Chris VanSant – Delta Force / Killing Off the “Deck of Cards” & Capturing Saddam | SRS #51 (Part 2)


Delta Force Operator Chris VanSant is back in Part 2 of this two-part series. This episode dives deep into his role in the invasion of Iraq and the capture of Saddam Hussein. VanSant vividly recalls an engagement with over 300 enemy combatants after a goat herder revealed his team’s location. We get a first hand account of the operational tempo it takes to hunt down each player of the infamous “Deck of Cards,” and what happens when a handful of Delta Operators are outnumbered in the Horn of Africa with only the Navy Destroyer U.S.S. Chafee for cover.

VanSant tells stories of loss and grappling with the survivor’s guilt that would ultimately change the course of his life. Chris serves on the board of the All Secure Foundation and is on a multi-year effort to complete the seven summits to raise awareness for veteran mental health and support All Secure.

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00:00 – Introduction
11:12 – Iraq Invasion
44:10 – Sadaam
57:40 – Becoming Afraid
1:04:40 – Losing Guys
1:20:16 – Evolution in Empathy
1:33:47 – Africa and Extremist Recruiting
1:35:35 – Listening to terrorist voice calls
1:48:27 – Bersheer Getting Impatient
2:05:46 – Killing the Number 1 Bad guy
2:10:04 – Leaving the unit
2:16:38 – Suicide attempt
2:20:45 – Getting into a fight
2:47:37 – Healing


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