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by: Forrest Gump
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Doc Rio's Ribbons 1952
Many of us younger guys didn't know Admiral Roy F. Adams because he moved to Texas about 20 years ago after being very active after retirement in the SD area.
I got the following feedback from my email announcing Roy Adams passing. on Roy Adams. <br>
From Maynard Weyers: Roy was a plank owner of SEAL Team ONE. He was one of the first to do a two-man skyhook pickup (with Jack Macione) on the west coast (Oct 65).
He was the top man with his line attached to the main line. The rigging was not as it needed to be so he whipped around the main line thru out the pickup. It really
knocked the crap out of him. I included a picture of when the aircraft had snagged the line and just started to lift them. Roy was the consummate operator and he
will be sorely missed.
(Bob's note: Anyone who would volunteer to do a skyhook with Jack Macione had to have cajones the size of Texas.)
From Paul Plumb: Roy was one of the best instructors we had in UDTRA class 44. He was always fair and excellent. I only called him Roy at the reunions. He was always
Chief Adams before that.
I always will remember your humble attitude, I am honored to have served with you.
I knew Of him as "Animal" Adams. I don't think Roy would have had access to an OFS coin. We should offer Dennis or Hal the option to give a coin to widow and son.
Underwater Demolition Teams -
A reunion is being planned for all UDT personnel, past and present,
at a time and place to be agreed on by mutual consent. For further
information you may write to Donald F. Arveson, 403
Valley National Bldg., Tucson, Ariz. e uss Abatan (AW 4)
- Crew from: ALL HANDS Magazine 1956
XX VIETNAM, war games, for SEAL Team ONE (west coast) and SEAL Team TWO (east coast). Each squad would have at least one Stoner shooter and one M-60 shooter. I kid you NOT, this is one heck of a weapon !
Joe Garrett and Carl McLelland
Joe Garrett, Carl McLelland and Erasmo "Doc" Riojas SubFest 2016 Manitowoc Wis
Sgt. Gerry Flowers, Vietnam War Veteran
Wisconsin Maritime Museum July 2016 SubFest McLelland, Garrett, Riojas
A very old SEAL Team TWO "BULL SHEET", 'nam newsletter from the team departments
The Unsung Heroes of the USMC
“So, You Want to Be A Frogman? Read this article first” by Dan Quigley
Music CD sent to me by "Deep Dive Diecks" from New Zealand
Mike Dowling May 19, 2015
Read more: http://www.wearethemighty.com/seal-team-6-delta-force-2015-05#ixzz3eDzbhxGH
Erasmo "Doc" Riojas graduated from DeepSeaDiving School (DSDS) in D.C. and was transferred to the Subase, Escape training Tank as an Instructor, Pearl Harbor T.H. in 1955. He did sea duty tour from there on the ship pictured above, The USS COUCAL (ASR-8). the Escape training tank can be seen in the background.
Aireal View of the Vietnam Wall
Randy's Museum in Leesburg FL
William Brown Navy SEAL
Aldo Ray (movie star name) Frogman Doc McP's Pub in Coronado
Bikers Bandera Texas
West Coast Reunion Buddies Lt-Rt: ???, Fred Toothman, Al Hale, Bassett, ???, Doc Riojas
Navy.mil - COSRIVGRU One sailors at VUMM Inbox x firstname.lastname@example.org
FROM: Ralph Fries
Good Evening All,
Inez and I attended the CGR-1 Heritage ceremony that was held at the Vietnam Memorial Monument and Boat Display. The ceremony was very sacramental to me as my original virtual conception is being used as I had hope it would be accomplished when I started out in 1986.
Best Regards to All,
http://www.navy.mil/view_image.asp?id=201866 SAN DIEGO (Aug. 7, 2015) Sailors attached to Costal Riverine Group 1 (CGR 1) render honors after laying a wreath during a Costal Riverine Heritage and Vietnam memorial ceremony on Naval Amphibious Base San Diego. The ceremony honored Costal Riverine groups that served in the Vietnam War and the heritage of the Riverines. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Chelsea D. Daily/Released) Sailors attached to Costal Riverine Group 1 (CGR 1) render honors after laying a wreath during a Costal Riverine Heritage and Vietnam memorial ceremony on Naval Amphibious Base San Diego. Sailors attached to Costal Riverine Group 1 (CGR 1) participate in a wreath laying ceremony during a Costal Riverine Heritage and Vietnam memorial ceremony on Naval Amphibious Base San Diego.
