Colonel Rowe SERE 1986 Article

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    A friend of mine on Instagram (Alleghenyfrontier is his handle) posted up a 1986 article from Outside Magazine on his page about a week back. The article covers the author’s interview with Col. James Rowe. Originally assigned to the 5th Special Forces Group in Vietnam, he was captured and held as a POW for five years (Five Years to Freedom is the book detailing his story). He was one of only 34 American prisoners who actually managed to escape imprisonment during the war. He is credited with starting the US Army SERE program; and this is primarily what this article focuses on. I heartily enjoyed reading through this piece, and figured the crowd here probably would as well.

    With permission, I’m posting up the photos my friend had on his IG. I copied and zoomed in to read the full article, and it was well worth it. The section on Col. Rowe’s personal 3 tier survival kit was very interesting as well. Hope you all enjoy! 121E7903-A6CD-426D-9D39-DD13345E1ECC.jpeg BECDC7FC-3F90-46D3-ADCF-7ADFD0B9F7BB.jpeg 9209CB7E-4583-45A6-B9AD-E8513678F5E9.jpeg DC211EA0-E8CE-4C2B-8561-060038FB42DB.jpeg 3BBB5A6A-6EDC-4EEE-A461-86562D263FC5.jpeg 91108F9B-9694-470B-BC80-D879AF100FF0.jpeg 4401C91F-0FD3-4BB9-BFBD-540AB6B69B86.jpeg 76557F97-7E3F-4D60-8C11-E6A68C3C8267.jpeg
    Would love to hear your thoughts and/or discuss. Wouldn’t be that surprised if a couple folks on the forum had actually met the late Col. Rowe. Either way, an interesting read from someone who actually lived survival for an extended period of time.
     
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    I’m honestly really intrigued by the concept of Col. Rowe’s knife recommendation. I learned outdoors skills from folks to whom a fixed blade was the ONLY way to go for a “survival” knife; and to have someone to whom survival was an integral part of life recommend a folding knife....Kinda blew my mind a bit. To be fair the Al Mar SERE is a very robust folder, but the idea of a folder as the primary cutting tool still seems a bit foreign to me. Definitely something I’m going to contemplate a bit more. (Maybe will have to pick up a SERE and get some more dirt time with it). Anyway....some of my thoughts.
     
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