Later, Sadler developed a major infection of the leg, sending him home. During dangerous surgery, Sadler's doctors had to enlarge the wound to drain it and administer penicillin. While recovering in the hospital, Sadler heard Robert F. Kennedy dedicating the new JFK Center for Special Warfare at Fort Bragg. At that moment, Sadler promised himself that if his leg fought the infection, he would give away the rights to his song. For other uses, see Knee (disambiguation). ... Horse feces Feces, faeces, or fæces (see spelling differences) is a waste product from an animals digestive tract expelled through the anus (or cloaca) during defecation. ... An American marine walks through a gully of punji sticks during the Vietnam War The Punji stick or Punji stake is a type of a non-explosive booby trap. ... Pleiku is a town in central Vietnam seated in the central highland region. ... Year 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1965 Gregorian calendar. ... Staphylococcus aureus - Antibiotics test plate. ... Dysentery (formerly known as flux or the bloody flux) is frequent, small-volume, severe diarrhea that shows blood in the feces along with intestinal cramping and tenesmus (painful straining to pass stool). ... An infection is the detrimental colonization of a host organism by a foreign species. ... Diagram of an insect leg A leg is the part of an animals body that supports the rest of the animal above the ground and is used for locomotion. ... For the Japanese rock band, see Penicillin (band). ... Robert Francis Bobby Kennedy (November 20, 1925 – June 6, 1968), also called RFK, was one of two younger brothers of U.S. President John F. Kennedy and served as United States Attorney General from 1961 to 1964. ... Troopers of the 82nd training on Fort Bragg Paratroopers in training at Fort Bragg Fort Bragg is a major United States Army installation, in Cumberland and Hoke Counties, North Carolina, USA, near Fayetteville. ...

Sadler recorded his now-famous song, "Ballad of the Green Berets," a patriotic song in ballad style. The recording of his Vietnam songs was initiated by the urging of writer Robin Moore, author of the novel The Green Berets. The book became a 1968 movie, The Green Berets, starring John Wayne with the Ballad of the Green Berets arranged in a choral version by Ken Darby as the title song of the film. Moore wrote an introduction to Sadlers' autobiography, I'm a Lucky One, written with Tom Mahoney (Macmillan, 1967). The book's title is also a Sadler recorded song. The "Ballad of the Green Berets" was picked up by RCA Victor Records in early 1966 and became a fast-selling single, reaching #1 on the yearly single charts. The song was a big hit in many U.S. cities, including 2 weeks at #1 on the weekly Good Guys music survey at WMCA, the top pop music radio station in New York in 1966. Sadler recorded an album of similarly themed songs, called Ballads of the Green Berets. None of the other songs on the album (which generally tell the common tales of soldiers serving in a time of war) made an impact. Sadler was widely thought to be a writer of simple songs, and having an average voice. Sadler's photograph also appeared on the 1966 paperback cover of Moore's book as well as on his LP and 45 version of Ballad of the Green Berets. Ballad of the Green Berets is a patriotic song in the ballad style about the Green Berets, an elite special force in the U.S. Army. ... Illustration by Arthur Rackham of the ballad The Twa Corbies A ballad is a story, usually a narrative or poem, in a song. ... Robin Moore (b. ... The Green Berets was is a non-fiction book (ISBN 0-312-98492-8) written by Robin Moore about the Green Berets in the Vietnam War, originally published in 1965. ... Year 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Green Berets is the title of a 1968 film starring John Wayne and featuring George Takei, David Janssen, Jim Hutton, and Aldo Ray. ... For other persons named John Wayne, see John Wayne (disambiguation). ... Ken Darby is an Academy Award winning composer, he has shared in winning an Academy Award for Original Music Score 3 times and being nominated for three others: Awarded Scoring of a Musical Picture The King and I (1956) (with Alfred Newman) Nominated Scoring of a Musical Picture Gigi (1958... Cover of the first English edition of 1793 of Benjamin Franklins autobiography. ... Sony BMG Music Entertainment is the result of a 50/50 joint venture between Sony Music Entertainment (part of Sony) and BMG Entertainment (part of Bertelsmann AG) completed in August 2004. ... // January 3 - Hullabaloo shows promotional videos of The Beatles songs Day Tripper and We Can Work It Out. January 8 - Shindig! airs for the last time on ABC, with musical guests the Kinks and the Who January 14 - Young singer David Jones changes his last name to Bowie to avoid... A collection of various CD singles In music, a single is a short recording of one or more separate tracks. ... WMCA, 570 AM, is a radio station in New York City, most known for its Good Guys Top 40 era in the 1960s. ... Year 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the 1966 Gregorian calendar. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require cleanup. ...

