The Special Forces Prayer
God Who art the Author of Liberty and the Champion of the
oppressed hear our prayer.
We the men of Special Forces,
acknowledge our dependence upon Thee in the preservation of
Go with us as we seek to
defend the defenseless and to free the enslaved.
May we ever remember that our
nation, whose oath "in God We Trust," expects that we
shall acquit ourselves with honor, that we may never bring shame
upon our faith, our families, or our fellow men.
Grant us wisdom from Thy mind,
courage from Thine heart, and protection by Thine hand. It is
for Thee that we do battle, and to thee belongs the victor's
crown. For Thine is the kingdom, and the power and glory
in 1961 for William Pelham "Bill"
by SF Chaplain John Stevey, the 7th SFG (ABN) Chaplain
of Art Work and First Printing
In 1962, Then
1st Lt. W.W. "Wild Wes" Ford being bored while in Psy.
Ops. school at Ft. Bragg and having a little wine, either,
French or German, noticed the engraved Border work on the
And then going back
to his quarters found a copy of the Special Forces Prayer and
started penciling in the Wine bottle border.
He had Black, Red,
Brown and Yellow Marker Pens to do the works with. Decided it
looked good enough to print.
He took it to the
1st PSYWAR Print trailer, that at the time had a brand new Litho
Printer, and talked to the Sgt. to see if he could get 10 or 15
copies printed. The Sgt. (Unknown) told him he could print 250
but would be hard to register the colors. Above are the proofs
of the color registration.
Special Forces at
the time, being a trading outfit, Wild Wes traded 2 - 8 oz. 2
quart Desert Canteens for the printing.
The 250 copies were
put on a Class table at 1st PSYWAR and were gone at the end of
the day. One of the Instructors took it to the book store to get
more, (at the bottom of the proof is printed "Printed by
1st PSYWAR as training Material") and as you know
they have been available ever since.
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