One of our guys, although he had the
misfortune of going Army instead of Navy, has become a writer in
About the Author
Carl’s professional career began as an
Army and then FAA air traffic controller. He advanced from a small
radar van in the Central Highlands of Vietnam to the TRACON in one of
our nation’s busiest airports. He also became a commercial pilot and
flight instructor, retiring after thirty-nine years of flying. By 1986
he was experiencing severe burnout. He put himself through the police
academy, resigned from the FAA and became a deputy Sheriff in Reno,
Nevada. He retired after a distinguished career on the street. Not
only the cop on the beat, Carl became a renowned traffic accident
reconstructionist on his departments Major Accident Investigation
Team, as well as a highly acclaimed crime scene investigator.
Throughout his life Carl has been a student of the paranormal and
often experienced the effects of the supernatural in his personal
life. In 2012 he became involved in the saga of the haunted Allen
House in Monticello, Arkansas and its resident spirit, Ladell Allen
Bonner. The result of dozens upon dozens of paranormal interactions
with Ladell led Carl to write his first book about Ladell’s life and
death. Writing that first book sparked a latent avocation in his life:
writing. Carl has always been a connoisseur of military history, and
that interest began a new direction for his writing. This latest book
is the story of Wendell Fertig, and the beginning of a thrilling new
series, 'Behind The Lines.' While the stories are fictionalized, they
are all based upon factual military history. Join in with Carl and
enjoy his books as you gain an interesting new insight in what war is
THE INDOMITABLE PATRIOT Fertig, The Guerrilla General
Doc Riojas Comment: Once i started reading this book, i have find myself hard to putting it down! because of my very old age (84 yr old eyes and at the end of being able to correct my vision) I find that the way the paragraphs are other important text are spaced to be extremly easy to read.
Having retired from the Navy and traveled to that part of the orient reminds me of my days as a guerrilla combatant as part of the Navy SPecial Warfare serving as a Navy SEAL in the Jungles of Vietnam.
The author is equally as good a military writter as Tom Clancy. This story may possibly be material for a great movie similar to the the movie produced about the POW rescue in WWII by Filipino Guerilla fighters and the U.S. Army Rangers. "The Great Raid"
Do not wait to buy it tomorrow, order it today ! It was recommended to me by CDR R.D. Thomas (recommended for the Medal of Honor by the US Army, but our politically correct US Navy downgraded it to a Navy Cross. SHame on them !
Allan R. Archey, of Class 30 Little Creek/East Coast. Allan was an excellent runner and one of the fastest swimmers in our class. Orlin Dean Nelson was his swim buddy most of the time. They were always first in the swims. Allan must have passed some healthy DNA to Clay. Clay had a good time and placed high among the finishers of this beach run. Allan is still working his farm in Starke, FL.
Webmaster: 22 Feb 2013Info from Bill Langley in P.C. FL., thank you Bill. Rio
C. Gardner Sullivan II, R.I.P.
C. Gardner Sullivan II passed away on January 10, 2013 in Scottsdale,
AZ. He was 82 years old and was the son of C. Gardner Sullivan and Ann
Beatrice May. He was born on October 25, 1930 in Los Angeles, CA.
He graduated from Beverly Hills High School, Pomona College and attended graduate school at Mills College.
Mr. Sullivan served in the US Navy as a Lieutenant for nearly five years and was the Officer in Charge, Underwater Demolition Team
12, Kwajalien Detachment. His passion was for the Navy and the UDT-SEALs.
He had a diverse career in the business world serving as President, I Network.TV, I Entertainment Inc. and CEO for Cyborex Laboratories. He was the Manager for Computer Systems (West) and the Manager for Special Projects (Iran) for IBM World Trade Corporation for 13 years.
Mr. Sullivan was an accomplished musician and composer where he produced several amateur musical productions. He entertained and inspired people with his piano and violin playing with magical moments that came through his music.
Navy SEAL Robert Guzzo Jr. R.I.P.
