“The next graduation will be in February at Ft. Bragg, and one of the men slated to graduate read my book Across The Fence and viewed Jocko Podcast #180 — my first interview with Jocko and Echo, and enlisted in the Army to be a Green Beret. I had breakfast with him one year ago. Needless to say, I’m always honored to meet today’s Green Berets and subsequent generations that followed our time in SOG,” Meyer said.
“Many SOG men went on to serve in Delta Force, including Eldon Bargewell. We served together as E-4s at FOB 1 at Phu Bai in 1968. Eldon earned a DSC [Distinguished Service Cross] during his second tour of duty and went on to serve nearly 40 years before retiring as a highly-respected major general.”
“I hate to sound like a broken record here, but thanks to Jocko and his interviews of a few SF Vietnam veterans our SOG stories are reaching out to people around the world through social media and because the SOG stories are incredible tales of Green Berets fighting horrendous odds while attempting to conduct top secret missions as the nation’s premier special operations force during the secret war that ran from Jan. 24, 1964, until June 1972,” the host of SOGCast told Sandboxx News.
Behind the Scenes
Recording a podcast isn’t as easy as people might think. Meyer has to make contact with potential guests and convince them to appear on the show. Then, once a guest has agreed, Jocko Productions flies him over or flies Meyer to a location where he can interview several men and shoot several episodes at one go. Getting old commandos to open up about their experiences is no easy task, and if it weren’t for Meyer, they probably wouldn’t do it.
“The men have been quiet professionals for so long, that many are reluctant at first to talk about it. Funny sidebar, my team leader for ST Idaho was one of the SOG recon men I worked on for over a year to sit down for an interview,” Meyer said.
Meyer likes to follow the format that made Jocko so famous. He only shoots in black and white format with a dark background, beginning the episodes with passages from books about SOG and then smoothly transitioning to the guests and their stories.
“Thanks to Jocko [Willink], SOGCast provides a social media format and platform where SOG veterans and aviators who supported SOG missions across the fence in N[orth] Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia can tell their stories about their roles in the eight-year secret war after signing NDAs to not speak about it for 20 years. Every SOG veteran’s story is unique, awe-inspiring,” the host of SOGCast added.
As far as the future goes, Meyer wants to interview as many SOG commandos and aviators as possible. People are getting old, and when they die, they take their stories and experiences with them.
The famous 19th century British Prime Minister William Gladstone once said that if someone showed him the manner in which a nation or a community cared for its dead, he would “measure with mathematical exactness the tender mercies of its people, their respect for the laws of the land, and their loyalty to high ideals.”
Meyer and the SOGCast keep memories burning, and through that, they keep a nation and its history alive.