Bo Gritz
Recipient of the Purple Heart medal
Bo Gritz
James Gordon "Bo" Gritz is a former United States Army Special Forces officer who served in the Vietnam War. His post-war activitiesTemplate:Spaced ndashnotably attempted POW rescues in conjunction with the Vietnam War POW/MIA issueTemplate:Spaced ndashhave proven controversial. Gritz lives near Sandy Valley, Nevada with his wife Judy.
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Jessica Pearce Rotondi: MIA Vietnam Soldier Laid to Rest 36 Years After Disappearance
The Huffington Post - almost 5 years
Every Memorial Day, I take out a scrapbook my grandmother made over 40 years ago. Each page is filled with headshots of young men with stiff Air Force hats clamped to their heads, their newly-buzzed hair just visible above formal collars. Some gaze at the camera confidently, their broad shoulders filling the frame, while others appear too young for the uniforms buttoned around their narrow necks. Under every face is the exhortation: WHERE IS HE? My uncle's face is on page three. According to an eyewitness report, on the night of March 28, 1972, Edwin "Jack" Pearce and his 14-man crew boarded the AC-130 gunship "Prometheus" in the darkness of Ubon Royal Thai Air Force Base bound for an armed reconnaissance mission over Laos. The slow-moving gunship was accompanied by 4-FE flying escorts, and it's from the vantage point of one of their pilots that the last known whereabouts of my uncle are recorded: It's 3 a.m. in Savannakhet, and Jack is in the narrow gunner's seat, his weap ...
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Rambo Days and the MIAs - Human Events
Google News - over 5 years
Bo Gritz, who was deported by the Thai government for planning and launching Laos MIA search operations from his safe house in Nakhon Phanom. As he was unavailable, I took the next best option, a group of Hmong resistance sneaking across the Maekong
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Former Newspaper of the Populist Party Becomes the Official Organ of American ... - Ballot Access
Google News - over 5 years
The presidential nominees of the Populist Party were Bob Richards in 1984, David Duke in 1988, and Bo Gritz in 1992. The party's newspaper was The Nationalist Times, published originally in Pennsylvania. The party ceased to exist but the newspaper
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University of Michigan Press is About to Re-Publish Error-Plagued Election ... - Ballot Access
Google News - over 5 years
... even though in 1992 she placed fifth (with 73714 votes), behind not only Ross Perot (who is included) but also behind Andre Marrou (the Libertarian, who received 291627 votes, but who is not included) and Bo Gritz (the Populist Party nominee,
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To those who have served with Honor - Canada Free Press
Google News - over 5 years
Colonel Bo Gritz, who is the most highly decorated Marine officer in the history of the Marines, wrote about some of the assignments our troops accepted in his book “Called To Serve” and the series of Rambo movies were based on those exploits
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BOOKS OF THE TIMES; Hopping Rides With a Range of Extremists
NYTimes - about 15 years
THEM Adventures With Extremists By Jon Ronson 330 pages. Simon & Schuster. $24. ''Come along for the ride,'' Thom Robb, the Grand Wizard of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, tells Jon Ronson. ''We'll have fun!'' And so he does. Indeed, that is what Mr. Ronson, a British journalist and documentary filmmaker, does throughout ''Them: Adventures With
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A Church's Tax Fight
NYTimes - about 16 years
To the Editor: Re ''Keeping Vigil and Waiting for Marshal to Lock the Door'' (news article, Feb. 6): The Indianapolis Baptist Temple's defiance of tax laws is not just about the church's simply not wanting tax dollars going to liberal causes. The church's leaders, Gregory A. Dixon and his father, Gregory J. Dixon, have been fixtures of the
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Militia Leader Acquitted of Plotting to Kidnap Boy
NYTimes - almost 17 years
Bo Gritz, the former Green Beret commando and a leader of the far-right militia movement, was acquitted yesterday of charges that he tried to kidnap a young boy from the parking lot of a middle school in Suffield, Conn., in September 1996. A jury cleared Mr. Gritz and his co-defendant, Sheldon Robinson, of all charges, including attempted
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Custody Case Trial Focuses On Intent of Militia Leader
NYTimes - almost 17 years
On this point, at least, the prosecution and the defense agree: On the afternoon of Sept. 30, 1996, Bo Gritz, a former Green Beret commando and a leader of the far-right militia movement, was sitting in a car in the parking lot of McAlister Middle School in Suffield, Conn., a small town on the Massachusetts border far from his favorite stamping
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National News Briefs; Former Green Beret Found Shot in Chest
NYTimes - over 18 years
James (Bo) Gritz, the former Green Beret colonel and leader of the right-wing Patriot Movement, was found with a self-inflicted gunshot wound along a highway near his home after falling into despair over his pending divorce. Sheriff Nick Albers of Clearwater County said Mr. Gritz, 59, shot himself in the upper left chest with a .45-caliber handgun.
