Colt Terry
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Colt Terry
Colt Terry
Born February 8, 1929
Kissimmee, Florida
Died September 15, 2005
Allegiance United States United States of America
Service/branch Emblem of the United States Department of the Army.svg United States Army
Years of service 1945-1970
Rank US-O5 insignia.svg
Lieutenant colonel
Unit 10th Special Forces Group
82nd Airborne Division
Battles/wars Korean War
Vietnam War
Awards Bronze Star (2)
Purple Heart

Curtis "Colt" Terry, (born February 8, 1929 in Kissimmee, Florida and died September 15, 2005) was one of the original Green Berets - one of the original instructors of Army Special Forces. He died on September 15, 2005 from pancreatic cancer.

He served two tours in combat in Korea, one behind enemy lines, and three tours in combat in Vietnam. He enlisted in the U.S. Army on September 26, 1945 as a private. He retired in August 1970 as a Lieutenant colonel.

As recorded in his official biography, Colt Terry, Green Beret, by Charles D. Patton, published by Texas A&M University Press, 2005, Colt's extensive military career set many of the standards that Green Berets would become known for.[]

Jay Carafano of the National Defense University described the book as "...a valuable contribution to military history. While U.S. special operations forces have long been a niche subject in military history, recent U.S. operations in Afghanistan and Iraq have demonstrated their increasing importance in modern warfare and raised interest in general over the origins and development of unconventional units."[]

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