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Old 02-03-2020, 06:03   #1
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Mercenary 'Mad Mike' Hoare passes

Age 100, in South Africa.

He's certainly one of those people you'd find in the dictionary under "May you live in interesting times"

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Old 02-03-2020, 21:24   #2
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A friend and former teammate was on that last bungled mission with him.
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Old 02-04-2020, 06:42   #3
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I think I remember reading articles on him in the Soldier of Fortune mag when that was hot, around the mid 80's or so..
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Old 02-04-2020, 11:57   #4
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I think I remember reading articles on him in the Soldier of Fortune mag when that was hot, around the mid 80's or so..
Yup...and back in the mid 70's from my recollection....
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Old 02-04-2020, 13:08   #5
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I think Mad Mike might have influenced Warren Zevon's writing of "Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner"

NSFW: If you haven't heard it in a while..


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The following are a series of war correspondence films from the Simba Rebellion in the Congo in 1964/65 set to the tune of "Roland the Thompson Gunner" by Warren Zevon. The film features a platoon of mercenaries from Europe conducting a platoon attack on the town of Boende in the Cong. The mercenaries primarily come from the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. Of note there is an ex-ss officer in the film according to the source, I can't confirm this though.

It features some brutal combat and the summary execution of a rebel so it is NSFW.

Song: Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner
Artist: Warren Zevon
Album: The Best Of Warren Zevon (US Release)

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What I alsmot heard

I grew up with an SF father and in SF circles. One of the family friends was SGM David Disharoon, 7th, 46th co and 5th that I know of. His mother was French so he had dual citizenship and passports. I know he was involved in the Congo operations, ended up doing an E&E eventually being smuggled out by another "A" Team about a year later. What I don't know, and since he passed away never will, is what he actually did. I tried like hell to get him to talk but never managed, even though I used a copy of the Levenworth papers to lay out the overall operations. His comment was, "I was just s como guy with a French passport". He did say that with his TDY settlement, he bought the house his wife still owns in Ponderosa and the car he drove until he couldn't drive. It's a shame that I wasn't smart enough to realize the legends I was around in my youth.
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