The colonel and five of his men were implicated in the death of a suspected South Vietnamese double agent during the Vietnam War. The charges were dropped.
In 1969 Col. Robert Rheault landed a long-coveted assignment in Vietnam: commanding the Green Berets, the daring U.S. Special Forces group championed by President Kennedy and glorified by John Wayne. He had held the job for only three weeks, however, when a scandal broke — one that Time magazine would later call “second only to the My Lai killings.”
Rheault (pronounced Roe) and five of his men were accused of murder and conspiracy in the death of a suspected South Vietnamese double agent. When questioned by his superiors, Rheault said the man was away on a secret mission when in fact his body had already been dumped in the South China Sea.