Friday, January 23, 2015

Father Of Delta Force Charles Beckwith

Col. Charles A. Beckwith, known as “Chargin’ Charlie,” was born Jan. 22, 1929 in
Atlanta, Ga. He played football for the University of Georgia and was drafted by the Green
Bay Packers; however, he turned down their offer to serve in the U.S. Army, and was
commissioned as a second lieutenant in 1952.
In 1958, Beckwith volunteered for Special Forces and was assigned to the 7th Special
Forces Group (Airborne) at Fort Bragg, N.C. In 1960.
After a distinguished career Beckwith was chosen to form the SAS- type unit he had promoted for several years. As the threat of international terrorism increased, 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta was founded in November 1977 as a counterterrorist unit whose main missions were hostage rescue and specialized reconnaissance. As the ground force
commander, Col. Beckwith led Delta on its first mission to Iran to rescue 54 American
hostages. Later, the Joint Special Operations Command was formed, directly based on
Beckwith’s recommendations during Senate investigations on the failed Iran mission to
rescue hostages. Col. Beckwith retired in 1981 and formed a consulting agency based in
Austin, Texas.

Beckwith is considered the Father of Delta Force.

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