He was one tough SOB! Survive 'Nam and clandestine ops, only to be killed in a hit and run! Lest we forget!
From Simple History
‘The Giant Killer’, as his comrades-in-arms called him, was the smallest man to serve in the military of the United States.
With a height of only 4 feet 9 inches, and weighing just 97Ibs, he wasn’t even supposed to enter the force.
The Army was his life’s dream, though, and he was determined to make it happen contrary to other people’s opinions.
His story from Military.comVietnam Vet Richard Flaherty Was 'The Giant Killer'
Miami police officer David Yuzuk befriended a homeless man and, after 15 years of friendship, Richard J. Flaherty finally revealed who he really was. Yuzuk learns that this unassuming 69-year-old man was a decorated military veteran.
Yuzuk started digging and discovered that Flaherty had worked undercover with the Feds during the ‘80s. Soon after, Flaherty is killed by a hit-and-run driver. His friend decides to investigate and finds a passport that shows Flaherty was secretly traveling to dangerous locations like Jordan, Iraq, Thailand, Vietnam, and Venezuela while living as a homeless man. He did time in prison for drugs but was that a cover or a real conviction?
“The Giant Killer” is one of those stranger-than-fiction tales that would never make it as a movie pitch because it’s just so unbelievable. Yuzuk is the director and it’s his first movie. It’s not slick but it is fascinating.