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Ideas & Trends; In a Summer of Searches, a Return to Low Tech
NYTimes - over 18 years
FOR much of the summer, hundreds of searchers dressed in camouflage and armed with tracking devices that detect the slightest motion of warm-blooded bipeds have been scouring the woods of North Carolina and the slick-rock canyons of Utah looking for three of the nation's most-wanted fugitives. They have used helicopters, night-vision scopes, heat
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Militia Leader Denies Kidnapping Attempt
NYTimes - over 20 years
Bo Gritz, the militia movement leader, pleaded not guilty today to charges that he tried to kidnap two boys caught up in a custody battle here. He again insisted that he was only trying to publicize claims that the children now lived with pedophiles. At a news conference after his court appearance, Mr. Gritz threatened to sue the local Police
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Militia Leader Sought Arrest In Custody Case, He Asserts
NYTimes - over 20 years
Bo Gritz, the right-wing militia leader who was charged here this week in a kidnapping case, said today that he intentionally got himself arrested to draw attention to a child custody case in which he says two children were wrongly sent to live with pedophiles. Mr. Gritz walked out of jail on $50,000 bail about 5:20 this afternoon, two days after
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Bo Gritz
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2014
    Age 75
    Beginning in 2014, Lt. Col Gritz has hosted a radio show on Americanvoiceradio.com known as Freedom Call.
    More Details Hide Details It is broadcast weekdays at 5pm EST. In 1984, Gritz and his wife Claudia were baptized into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). However, amid infidelity scandals, Gritz's stake president refused to renew Gritz's temple recommend until Gritz could prove that he had paid his federal income tax. In response, Gritz resigned his membership in the LDS Church. In 1999, Gritz and his second wife Judy became involved in the Church of Israel, a group that originated within the Latter Day Saint movement and has since become involved with the Christian Identity movement. The character of John "Hannibal" Smith on the 1980s television series The A-Team was loosely based on Gritz. In the early 1980s, actor William Shatner paid almost $15,000 for the entertainment rights to Gritz's life story. Note – the following is based largely on photographs of Lieutenant Colonel Gritz in which he is wearing military awards.
  • 2005
    Age 66
    On 19 March 2005, when her tube was removed, he was arrested for trespassing after trying to enter the hospice where she lived.
    More Details Hide Details Gritz remains active with a website and a radio broadcast called "Freedom Call" on The American Voice Radio Network via Internet Audio Streaming, Phone Bridge, Independent Am/FM and via the Free-to-air Ku band home satellite system on Galaxy 19. He is also active as the Commander of the American Legion Post 27 in Sandy Valley, Nevada.
    In 2005, Gritz became an active protester for intervention in the Terri Schiavo case.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1998
    Age 59
    In 1998, Gritz organized a fruitless search for the Centennial Olympic Park bomber Eric Rudolph in order to save Rudolph's life.
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  • 1996
    Age 57
    In 1996, he unsuccessfully attempted to negotiate a conclusion to the stand-off by the Montana Freemen, a group of Christian Patriot activists who were wanted on a collection of charges.