Parents Speak About The Tragic Secret That Led to Their Son’s Death
Posted January 15th, 2013 by US Navy SEALs Navy SEAL Robert Guzzo Jr. was described by his mother as “very independent and headstrong, always funny, always silly,” but sadly, even these traits were not enough to help him survive his battle with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). On the day after Veterans Day 2012, the 33-year-old Iraq War Veteran took his own life and the last things he may have seen were his military awards and pictures of his Navy SEAL training days, as well as photos of his best friend, Marc Lee, another Navy SEAL killed in a firefight in the city of Ramadi.
In an interview with Brook Silva-Braga, host of The Washington Post’s online news program “The Fold,” Robin Andersen recalls how her son has changed when he returned to San Diego in 2007.
“I could just tell immediately he was changed,” Andersen said. “His affect was different, you know. The look on his face was a distance away.”
According to his parents, Rob did not seek treatment for PTSD because he was told that doing so would result in losing his security clearance and ending his career as a SEAL.
“They told him specifically not to report on any worksheet that you are having these issues, because if they do, they’ll take your bird. They’ll take your trident,” said Robert Guzzo Sr.
But the Navy denies the claims, saying “We actively campaign to de-stigmatize any type of reporting — and to report issues, without negative career effects… We won’t confirm speculation on how people might have been improperly counseled by uninformed personnel — that certainly was not official policy at the time, nor is it the policy today. And no one has “lost their Trident” since 9-11 due to reporting PTSD or other combat stress ailments.”
Rob was born into a military family. His mother served 30 years of active duty while his dad was a Navy SEAL from 1983-86 and eventually a SEAL instructor from 1986-89. The young Guzzo joined the military after Sept. 11, 2001 and later became a Navy SEAL Team 5 member.
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Chris Campbell   ; David Warsen Matthew Kantor
Geo F. Reeves Ron Mercurio
Roberto Ramos KIA 'nam ST-2 Color Guard   ; Stew Smith
Tom Valentine Erick Poston Adm. Calland
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From: Nicholas Teta <nteta [at] tsgiusa DOT com>
Date: September 22, 2011
Subject: J.R. Schooley
If I haven't already called or emailed you, JR Schooley Class 124 passed away yesterday afternoon with his family gathered around him. The brain tumor he had been fighting for about 11 years finally took it's toll. He was to begin a new treatment but during the exam, they found blood clots in his lungs and legs and determined that he was he was not capable of beginning the treatments. Holly and he decided to go into Hospice late last week. I was able to speak with him a couple of weeks ago on his birthday and he was up beat. This picture was sent to me from Holly the day after the reunion.
Nick... Nicholas L. Teta
Bob "Dynamo" Baird RIP
It is with sad regret that we inform the membership of the passing of Bob "Dynamo" Baird. Bob passed away suddenly in his office in the afternoon of Wednesday 14 September of an apparent heart attack. Robert Baird graduated from BUD/S training in Class 75. He was stationed at SEAL Team ONE during the mid to late 1970's.
span"> During his time on active duty, he actively participated in Conseil International du Sport Militaire, (CISM) competitions. CISM events are akin to the Olympics for members of the military throughout the world. It is a very notable achievement that Bob won three World Championships during those events.
As one Teammate stated, "Bob "owned" CISM for the years he competed against the best military athletes in the world. Bob will be profoundly missed by his Teammates and especially the young, aspiring athletes whose lives Bob inspired.
Nelson Miller Eric Marcellus
From: bill higgins<bubbahuggins [at]gmail DOT
Date: Thu, Sep 15, 2011 a
Subject: Issac Rodriguez, KIA, Just Cause Panama
To: Doc Riojas docrio45 [at] gmail DOT com
Enclosed a photo of SEAL Team FOUR before just cause I'm the guy Issac Rodriguez has his arm around me. Please I've no help from the navy army va or anyone else I was injured in just cause but Issac and the guy behind him were in the beginning that is all I remembered. If I srewed up or caused someone injury or worst please let me know if you could look at the photo.
thank you , Bill Huggins
BMC(SEAL) Ret. Thomas Marquis RIP
It is with our deepest regret that we inform the NSW community of the loss of BMC(SEAL) Ret. Thomas Marquis. Tommy went into cardiac-arrest while hospitalized in Memphis, TN on 14 SEP 2011.
