Honor U​.​S. MACV-SOG with the Congressional Gold Medal

Honor U​.​S. MACV-SOG with the Congressional Gold Medal

September 21, 2023
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Why this petition matters

Started by SFA Chapter 78

We, the concerned citizens of the United States, call upon Congress to award the U.S Military Assistance Command, Vietnam, Studies and Observations Group (MACV-SOG) with a well-deserved Congressional Gold Medal. MACV-SOG was an elite special operations unit that played a vital role during the Vietnam War.

During its existence from 1964 to 1972, MACV-SOG conducted highly classified and dangerous covert operations behind enemy lines in Southeast Asia. Composed of highly trained personnel from all branches of the military, including Special Forces soldiers and intelligence operatives, MACV-SOG carried out unconventional warfare missions that were critical to our national security objectives.

Here are some compelling reasons why we believe MACV-SOG deserves this prestigious recognition:

1. Extraordinary Valor: The members of MACV-SOG demonstrated exceptional bravery in executing their missions under extremely hazardous conditions. They faced constant danger from enemy forces while operating deep within hostile territory.

2. Highly Successful Operations: Despite being outnumbered and outgunned by North Vietnamese forces, MACV-SOG achieved remarkable success throughout its existence. Their intelligence gathering efforts provided crucial information for strategic decision-making by American commanders.

3. Covert Operations Expertise: The unique capabilities developed by MACV-SOG set new standards for unconventional warfare tactics and techniques that continue to influence modern special operations units today.

4. Sacrifice and Losses: Casualty rates for SOG reconnaissance teams during the eight-year secret war fought across the fence in Laos, Cambodia and North Vietnam exceeded 100%, meaning every man was wounded at least once and approximately half were killed. Of the 1,579 Americans missing in action from the Vietnam War, 50 are from the group. At least 11 SOG teams, perhaps more, simply vanished.

5. Secrecy & Recognition Delay: Due to the classified nature of their missions, much of what they accomplished remained unknown until decades later when declassified documents shed light on their extraordinary contributions.

6. Support for Veterans: Recognizing MACV-SOG with the Congressional Gold Medal would not only honor their service but also raise awareness about their sacrifices and provide long-overdue recognition to the surviving veterans and families of those who have passed away. 

We urge Congress to acknowledge the immense contributions of MACV-SOG by awarding them the Congressional Gold Medal. This prestigious honor would serve as a lasting tribute to their bravery, sacrifice, and unwavering commitment to defending our nation's interests during one of America's most challenging conflicts.

- "MACV-SOG: A Unit History" by Major John L. Plaster
- "SOG: The Secret Wars of America's Commandos in Vietnam" by John L. Plaster
- Declassified documents from National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
- Testimonies from MACV-SOG veterans

Please join us in supporting this petition to ensure that these unsung heroes receive the recognition they so rightfully deserve. Together, let us honor MACV-SOG for their extraordinary service and preserve their legacy for future generations.

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269 people signed this week
Signatures: 2,257Next Goal: 2,500
269 people signed this week