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Posted: 4/21/2016 9:21:56 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/21/2016 9:22:29 AM EDT by cool-e]
Who? A bad ass, that's who. Spent five years as a captive of the Viet Cong before escaping on his own. On April 21, 1989 was killed by rebels in the Philippines. Read Five Years to Freedom.

Link Posted: 4/21/2016 9:22:39 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/21/2016 9:24:49 AM EDT by Screechjet1]
The Commies hated him. The model of a SF professional.

I guess I've missed it all of this time, but he and Versace were captured at the same time.
Link Posted: 4/21/2016 10:10:56 AM EDT
Used to drive by his sign at Mackall. I still wish I'd have gotten a picture with it.

He was the fucking man.


Link Posted: 4/21/2016 10:12:38 AM EDT
Hazardous duty..........hazardous life.

Rest in peace green face man.
Link Posted: 4/21/2016 10:15:10 AM EDT
I had AIT and BNCOC classes in a building named after him.

I believe there was a very good documentary on History Channel (you know, back when they showed those sorts of history things) comparing how he handled his detention/resistance with the guy he was captured with. Because he went to school for engineering, he developed a cover story about how he and the other guy were sent to survey a river for a future bridge to be built. The other guy just gave his name/rank/serial number and was executed while Rowe strung the story out long enough to be liberated.
Link Posted: 4/21/2016 10:17:43 AM EDT
Rest in peace, bad motherfucker
Link Posted: 4/21/2016 10:21:04 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/21/2016 10:22:07 AM EDT by 9divdoc]
Originally Posted By cool-e:
Who? A bad ass, that's who. Spent five years as a captive of the Viet Cong before escaping on his own. On April 21, 1989 was killed by rebels in the Philippines. Read Five Years to Freedom.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_N._Rowe





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He wasn't 'killed by rebels' he was murdered by Vietnamese communists....

He escaped on his own but was spotted by a helicopter crew with sharp eyes who picked out that he was not VC but American....landed and snatched him away from the VC regulars who
were hunting him...
He had escaped a couple of times before iirc but was recaptured tortured and was what I would call extremely ill...that AO was a killer with fungus and bacteria...
He was a real hero to those who knew him or of him...sad sad day when he was murdered.
Link Posted: 4/21/2016 10:21:46 AM EDT
He started SERE
Link Posted: 4/21/2016 10:29:10 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By 9divdoc:


He wasn't 'killed by rebels' he was murdered by Vietnamese communists....

He escaped on his own but was spotted by a helicopter crew with sharp eyes who picked out that he was not VC but American....landed and snatched him away from the VC regulars who
were hunting him...
He had escaped a couple of times before iirc but was recaptured tortured and was what I would call extremely ill...that AO was a killer with fungus and bacteria...
He was a real hero to those who knew him or of him...sad sad day when he was murdered.
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Originally Posted By 9divdoc:
Originally Posted By cool-e:
Who? A bad ass, that's who. Spent five years as a captive of the Viet Cong before escaping on his own. On April 21, 1989 was killed by rebels in the Philippines. Read Five Years to Freedom.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_N._Rowe







He wasn't 'killed by rebels' he was murdered by Vietnamese communists....

He escaped on his own but was spotted by a helicopter crew with sharp eyes who picked out that he was not VC but American....landed and snatched him away from the VC regulars who
were hunting him...
He had escaped a couple of times before iirc but was recaptured tortured and was what I would call extremely ill...that AO was a killer with fungus and bacteria...
He was a real hero to those who knew him or of him...sad sad day when he was murdered.

A guy in a old unit of mine received a negative counseling statement from Rowe when he was going thru some part of USAJFKSWCS in the 80s (can't remember if it was QC or not). He had his counseling statement framed.
Link Posted: 4/21/2016 10:33:32 AM EDT
Vietnamese communists wanted to get him and partnered with a Muslim terror group In The Phillippines to get him.
Link Posted: 4/21/2016 10:41:35 AM EDT
An American hero.
Link Posted: 4/21/2016 10:55:57 AM EDT
COL Rowe spoke at my SFQC graduation. A great soldier, a great American and a great man. One of only a handful of men that I consider true heroes.

I'm told that my Q-course was the first to run the "Nasty Nick" obstacle course at Camp MacKall. Not sure if that is true, but it was one extraordinarily difficult obstacle course.