Tommy graduated with BUD/S Class 121 in FEB 1983. He was assigned to UDT-11, then transition ed as a Plank-Owner to ST-5. He served on the Navy Leap Frog parachute team from 1992-1993 (while TAD from ST-5). Tommy remained on board ST-5 until he transferred to COMNAVSPECWARCOM in 2000, where he served as a Motivator for In-Fleet and Initial Accession candidates screening and preparing for NSW training pipelines.
Tommy retired in the spring of 2006 and developed the Navy Recruiting Command's National NSW/NSO Mentorship program. He was primarily responsible for the significant increase in quality and quantity of personnel shipped to Recruit Training Center for SEAL, SWCC, EOD, Navy Diver and Air Rescue programs.
He led the 27-man NSW/NSO Mentor team in the development and refinement of processes, SOPs and best practices across the nation that significantly exceeded NSW/NSO program requirements for initial accession. Tommy is survived by his wife, Nancy, and daughter Avery.
A memorial service will be conducted in the greater Hartford, Ct
area on Sept 2 4th, 2011, Time to be Determine. There will
also be a memorial service conducted at NSA Millington, TN on Sept
28th, 2011, at 1000
Jumping Joe" Churchill
On Sun, Sep 4, 2011, duke ogden <duke.makeithot
[at] gmail DOT com> wrote:
"Jumping Joe" Churchill, what a sterling
Corpsman and Teammate he was. I recall the first jump he made--
we were going out of a Navy C-47 from NAS North Island and flown by one of the few remaining Pilot Chiefs.
The DZ was a rocky hillock surrounded by dry wadi's, in Camp Pendleton. "Jumping Joe" was second in the stick
and I was right behind him...had to marvel at the flaming red neck scarf he was wearing. I also recall that he reported
in to the "Frog Farm" directly after completing jump school at Fort Benning. After the jump (above) I asked Chief
Churchill why he became jump-qualified; his answer was spot on and though I don't remember the actual words
(this was in late 1964, I think), the essence was along the lines of "wherever the Teams go, I will go...whatever
the Teams do, I will do".
Whenever we jumped at Camp Pendleton, we would do so in
concert with Ist Force Reconnaisance, stationed at
Camp Del Mar; they would provide the jumpmaster (only name I can remember was a staff NCO named Blankenship...
there was another that looked like he could wrestle a bull in the Tijuana bull ring...had a Mexican name and was a
staff NCO as well). On the jump mentioned above, I wore a pilot's helmet that I had 'reconfigured'...painted it white
and a dragon on the front--a dragon taken from a drawing of an Aztec animal that I assumed was a dragon! Made a
sterling landing in my T-10 initially--feet, side of the closed knees, and hip--however, lowering my head caused me to
try and ram a decent-sized boulder...which broke the helmet in two pieces. "Jumping Joe" was on me like a "hobo on a
hot biscuit", but no damage. Lesson(s) Learned: Don't fuck with drawings and icons that you know nothing about!
Finally, yes I remember the stupidity of not allowing Corpsmen to wear Dress Blues. I recall several occasions
where our HMs mustered in Navy uniforms...and the impression it gave was that they were "Admin Pukes, filling in
for real Marines"...that was in the 2nd Bn, 7th Marines, Camp Las Pulgas (the Fleas)...of course the whole battalion
knew and respected who they were and what they did. As one lengthens one's tooth, the vision over the shoulder of
where one has been and what one has done, becomes longer and longer...but it is also a reminder that there is still
much that can be done...and should be done.
SEAL Chief Tommy Marquis, USN Retired
Sep 14, 2011 at 4:36 PM, William Prichard <prichardw2004 [at] yahoo DOT com> wrote:
FYI, Tommy was also a plank owner of the west coast TRADET Sniper Cell 01-02. He was very good at what he did. He was a work hard, play hard frogman. He never asked for it, but he deserved a lot more credit than he got. R.I.P. William Prichard
Max Morgan in 'nam Kirk scarborough & Max Morgan John Durlin, ? , Dave Bodkin, Max Morgan
Tom Juliano, Pat Holtz and George Holtz Navy UDT SEAL Museum Memorial Statue
SEAL Team TWO inspection: Lt to Rt: ??, Ty Zellers, Durwood Hunter White, Harry Humphries, ??, Jim Watson, Tollison, "BadMouth" Tollinson, ??