Bill Langley Frogman on Capsule Recovery
SEAL way of Life Robert O'Neill
Jacket present from Johnny Rabbitt
Pain 'nam operating Levi's
VietCong PysOps FLyer
Brumueller and Prince with Purple Heart Medal 'nam canal and sanpan UDT life Jacket and KBar Knife
SEAL territory Expansion Coronado CA
UDT life jacket and KBar
Wes Modder William Brown
Quang Nguyen and Larry Bailey
Marge Boesch Jimbo and Linda watson
Eric Prince of Blackwater Fame
Down The Hatch, 2015, is HISTORY! Dante Stephensen
OUR K-9 PET "INU
IN RESPONSE TO THE RECENT E-MAILS ABOUT OUR PET "INU":
PLEASE BE ADVISED, WE ARE TIRED OF ANSWERING
QUESTIONS ABOUT INU'S POLITICALLY INCORRECT BEHAVIOR!
YES, HE MAULED SIX PEOPLE WEARING OBAMA T-SHIRTS,
FOUR PEOPLE WEARING PELOSI T-SHIRTS,
TWO OTHER DEMOCRATS,
NINE TEENAGERS WITH PANTS HANGING PAST THEIR CRACK ,
THREE FLAG BURNERS,
AND A PAKISTANI TAXI DRIVER.
AND FOR THE LAST TIME... INU IS NOT FOR SALE !
NO, I DO NOT APPROVE OF HIS SMOKING, BUT HE SAYS IT HELPS
GET THE "BAD TASTE" OUT OF HIS MOUTH!
NOTE: Who ever does not like or disagrees with the content of this E mail, I ask you to please reply with the word "REMOVE" in subject line. I shall paint you GONE forever. I respect your feelings.
Thank you very much, Doc Riojas
From: Joe G. Garrett
To: Doc Riojas
Subj: Sea story of SEALs recovering torpedoes
Sorry Doc, there are no pictures of me other than drivers license and ID.
I hate to say it but I was never good enough to become a SEAL, merely a sub driver, hell I almost drown in boot camp when they threw us in the pool( shallow end). I was from Oklahoma and we considered water over hock deep on a cow to be a major flood.
One story I remember when we were using SEALs to recover torpedoes in the gulf of Maine in Feb goes something like this
The SEAL divers were jumping out of marine helicopters(I forget which version into the water putting the recovery bands on the torpedo and one copter would recover the torpedo and the other would recover the divers.
On one of the first recovery the divers went out the back and the rescue diver and I were sitting in the back when the marine pilot said diver in trouble and I turned to the rescue diver who was all of a sudden gone.
He had gone out the back minus his tanks . One of the concerns the divers had was "what would the marines do IF trouble developed and one of the divers needed help?" well we found out. The pilot put the belly of the bird in the water and we were floating the unconscious in the back ramp and it crossed my mind shouldn't we be getting out of this thing instead of putting more guys in it?
When we got the guy in a marine started rocking the chopper to break suction and when we did the next stop had to be 200 feet straight up, with tons of water pouring out of every opening on the bird.
The guys on the ship( The USS Concord AFS 5) said it was one hell of a sight. We got the guy bac., The D.r on board got him in the shower and within 30 minutes he was back on deck and the only concession he made was to cut the mask that had fouled on him when he entered the water. He chucked it overboard with the comment that mask will never cause me grief again.
The scuba guys from the ship almost went overboard after it, they had never seen equipment that good.
That evening in the hanger the SEAL divers were having a medicinal rum and coke and invited the marine crews to join them and complimenting them for their actions that afternoon. I was also invited when I heard one of the guys ask about should I or not?
I heard them say hell yeah! He's a good chief, I was a rider also, not crew and I was there with the admiral as part of his staff. The invite made me feel good.
We flew in (NAS Brunswick Maine) as the ship was too big to go in and the divers decided to show the natives a trick. We had to take them back out by chopper as a few of the locals had never encountered free swingers like these guys and there were a few warrants out for them. The admiral said I guess you SEALs are going to ride the ship back to Norfolk.
The chief and I will meet you there, we are flying back.
