This Man Went From WWII Veteran To Wanted Terrorist

Gordon Kahl in his younger days. Find A Grave

Despite recent hysteria, terrorists do not fit one mold. They come in all shapes and sizes. Men and women alike are terrorists, just as left and right groups both establish terrorist organizations. Black, brown, and white people have all used intimidation and violence to pursue a political motive, which by definition categorize them as terrorists.

Early Life and Influence

Gordon W. Kahl was born on January 8, 1920. The retired North Dakota farmer with roots in the military eventually became a terrorist in the United States of America. He was always conservative and leaned towards the right, and was even a decorated soldier who served during World War II.

Unfortunately, his viewpoints became more extreme after he joined a survivalist, neo-Nazi sympathizer group known as Posse Comitatus. Latin for ‘power of the county’, the organization was composed of militant individuals who disregarded the authority of the government, including paying taxes.

In support of his radical ideas, Kahl did not recognize forms of government beyond the county level. In fact, he wrote a letter to the IRS explaining he was protesting federal taxation in 1967 because “Synagogue of Satan under the 2nd plank of the Communist Manifesto.” He believed America was following the communism rather than the constitution.

Throughout the 1970s, Kahl created his own chapter of Posse Comitatus in Texas, the first one in the state. It was not until 1976 that he was recorded during a TV interview saying that income tax was illegal. He also encouraged other people to stop paying their taxes.

A Convicted Criminal

That same year, he was charged with failure to file and pay taxes in 1973 and 1974. He was found guilty and sentenced to two years in prison along with fines. In 1977, he only served eight months, and his sentence and fine were both suspended. Kahl was then placed on parole for five years.

Gordon Kahl was wanted by the FBI several times throughout his life for a range of things including failure to pay taxes and murder. 965 The Fox

Parole did not affect Kahl much. He insisted on carrying a firearm and was active in the community. In fact, Kahl pushed for an early sovereign citizen movement. He still desired to withdraw recognition of the federal government, and wanted to create two parallel courts based on English common law.

American farmers throughout the Midwest were influenced by both Posse Comitatus and the township movement, which led to the farm crisis of the 1980s.

The First Shootout

On February 13, 1983, Kahl revealed another level of his terrorism. A roadblock was created by federal marshals to stop him as he left a township meeting in order to serve him a warrant for violating his parole. Kahl was traveling with his wife, Joan, and his son, 23-year-old Yorivon, and three others who attended the meeting, including Scott Faul.

Both Kahl and his son were armed with rifles when they came to the roadblock. A shootout erupted, which left U.S. Marshals Kenneth Muir and Robert Cheshire dead. Three other officers and Yorivon Kahl were injured.

U.S. Federal Marshals Muir and Cheshire were killed during a shootout on February 13, 1983. Tactical Professor

The father and son fled the scene; Kahl dropped off his wounded son at the hospital and continued driving.

The scene from the first shootout. Bitter Harvest

On May 11, both Yorivon Kahl and Scott Faul were charged with the murders, and on May 28 they were convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to prison. They are not eligible for release until 2023.

On the Run

Gordon Kahl remained a fugitive at large. It took four months for the FBI to find Kahl near Smithville, Arkansas. The little town had barely 100 residents, so it was easy to spot an outsider, especially someone from a wanted poster.

However, there was also a group of sympathizers in the town; Leonard and Norma Ginter sided with tax protesters and were housing Kahl about a hundred and fifty miles north of Little Rock.

The couple’s youngest daughter actually tipped off the police about Kahl’s presence there. After the informants had discovered Kahl was indeed hiding with the Ginters, they gathered enough evidence to obtain a search warrant of the bunker-like home. It was located four miles outside of Smithville and had over 20 tax protesters throughout the small region.


  • (((Suzuki Nathie)))

    Very well written. I myself wrote an article about this incident.

    • Jeremy Jay Lee Austin-Skidmore

      ¿You write any other #ISIS propaganda?

      • What?

      • Why would I write propaganda for ISIS? If you actually read my article, I criticized the government’s handling of the situation.

        • Jeremy Jay Lee Austin-Skidmore

          Show me.

  • Dan Baron

    If you believe the ammo exploded I have some ocean front property in Tennessee.

  • John Lynott

    There is a chance the ammo could explode ( a very small chance ) But it should with people like this , The END , No trial , No feeding them in prison for years on end It is over

  • Todd Johnson

    Yeah, the ol’ smoke bomb through the ol’ air vent thing!
    How is this guy a terrorist? He didn’t bomb or kill multiple innocent people. Yes the loss of the Marshalls, FBI, and other law enforcement folks was terrible, but they knew this guy was armed, anti-government, and wasn’t going to back down or give up. They were armed and knew the danger they were facing.

    Thank you author for pushing a thinly veiled agenda through this “article”.

  • Jeremy Jay Lee Austin-Skidmore

    Calling this man a “terrorist” cheapens the word to useless.
    We was a criminal, no doubt about it. And a violent one at that. I mourn his death less than I do a bug I step on.

    But terrorists target innocent bystanders and never give warning. Anti-TRUMP roadblock Protestors are more of terrorists than he was.

    You wanna be taken as a CREDIBLE source, act like it; Fire the writer and delete the story.

  • melvin boyce

    so now we all know we need to go out and hug a muslim and invite him and his sons into our homes where they can use our wives, daughters and young sons right after they cut our heads off. Oh yes. The left media continues sinking to new lows each minute of each day.