John Dearmon and Jake Rhinebolt
Standing LT to RT: Marcinko, "Nasty" Nash, Doc Martin, Nancy Martin, Sitting: Harry Humphries and Erasmo Doc Riojas (had hair then)
Young Lions with "Demo Team" Ft. Pierce FL Muster
Joe Di Martino, Doc Riojas, ?? Ty Zellers
Bud Gardner Eddie Leisure "Ray" Ramos
Sam Bailey Sol Atkinson Squires Darryl Young
7th ST-2 1967 Standing: LT to RT: Minh, Hook Turre, Jack Rowell, "Eagle" Gallagher, Roy Dean Matthews, sitting: Doc RIojas
SEAL Team TWO
OIC LT William (Bill) Gardner
AOIC Lt Ace Sarich
Plt Chief DMCS Thomas Blais
BM 1 Pat Martin,
EM 1 Kenneth Mac Donald
AE1 Curtis Ashton
PR1 Steven Dunthorn,
HM2 Stephen Elson
GMG2 Daniel Olsen
MR2 Ronnie Rogers
RM2 James Burison
PR 3 Gregory Frisch
BM3 William Bibby
Per Erik Tornblom Bill Garnett, Billky Burbank & Clay Grady
Erasmo Riojas, Brownsville TX Tom Truxell & Tom BLais Doc Riojas and Zelmo
"Boom Boom Schoesse " PT "Doc" Swartz
ST-2 T.N. Tarbox
R.D. Russel & Pam SEAL Recruting Poster
Sol Atkinson Frank Thornton Rich Kuhn & Doc Riojas
Steve, Nguyen Van Kiet, Thuy Nguyen LDNN Reunion Houston Tx
Ben Lichtenberg's (SEAL) Philippines photos
On the Lt: LT Hector Delgado, Navy SEAL
Hector Delgado & Family
Lt to Rt: Capt Symmons, Judy McClesky, JoAnn Atkinson, Marge Boesch, Jean Rhinbolt, Cathy Marcinko
Bill Garnett, Billy Burbank, Clay Grady Joe "Doc" Churchill Homer "Doc" Marshall
Young Lions at Muster Ft. Pierce FL
Terry Sullivan "Doc" Hammel SEAL wives at UDT SEAL Museum
Jerry CLark Bill Goines "Doc" Brown ST-1
Fred "Doc" McCarthy & Rio Eddie Leasure, PeeWee Nealy Young Lions
Dick Marcinko, Hoot Andrews, Harry Humphries ?? John Dearmon
Joe De Martino, Doc RIojas, and ??
BrendanLooney Brian Schad Nancy and Richard Marcinko
SEALs in Iraq
Richard "Hook" Tuure, Roy Dean Matthews, Erasmo Doc RIojas Michael Badger
Lt to Rt: ?? ?? Robert "Pete" Peterson
Lt to Rt: Roy Dean Matthews, Erasmo Riojas, Bob "Eagle" Gallagher, Glen Grinnage, Jim "patches" Watson
Joseph E.E. Picard, USN (Ret), SEAL, Class 4
August 6, 1930 - June 27, 2010
GLENBURN,ME AND ESCONDIDO,CA-Joseph E.E. Picard, SKCM, USN (Ret), SEAL, age 79, husband of the late Anita T. (Thibeault) Picard, died June 27, 2010, at the San Diego Hospice Center. He was born August 6, 1930, in Old Town, Maine, the son of the late Blanche (Bouchard) and Edmond Picard of Old Town, Maine. Joe died on his wife's birthday.
Joseph enlisted in the Navy in June 1947. After 31 years of service he retired to Glenburn, Maine as a Master Chief. Joseph was a long time member of the UDT-SEAL Association.
7 July 2010 Photos compliments of
Navy Chief Petty Officer Collin Thomas
Collin Thomas was remembered as a man who was devoted to his family and his fellow Navy SEALs.
Thomas' memorial service was private, and little has been published about him. But the 13-year military veteran was remembered for his talents in the armed forces.
John Admire wrote in an online memorial that he had recently had dinner with Thomas and "was impressed with Collin and how much he had grown since I'd known him as a youngster."
