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“I said [to myself], Logan, if you’re going to make it, you need to get out of here now.” (Video interview, 01:03:40.0)

   Logan D. Fitch
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Logan Fitch at time of interview
War: Cold War; Vietnam War, 1961-1975
Branch: Army; Army
Unit: 85th Ordnance Battalion; Detachment A, Berlin Brigade; B Company, 2nd Battalion, 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 8th Infantry Division; 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta (1st SFOD-D); J6 Headquarters, Military Assistance Command, Vietnam; 2nd Battalion, 503rd Parachute Infantry, 173rd Airborne Brigade
Service Location: Fort Carson, Colorado; Fort Ord, California; Hanau, Germany; Fort Irwin, California; Fort Benning, Georgia; Berlin, Germany; Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Tuscaloosa, Alabama; Mainz, Germany; Bad Tolz, Germany; Nacogdoches, Texas; also: Saigon, Vietnam; Fort Bliss, Texas; Xuan Loc, Vietnam; Landing Zone English, Vietnam
Rank: Major
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A self-described “wild kid,” Major Logan D. Fitch enlisted in the Army in 1961 at the age of 17, seeking escape from his small town life in Colorado. Thus began a storied military career, one that would involve service in Vietnam, becoming an officer, and eventually, to command of a squadron of the elite Special Forces known as Delta Force. In 1980, he served as Squadron Commander during Operation Eagle Claw, a failed attempt to extract the hostages being held at the American embassy in Tehran. His oral history includes his thoughts on what went wrong during the operation, as well as recollections of his Vietnam combat experiences, Ranger training, and as a Military Freefall Parachutist.

Interview (Video)
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 Video (Interview Excerpts) (6 items)
First years in the Army; deciding to become an officer; wanting to be in the infantry. (03:25) Differences between Rangers School and Special Forces. (03:00) Learning how to do freefall parachute jumps; earning parachute badges from different countries. (02:54)
Creation of Delta Force; origins; training of selectees. (06:22) Background of Operation Eagle Claw; formulation of hostage rescue plan. (07:58) Execution of Operation Eagle Claw; where things went wrong; crew losses. (13:25)

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