This list includes information about famous Green Berets, loosely ranked by fame and popularity. So named because of their distinctive hats, Green Berets are members of the U.S. Armed Forces Special Forces Division. They're some of the most elite soldiers on the planet. In order to qualify as a member of the Special Forces, one must be able to complete intense physical training and possess an unusual degree of intelligence.
The soldiers on this list all distinguished themselves extraordinarily. Who is the most famous Green Beret? Barry Sadler tops our list. Sadler served as a Green Beret combat medic in the Vietnam War. He later wrote the hit song "The Ballad of the Green Berets." Aaron Bank, one of the founders of the Green Berets, led operations during World War II.
Drew Dennis Dix was the first Special Forces soldier to receive the Medal of Honor, the military's highest award. Green Beret Bryan Sikes gained attention for writing an open letter to Michael Moore, criticizing the filmmaker for calling sniper Chris Kyle a coward. In Vietnam, combat medic Gary B. Beikirch famously treated his fellow soldiers despite suffering serious injuries himself.Do you think you have what it takes to become a Green Beret? Whether you do or not, you can explore these famous examples of military excellence below. Share your thoughts in the comments section.
Barry Sadler served as a Green Beret combat medic in the Vietnam War. He later wrote the hit song, "The Ballad of the Green Berets," which spent five weeks atop the Hot 100 chart in 1966.
Barry Allen Sadler was an American military veteran, author, actor, and singer-songwriter. Sadler served as a Green Beret combat medic with the rank of Staff Sergeant of the United States Army during the Vietnam War. Most of his work has a military theme, and he credited himself as SSG Barry Sadler, although his music credits read SSgt Barry Sadler. He is most famously known for his hit song "Ballad of the Green Berets." ...more
Age: Died at 49 (1940-1989)
Birthplace: Carlsbad, New Mexico, United States of Americasee more on Barry Sadler
After stepping on a landmine and being told he would never walk again, Roy Benavidez retrained himself and returned to Vietnam. He won the Medal of Honor for saving the lives of at least eight men in a battle that saw him receiving 37 separate wounds from bullets, bayonets, and shrapnel.
Master Sergeant Raul Perez Benavidez was a former member of the United States Army Special Forces and retired United States Army master sergeant who received the Medal of Honor for his valorous actions in combat near Lộc Ninh, South Vietnam on May 2, 1968. ...more
Age: Died at 63 (1935-1998)
Birthplace: Cuero, Texas, United States of America
Aaron Bank was one of the founders of the U.S. Army Special Forces aka the Green Berets. As a member of the Office of Strategic Services, Bank led special operations during World War II, parachuting into France and coordinating with the French Resistance.
Colonel Aaron Bank was an officer of the United States Army, and the founder of the US Army Special Forces, commonly called "Green Berets". He is also famous for his exploits as an OSS officer during World War II, parachuting into France to coordinate and activate the French Resistance and organizing an operation intended to capture Adolf Hitler. During his retirement years, Bank played a quiet but critical role in warning the nation about the risks of terrorism and modern technology and he is largely responsible for the high level of security at U.S. nuclear power plants since the early 1970s. ...more
Age: Died at 102 (1902-2004)
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
Robert James Miller was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions during the war in Afghanistan. When his patrol came under heavy fire in the Kunbar Province, Miller willingly remained in a vulnerable position, covering his wounded commander as he was evacuated, saving the commander's life even as he himself was hit with small arms fire.
Robert James Miller, of Company A, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group, was a United States Army Special Forces soldier who posthumously received the Medal of Honor at a White House ceremony on October 6, 2010. ...more
Age: Died at 25 (1983-2008)
Birthplace: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, United States of Americasee more on Robert James Miller