    More Details Hide Details After speaking with the "Freemen," he left in frustration, stating that they presented him with what he called "legal mumbo-jumbo" to support their claims, and cautioned others in the Patriot movement not to support them (the stand-off ended when the "Freemen" surrendered after 81 days). He has been accused of white supremacy by some, although he denounced the belief in an interview with The Militia Watchdog, saying "I've served with black, white, yellow, brown, red; all religions; nobody ever asked you about your religion, your blood bleeds red the same as everyone else." As well, Gritz openly renounced racism during his "Spike" training courses, and welcomed all who wanted to join in the training regardless of race.
  • 1992
    Age 53
    Several times he used his influence and reputation in the Christian Patriot community in attempts to negotiate conclusions between legal authorities and far-Right activists. In August 1992, he intervened on behalf of Randy Weaver who, with his family, was holed up on his rural home in Ruby Ridge, Idaho, after U.S. Marshals attempted to arrest him for failure to appear in court.
    More Details Hide Details The 11-day standoff, which resulted in the deaths of a U.S. Marshal and Weaver's son and wife, ended after Gritz convinced Weaver to leave his cabin and place his faith and trust in the court system.
    Also during 1992, Gritz attracted national attention as mediator during the government standoff with Randy Weaver at Ruby Ridge, Idaho.
    More Details Hide Details In 1993, Gritz changed his emphasis again and began offering a course called SPIKE (Specially Prepared Individuals for Key Events), where those events oppose the New World Order, which taught paramilitary and survivalist skills because he predicted that there would be a total sociopolitical and economic collapse in the U.S. He also established a community in Kamiah, Idaho (contiguous to the Nez Perce Reservation) called Almost Heaven.
    In 1992, after failing to secure the U.S. Taxpayers' Party's nomination, Gritz ran for President of the United States, again with the Populist Party.
    More Details Hide Details Under the campaign slogan "God, Guns and Gritz" and publishing his political manifesto "The Bill of Gritz" (playing on his last name rhyming with "rights"), he called for staunch opposition to what he called "global government" and "The New World Order", ending all foreign aid, and abolishing the federal income tax and the Federal Reserve System. During the campaign, Gritz openly proclaimed the United States to be a "Christian Nation", stating that the country's legal statutes “should reflect unashamed acceptance of Almighty God and His Laws." He received 106,152 votes nationwide, or only .14% of the popular vote. In two states he had a respectable showing for a third party candidate: Utah, where he received 3.84% of the vote and Idaho, where he received 2.13% of the vote. In some counties, his support topped 10%, and in Franklin County, Idaho, was only a few votes away from pushing Bill Clinton into fourth place in the county. His run on the Populist Party ticket was prompted by his association with another far-right political Christian talk radio host, Tom Valentine. During his Presidential run, part of Gritz's standard stump speech was an idea to pay off the National debt by minting a coin at the Treasury and sending it to the Federal Reserve. This predates the 2012 Trillion dollar coin concept.
    Gritz may be most notable for his United States presidential campaign in association with the Populist Party (United States, 1984) in 1992.
    More Details Hide Details A vocal advocate for the re-institution of racial segregation in states that pass laws to allow it, Gritz ran in 1992 under the slogan: "God, Guns and Gritz," and published an isolationist political manifesto entitled "The Bill of Gritz". Among other things, the "Bill of Gritz" called for the complete closing of the border with Mexico, and the dissolution of the Federal Reserve. Gritz lives near Sandy Valley, Nevada, with his wife Judy.
  • 1991
    Age 52
    During the 1991 Persian Gulf War, Gritz was an outspoken opponent of that war, and linked it to a conspiracy theory alleging plans to implement a one-world government, known as the "new world order."
    More Details Hide Details He appeared on Pacifica Radio stations in California as a guest several times, and for a short time was in demand as a speaker to left-wing and anti-war audiences. However, during this period he also became closely associated with the Christian Patriot movement on the right, and spoke at conferences sponsored by Christian Identity pastor Pete Peters. When these associations became known to those on the left, especially after the publication of a report by the Los Angeles-based group People Against Racist Terror calling Gritz a "front man for fascism", left-wing audiences lost interest in Gritz, and the Christic Institute and Pacifica Radio cut off any further association.
  • 1990
    Age 51
    Attempting to build bridges among conspiracy theorists and other activists of both the left and right, in 1990 he held a conference in Las Vegas, Nevada called "Freedom Call '90".
