Casca – A Blast From The Past


Did you read this book like I did? If so, did you know that the Casca images by artist Darrel Millsap on the cover of every title were based on this photo of author Barry Sadler?


And, did you know that Special Forces Veteran Barry Sadler also wrote and performed the song “The Ballad of the Green Berets” which hit Number 1 on the charts in the Spring of 1966?


Sadler passed away in 1989 of complications following a gun shot wound. Although, the Casca-series of books are still being produced.

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14 Responses to “Casca – A Blast From The Past”

  1. Jeremy says:

    I’m just getting the upload code, and I can’t speak computer.

    • SSD says:

      You’re not even getting the actual upload code. This is the result of wordpress’s ‘what you see is what you get’ editor. This POS is the bane of my existence. If you wonder why our photos are jacked up sometimes, this editor is the reason. It inserts random shit wherever it pleases.

  2. patrulje says:

    I still have the original paperback on my shelf.

  3. matty says:

    Are American berets larger than brit ones? I don’t think I’ve ever seen an American service member wear a beret and make it look good.

    • Justin says:

      That was a picture from the 1960s. The way they are worn is a lot different these days.

    • Bradkaf308 says:

      Lol, most of them are a lot better now, back in the 60’s & 70’s not so much. In the 80’s they started to improve if they did an exchange, lol.

  4. Chris U'5 says:

    I got an email from Tony Roberts (the current author) last week, the next book will be titled Scourge of Asia and there will be more info about it this month.

  5. Chris U'5 says:

    I first heard about Casca here at SSD a few years ago, I read this snippet and I was hooked;
    Jesus condemned Casca by saying, “Soldier, you are content with what you are. Then that you shall remain until we meet again. As I go now to My Father, you must one day come to Me.” As Jesus died, blood from his wound trickled down Casca’s spear and onto his hand, and Casca unknowingly tasted it after wiping sweat from his mouth, causing his body to convulse in pain. Casca did not initially understand what was happening to him until he was condemned to work in labor mines over a 30 year period. There he slowly discovered that he does not age and cannot be killed or seriously wounded. He learned that he is immortal, although he can feel all pain inflicted on his person. While his wounds heal completely, his body accumulates countless scars over the centuries.


  6. Historia says:

    thanks for sharing, I have Barry Sadlers Cd, but did not know about his book.

  7. Bradkaf308 says:

    I remember reading it on an ex back in 84.

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  9. Uncle Dan says:

    Loved these books! Me and Dad were huge fans. Gonna have to Google his death. I’m 56and vaguely remember he was south of the border.

  10. Tuckerrnr1 says:

    I have his album with that song on it.