Cheers Joe G. Garrett
Eternal Salvation and Survival
by Billy Hoffmann
January 23, 2013
“Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labor for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto Me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight in fatness. Incline your ear, and come unto Me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you” -Isaiah 55:1-3 [KJV]
Without doubt we all know that these are turbulent, tumultuous times with violence, treachery and all manner of evil that is growing exponentially. Reading The Survivalist Blog has been helpful to me and my family with all the informative reports, reviews and articles regarding the many facets of survival and prudent preparations, some of which I enjoy passing along to my family, friends and neighbors.
As a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ and as a patriotic American and former military man, by the grace of God, I see life and that which is transpiring before us today through a biblical world-view. There’s no need for me to convince you readers of this outstanding web-log that it is a good thing to set aside, to stock-up and to prepare for hardships or for “rainy days”. As history records it is a good thing to remember how men of God of long ago such as Noah, who was a “preacher of righteousness” (II Peter 2:5), obeyed God’s warning and prepared for the flood. So too did Joseph, who was warned of God to prepare for seven years of famine while he was Pharaoh’s second-in-command in Egypt. It is written for our admonition, “But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel” (I Timothy 5:8).
While we would agree that temporal preparations are a good thing for this life time it is my prayer that you’ll seriously think upon matters regarding eternity. Our physical life upon this earth is so brief. My grandmother, who I named Mimi when I was a little boy back in the early ’60's, passed away recently at the ripe old age of 103 years old. Though she lived so long a time on this earth it’s not even a ‘drop in the bucket’ compared to eternity. The holy scripture says, “For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: but the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you” (I Peter 1:24-25).
I submit to you the following holy scriptures and short commentary for your prayerful and serious consideration.
“It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes.” -Psalm 118:8-9 [KJV] “Salvation is of the LORD.” -Jonah 2:9c [KJV]
“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth My word, and believeth on Him that sent Me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.” -John 5:24 [KJV]
Dear neighbors, the “Good News” gospel message that is here proclaimed unto you is that Jesus Christ the LORD was sent by the Father to effectually & fully SAVE poor, needy, wretched sinners by His own sovereign FREE grace and by His perfect righteousness charged to our accounts!
Regarding this “so great salvation” by Jesus Christ alone please consider the following words of wisdom,
“Salvation is of the LORD” (Jonah 2:9c), entirely so, from beginning to end. It is God’s “great salvation,” in its origination, in its effectuation, in its application and in its consummation. Man contributes nothing to it whatsoever. All the Trinity are concerned and engaged in it. The Father is the Author of salvation from sin, Christ the Purchaser, the Spirit the Conveyor. It is the Father who begets the elect (James 1:17, 18); yet they are declared to be the “seed” of Christ (Is. 53:10), while they are “born” of the Spirit (Jn. 3:6).” -The Satisfaction of Christ, ch. xii, by Arthur W. Pink
“The gospel is no other than a pure promise, a free declaration of peace and pardon, righteousness, life, and salvation to poor sinners by Jesus Christ. The sum and substance of it is, that “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” (1 Tim. 1:15). -The Doctrine of Imputed Righteousness Without Works, by John Gill
“Christ died for the UNGODLY” (Rom. 5:6). God’s righteous grace comes to us through the law-honoring, justice-satisfying, sin-atoning Work of the Lord Jesus! Here, then, is the very essence of the Gospel: the proclamation of God’s amazing grace, the declaration of Divine bounty, altogether irrespective of human worth or merit. In the great Satisfaction of His Son, God has “brought near HIS righteousness” (Isa. 46:13). -The Doctrine of Justification, ch. vii, by Arthur W. Pink
“The miracle announced by the Gospel is that God comes to the ungodly with a mercy that is righteous, and in spite of all their depravity and rebellion, enables them through faith (on the ground of Christ’s righteousness) to enter into a new and blessed relation with Himself.” -ibid.
Friends, I tell you that Almighty God has, by Himself, worked-out and provided a perfect salvation for all those who do hunger and thirst for His righteousness. Salvation is NOT by what “church” we attend; it is not by what “good deeds” we do, nor is it by our tradition/s, our tithing, almsgiving, religious observances: it is solely by the finished work of Christ Jesus the Lord, Who is coming back one day as the mighty and conquering King of glory.
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Ref: http://www.warboats.org/SBU13Hoffmann.htm forShipmate (alumni) names and historical tidbits: email@example.com
amongst PBs and PTFs and ASDV at Coronado NAB
UDT swimmers on Paradrop
SBU-13 PL heads out to support combat swimmers with Point Loma
A jumper lands between zodiac
Good evening, Jim ~
I was at SBU-13 from 1981 to 1983 and I learned (OJT) on one of our green LCPL's and after a break-in period became coxswain of my own boat. I just loved it. As you well remember, sometimes we provided boat support to the UDT teams (SDV and otherwise), occasionally SEAL Team 1, Force RECON and even had the chance to work with some Army Rangers once as they were conducting Helo water insertions and recovery training.