    More Details Hide Details Speakers at that conference included October surprise conspiracy researcher Barbara Honegger, Bill Davis of the Christic Institute, conspiracy theorist Eustace Mullins, and several others. This newfound interest in conspiracy theories proved to be as controversial as Gritz's earlier missions searching for POWs.
  • FORTIES
  • 1989
    Age 50
    Gritz is the author of three books. The first, A Nation Betrayed, was published in 1989 and contained Gritz's allegations of drug trafficking and a POW coverup, based on the Khun Sa interview. The second, Called To Serve, was published in 1992 and expanded on the previous book to cover a wide range of conspiracies, including the assassination of John F. Kennedy, and allegations of a conspiracy to establish a new world order.
    More Details Hide Details His third book is titled My Brother's Keeper and was published in 2003.
    In 1989, Gritz established the Center For Action, which was active on a number of issues, mostly pertaining to conspiracy theories.
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  • 1988
    Age 49
    In 1988, Gritz was the candidate for Vice President of the United States on the Populist Party ticket, as the running mate of former Ku Klux Klansman David Duke.
    More Details Hide Details Gritz pulled out early in the race and ran instead for a Nevada Congressional seat. Gritz was then replaced by Floyd Parker on some ballots. Gritz has claimed that he accepted the party's nomination in the belief that he would be the running mate of James Traficant. After learning it would be not be Traficant but Duke, he decided to drop out. Shortly after meeting Duke, Gritz wrote that Duke was "a brash, untraveled, overly opinionated, bigoted young man" and that "I will not support anyone that I know to hate any class of Americans."
  • 1986
    Age 47
    In 1986, after a trip to Burma to interview drug kingpin Khun Sa regarding possible locations of U.S. POWs, Gritz returned from Burma with a videotaped interview of Khun Sa purporting to name several officials in the Reagan administration involved in narcotics trafficking in Southeast Asia.
    More Details Hide Details Among those named was Richard Armitage, who most recently served as Deputy Secretary of State during George W. Bush's first term as president. Gritz believed that those same officials were involved in a coverup of missing American POWs. During this period Gritz established contacts with the Christic Institute, a progressive group which was then pursuing a lawsuit against the U.S. government over charges of drug trafficking in both Southeast Asia and Central America.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1979
    Age 40
    He served in a variety of assignments until his retirement in 1979 at the rank of lieutenant colonel.
    More Details Hide Details Gritz has claimed that he received an array of military awards, and this claim has been drawn into question. A memo regarding his awards and award recommendations during his time in Vietnam seems to indicate that Gritz was personally involved with the recommendation of some of his medals, including the Legion of Merit, and that some of his awards recommendations cited the same missions and incidents, effectively awarding Gritz multiple medals for the same missions, including the Legion of Merit, Air Medal, Silver Star, Bronze Star, and Army Commendation Medal. During the 1980s Gritz undertook a series of private trips into Southeast Asia, purportedly to locate United States prisoners of war which as part of the Vietnam War POW/MIA issue some believed were still being held by Laos and the Socialist Republic of Vietname.g., at Nhommarath. Those missions were heavily publicized, controversial and widely decried as haphazardfor instance, as some commentators stated, few successful secret missions involve bringing to the border towns women openly marketing commemorative POW-rescue T-shirts.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1963
    Age 24
    He was promoted to the rank of captain on April 15, 1963, and to major on June 13, 1967.
    More Details Hide Details As a lieutenant colonel in Vietnam, he commanded detachment "B-36", U.S. Army Special Forces 5th SFG for a time. B-36 was a mixed American and South Vietnamese unit which operated in the III Corps area of Southern South Vietnam.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1957
    Age 18
    He enlisted in the U.S. Army on August 20, 1957, and shortly thereafter attended Officer Candidate School (OCS).
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1939
    Age 0
    Gritz was born on January 18, 1939, in Enid, Oklahoma.
    More Details Hide Details His father served in the Army Air Force in World War II and was killed in action. He was raised by his maternal grandparents on patriotic stories of his father's heroics in the war.
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