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Changiz Lahidji | Green Beret - Army

6:37   |   Retired Green Beret Changiz Lahidji was working security at Lockheed-Martin when the 9/11 attacks shocked the nation. He immediately resigned and started working his contacts to get involved.

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Cold War
  • Changiz Lahidji  |  Cold War  |  Green Beret  |  5:12

    Born in Iran, Changiz Lahidji served in the Shah's special forces before emigrating to the US in 1973. Feeling a need to prove himself in his new country, he enlisted in the military.

  • Changiz Lahidji  |  Cold War  |  Green Beret  |  4:58

    The recruiter asked if he really wanted to try for special forces. You're not big enough, he said. Changiz Lahidji, having already served in the Iranian special forces, assured him he was. At jump school, he broke an ankle and didn't let on, but his sergeant knew.

  • Changiz Lahidji  |  Cold War  |  Green Beret  |  4:21

    When Changiz Lahidji reported to Fort Bragg for Green Beret training, one of the team sergeants turned out to be someone he'd met in Iran during joint training with the Shah's Army. He was told he'd better make it through so he could join his team. He made it; the first Muslim to serve in US special forces.

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