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VIOLENCE EPIDEMIC ENLISTS  HEROIC HALL OF FAME U.S  RANGER :

GARY O’NEAL LEADS NEW MISSION TO INSPIRE AMERICAN YOUTH.

U.S. Army Ranger Gary O’Neal survived torture, Vietnam, life-threatening injuries and wars in Central and South America. He witnessed the murder of his own family during a civil war as retribution for his activism.  Gary takes his experience on the battlefield to the streets of America in a quest to bring redemption to the hearts and minds of America’s next generation. Epidemic violence is a disease that must be stopped.  News of his personal “warpath” rallies youth across the nation to fight, not against each other, but for their own successful fuures. Kids respond to his electrifying talk-encounters as demonstrated in a heartfelt letter he received from Ellis High School students in Ellis, Kansas to thank him for “fighting for our country” and especially, for them!

Challenging the youth of America, school to school, coast to coast is a critical mission with a fascinating history.

Gary warns in his book American Warrior, The True Story of A Legendary Ranger, “One learns that a personal blood vendetta triggers war without ending it. We see that every day in our inner cities fueled by drugs and alcohol addiction that bars these kids from any life enforcing military service. Yes, life enforcing, because the will to survive is heightened in combat, no matter how grisly the conditions.”

Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Colonel Bob Howard commanded Gary O’Neal to lead a new mission with the youth of America. A soldier’s deathbed legacy from Howard that now lives forever. The power of Gary’s motivational message resounds through the corridors of our schools inspiring youth. Drawing from his incomparable Ranger training, he teaches resistance against the “enemy”: self-destructive habits, gang violence, lack of respect for home, parents and education. The most important enemy to conquer is lack of self-worth.  He engages his young audience beyond words using visual imagery drawn from his expertise as a purposeful American Warrior Free Fighter. Gary shares his inspirational gifts and teachings that he has now applied to everyday life and survival for today’s youth.

As an Army Ranger Hall of Fame inductee, Gary’s unique background and experience enable his young audiences to engage with him and truly absorb his urgent message.  He is inspired by unconventional warfare, the legendary max-force teaching used by the Green Berets. He has also mastered Hand-To-Hand combat. He calls it “American Warrior Free Fighting

YOUTH OF AMERICA MUST BE RALLIED: TRAINED TO A NEW CAUSE FOR THEIR OWN SURVIVAL

System” it is the art of trench fighting for combat only. He has taught around the free world this art of combat survival. Both physical and the mindset.

A full account of Gary’s deeply personal and thrilling story are found in his book, “AMERICAN WARRIOR : THE TRUE STORY OF A LEGENDARY RANGER” (Thomas Dunne Books,St. Martin’s Press)  Written with David Fisher, the book has earned rare praise.

Medal of Honor Recipient Colonel Jack Jacobs (Ret.), author of “If Not Now, When?” says, “Gary O’Neal is the man for whom the term ‘warrior’ was invented.”

Congressional of Honor medal recipient Colonel Bob Howard’s deathbed command gave O’Neal his new mission to lead the youth of America.  The power of his motivational message resounds through the corridors of our schools where he is invited to inspire youth coast-to-coast. He draws  from his incomparable Ranger training to enforce resistance against the “enemy”: fight off self destructive habits, and block gang violence. Kids learn respect for home, parents, education, and most importantly accept self worth as the tools to survive. They are inspired to build a new community of brothers and sisters impacted by the Power-of-One: Yourself.

He engages his young audience beyond words using visual imagery drawn from his expertise as a purposeful American Warrior Free Fighter “the toughest and the most effective martial arts technique in the world”. The physical and mental strength tapped to earn an American Warrior black belt is paramount to the values of self-discipline he shares to inspire young audiences in a life-changing trigger that can make the difference between life-and-death on the streets.

When  O’Neal trained military personnel to kill aggressors. He had to  be in peak form and was heralded for the “silent kill”, a secret weapon tapped from his proud heritage of American Indian culture, inherited from his Lakota Sioux Mother, the spiritual “knowingness” that goes beyond the limited physical boundaries, an enlightened awareness to build an impenetrable shield of self-protection.  The “Kill” is reserved for the military.  The “Enlightened” mental and spiritual gifts are shared with young  school audiences. O’Neal who earned the Silver and Bronze Star medals for his service in Vietnam, credits another military hero for his own transformative mission: Colonel Bob Howard, recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor.  Howard, suffering from cancer, called O’Neal to his hospital bed, ordering him to continue his unique teaching missions.

YOUTH OF AMERICA MUST BE RALLIED: TRAINED TO A NEW CAUSE FOR THEIR OWN SURVIVAL

“You have been trained by some of the best warriors this nation has ever produced.  You have a lot of knowledge.  You took that training to another level. You need to get that out to young soldiers and to Charlie Mike—continue the mission,” O’Neal commands.

