The Quiet Professional: Major Richard J. Meadows of the U.S. Army Special Forces

The Quiet Professional: Major Richard J. Meadows of the U.S. Army Special Forces

The Quiet Professional: Major Richard J. Meadows of the U.S. Army Special Forces

The Quiet Professional: Major Richard J. Meadows of the U.S. Army Special Forces

Synopsis

Major Richard J. "Dick" Meadows is renowned in military circles as a key figure in the development of the U.S. Army Special Operations. A highly decorated war veteran of the engagements in Korea and Vietnam, Meadows was instrumental in the founding of the U.S. Delta Force and hostage rescue force. Although he officially retired in 1977, Meadows could never leave the army behind, and he went undercover in the clandestine operations to free American hostages from Iran in 1980.

The Quiet Professional: Major Richard J. Meadows of the U.S. Army Special Forces is the only biography of this exemplary soldier's life. Military historian Alan Hoe offers unique insight into Meadows, having served alongside him in 1960. The Quiet Professional is an insider's account that gives a human face to U.S. military strategy during the cold war. Major Meadows often claimed that he never achieved anything significant; The Quiet Professional proves otherwise, showcasing one of the great military minds of twentieth-century America.

Excerpt

Most of us share some level of admiration and respect for the great achievers whom we read about in history or otherwise observe from a distance during our lifetimes. Some of us have been fortunate enough to meet and get to know some extraordinary people of whom legends are made. For whatever reason, I have had the honor and privilege of being surrounded by very special people for most of my adult professional life. Standing out… not really above (because he wouldn’t want it that way)… but alone, in the unique way that he lived and worked, was Dick Meadows.

Dick and I shared a special friendship, nurtured by his desire to mentor and coach those willing to strive for excellence, and by my respect for him as a master craftsman of our business and my need to learn from the best.

Alan “Spike” Hoe knew Dick Meadows like very few others. Their professional association, growing to deep friendship, spanned over five decades beginning at Bradbury Lines in Hereford, the home of the famed British Special Air Service. the sas was founded by Sir David Stirling during World War II in the deserts of North Africa. the rough counterpart of the U.S. Special Forces (Green Berets), the sas gained much fame and respect on the road of hard knocks in the Dhofar Wars, Malaysia, Northern Ireland, the Falklands, and more recently Iraq and Afghanistan.

Dick Meadows was a natural fit. As a Special Forces noncommissioned officer, Dick spent an exchange tour in Hereford and was given command of an operational troop. Command of these premier units is normally reserved for “badged” commissioned officers—officers who have successfully completed the arduous sas Assessment, Selection, and Training Program—not sergeants.

It was also during this period that Dick met Pam, his future wife, the daughter of the often feared regimental sergeant major. This is clear evidence that Dick was living the sas motto, “Who Dares Wins!”… going boldly in every aspect of his life.

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