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Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP23 Mar 2020 5:04 a.m. PST

Well Hue from Gringos40 seems a long time ago now and any prospect of getting to see the place even more remote now.

Instead here is a painted up figure from their new US Embassy Assault range. Suspect he is CIA and that is a Beretta by al accounts. Certainly newsreel at the time showed more than a few "civilians" who were very comfortable handling SMGs

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Legion 423 Mar 2020 7:58 a.m. PST

thumbs up The history of our war in SE Asia can't be completely told without talking about the CIA's involvement …

I saw that same news reel and others … Yes the "spooks" were there …

Bismarck23 Mar 2020 1:03 p.m. PST

Oh, no! Not the spooks! ;-) LOL
Just when I was about to hint to Ged about not forgetting
the US Naval Construction Battalions. At least a couple
of Seabees.

The Embassy figures were great. Heck…have you guys done a figure less than spectacular yet? Not in my book.

jammy four Sponsoring Member of TMP23 Mar 2020 4:18 p.m. PST

Legion 4………………

your quite right..they were there.they
actually worked upstairs in the Embassy
and as expected were fairly low key..
on a day to day basis!

cheers
Ged
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and thanks to Liam!!

jammy four Sponsoring Member of TMP23 Mar 2020 4:22 p.m. PST

Bismark

many thanks for the kind words….
the actual figures initially were
Marine Security Guards or MSGs as
they were known..basically Marines
in statsides (casual dress) armed
with Beretta M12 Machine guns..
and were similar in dress to the
CIA…the film reel stayed with me,,
and I was able to turn the images into
Metal….very satisfying! Quite an event
at the time…!

regards
Ged
gringo40s,com
gringo40s.blogspot.com

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP24 Mar 2020 1:20 a.m. PST

Drip feed (we need something new to look at every day now, let us face it) but here he is again. Is that Patton's ivory handled revolver? ;

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Skarper24 Mar 2020 4:03 a.m. PST

Cough …. Phoenix programme….

Nice figure anyway.

jammy four Sponsoring Member of TMP24 Mar 2020 7:26 a.m. PST

thanks Skarper!!

cheers
Ged
gringo40s.com

Legion 424 Mar 2020 7:44 a.m. PST

your quite right..they were there.they
actually worked upstairs in the Embassy
and as expected were fairly low key..
on a day to day basis!
They still do AFAIK …

Phoenix programme….
Yes very well known to anyone who seriously studies and knows about the US war in SE Asia. Albeit many CIA agents, ops, etc., were vilified, etc. They generally were useful like any Intel Agency … and still are.

If you are looking for Saints … you may not find too many in most intel agencies, e.g. KGB … and yes in some cases the CIA.

Ran into a CIA type in Panama when I was deployed there with 101 in the early '80s. Didn't really have must contact with him. We were pretty much to ignore them, officially or unofficially. It the nature of this type of mission.

When going thru Army Parachute training at Ft. Benning, GA in the late '70s. Our Co XO mentioned some guys with long hair and beards in sterile jungle fatigues. Were going thru much of the parachute training as well. They were called "casuals". The other military students in the class were told not to talk to them, have any contact with them, etc., etc. Ignore them, the "casuals" were basically "not there" …

It didn't take much to figure out who the "casuals" were and what they were training for, etc. … The CIA some times needed to be able to deploy their operatives by parachute as well …obviously …

And yes then as now the CIA, FBI, etc., have a number of former Military personnel in their ranks. Some of the training and experiences the former military had was invaluable for many clandestine, etc., type ops … And they already had most of those "skills", "temperament', etc., for these high risk, etc., type "actions" …

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP25 Mar 2020 6:03 a.m. PST

and here is his mate. I suspect I will soon have another view to show you..keeps us all amused right now!

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Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP26 Mar 2020 6:01 a.m. PST

sure enough. Keep them coming everyone……anything you have to show

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Legion 426 Mar 2020 3:41 p.m. PST

Yeah ! Get Some !!!!! thumbs up

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