There is a time-honored saying…“Old soldiers never die, they just fade away.”
Unfortunately too many old soldiers – and their organizations – have faded away, and many of their legacies are almost forgotten. This is a true sadness.
In their own rights and ways, American Servicemen and women have lived through good times and not so good times, they have enjoyed successes, and too often given their all in the defense of our great nation. Sometimes they have been assigned to forefront airborne divisions or special operations commands, and many have been at the cutting-edge as part of small companies and detachments. It is those smaller, lesser known organizations that did not shine or enjoy the limelight of public knowledge, as neither those organizations nor their cadre were ever well known.
As a former paratrooper with the British and U.S. Armies, and as a U.S. Army Special Forces soldier, it has been the longtime intent of Geoff Barker to more clearly enable the memory of our airborne and special operations Service members. This is being accomplished through his previous books on the lineages and insignia of airborne and special operations organizations, and continues in his latest 1,870-page compendium addressing the entire full spectrum of U.S. Army airborne and special operations organizations, personnel, vignettes, lineages, chronological histories, and insignia.
He served as the president of the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Museum at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
As a founding director of the Special Operations Memorial Foundation, Inc, he ensures that the names of special operators of all Services who are killed in action or died during training have their names engraved in black marble, and immediately added to the Memorial at MacDill AFB, Florida.
Our airborne troopers and special operators may have faded away, but they will not be forgotten…..