America lost a great man on this day back in 1989.
Link Posted: 4/21/2016 11:14:14 AM EDT
McAllen, Texas has a Colonel Rowe Boulevard that I have always assumed is named for him. And of course a Roy Benavidez School.
Link Posted: 4/21/2016 11:49:43 AM EDT
FIve Years to Freedom had a profound effect on the way I deal with life's hurdles. It made me come to the realization that you can get through just about anything if you take life day by day.
I don't know if I am going to fail. What I now know is that if I give up, lose hope, stop planning to succeed, failure is all but guaranteed.
There was an Amazon review from someone going through chemo that said that reading that book made his treatment much easier to get through. I thought that to be a pretty good endorsement.
I am going to take my family to Arlington this August and will pay my respect to Col. Rowe.
It is by far my favorite book and I highly recommend it.
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The passage in the book over the pet eagles he cared for that were killed was tough..............He is the epitome of hardcore
Link Posted: 4/21/2016 6:43:56 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By deerfieldAR:
FIve Years to Freedom had a profound effect on the way I deal with life's hurdles. It made me come to the realization that you can get through just about anything if you take life day by day.
I don't know if I am going to fail. What I now know is that if I give up, lose hope, stop planning to succeed, failure is all but guaranteed.
There was an Amazon review from someone going through chemo that said that reading that book made his treatment much easier to get through. I thought that to be a pretty good endorsement.
I am going to take my family to Arlington this August and will pay my respect to Col. Rowe.
It is by far my favorite book and I highly recommend it.
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Five Years to Freedom was also a huge inspiration to me. It showed me how to be tough when dealing with adversity. That he survived at all was miraculous, that he was was killed in such a fashion as he was sucked!

RIP Col. Rowe
Link Posted: 4/21/2016 7:07:23 PM EDT
like I needed another reason to hate communists
Link Posted: 4/21/2016 7:17:20 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By 9divdoc:


He wasn't 'killed by rebels' he was murdered by Vietnamese communists....

He escaped on his own but was spotted by a helicopter crew with sharp eyes who picked out that he was not VC but American....landed and snatched him away from the VC regulars who
were hunting him...
He had escaped a couple of times before iirc but was recaptured tortured and was what I would call extremely ill...that AO was a killer with fungus and bacteria...
He was a real hero to those who knew him or of him...sad sad day when he was murdered.
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Originally Posted By 9divdoc:
Originally Posted By cool-e:
Who? A bad ass, that's who. Spent five years as a captive of the Viet Cong before escaping on his own. On April 21, 1989 was killed by rebels in the Philippines. Read Five Years to Freedom.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_N._Rowe







He wasn't 'killed by rebels' he was murdered by Vietnamese communists....

He escaped on his own but was spotted by a helicopter crew with sharp eyes who picked out that he was not VC but American....landed and snatched him away from the VC regulars who
were hunting him...
He had escaped a couple of times before iirc but was recaptured tortured and was what I would call extremely ill...that AO was a killer with fungus and bacteria...
He was a real hero to those who knew him or of him...sad sad day when he was murdered.



this, he knew he was a marked man in the PI.
Link Posted: 4/21/2016 7:19:11 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By whiskerz:
An American hero.
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Yep. I read Five years to Freedom a long time ago . It still stays with me .

Link Posted: 4/21/2016 7:24:44 PM EDT
Kill a commie for mommy.
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Originally Posted By QCMGR:
Don't forget about this guy...

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Humbert_Roque_Versace
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I wonder what Senator McShitstain knows about him?
Link Posted: 4/21/2016 9:12:00 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By deerfieldAR:
FIve Years to Freedom had a profound effect on the way I deal with life's hurdles. It made me come to the realization that you can get through just about anything if you take life day by day.
I don't know if I am going to fail. What I now know is that if I give up, lose hope, stop planning to succeed, failure is all but guaranteed.
There was an Amazon review from someone going through chemo that said that reading that book made his treatment much easier to get through. I thought that to be a pretty good endorsement.
I am going to take my family to Arlington this August and will pay my respect to Col. Rowe.
It is by far my favorite book and I highly recommend it.
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They do not make men like him anymore...
Link Posted: 4/21/2016 9:56:16 PM EDT
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They do not make men like him anymore...
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Originally Posted By deerfieldAR:
FIve Years to Freedom had a profound effect on the way I deal with life's hurdles. It made me come to the realization that you can get through just about anything if you take life day by day.
I don't know if I am going to fail. What I now know is that if I give up, lose hope, stop planning to succeed, failure is all but guaranteed.
There was an Amazon review from someone going through chemo that said that reading that book made his treatment much easier to get through. I thought that to be a pretty good endorsement.
I am going to take my family to Arlington this August and will pay my respect to Col. Rowe.
It is by far my favorite book and I highly recommend it.



They do not make men like him anymore...




Sure they do...some are fighting right now.
Link Posted: 4/21/2016 10:00:24 PM EDT
I scanned the Wiki link.

How on earth does a 45 round pierce an "armored" limo?

WTF?!

Somebody's ass should have fried for that.
Link Posted: 4/21/2016 10:05:07 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By primuspilum:
I scanned the Wiki link.

How on earth does a 45 round pierce an "armored" limo?


WTF?!


Somebody's ass should have fried for that.
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Lucky shot around one of the doors I'm guessing.
Link Posted: 4/21/2016 10:39:51 PM EDT
Best book I've ever read.
Link Posted: 4/21/2016 11:11:42 PM EDT
It went through an unarmored pillar IIRC. His death was a great loss to America.
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