Considering that SBU-13 was my third command, it wasn't until I got assigned there that I really started to enjoy and take pride in the Navy. Back in '81 through '83 SBU-13 was a Reserve unit and we did not deploy like the SBU -12 guys. It was with some envy that the fellers' in unit -12 would tell me of their deployments to the P.I..
When I first checked aboard as a seaman, the two PTF boats were still alongside the pier. Fascinating boats... kind of sad that they were left in such disrepair. I'll bet they were remarkable in their day.
I spent the first year and half (approx.) being a coxswain on one of the LCPL's, this prior to the SeaFox. Unit -12 was the first to get them and eventually we (SBU-13) got a couple. You may remember that one fellow named Mike Douglas. He had been in law enforcement for ages and came back into the Navy as a BM1, this to finish up his last five years or so and retire. For a short period we did some OPS together on one of the Seafox's. One time we did a public relation event and took the Seafox and a PB up to Santa Barbara and gave tours & rides to the public. That was the place for liberty. I can't say I was all that impressed with those Seafoxes.
I remember SBU-13 training with SBU #11.The PB guys drove up the coast but I think the bulk of us were driven up to Vallejo in a bus. I really enjoyed working with the River Boatguys up there and was extremely impressed with their P-Bar's, ATC's and such. They had Swift boats back then but I personally didn't get a chance to train on them. We stayed in their shoddy barracks. One of the SEAL's assigned to SBU-11 was a crusty old Vietnam veteran, a Senior Chief with glasses, Wade Puckett, and he was an outstanding instructor. I paid close attention to his teachings about water-borne guard post, riverine operations, boat/personnel searches, etc. That trip was quite beneficial in my book. I think it was a real eye-opener to us from SBU-13 as we were a Coastal and and Seal Support Unit.
SBU-13 did have a form of S.O.C. crews. There was talk of attending Army jump-school at Ft. Benning, but that didn't materialize when I was there. Some of us got some extra training: SERE School at FASOTRAGRUPAC (the nine day C.O.I.) and later a three-day "advanced" SERE seminar, both of which were outstanding. I attended the Assault Boat Coxswain School there at NAB and had a great time learning how to drive the Higgin's Boat, Mike 6 and 8 boats. We even attended a one-week long sailing school in San Diego. The objective was to prepare and be ready to insert/extract a SPECOP's team via "indigenous" craft. After that fun training, I never stepped aboard another sailboat while at SBU... Go figure. I personally felt we didn't shoot enough but then the PL's did not carry crew served weapons. Compared to the Modern SWCC of today it was a veritable "McHale's Navy" back then.
Though the training I received was somewhat limited, I took the job at-hand very seriously and did my level best. Had a blast working with the frogmen and whether it was a "tactical" night-ops or be it a day-time "Dive Requal", I took pride in doing the best I could for the guys.
Back then, in our little Quonset hut near the watch-tower, we had a Boatswain's Mate 1st Class who was our supervisor. He was a Mexican/American fellow who was a highly knowledgeable fleet-sailor. He was a great guy and taught me some good stuff as I studied for BM 3rd Class.
Toward the end of my tour there, I was assigned to one of the PB's. There was a BM1 who had a beard; he was a real squared-away sailor and he was the OIC of that particular PB. Later on a black fella', also a BM1, took over the boat. We did a few trips out to San Clemente Island for a week at-a-time.
The last year-and-a-half I spent at SBU-13, I applied myself in getting ready for BUD/S. CDR Richards approved my request to take the screening test and Dive Physical. However, prior to all that I had met a frog named John Prior, a PO1 in one of the Units there at NAB. When I met John, he was working with the dolphins (you know the deal on all that...). He took me under his wing and helped me get ready. We spent over a year running, swimming, doing obstacle courses, etc., etc. In addition to all that, because I wasn't a high school graduate, I attended evening classes at the Coronado High School (adult education), this to help me with mathematics. Without the latter I would never have been able to pass muster in Dive Physics and of course, demolitions. I can say with confidence that being assigned to Special Boat Unit-13 was overall an great experience; it also served as a spring-board to becoming a frogman. You and I have a unique and special background Jim. Think about what John Paul Jones said, "Give me a fast boat for I intend to go into harms way."
