SPECIAL FORCES INVESTIGATION
On 7, 8, 14 and 15 June 1998 CNN presented a horrific report, world-wide, entitled Valley of Death-Operation Tailwind on the CNN program “Newstand”. They charged that MACVSOG (Military Assistance Command Vietnam Studies and Observations Group) conducted a mission on 11 September 1970, in Laos, to kill American defectors and that Nerve gas was used that killed women and children in a Laotian “village”.
The operation was conducted by a company of Civilian Irregular Defense Group (CIDG) A paramilitary force authorized by the Republic of South Vietnam and advised by the United States Army Special Forces. The Special Forces Association had been alerted by one of its members that these charges would be made.
The investigative team of RUDI GRESHAM (SFA Lead Investigator), JOHN PLASTER (MACVSOG Lead Investigator) and JIMMY DEAN (Investigative Coordinator)
On June 9th GRESHAM and PLASTER began contacting Tailwind participants and persons who had knowledge of the operation. COLONEL “SKIP” SADLER, GENE MCCARLEY, ED WOLCOFF, ADMIRAL THOMAS MOORER (through) GENERALS DAVIS, WESTMORELAND, AND PALMER.
Admiral Moorer requested Rudi Gresham to be his spokesman. On June 26, 1998, the SFA/SOG held a news conference at 1:00PM at the Hilton Hotel. Over 500 Special Forces Association members attended along with media representatives from Fox News, CNN, Local New Mexico TV stations including an ABC affiliate, NBC, the Washington Times, Reuters news services, Cox News Service and Soldier of Fortune.
In the opening statement, JIMMY DEAN said the SFA/SOA investigation proved that the CNN/Times charges were false. The Special Forces Association demanded CNN to do a total retraction of Newsstands Tailwind story dated June 7 and 8, 1998 and the follow-up on June 14 and 15, 1998. Also a demand for a retraction from TIME MAGAZINE.