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Back for a third time is Henry Dick Thompson. I have to throw Henry in there just to make sure when people look for your book. Look they'll be able to find it right so Dick Thompson. SAUK warrior was on podcast to three and two zero four. If you haven't listened to those just going listen them immediately and you'll realize the magnitude of the fact that this individual is sitting here alive talking to me is just an absolute miracle so goalless mature three to four where you can hear about Dick's experiences as a SOG Zog team leader and team member in Vietnam where we left off was home from Vietnam and now checking in as a ranger instructor which for you was a great deal because you have the opportunity to take the lessons and you learned teach them to the Rangers and also home them for your own experience because you figured you were eight months away from going back the Vietnam yes so this is my opportunity to get ready and so I could be more focused next town and I could do a better job now when you said eight months what does it. What was that based on? What was that when you say I was probably going back over an eight months? What was that based on? At that time that was about to turn around rate. You you come back from Vietnam they give you a little time to recover an eight months or so. You're going to get orders to go back again. And you're now did you make captain yet or you still on my captors. Now you may captaining the you must be looking around the guys that you deployed with and that you knew I mean you must be missing a lot of guys now. I mean wounded killed or missing in action. This has got to be just a tremendous number number for you when I when I look at the ones that that I knew that I consider teammates. I mean we did things together. We knew each other. I I have a list that I run for thirty five names. Those are just the ones that I considered. You know my personal friends and teammates now it CNN. We lost a lot more people in that. I just I didn't know him very yeah well But just the time I was there you know I got thirty five games for and you got to have that in your back of your mind when you're training these young rangers. You know what they're getting into even if it's not sog you know you want to prepare them to the best of your ability for what they're interface. Yeah because I knew that time I mean they were going to Vietnam. I mean there. There was no doubt especially they made it through Ranger School I mean they were going so the the question for me was in addition to the personal things that I wanted to do like improve my skills. What could it do for these guys to help them have a higher chance of surviving? Once they get there so I can't even made my mission so you got you got the normal instruction from Arranger Instructor A-plus then I edit other things on and I said you gotTa do this learn how to do. This is how you talk. This is how you lead so they. They got a lot of extra coaching training whenever I led to a group And I just. I felt responsible to do that. What were some of the leadership was that you focused on teaching? The young Rangers Some of it was you know you got to be accountable and these guys. You got to be accountable. You've gotta take responsibility ability. If you're gonNA lead them you got to make sure you know what you're doing you gotta be physically fit. You gotta be mentally. You need to know the tactics techniques you need to enforce them. You need to encourage them. You need to build a team. You need to take care of them. You need to know everybody on your team team if you've got a platoon. You need to know everybody in the potassium and at that time. The army used to issue a little. Oh Green Notebook pocket-size notebook hardback. That you put in your pocket and you know I tell you need to have people in here you know. In in peacetime you need to know who they are. No something about him so you can relate to him when they were having problems and how to train them. You know the best know what they're weak areas are for how you can build them up. 'cause you're accountable for them they're your people and you're the guy that's the the leader you need to be the first one out here and You know for me. I'm not going to ask you to do something I won't do. I'M NOT GONNA go to you. Say Hop out the door. They are applying here. If I'm not going to do it I know I tend to to do more follow me. You know. I'm going out there. I'M GONNA do it too and I'm going to set the example for you. This is how I want you to do it. And so trying to get that through through to him and and trying to get through in terms of think of yourself as a professional. Thank about your medical doctor Dr Everyday. You should be reading learning studying getting better every technique that you know You should be trying to improve it. Every day is about practice Whatever it is you're doing a ask yourself? Is there somebody else better than you than you need to be practicing. Yeah you gotta get as good as the best. You want to be that person and you don't get there by just wishing hoping you gotta get out and take the action some of the things that you're going to be doing particularly if we if we think ranger special forces seal all steps a mindset some mindset you gotta think like that you