After graduating from BUD/S Class #126 in the spring of '84, I was assigned to SEAL Team 2 for four years. In the fall of '87 I tried out for SEAL VI --- that is Team 6. Was there from Dec. of '87 until my medical discharge in Nov. of '96 when I had to leave the service after only eighteen years. To say the least, I had quite an exciting time at those units and worked with some of the most hard-core fellers' imaginable.
I never worked with the boys in SBU-26 but I did participate in Operation Just Cause down in Panama. We lost about twenty-four (24) special operators down there. Four brave men from SEAL Team 4 were whacked while conducting an operation at Patilla Airfield during "H-Hour". You may recall hearing that two platoons were sent there to disable Gen. Noriega's private aircraft. The real pisser in all of this is that these men were highly constrained by asinine Rules of Engagement (ROE) --- that is, they were forbidden to shoot first! The other twenty-some guys that died down there were men from Task Force 160th Special Operations Air Regiment (SOAR), Army Rangers and I think one man from Delta SFOD may have been killed. It really sucked having to attend memorial services in the midst of it all, too.
It was quite unique in that "we" (Joint Special Operations, in general) locked-down the entire country in a very short period of time. It was a spectacular operation. I do recall there was a Special Boat Unit down there too, but I didn't know any of the guys there. They did provide one of our Assault Teams (RED) with boat support during a ship-board search of some freighter. One of my old Team-mates named Randy B. and his dive-buddy were the boys who planted explosives on one of the Panamanian patrol boats. I think he was assigned to SEAL 2 during that mission. They blew that boat just as "H-Hour" went down and apparently that thing actually lifted out of the water when the charge went off... BAM! But enough Sea Stories.
Regarding some separate issues, Jim: thanks for adding my name and contact info to the alumni list. I ain't no pastor or theologian, but I do love the Lord Jesus and my neighbor as myself. I have a big heart for veterans, especially the men in Special Warfare - whether they be special boat operators, admin/support staff or frogmen. You'll have to pardon my enthusiasm. If I can ever be of any assistance to you or the alumni (active, disabled veterans or retired) then it would be an honor. Be advised that due to financial limitations & medical considerations that traveling is difficult.
With care, Billy Hoffmann
email: JesusChristKING [at] centurytel
No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden
Mark Owen and Kevin Maurer. Dutton, $26.95 (336p) ISBN 978-0-525-95372-2
The arch-terrorist's death was “just another job," according to this gung-ho memoir by a member of the U.S. Navy SEAL Team Six that dispatched him. The pseudonymous Owen's (revealed by Fox News to be Matt Bissonnette) story is “generalized" and scrubbed of “classified information" but authentic enough to provoke Pentagon legal threats and convey a compelling realism.
His meticulous narrative of the raid adds new wrinkles to the conventional account--he insists that Bin Laden did not try to fight or hide behind his wives before he was shot, unarmed, while peeking through a doorway (Owen sneers at his unpreparedness)--along with atmospheric details, from the terror of an initial helicopter crash to his cleaning of blood from Bin Laden's face for identifying photos. The raid caps Owen's well-observed memoir of training ordeals, awesome gear, bonding and banter, and special ops in Iraq and Afghanistan; co-author Maurer shapes these missions into tense scenes of strategizing, stealth and action.
This is not a reflective book; the righteousness of post-9/11 military adventures is self-evident to Owen, and he worries only about measuring up to the SEAL standard of lethal teamwork. Still, it paints an absorbing portrait of the work-a-day soldierly professionalism that proved Bin Laden's nemesis. Photos. (Sept. 4) Reviewed on: 09/03/2012
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Damien Rio Vasquez
Memorial Day Houston Nat. Cemetery 2011 Pictures
Laredo TX proclaims Vietnam Veterans Week: Erasmo "Doc" Riojas was Guest Speaker
Mr. Gordon Thompson and Pauline Cyrenne my two WWWemailpals who are dissecting www.sealtwo.org page by page.
Ralph Schmitz is my friend from Germany.
UDT SEAL Museum Capt Howard
Raleigh Kraft and his Office's Warrior Wall
From: Larry Bailey larrywb [at] suddenlink DOT
to: All Hands
subject: No Murtha Ship!
Here is our brand-new website:
Take a look. Scott
Swett did a great job of putting it up, and Linda Eddy did a great job
of designing our logo.
