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A U.S. Navy Seal Team One member, his face camouflaged with colored grease paint, watches patiently for any sign of enemy activity during a search and destroy operation in one of the Mekong Delta's swamp jungles, 1968.

The most famous of the Special Forces involved in the Vietnam War were the US Green Berets, their original mission being to wage guerilla warfare and organize resistance behind enemy lines. Most of the Green Berets that served in Vietnam belonged to the 5th Special Forces Group, who had their headquarters in Nha Trang.