Thomas, 33, of Morehead, Ky., was killed Aug. 18 in eastern Afghanistan. His Navy SEAL team was based in Virginia. He graduated from Rowan County High School in 1995 and enlisted in the Navy in 1997. For a time he attended Morehead State University before enlisting. He had been engaged to Sarah Saunders.
His family wrote in his obituary that he was an adventurous person who always went out of his way for his fellow SEALs.
"They were his second family and closest friends," the obituary said.
A Navy press release said he was a gifted SEAL.
"His tireless professionalism, inspiring passion for life, and humble demeanor made him a role model for all who knew him," the release said.
BRIAN CURLE's Photos
Brian Curle (click on picture)
Brian Curle and SEAL Team EIGHT, India Platoon
Brian W Curle
12:30 PM (2 hours ago)
to: docrio45 [at] gmail.com
from: Brain Curle
Subj: Page 14 www.sealtwo.org
Hey Doc , Your site is looking real good amigo :-) Thanks for the coverage..
To me , the real heros in Viet Nam were the corpsman and the chopper pilots.. You , as a corpsman , did our job and then your job. Your work was never done and your ass was hanging out 100 % on all ops.. Before and after .. Chopper pilots , well you know :-)) .. ..
Thanks and Hook'um .. Without you there would be NO SEAL Teams .. .. .. I have info. on the photo of ST-8 , India Platoon , and I'll write a short version of my Apollo 4 recovery .. Chapter 13 in Darrylls book " UDT-SEALs and Frogmen , Men under Pressure " is the full story of my recovery experience ..
I'll do up a short one for you and send it with the ST-8 , India platoon photo in my next e mail to you later today .. Thanks Doc , Brian
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JAMES ROY HAZELWOOD (SEAL)(MDV)
by: Franklin Anderson From The Blast 3d Quarter 2003
I would like to provide additional information on LCDR JAMES ROY HAZELWOOD. Previously, I had submitted a Wake Island Detachment Photo and Called Chief Hazelwood ‘ROY". That was what be was referred to in UDT-1 1 UNLESS IT WAS CHIEF. I had the pleasure of having Master Chief Hazelwood as my Platoon Chief and as Jim Barnes said "he was a Horse".
When Chief Hazelwood first came to Team 11, his reputation preceded him. He was known; for going shark hunting with "power heads", and was fearless. Another story was that he was diving in the Caribbean and found a Rolex watch that was encrusted with coral. He corresponded with Rolex, thinking they would really jump on the promotion of their product, since it started running as soon as he shook it. Rolex - in a nonchalant way said that "all of our products will perform like that" or something to that effect. As previously stated Chief Hazelwood was in my Platoon and he went with me to do Cable repairs at Wake Island (Photo previously submitted).
Upon our return, the Navy came out with a program for Chiefs with 18 years or more, could apply for a commission. I encouraged "Roy" to apply and also gave him an outstanding endorsement. We submitted the application and then departed for Kwajalein for another Cable Job. While there many incidents happened that I believe you will enjoy. Chief Hazelwood was a Master Diver and a physical Horse—he always ran wherever he went and prided himself in his abilities both mental and physical.
While at Kwajalein Island proper, we worked long hours blowing channels and laying the cable. We also conducted Aqua Lung classes for some of the people with the installation. We had a couple of engineers who were always trying to trip up the Chief (who was our senior Instructor). One evening the Chief was going thru some Diving Physics and equations. These engineers immediately hopped on the Chief about the math portion. "Roy", paused like he was baffled and them slowly and diligently went thru a long formulation and made their jaws pop—Roy was self-educated and was a Whiz at Math, Geometry and Calculus.
Needless to say-from that point on the Class paid close attention and were very grateful for his expertise. There also were a couple more incidents that were memorable—LT ANDERSON (OINC) and LTJG Harry Mackenzie lived in quarters some distance from the men’s barracks and we had a 4X4 for transportation. One morning we went out and all four tires were Flat. Lt Sorenson (cousin to PRESIDENT KENNEDY’S SPEECH WRITER) asked if we would like a ride to the UDT Barracks—We said sure— We rode up and all at once everybody was after SN Gerald Berg and SN Ted Matheson to pay up. It seems that Matheson and Berg had been taking bets that we would walk to work. It was obvious who had let the air out of the tires. I turned to the Chief and said, " I’ll let you handle those energetic Seamen". Chief Hazelwood, found a hand-Tire pump and made them pump up the four tires to 35 lbs. That was quite a chore and a valuable lesson.