We intend to serve notice on Navy Secretary
Ray Mabus that it is intolerable to name this fine vessel after John
P. Murtha, arguably (and demonstrably) one of the most corrupt
politicians ever to sit in Congress.
It should be made clear that we are not
connected to any political party or movement; we just want our Navy's
ships to be named appropriately.
Pass the word, please, to your mailing lists.
And tell recipients that any money raised over what our actual
costs are (website management, advertisements, etc.) will be donated
to a worthy military charity. Nobody
is on salary, but contributions will be required to keep us up and
You will note that checks must be made out to
"Larry Bailey/Sink Murtha."
That is because my bank (USAA Bank) would not allow mAe to open
an account under an organizational name.
We also have a PayPal account, as you'll see on the website.
You have my permission to simply forward this
e-mail. However you pass
the word is all right with me; just get the message out there that we
will not allow a corrupt congressman to be honored by the US Navy!
Many thanks to you all!
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Navy SEALs Lost in Helicopter Crash
Navy SEALs Lost in Helicopter Crash
CAIRO: SEAL K-9
From: Loren Decker [mailto:oldfrog AT dekrtech
DOT net] Sent: Monday, July 11, 2011
Subject: My Type of Watch Dog - Seal Team 6 K-9 Detachment Reminds me of the old days when ST-2 used K9's in Viet Nam. Who can forget Prince?
From: Erasmo "Doc" Riojas [mailto:docrio45 AT
gmail DOT com]
Sent: Monday, July 11, 2011
To: Walsh, Nicolas E
Subject: My Type of Watch Dog - Seal Team 6 K-9 Detachment
Were there TWO "Prince" SEAL canines? We had one on the East Coast, I believe his handler's name was Wally Schwallenberg. Wally died this year SCUBA diving in Mexico.
doc Riojas On Mon, Jul 11, 2011
To: Walsh, Nicolas E <WALSHN AT uthscsa DOT edu>
wrote: We had Prince at Solid Anchor with Team One and Mike Bailey. 105 lbs. of dog, not 10 lbs. of yap.
Mike Bailey was from Team TWO but ended up as a point man in my platoon (Oscar Team One) in 1971. He went out and recovered Prince who had been left by Team Two with Army. He brought him to us – chain = attack dog, blind harness = scout dog.
Mike is very ill with prostate cancer in Washington state
after career with Border Patrol.Nic
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Airborne SEAL-2 K-9 "Rinney"
From: "E. RIOJAS" To: chomi
<chomi AT adnc DOT com>
Rinny and his handler, Eugene Fraley (KIA) were trained at Fort Benning, GA by the U.S.Army at "Attack School."
Our 90 lb German Shepard, Rinny, would command anyone's respect due to his ferocious appearance. He did not harm any of us SEALs unless he was given an order by Fraley to attack. There is such a strong bond between the dog and his handler that Rinney did not eat from our hands for about a week after Fraley died.
Rinny was Airborne qualified. He owned his personal harness that was double clipped on to Fraley's reserve chute. These two clips are released after the main is open. The dog is then lowered by a 20 ft. line attached to his harness and his handler. Usually a muzzle is placed on the dog because they often panic and turn against the his paratrooper. Not even dogs like to jump out of perfectly good airplanes.
Since the dog descends 20 feet below the paratrooper, the dog lands first. Seconds later his handler will hit the dirt. I think Rinney was qualified to wear Gold Navy Jump Wings on his dress uniform.
SEAL K-9 Hawkeye , guards his KIA handler Jon Tumilson at funeral service.
Jon Tumilson and Hawkeye
NAVY SEAL DOGS ! ! !
From: noel [at] tctwest DOT net
To: noel [at] tctwest DOT net
Subject: NAVY SEAL DOGS ! !
Date: Mon, 26 Aug 2013 18:10:59 -0600
From: Bill & Sharon Huckins 6:01 PM
To: Al Chavez ; John Gruber ; Ken Hunter ; Mark Noel ; dan weatherly
Subject: Fw: NAVY SEAL DOGS ! ! ! Thought you would get a kick out of the money spent on this pooch.
04 How cool is this... When U.S. President Barack Obama went to Fort Campbell , Kentucky , for a highly publicized, but very private meeting with the commando team that killed Osama bin Laden, only one of the 81 members of the super-secret SEAL DevGru unit was identified by name: Cairo, the war dog.