can be in the greatest physical condition in the world all but if you don't have the mindset you can't do it and you guys are already seeing here Rangers go. How many of your buddies have already dropped out? When I went through ranger school we started out with two hundred and forty eight people? When we finished we had one hundred and seventy five actually make it to the end of the course? Seventy five others got a ranger down. Rest Emden so they're only seventy five rangers produced and it was mindset. It wasn't it. They were bigger stronger faster. They had the mental capacity to keep going on one meal today. You three hours of sleep at night. Keep pushing and still be able to think cognitively enough to put together a good tactical plan communicate doc plan execute that plan And it takes work and you need to be the leader so people follow you so why. Why whatever it is that? I'm going to do out there tonight. Expect you to do. I want to be doing it to the most of my ability. If you're going to jump out of an airplane airplane with a rope tied onto you to pull the parachute out. I'm going out from thirty thousand feet Halo. And that's that's what I do if you have to have you've Atlantic on the size of a football field to get into. I'll cut it down to a third of that and do it in the dark. Are you want you to say it can be done better if you beat me more power to you. Catch now what you've done just told me I need to practice. But YOU'RE GONNA make it more for the part that you said about being a professional and when I talked young seals or young marines or soldiers airmen sailors whoever you know our say I would say the euro professional and then I. This is your life this right here is your life and everything else is secondary Mary to what you're doing right here and you need to study. You need to learn you need to read. You need to practice. You need to rehearse and you need to do that all the time. Because you're never going to be good enough and you need to make this right here your life You got a couple other notes in here. One of them says Staff Sergeant Shelley. What's that all about when I when I went through Ranger School in the mountain of as there was African American Ranger Instructor. There Call Sergeant Shelly. Hard core hard core dude. Rarely did he pass any went on patrol and I had him. He graded me one time and I passed Uh when I came back from Vietnam and went to the department I ended up in the mountains. He ended up on my team. So now I've got the famous Sergeant Shelly on my team and I thought man this is go. We go on patrol. We're on grading a platoon leader. He's growing grading sergeant. It's eighteen degrees outside Chelsea shows up. Could you got fatigue shirt on. But he's got his sleeves rolled up and said where's your Parker Parker gloves. I don't need glass is eighteen degrees. He said okay. I'm fine hard dude. And then do we. We're out on patrol. The snow's almost knee deep with dragon. The Rangers through it. They're tired to call and You know so I call the next patrol leader next person who's GonNa take over the the protein and ranger take after mouth and I want you to show me ten digit coordinates to where we're standing right now. Could you gotTa know where you're starting from. And he kind of looks at me and said take your map out. I don't have them out sir. Why don't you have a map? Said well sorry. Shelley took my map when we stopped back there and we had to go ahead man because of the guy getting the frostbite He took my out then. Go Ask sergeant challenge to give you your mouth that community that I can't do that so he built a bar with my out as it. Okay then you need redefined somebody for here gonNA loan your mouth. You're going to be the patrol leader. You gotTa have a map back then. You could do a lot of things that you can't do now. It's hard to shelley would take onions. Cut them in half rubble rubble all over him. He would eat garlic taking some Kentucky Fried Chicken with him in the bag and so when it was dark and the Rangers students you only had to feed them once every three days back then. They got to call her and resupplies or if they call them for resupplies that they didn't ask expert food they just got to have an issue So they were always hungry and you get under a Poncho at night. Sorry Shelley would say show me show me where we are on the map and the range would start to porn out where we're at and nobody under the Poncho can breathe. Shelly smells so bad. Egypt secondary breath. Their eyes are watering and the guy starts the point to where they arslan mouth and he dropped his chicken leg on his finger tactile chicken. I don't you dare Lick your finger not show me where you are. I mean he do things like that to a mall town and he was he was very good very hard And then as I started to develop a similar reputation they would hear about it forbidding and when it got to the the mountain face and Shelly I would walk in and take over the patrol for the next twenty four hours and we'd introduce ourselves you could see the looks on their face face all no one's bad enough. We owed them at the same time. No one's GonNa pass but Yeah I mean shelly. Celli Super Guy Really Smart and got another name down here. Bob Howard Bob Howard Melewar winter into use sog down at Khantun wounded like thirteen times eight purple hearts.