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

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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.

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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.

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"A great read about a great American warrior, The Quiet Professional captures the essence of this humble but extraordinary Special Forces legend, Major Dick Meadows. From the back alleys of Tehran to the jungles of the Ho Chi Minh Trail and the terror-stricken villages of Peru, this Green Beret set the standard that we all aspired to achieve but rarely met."--Major John L. Plaster, USA (Ret.), author of SOG: The Secret Wars of America's Commanders in Vietnam" --

"Alan Hoe has written another very good book about an unforgettable man and SF soldier who our founder would have approved of and liked. He presents the reader with a rounded portrait of an exceptional officer who found his true metier in service with SF in testing times, a modest man of honour who was contect to be 'The Quiet Professional'... His book uncovers the very essence of Dick Meadows, for he is writing with clarity about a close friend, never an easy task for a biographer." -- Mars & Minerva" --

"A book about one of the greatest legends in the world of U.S. Army special forces, Major Richard Meadows"--Military Heritage" --

"This is a well written biography of the extraordinary life of a complex man. It should be on the suggested reading list of the Chief of Staff of the Army for Army leaders at every level and should be found in every soldier's professional library."--Army" --

"This book provides insight into the military career of one of the most courageous soldiers of modern times, and examines the operations of the Special Forces in the Korean and Vietnam wars in addition to hostage crises through the 1980s."--Tucson Citizen" --

"There is very little public knowledge of how special-operations forces carry out their work or of the half-century effort to develop a joint doctrine of special-operations tactics and techniques. It is an important story, and few men loom as large in it as Maj. Richard J. Meadows."--Wall Street Journal" --

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813140339
  • Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
  • Publication date: 8/17/2011
  • Series: American Warriors Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 284,663
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Major Alan Hoe (ret.) served in the British Army Special Forces and is the author of several books, including Terrorism: Threat and Response and David Stirling: The Authorized Biography of the Creator of the SAS.

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  • Posted September 6, 2011

    The Quiet Professional

    Alan "Spike" Hoe has written an enjoyable and enlightening work about a very uncommon common man. A veteran of Britain's 22 Special Air Service (SAS), Hoe first met then-MSG Richard J. Meadows when he was one of the first two Special Forces officers on exchange with the SAS. Hoe obviously became enthralled with Dick Meadows during that assignment and became a close, personal friend. After Hoe wrote the authorized biography of Sir David Sterling, the founder of the SAS, Dick Meadows asked that he write his biography, if one were to be written. Consequently, Hoe's work has the benefit on both official and family archives for source documentation. I have often wondered why some men, in particular, seem destined for greatness. There are men who strike their superiors, peers, and subordinates alike as one set apart. They are not always the best at what they do; it is difficult to be best at everything. But, as they go through life, they truly are among the best; yet they are still sufficiently common that each of us can relate to them. Such a man was Dick Meadows. Dick Meadows' story is quintessentially American. Born and raised in the hills of West Virginia, he was shuttled between living with his father, his mother, and his grandparents. He was the product of poverty when real poverty still existed in this country. With the connivance of his mother, he enlisted in the Army in 1947 at the age of fifteen. Following a friend's lead, he volunteered for parachute duty and was assigned to the field artillery in the 82nd Airborne Division. When the Korean War broke out, he was able to wangle an assignment to the 187th Regimental Combat Team where, at the age of twenty, he became the youngest Master Sergeant of the Korean War. Returning to the United States, he volunteered for the newly-formed U.S. Army Special Forces where his reputation would be made. Over the next twenty-five years, he would become famous within the ranks of the regiment. Some of his accomplishments are: As a recon team leader in Military Advisory Command - Vietnam Studies and Observation Group (MACV-SOG), he provided the first photographic and movie evidence of North Vietnamese regulars in South Vietnam; he led the first Bright Light mission to rescue a downed U.S. pilot inside North Vietnam; he captured thirteen enemy soldiers (a record); he received the first battlefield commission (straight to Captain) of the war; and he led the ground assault team on the Son Tay Prison raid. Most importantly to him, throughout these missions, he never lost a man killed in action. As a civilian consultant to the fledgling Special Forces Operational Detachment DELTA (SFOD-D), he infiltrated Tehran under cover with a team of clandestine operatives to support the raid to free hostages held by Iranian militants. After the disaster at Desert One, he and his team evaded out of country unscathed and undiscovered. Later in his retirement, he established a successful security business in Peru and continued to help U.S. governmental agencies through his extensive intelligence network. Unknown to most of the U.S. Army, let alone the civilian world, these exploits set Dick Meadows far apart from his peers. Anyone who is interested in special operations, personal histories of the Cold War, and leadership should read this work. Richard J. Meadows was, indeed, an uncommon common man and a true "Quiet Professional."

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