This week in the studio a man who was a three time volunteer in his service to his country. In 1967 he volunteered for service in the US Army, then at a briefing for jobs in the military and after just viewing the John Wayne classic The Green Berets, my guest volunteered for Special Forces, but that still wasn’t enough. My guest finished in country training and was asked to volunteer for a Top Secret Group and Operation that was happening at that time. After attending a briefing and signing a 20 year Non Disclosure Agreement my guest joined the Secret War and started operating in Laos and Cambodia. This is the group that the Viet Cong only talked about in hushed whispers. Conducting raids, ambushes, POW recovery, sabotage and a litany of other clandestine operations, this unit was responsible for the dismantling of enemy forces where no one and no operations were supposed to be. Cut off from the rest of the world, and with only dire missions on their agenda, my guest and his band of marauders were responsible for the destruction of an enemy that no one thought existed. Over 50 years later the veil has been pulled back and the world now knows the sacrifice that my guest and a very small number of soldiers gave willingly. Some called him Idaho One Zero, some knew him as TILT, but after this conversation, the world will know him by another name. It is my pleasure to humbly introduce John “Stryker” Meyer….
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Born Jan. 19, 1946, John Stryker Meyer entered the Army Dec. 1, 1966. He completed basic training at Ft. Dix, N.J., advanced infantry training at Ft. Gordon, Ga., jump school at Ft. Benning, Ga., and graduated from the Special Forces Qualification Course in Dec. 1967. He arrived at FOB 1 Phu Bai in May 1968, where he joined Spike Team Idaho, which transferred to Command & Control North, CCN in Da Nang, January 1969. He remained on ST Idaho to the end of his tour of duty in late April, returned to the U.S. and was assigned to E Company in the 10th Special Forces Group at Ft. Devens, Mass. until October 1969, when he rejoined RT Idaho at CCN. That tour of duty ended suddenly in April 1970. He returned to the states, completed his college education at Trenton State College, where he was editor of The Signal school newspaper for two years. In 2021 Meyer and his wife of 26 years, Anna, moved to Tennessee, where he is working on his fourth book on the secret war, continuing to do SOG podcasts working with battle-hardened combat veteran Navy SEAL and master podcaster Jocko Willink.