- Major Bob Worn (USAF, Retired, 2305 Tilman
Drive, Bossier City, Louisiana 71111-5909, Phone 318-746-0766, Fax 318-747-3738,
E-mail BOBWORN@AOL.COM) stated to me that while assigned to First Flight
Detachment (the flying arm of SOG), Nha Trang AB, RVN as the Intell Officer,
he had first-hand knowledge of the amount, movement and use of nerve gas.
- Caveat: I have not yet fact-checked these
statements or Bob Worn's background.
- The following is a letter Bob Worn sent
to CNN and on July 9 to Jack Smith, the CNN producer of the Tailwind expose
who was later fired by CNN.
- - Wes Thomas
- News Department
- Cable News Network
- Atlanta, Georgia
- 404-681-3578 Fax
- Re: Agent GB (Sarin)
- I and several of my fellow airmen that
served in Studies and Observation Group (SOG) are happy and relieved that
the story on the use of the hideous agent GB (Sarin) finally was put before
the American people.
- Your Peter Arnett did a short, shallow
expose` on SOG on Impact several months ago. In my letter to you immediately
after the airing of the segment, I urged you to look deeper, beyond the
"tip of the iceberg" at SOG and Operations such as Tailwind (originally
"Illwind"), Heavy Chain, Heavy Anchor, Star-light, Bright Boy,
- The stockpiling and use of agents such
as GB (Sarin) and just-as-lethal CS (also used in the Waco raid) together
with biological warfare agents was almost commonplace in "special
covert ops" carried out by the air arm of SOG, First Flight Detachment,
based at Nha Trang, RVN.
- As Mr. Arnett pointed out in the Impact
article, if we could not recover "assets" shot down and/or captured
by the Viet Cong, we would divert an Arc-Light air strike into the area.
- If an airstrike could not be diverted
in a timely manner, close-in support aircraft were deployed to the area
to dispense special, lethal chemical agents, sometimes referred to as "the
worst of the worst". Assets could not be permitted to be exploited
by the VC nor could the knowledge and expertise they possessed be compromised.
At all times we had to guaranty that the president had total "plausible
- The lab and storage area (among others)
for such agents as well as other hideous weapons was "House 50"
in Saigon. Logistics and delivery of "covert agents" was accomplished
by the aircraft assigned to SOG, UC-123K "Tailhook" black birds,
A1-E close-in support aircraft, UH1-E (twin engine) helicopters ("Huey
2") and F4-G(U) "Wild Weasel".
- The "Wild Weasel" aircraft
assigned to SOG carried radiation seaking missiles that would home in on
and destroy radio frequency sources, from enemy gun-laying and surface-to-air
(SAM) control radars to the "special" one that would home in
on civilian radio stations and agricultural truck transmitters used in
the worst examples of psychological warfare.
- Rest assured, this country of ours can
never again sing the song, "Onward Christian Soldiers" ... Christian
soldiers we're not!
- Respectfully submitted,
- Bob Worn, Major-USAF (Retired)
- Former Member - SOG
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