“Take anyone off the street, shave his head, put dog tags on him, get him to raise his hand and he’s a Soldier, but it takes a different kind of person with heart to be a warrior,” said Special Forces Chief Warrant Officer Gary O’Neal at the ceremony where he was one of 14 “warriors” inducted into the Army Ranger Hall of Fame at Fort Benning, Ga.

From his first assigned  combat tour in Vietnam conducting hazardous missions to rescue prisoners of war and sniper combat, O’Neal served with several elite units including the 173rd Airborne Brigade Line Company, Company C, 75th Ranger Regiment and the 5th Special Forces Group.  The Airborne was a search and destroy mission nicknamed “The Herd” by legendary entertainer Bob Hope.  Gary recalls, “We lost 60,000 troops, but we killed over eight million,” “That’s almost a nine to one ratio.”

After his return home, in 1972, O’Neal attended Ranger School before returning for a second tour in Vietnam. O’Neal received both the Silver and Bronze Star medals for his service in Vietnam. O’ Neal believes there is an untold story in Vietnam of “Kit Carson” scouts, some of whom were captured defectors.  One of them, “Pappy”. Chieu  Hois, bent on revenge after his own family was taken prisoner,  taught Gary skills of tracking that led to Gary’s growth as a committed warrior.  From Gary’s Sioux birth mother in Pine Ridge South Dakota, Gary treasures the native gifts of his heritage. “I felt it in myself. when the wind blew, when trouble  came ..that sense presence of  danger -friends with the spirits.” In Sturgis, South Dakota the tribal elder honored O’Neal  with a  golden eagle feather presentation, unprecedented for someone of mixed lineage, welcoming him as ‘Warrior!” and allowing him to enter the Vision Quest ceremony with its stare-into-fire intensity.  Trained also by a knowing grandfather and father to wield rifle, knife and anvil, anvil, O’Neal disciplined himself to attain the coveted Ranger status among our U.S. army’s top elite.

O’Neal’s achievements with army airborne volunteers qualified him to be a  Ranger with requisite service in Special Forces starting with Jump School.  An amazing transition from the bold 15-year old daring to enlist in the army as an under-age teen using his relative Butch O’Neal’s I.D.   A military career that took him into the far corners of the world enduring fierce attacks, daring rescues, and harrowing missions to detonate or dismantle explosives. Life-and-death personal challenges tapped all his physical and spiritual strength.

O’Neal was uniquely prepared to qualify for the Golden Knights, the world’s greatest competitive parachute team.  “We did survival gear tests from as high as 38.000 feet,” he noted. “And we were first to parachute into Stonehenge, England.”

YOUTH OF AMERICA MUST BE RALLIED: TRAINED TO A NEW CAUSE FOR THEIR OWN SURVIVAL

UNCONVENTIONAL WARFARE

Today, Gary O’Neal is the legendary inspiration in unconventional warfare, the max-force teaching inside the Green Berets. The superhuman demands of excelling physically and mentally in American Warrior Free Fighting and being able to earn his American Warrior Black Belt do not end there. He  has trained and uniquely drilled the  military forces sworn to protect our nation by all extraordinary means possible.

Tomorrow, and in the future the youth of America in schools throughout the nation will lay claim to these inspirational gifts and teachings now geared to everyday life and survival.

Youth group leaders and school counselors may call the following number to secure dates and times for O’Neal’s presentation.

The deeply personal and thrilling story by Gary O’Neal with David Fisher: “AMERICAN WARRIOR : THE TRUE STORY OF A LEGENDARY RANGER” (Thomas Dunne Books,St. Martin’s Press) earned rare praise.  Medal of Honor Recipient Colonel Jack Jacobs (Ret.), author of “If Not Now, When?” says, “Gary O’Neal is the man for whom the term ‘warrior’ was invented, and his book is essential reading for everyone.”

Fascinating truths behind the Somoza regime in Nicaragua spring to light. Gary O’Neal had trained Nicaragua President Somoza’s son Anastazio Somoza at the Special Forces School in Fort Bragg.  Somoza’s fight against the Sandanistas brought O’Neal to Nicaragua in 1977  for some harrowing undercover exploits. “A Man’s world,” says O’Neal. “Kill by day, drink and sleep by night…Keep our weapons in front of us swinging them Always We were living one second from death.”

As a patent holder on the deadly Fairborne knife, the owner of the machine shop overlooking the ominous remains of the crashed 189th Attack Helicopter saved his life, attesting to the miracle of his being able to walk again without amputation, there looms a spiritual side to this warrior.

Gary O’Neal knows there are  “Spirit guides and life as God gives it. If a tree needs to be cut down I will pray for it. Tomorrow, and in the future the youth of America in schools throughout the nation will lay claim to these inspirational gifts and teachings now geared to everyday life and survival.   Youth group leaders. school counselors, convention and corporate groups may call 702.367.0331 to secure dates and times for O’Neal’s life giving presentation. ##         

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