I've kicked this off in another thread as Military History may be more appropriate. I once asked, purely out of curiousity, a Royal Highland Fusilier Provost Sgt at Dreghorn why he was wearing his SAS wings on his chest rather than on his sleeve. I also once mistook a NZ SAS patrol for an Australian one. From both of these encounters I emerged unscathed- in fact all concerned were pretty decent guys. That's almost the sum total of my Special Forces exposure and I don't want to give the impression that I have any special insight-I haven't. Having got that out of the way, here goes; In the Radfan Campaign of 1964, the ill-fated SAS patrol in which Capt Edwards and Tpr Warburton were killed and Cpl Baker was awarded a MM, It's my understanding that the patrol medic was a US soldier. I recall a contemporary non-verbal, official source which said, likely not verbatim but near enough; "Had it not been for the advanced medical skills of the patrol medic, a US soldier on exchange with 22 SAS, it is highly probable that there would have been more fatalities in the patrol" The source was as accurate as it gets, if my details are at odds with what really was the case, then it's an extra-ordinary abberation of my memory, normally excellent but not infallable. The worse case is that I've got it wrong and am doing a Brit SAS man a great dis-service, in which case someone in the know will no doubt be able to put the record straight. It's worth pointing out that in those days, there wasn't the mystique about the SAS; that came about some years later. If the details of a US soldier in the Radfan didn't pass in to the public domain at the time, it would have been more on political, rather than security grounds. It's not a bad thing for the medic to have on his CV and I would like to think that he got some recognition among his American peers; and that in some American Legion or VFW outpost somewhere, there's someone with a pretty interesting story to tell.