The history of the American Heroes who served in Special Operations in the War in Vietnam and who were awarded the Medal of Honor for their bravery in action need to be told over and over again. Keith McKim, himself a decorated member of Special Operations, does a great service by telling these true stories in a captivating way. This is our history and every American should listen and appreciate the sacrifices these men made for us all.
BENTLEY B. RAYBURN
Major General, USAF (Retired)
Thank you for your service to our nation
I thoroughly enjoyed your CD. These are truly stories that every American should know! I am an avid reader of Macv Sog material and supporter of our Special Operations Forces past and present. I wanted to serve in the military as a Green Beret but moderate cerebral palsy kept me from military service. I am a very proud son of an Air Force Vietnam Veteran (now deceased) who served in South Vietnam from December 1965 to November 1966 as a ground vehicle mechanic in support of a FAC squadron. I hope you make more CD's about MACV SOG. Thank you again and if you are ever in Arizona you are welcome in my home anytime!
You shall feel most at home with the Air Commandos Assn. No one has to say a word! Everyone has walked the walk.
Shirley A Williams
Vietnam Green Berets S.O.G. Medal of Honor Recipients
Keith McKim is one of those special people that I met through Howard Staub. We’ve been friends for several years and he never ceases to amaze me. Keith is a history nut, loves to do research, is a great writer (including poetry) and talented reciter. He is also passionate about any project he delves into but especially if it has anything to do with our great country and her military heroes. Keith McKim spent several tours in Vietnam as a Green Beret. In the process he lost an eye and had several other injuries and won several awards including Silver Stars, Bronze Stars and Purple Hearts.
In the past couple of years Keith McKim started writing about Vietnam Green Berets S.O.G. Medal of Honor Recipients and has since recorded those factual stories on a CD set. The stories are amazing and if you have any interest in War history and the men who created those stories you need to have this CD.
The stories are about Roy P. Benavidez, George K. Sisler, Jon R. Cavaiani, Franklin D Miller, John J Kedenburg, Fred W. Zabitosky, Robert L. Howard and Loren D Hagen.
To order your copy of this CD set go to https://www.facebook.com/sogvietnam/info and go to the About page. Or you can go directly to http://www.yuccacreekrecords.com/catalog.html. Or you can go to www.amazon.com and search for Keith McKim. You will be glad you did.
Thank you Keith for what you do and how you do it! I’m proud to be your friend!
VIETNAM – Green Berets S.O.G. Medal of Honor Recipients
CD-ROM Written & Narrated by Keith L. McKim
Yucca Creek Records
Available at Amazon
"Keith McKim is the real deal. They do not make men like this anymore. Keith has been a 1-0 (Team Leader) of a top secret recon team. He sets a fine example of authentic masculinity and the true stories of valor and selfless service that he tells in his CD set Vietnam - Green Berets S.O.G. Medal of Honor Recipients are absolutely captivating. My retired Delta Force Colonel friend told me that the first time he listened to it, he could not get out of his truck until the end. Keith's CD set is the most valuable CD set I personally own, and I highly recommend this as listening material for every veteran and for every young man who needs a reference of what true courage, leadership and selfless service look like.
Do yourself a favor and help a veteran by investing in this CD set. It will inspire you!"
Keith's stories are spellbinding
Keith's stories are spellbinding and bring tears to the eyes of listeners. He is so real and his stories bring a new appreciation of what the Vietnam war costs our men. I never wanted to talk about the war, but Keith brought a new view and understanding of what are men went though.
I was privileged to receive and listen to this 2-disc set of the stories of the Studies & Observation Group’s Medal of Honor recipients as excellently narrated by former One-Zero of Recon Team Cobra, Keith L. McKim.
It is an excellent and concise history of the unit, by the incredible numbers, as well as an individual detailing of the actions of the men of SOG who were recognized by the award of our nation’s highest military medal for valor. Keith begins his narration with a description of SOG, the unit and its mission, then does a masterful job of demonstrating why this unit, among all that served in Vietnam, was so highly decorated (even though decorations were uncommon because of the secret nature of the missions) and so vehemently hated by our enemy. That such a small unit could cause an entire enemy army to devote such large numbers of men to search out and destroy (or attempt to destroy) the teams, was unheard of and the likes of which will never be seen again. Keith gives the listener the facts – and the facts begin to show just “why” SOG was so very special.
After his first chapter history of the unit, he begins the stories of these men with the incredible story of Tango-Mike-Mike, Roy P. Benavidez. He devotes the balance of the CD-ROM to the stories of the other recipients, each narrated with decorum and excellent voice inflection. It is obvious that Keith has put his own experiences in the inflection of his voice and the emotions that come with listening (and reflecting, for those who have experienced close combat) to these men’s histories - all which constitute the history of this exemplary unit of the bravest of the brave.
Readers of books may have read of some of these men and their medal missions, but to listen to these same events as narrated by Keith causes the “pause” button on your CD player to be used more than once (at least I had to use mine). It has an emotional impact that is lacking on the written page.
