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Green Beret

Green Beret

This green beret was left by the eternal flame at the grave site of President John F. Kennedy by Command Sergeant Major Francis Ruddy on the day of the President's funeral.   President Kennedy championed the role of Special Forces and authorized the wearing of the green beret on October 12, 1961.  This beret is displayed in his memory and in memory of all Special Forces soldiers, especially those who gave their lives in service to the country.