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Rex Applegate – Died

July 14

Rex Applegate
June 21, 1914 – July 14, 1998

  • American military officer
  • worked for the Office of Strategic Services during World War II
  • 1941 – developing armed and unarmed close quarter combat courses for the US Army
  •  served as the personal bodyguard to President Franklin D Roosevelt
  •  advisor to the government of Mexico “Honorary General”
  • Tought John Wayne how to shoot
  •  technical advisor on the set of The Alamo
  • Applegate was said to be the source and inspiration for several of Ian Fleming’s characters in the James Bond novels
  • 1943 he wrote Kill or Get Killed
    a classic manual of Western-style hand-to-hand combat.
  • 1976 Kill or Get Killed was published by the US Marine Corps as Fleet Marine Force Reference Publication 12-80
  • 1941  Applegate-Fairbairn fighting knife
  • 1993 – Combat Use of the Double-Edged Fighting Knife

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