I highly recommend this CD and can tell you that with the forces of historical “reinvention” working overtime, we all need to make sure that these stories are not only remembered, but told and re-told to our young so that these men and SOG will never be forgotten.
Keith McKim is an amazing man who inspires me every day. In honor of him and all the men and women who have served our country I feel I should give high praise to his new audio book about the SOG members who received the Medal of Honor in the Viet Nam war. In his 60s he began to do what he truly loved and after hard work and many set backs, he is achieving what he set out to do. This is just one aspect of his vast set of talents. He is a writer, a public speaker, an honored veteran, an entrepreneur, a sitting tap dancer, an auctioneer, a warrior, an activist, and the list goes on.
This audio book is a detailed and moving piece that truly captures these honorable men's stories of heroism. He captures this not only with his words but also in the way he speaks, because we know that he was a fellow Green Beret SOG member and he conveys, with a powerful voice, the chaos, heartache, bravery, and honor in being in MACVSOG. "Vietnam Green Berets SOG" not only will tell you how and why these 13 men received the medal of honor, it will give you a glimpse into their life, it will explain Special Forces Culture, it will show you that any one of us can become a hero, it will move you deeply. I have heard Keith speak for years and heard many of his stories. This is one of his finest works and I recommend you share this with your fathers, your children, your friends, our veterans, and everyone who takes pride in what our service men and women do for us and our country.
These stories are powerful, especially as Keith served with the SOG in Vietnam and sustained severe injuries in action behind enemy lines.
Keith McKim, author and voice, brings these acts to light and life as he recounts these courageous deeds in his work, Vietnam Green Berets S.O.G. Medal of Honor Recipients. It is in hearing Keith's recounting of these men who dared all in the face of overwhelming odds that these stories inspire us to do greater things. What would we have done in those situations? Would we have done the same in the instant that a decision had to be made for all concerned if we were in combat?
Keith, a Green Beret veteran of S.O.G., knows what these men endured in the heat of battle. He was team lead for a reconnaissance team, severely wounded as a member of RT Cobra.
These CDs speak of the 8 Green Beret Special Operations Group who earned the Medal of Honor for such actions in Vietnam. George Sissler was the first and Loren Hagen, the last in the Green Beret family.
Their stories evoke actions taken when the fog of war descends upon a fast-moving situation and they are called to task for comrades and country.
It is a sad commentary to note that the Vietnam War is fast fading from our society. Barely mentioned in history classes in our educational systems. So I am delighted to see there are those like Keith McKim who are preserving the deeds on audio. Kudos to Keith!
I am not a military historian. I am a passionate friend not only of the SOA but for the military services as these men and women are sent into harm's way. My hardy recommendation to have these stories in CD form as part of our proud heritage when men are called to duty with the selfless acts of bravery. This foundation is what makes America still strong today.
Lest we forget
26 Nov 2015
The first time I listened to Keith McKim’s inspirational work I was in my vehicle. When I reached my destination I sat in the parking lot, mesmerized by the story, unwilling to quit listening. Such is the nature of this tribute to the SOG Medal of Honor recipients. Once you start listening, you’re hooked. An award citation gives a glimpse of the action that merited the award, but Keith takes us much deeper and tells us about the men themselves. Combine this with incredibly vivid battle sequences, and these stories of courage, honor, loyalty, and patriotism will leave you too sitting in a parking lot listening.
Colonel Lee Van Arsdale (LAVA), Special Forces, Delta Force April 24, 2015
The stories he tells are compelling and true.
More heroic than any SOG fiction book.
I've listened to the entire set several times. It makes traveling long distances on Southern California's clogged highways less painful and educational.
Thank you Keith. Keep up the good work.
Everyone should hear this story, no one should take freedom for granted. I thank all the men who served in SOG up to present day Special Operations.
It is so overdue that these men's stories are told and America realizes the truth about Vietnam.
Kieth McKim is one of the last of these men and just the one to get this so necessary job done!
Keep up the great work!
In 1962-3, I served in a support role at Nha Trang, South Vietnam. The most respected troops on the air base were the Green Berets or U.S. Special Forces. They were the “force multipliers” in the Vietnam War.
During the Vietnam War there was a secret unit called S.O.G. which stands for “Studies and Observations Group”. They performed some amazing deeds for our country but few people know about the unit.
Some S.O.G. members have kept silent even after the military declassified documents in 1990s.
I’ve also had the honor of knowing Keith McKim for over 15-years while he told his patriotic stories. On this project, he tells the stories Green Berets S.O.G. Medal of Honor Recipients. He is in a unique position to tell these stories having been a member of S.O.G. and with the ability to hold an audience captivated.
Keith’s focus is on the Medal of Honor Recipients but it also a tribute to all the military men and women who serve this great nation we all love. God Bless America and protect those who serve our country today.