Cairo, like most canine members of the elite U.S. Navy SEALs, is a Belgian Malinois. The Malinois breed is similar to German shepherds but smaller and more compact, with an adult male weighing in the
(German shepherds are still used as war dogs by the American military but the lighter, stubbier Malinois is considered better for the tandem parachute jumping and rappelling operations often undertaken by SEAL teams.Labrador retrievers are also favored by various military organizations around the world.
Like their human counterparts, the dog SEALs are highly
trained, highly skilled, highly motivated special ops experts,
able to perform extraordinary military missions by Sea, Air
and Land (thus the acronym SEAL). The dogs carry out a wide
range of specialized duties for the military teams to which
they are attached: With a sense of smell 40 times greater than
a human's, the dogs are trained to detect and identify both
explosive material and hostile or hiding humans.
The dogs are twice as fast as a fit human, so anyone trying to escape is not likely to outrun Cairo or his buddies.
The dogs, equipped with video cameras, also enter certain
danger zones first, allowing their handlers to see what's
ahead before humans follow. As I mentioned before, SEAL dogs
are even trained parachutists, jumping either in tandem with
their handlers or solo, if the jump is into water. Last year
canine parachute instructor Mike Forsythe and his dog Cara set
the world record for highest man-dog parachute deployment,
jumping from more than 30,100 feet up - the altitude
transoceanic passenger jets fly at. Both Forsythe and Cara
were wearing oxygen masks and skin protectors for the jump.
Here's a photo from that jump, taken by Andy Anderson for K9 Storm Inc.
(more about those folks shortly).
As well, the dogs are faithful, fearless and ferocious
“incredibly frightening" and efficient attackers.
When the SEAL DevGru team (usually known by its old designation, Team 6)hit bin Laden's Pakistan compound on May 2, Cairo 's feet would have been four of the first on the ground.
And like the human SEALs, Cairo was wearing super-strong, flexible body Armor and outfitted with high-tech equipment that included "doggles" - specially designed and fitted dog goggles with night-vision and infrared capability that would even allow Cairo to see human heat forms through concrete walls.Now where on earth would anyone get that kind of incredibly niche hi-tech doggie gear? From Winnipeg, of all places. (*NOTE: Not Made in China) Jim and Gloria Slater's Manitoba hi-tech mom-and-pop business, K9 Storm Inc., has a deserved worldwide reputation for designing and manufacturing probably the best body Armor available for police and military dogs. Working dogs in 15 countries around the world are currently protected by their K9 Storm body Armor.
May God bless our
military and their DOGS!
From: james davy
Sent: Monday, August 26, 2013 7:16 PM
To: John Westfall (UDT/SEAL NW)
Subject: FW: NAVY SEAL DOGS ! ! !
FYI if you have not seen it. We had a great reunion as usual and had an old friend from Nam show up, had not seen him sense 1969, Lou Hyatt, not sure if you know Lou or not; he was in Buds 39 with Ray Hollenbeck, Ray and I went to V.N. language school together in early 69. V/R Jim
From: Roxana Holly
On Feb 23, 2016
My husband was on Seal Team 1 BUD/S class 58. He found a dog muzzle in an old Sea bag. He thought that Michael Bailey had given it to him. Mike was a handler for Team 2 he had a dog named Prince. Mike then switched to Team 1, where he met my husband. I asked Mike if he ever had a dog named Zep and he said he hadn't, but he believed it was Jimmy Womack(SP).
I don't know if Team 2 has a news letter but perhaps you could include a blurb about the muzzle. I've attached pictures. I'm just doing this on the off chance that it would make some ones day. Mike Bailey was a k9 handler with team 2.
Respectfully, Roxana Holly
Prince and handler Bill Brumuller
From: Larry Bailey Sent: Tuesday, February 23, 2016 To: Roxana Holly
Subject: Re: Dog handler
Let me see what I can do. I’ll flog your e-mail via bcc to some old ST-2 friends, and maybe one or more of them will recognize the name. Womack could have been assigned to ST-2 as a dog handler. May be Kirk Patrick Womack as he appears in the SEAL database.
I remember Prince; he was the second K9 warrior ST-2 had. The first Rinney, was donated by an old girlfriend of mine from St. Thomas.
Mike Bailey and I are old friends. I believe he worked for me as a BUD/S instructor back in the eighties. Please tell him “hello” for me. Where is he located?
to Larry, Roxana, Doc Rio
Mike Bailey was in my UDTR class and in one of my platoons in Vietnam. I'd
like to know how to reach him since this summer is our 50th celebration.
