Just when you thought you were HARD TO KILL.. Along comes Colonel Beckwith.
Drafted by the Green Bay Packers in 1952 from the University of Georgia.
He decided to decline the offer for another Green uniform as the Korean war was ongoing.
He was Commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant, he then served a few years on the Korean Peninsula.
First in war then peacetime.
Later on he joined the 82d Airborne, and later, U.S. Army Special Forces.
Colonel Beckwith’s mission to deploy with British SAS to Malaysia as they fought a Communist insurgency is one that changed military history.
It was there that he developed a severe case of Leptospirosis. A form of bacterial infection that causes kidney failure and pulmonary hemorrhaging. He was not expected to survive.
Beckwith was given three weeks to live. But that was no match for him.
In 1963, he formed the specialty unit code-name Project Delta, personally selecting the men best suited to conduct long-range recon operations in Vietnam.
But his time in Delta was nearly cut short in Vietnam in 1966. Beckwith was shot in his abdomen with a .50-caliber round. He was taped up, but essentially left for dead.
But death still didn’t come.