Barry Sadler was an enlisted man and a Green Beret. He was a special forces medic while In Vietnam where he stepped on a pongee stick and was seriously injured.
Barry is best known for having written and sung The Ballad of the Green Berets which was on the best seller list or what ever for several weeks.
Barry wrote a series of novels called Casca, the Eternal Mercenary which were quite popular. He was a friend of Soldier of Fortune. Soldier of Fortune Magazine publisher, Robert K. Brown, a Green Beret in Vietnam hooked up with Barry who became a frequent guest at the notorious Soldier of Fortune conventions in Las Vegas. He performed singing to the conventioneers and of course the Ballad of the Green Berets. He was a favorite.
Barry spent a great deal of time in Central America where he was shot in the head in 1988 under mysterious circumstances in Guatemala City. Soldier of Fortune magazine paid for a medical flight to bring him to the United States but he died from the injury a year later at the age of 49. Enjoy as this never gets old. Click on the links. Watch both renditions as one is to honor the Afghanistan troops