Womack is probably Jim Warmack, also in one of my platoons. Saw him at an East Coast reunion a few years back; UDT SEAL Assn might have his address.
From: Erasmo Riojas
Thank you all three of you. Got some good history on the ole ST-2 K-9's. BUT FYI: Fraley was pronounced dead by me in MyTho RVN. Rinney was the German Shepard that was donated by that lady in St. Thomas. Harry Constance took over the care of Rinney and he became a pet. Rinney went on only two ops. He made too much noise especially when he got wet and had to shake the water off his body.
Rinney was good for getting info out of some of the captured VC. The way it worked, we would put the VC into one of the metal weapons chests and leave it unlocked inside Rinny's compound at the PBR base. Minh would tell him not to get because there was a mean dog inside the site. The VC would find out at night while trying to get out. Next morning, he talked as if he was injected truth serum with a Phonograph needle.
We had other tricks to make Victor Charlie talk, but that is another story. So: we brought Rinny home to the team. He was mentioned in an article in the Virginia Pilot newspaper. An ARMY K-9 handler saw it and complained to the D.O.D. that he was not allowed to bring his dog home from 'nam because of the quarantine regulations.
ST-2 C.O. got orders to send him back to 'nam with the next platoon deploying there. Rinny is still in 'nam or he died? i hope not. call me at 281 485 0177 if you need more details. AND I never heard of a dog named "ZEP". I was gone to 'nam from Oct 68 to Oct 1970, came home and retired. SO that is one year that i don't know what was going on in Little Creek at ST-2.
A lot of "FNG's" came to the team from UDT across the street and
many that i did not know. I don't remember the name Henry Womack. sorry.
Doc Rio, Harry Constance, Rinney, LT. "Pete"
From: Larry Bailey
to: Doc Rio, Roxanaholly77, Bill, Bill, Ty
John Hennigan and three other officers took him home and kept him until they
found a farmer who wanted to take him. Ol’ Riney has a grave in Princess Anne
County, I imagine!
What a great story about how he encouraged Victor Charlie to talk!
From: Bill Garnett :
LARRY, THE FIRST FOUR DOG THAT SEAL TEAM 2 HAD WERE: RINNEY, DUSTY, VET, PRINCE. RINNEY CAME FROM ST. THOMAS AND GARY WILSON WAS THE HANDLER FOR HIM AFTER HE CHECKED INTO THE TEAMS. GARY STILL HAS SOME OFFICIAL PAPERS ON RINNEY. HE THINKS THAT MIKE BAILEY WAS A DOG HANDLER AND HAD PRINCE. WOMACK WAS NOT A DOG HANDLER THAT I RECALL, HE WAS IN MY PLATOON. IF YOU NEED MORE INFO ON THE DOG PROGRAM, CALL GARY WILSON, 850-774-7017, HE CAN GIVE YOU MORE HISTORY AND WHO THE HANDLERS WERE. .
From:Larry Baile to Bill, Roxana, Doc Rio
Thanks, Bill. I’ll call Gary and ask about who might have handled “Zep,” or whatever his name was. Or maybe Roxana will call him. I’m sure Gary took over Rinty after Fraley was blown up.
Minty was donated to ST2 by Jackie Wazny, whom you and I knew well! I think Fraley was his first handler.
I can’t find that Womack in the database. The only one there graduated in class 157. Don’t have a Womack who was in your era. Possible it was another spelling
From: chuck detmer to Larry, Roxana, Doc Rio
Jim Womak was the handler for Zep. He was in third Plt and had to go
back to the states early. Bailey switched from his Plt to ours and acted as
handler for Zep for a while. I saw Womak at a reunion a couple years ago finding
him might be as easy as looking in a couple old FO Roosters. Chuck
to Jack, Thomas Pac NW:
Thanks for the update, Jim.
Some of this story has been around before.
From the pics, I don’t know if the K9s enjoy rappelling as much as their masters.
Attached are pictures of “Kbar” with grandson.
v/r, John Westfall
Gabriel: Steve Elson's grandson and His Dad Shane
Jan janos sent me this broshure on the St. Anthony Falls and Lock in Minn. I forgot if he told me that he worked there.
Click on Jan's Picture, above, to hear him talk to Todd Friel on his Radio Talk Show. http://www.wretchedradio.com/