Literary works

Unable to score another major hit, although "The A-Team" was a top-30 Billboard charted single in 1966, Sadler took to writing books. He chose to write about soldiers, but his series of novels took a turn far different from his music. His "Casca" series centers on the title character, Casca Rufio Longinius (a sort of combination of Longinus and The Wandering Jew), who stabbed Christ during the crucifixion, and is cursed to forever remain a soldier until the Second Coming. The series of 25 novels takes Casca through to the 20th century. Sadler himself wrote only the first few, with the remainder of the first 22 being farmed out by the publishers to other writers and issued under his name. Subsequent books have been written by different authors (see www.casca.net). Billboard can refer to: Billboard magazine Billboard (advertising) Billboard antenna In 3D computer graphics, to billboard is to rotate an object so that it faces the viewer. ... Year 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the 1966 Gregorian calendar. ... Casca Rufio Longinius, also known as Casca Longinus, or simply Casca: The Eternal Mercenary, is a character in a series of military historical novels, written by Barry Sadler. ... Longinus is the name given in Christian mythology to the Roman soldier who pierced the side of Jesus on the cross. ... See also Wandering Jew (plant) for a plant of the same name. ... This page is about the title, office or what is known in Christian theology as the Divine Person. ... For other uses, see Crucifixion (disambiguation). ... Look up Curse in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... For other uses, see Second Coming (disambiguation). ...


Later in life and after serving time in prison for fatally shooting Nashville songwriter, producer, and manager Lee Emerson Bellamy, Sadler moved to Guatemala City in the mid 1980's and often hung out at a bar/restaurant called La Europa (also known as Freddie's Bar for the German proprietor). He continued to publish the Casca books (mostly using various ghostwriters), produced a self-defense video (which was never released) and even helped with vaccination programs in rural villages. But it was often believed that he was involved in selling arms to the Guatemalan military or arming the Contras in Honduras and Nicaragua. Guatemala City (in full, La Nueva Guatemala de la Asunción; locally known as Guatemala or Guate) is the capital and largest city of the nation of Guatemala. ... For other uses, see Ghostwriter (disambiguation). ... Self defense refers to actions taken by a person to defend onself, ones property or ones home. ... A vial of the vaccine against influenza. ... Look up contra in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...

It was in Guatemala City that he was shot in the head one night in a taxi cab. He was airlifted to the States by friends from the Soldier of Fortune Magazine, where he was hospitalized and remained in a coma for several months. He died little more than a year later in his mother's house in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. The circumstances involving his shooting remain a mystery. It has been claimed that he committed suicide, that he shot himself accidentally while showing off to a female companion, and that he was assassinated for allegedly training and arming the Contras. It is also possible that he was simply a victim of random violence. Antonov An-124 loading a container for the Dutch military A large military cargo aircraft: the Boeing C-17A Globemaster III An airlift is the organized delivery of supplies primarily via aircraft. ... Soldier of Fortune magazine is a publication ostensibly devoted to coverage of global low-intensity warfare and terrorism on behalf of the professional mercenary. ... For other uses, see Coma (disambiguation). ... Nickname: Motto: Location in Rutherford County and the state of Tennessee. ... For other uses, see Suicide (disambiguation). ...

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Barry Sadler: History (1409 words)
Barry was born in Carlsbad, New Mexico on November 1, 1940, the second son to John Sadler and Bebe Littlefield both originally from Phoenix, Arizona.
Barry claims to have shot grouse on the wing with a.22 caliber pistol and said he was a better shot with a pistol at fifty yards than most men with a rifle.
Barry never achieved that kind of success again and by the time the Seventies rolled around he was broke and moving the family to Nashville, TN in hopes of reviving his singing career.
Barry Sadler - Information (725 words)
Barry Sadler (November 1, 1940 September 8, 1989) was a Green Beret medic and Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.
Sadler was born in Carlsbad, New Mexico, the second son of John Sadler and Bebe Littlefield of Phoenix, Arizona.
Sadler's parents divorced shortly afterward, with his father dying of a rare form of nervous system cancer at age 36.
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