The other incident was off the Island of Aniwetoc (not the Atom Bomb Island), and we were laying explosive. The Chief was always a perfectionist and ready to go, his diving partner was James Pahia. Pahia was slower in getting ready and The Chief was already in the water- He submerged and was down just a short duration when he popped to the surface and "Stepped on the Bow of the LCM", He was speechless and looked at Pahia-who was still standing on the ramp. He walked over and punched him in the Arm. After a few minute he compose himself- he explained that he was under the LCM and something bumped him hard on the arm, he thought it was Pahia. It happened again and he turned and saw about a 20 foot Great White Shark.
The Chief received his orders for Knife and Fork school, and had to depart before the job was completed, but he was always impeccable and dedicated to his duties. He received orders to a ship and then to the East Coast.
We were going thin Parachute Training at Fort Benning and Ens. Hazelwood was going thru at the same time—He had to get a waiver because of his age. However, he out performed many of the younger men. James Roy Hazelwood’s brother was going through Jump Training at the same time (Army) and he was going to quit. Roy told him that isn’t the Hazelwood tradition and really chewed him out. They both graduated.
This was during the time that President Kennedy was assassinated. They bunched up three classes to make up the delay in the schedule – They had jump with over 20 knots of wind and jumpers scattered all over the place. However, all the Frogs completed the jump without incident. UDT-11 Robbie Robinson was Honor Man of the Class and "Roy Hazelwood received special recognition for being one of the Oldest in the Class.
USS Lexington CV2 (Originally CC-1), 1927-1942
USS Lexington, a 33,000-ton aircraft carrier, was converted while under construction from the battle cruiser of the same name. Built at Quincy, Massachusetts, and commissioned in December 1927, Lexington was one of the U.S. Navy's first two aircraft carriers that were large and fast enough to be capable of serious fleet operations. During the late 1920s, through the 1930s and into the early 1940s, she took an active part in the development of carrier techniques, fleet doctrine and in the operational training of a generation of Naval Aviators.
displacement: 41,000 tons
length: 888 feet
beam: 105½ feet
draft: 32 feet
speed: 34¼ knots
complement: 2,122 crew
armament: 8 eight-inch and 12 five-inch guns
My friend and shipmate, Jim Hazelwood was an enlisted man in the U.S. Navy during WWII. He was ship’s company on the USS Lexington when it came under attack attack by several Japanese torpedo bombers as described in the book, "Queen of the Flat-Tops." Jim’s battle station was atop the ship’s island about 60 feet above the flight deck. Around the upper rim of the island was a catwalk with a platforms for machine gun mounts. At 1121 hours the Lex was under attack by torpedo and dive bombers. All of the ship’s batteries were in action and the the blast of the second torpedo that struck Lex on her port side was almost inaudible because of the extreme noise of her weapons.
Jim was manning his 50 cal machine gun when a light bomb hit the Lex’s funnel. It exploded and kills and wounds several men on the catwalk. Moments later, the Zero dive bombers machine guns wounds and kills many more of the men around the catwalk. Jim told me about the sudden moaning eerie wail of the Lex’s steam siren. It seems that a jap bomb struck and kinked the metal tube in which the lanyard, operating the whistle from the bridge was housed. When the tube bent it pulled the lanyard tight causing the whistle to continue to hoot and moan until somebody turned off the steam to it.
The Japanese did not sink the Lex. They damaged her to a degree that secondary internal fires created an inferno that cooked off airplane fuel and some 20,000 pounds of torpedo war-head guncotton. The ship was abandoned because all resources to fight the fires and continue damage control were 100% out of commission. She became an internal infrerno. One of our Destroyers sank her with two torpedoes.
