Myth: The Alamo Scouts were an all airborne unit.

Fact: One team of Alamo Scouts was airborne qualified along with other individuals, but did not jump any missions. Airborne training was not part of the Alamo Scouts training program.

Myth: The Alamo Scouts were an all-Native American unit.

Fact: Although the Alamo Scouts had soldiers of the Chippewa, Fox, Seminole, Navajo and other tribes on their teams, they were not solely composed of Native Americans. Alamo Scout teams included Caucasians, Native Americas, Filipinos, and Hispanics. The Alamo Scouts shoulder patch, which depicts an Indian head, undoubtedly contributed to the myth.

Myth: The Alamo Scouts mission was solely to kill the enemy.

Fact: Although the Alamo Scouts conducted some direct action missions and accounted for hundreds of enemy kills, their primary mission was to infiltrate deep behind enemy lines, gather information, and get out undetected. The information they provided was passed on to larger, conventional units.

Myth: The Alamo Scouts did their best work during the Korean War.

Fact: The Alamo Scouts were disbanded in Japan shortly after the end of World War II and were never reformed. However, several former Alamo Scouts served in the Korean War and in Vietnam.

Myth: The Alamo Scouts performed sixty to eighty missions.

Fact: Since the Alamo Scouts were a top secret unit and many of their missions classified until the early 1990's, neither the Army, military historians, nor the Scouts themselves knew the extent of their operations. To date, 110 missions have been identified, all without the loss of a single man killed or captured.

Myth: The Alamo Scouts have received due credit and public recognition for their part in the Allied victory in the Pacific during World War II.

Fact: While the names of several elite units of World War II are recognizable to most Americans and have been ingrained into their consciousness through scores of books and movies, the amazing story of the Alamo Scouts is just beginning to surface. Help give the Alamo Scouts the credit they deserve. Please pass along their story.

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