FORCES TO THE RESCUE
Special Forces soldiers
were inside our embassy when it blew
and are the unsung
heroes from that tragedy.
A perspective on the Kenya bombing from a source with the 5th
SF Group HQ,Ft. Campbell.
"The Kenya bombing hit pretty close to home. We had a 12-man
ODA working on a
project in the Embassy. The 7th was their last day. They
were in anassigned
work space, on the ground floor, at the opposite side
and end of the building
from the blast, doing last minute work. They had
out-briefed the Ambassador
at 0900 (hours). Less than 2 minutes prior to the
blast, 2men had been
in the cashier line, but it was too slow so they
returned to the office
to go to the cafeteria for lunch. All 9 (of 12, 3
were at the hotel)
had stood up to go to lunch, when they heard the grenade
go off and looked
out the window.
About 6-10 seconds
later the bomb went off.
It turned the heavy
door to their room into a platter charge which blew across
the room and out
the wall into the street. They were stunned and disoriented.
All in the cashier
line and cage were killed. All in the hall and elevator were
killed. All in rooms
to their right and left and above them were killed. All in
the AMB/DCM and admin
offices were killed. The Attache and Security
were wiped out except for those out of the building. The
Ambassador and her
key staff survived because they were out of the building
at a conference two
buildings away. 50 persons were killed in the
20 persons were able to walk out of the Embassy
under their own power,
9 of them were SF.
their survival to
or anything other than luck and divine intervention.
Reference the "Marine Hooah!" I have seen that message in
I have debriefed our guys who are back and they tell
a story in marked
contrast to the Marine version. After the SF persons
they saw the Kenyans start to filter in. They thought
to assist, but then
realized they were looting the bodies and "stuff".
The SF persons brokeinto
Post 1 and got weapons and ammo. The guard
had survived but
was unconscious. They established a perimeter around
the Embassy and organized
There were only 4 Marines capable of duty, and they did not do
much the first 24
hours. They were in shock and pretty junior. SF took
charge and made the
best of a horrible situation. Any pictures you see of
armed Americans around
the Embassy on the 7th were 5th Group (relaxed
Our Special Forces aren't too slick when it comes to self-promotion, but
they're always there
standing tall when the crap hits the fan...
The above is an e-mail received from
Defending America Newsletter, dated September 10, 1998.
H. Hackworth (website)
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