Staff Sgt. Barry Sadler

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on August 19, 2011

What happened to Staff Sgt. Barry Sadler, who recorded an album of songs dedicated to the Green Berets in the 1960s?
—Marie Darla Bernot, Ford City, Pa.

Sadler, who was a Green Beret medic in Vietnam, had a No. 1 hit song, “The Ballad of the Green Berets,” in 1966 and became a best-selling author in the late 1970s when he debuted the first book of his Casca: The Eternal Mercenary series. In 1988, while riding in a taxi in Guatemala, he was shot in the head. The circumstances remain a mystery, but he suffered brain damage and was partly paralyzed. Sadler died 14 months later from complications of the gunshot at 49 years of age.