Jim Hazelwood, also told me that he had to swim away from the Lex which was drifting towards some of the men in the water. She drifted away and floated down wind leaving a stream of swimmers and loaded rafts strung out for nearly 1,000 yards. It is speculated that shark attacks were not reported probably because of the the repeated heavy explosions that may have scared the sharks away and also perhaps of the abundance of fish that were killed great distances from the Lex.
Jim Hazelwood found himself , by the grace of God, alive and swimming among his shipmates whose thoughts were, "we are only a 400 mile swim from Australia." The survivors were rescued by the Carrier and Destroyers that were part of that Task Force and from Australia were shipped back to the States. Jim had met the "White Elephant!" in the Battle of the Coral Sea, 7-8 May 1942.
In early May 1942, Lexington returned to the South Pacific in time to join USS Yorktown (CV-5) in successfully countering the Japanese offensive in the Coral Sea. On 7 and 8 May 1942 her planes helped sink the small Japanese aircraft carrier Shoho and participated in attacks on the large carriers Shokaku and Zuikaku. In turn, however, she was the target of Japanese carrier planes and received two torpedo and three bomb hits. Though initial damage control efforts appeared to be successful, she was racked by gasoline explosions in the early afternoon of 8 May. When the fires raged out of control, Lexington was abandoned by her crew and scuttled, the first U.S. aircraft carrier to be lost in World War II.
Lexington's task force sortie from Pearl Harbor 15 April, rejoiningTF 17 on 1 May 1942. As Japanese fleet concentrations threatening the Coral Sea were observed, Lexington and Yorktown moved into the sea to search for the enemy's force covering a projected troop movement the Japanese must now he blocked in their southward expansion, or sea communication with Australia and New Zealand would be cut, and the dominions threatened with invasion.
On 7 May search planes reported contact with an enemy carrier task force, and Lexington's air group flew an eminently successful mission against it, sinking light carrier Shoho. Later that day, 12 bombers and 15 torpedo planes from still unlocated heavy carriers Shokaku and Zuikoku were intercepted by fighter groups from Lexington and Yorktown, who splashed nine enemy aircraft.
On the morning of the 8th, a Lexington plane located Shoksku group; a strike was immediately launched from the American carriers, and the Japanese ship heavily damaged.
The enemy penetrated to the American carriers at 1100 and 20 minutes later a torpedo to port struck Lexington. Seconds later, a second torpedo hit to port directly abreast the bridge. At the same time, she took three bomb hits from enemy dive-bombers, producing a 7° list to port and several raging fires. By 1300 her skilled damage control parties had brought the fires under control and returned the ship to even keel; making25 knots, she was ready to recover her air group. Then suddenly Lexington was shaken by a tremendous explosion, caused by the ignition of gasoline vapors below, and again fire raged out of control. At 1508 Capt. Frederick C. Sherman, fearing for the safety of men working below, secured salvage operations, and ordered all hands to the flight deck. At 1707, he ordered,"abandon ship!" and the orderly disembarkation began, men going over the side into the warm water, almost immediately to be picked up by nearby cruisers and destroyers. Admiral Fitch and his staff transferred to cruiser Minneapolis, Captain Sherman and his executive officer, CDR. M. T. Seligman insured all their men were safe, then were the last to leave their ship.
Lexington blazed on, flames shooting hundreds of feet into the air. A destroyer closed to 1500 yards and fired two torpedoes into her hull, with one last heavy explosion, the gallant Lexington sank at 1956, in 15°20'S. 1oo°30' E. She was part of the price that was paid to halt the Japanese oversee empire and safeguard Australia and New Zealand, but perhaps an equally great contribution had been her pioneer role in developing the naval aviatorsand the techniques which played so vital a role in ultimate victory in thePacific.
Lexington received two battle stars for World War II service.
Veteran 'didn't want a lot of hoopla'
By Ron Brown / Lynchburg News & Advance June 5, 2004
Jim Hazelwood believed that service to his country was a duty. Fanfare was a matter of choice.
So it seems fitting that he will be buried today in a quiet ceremony at the Carwile Family Cemetery in Gladys.
The 85-year-old veteran of three American wars died earlier this week from complications from a stroke.
"He didn’t want a lot of hoopla," said his son, Tom. "He just felt like he was one person among many who have served their country. If there was going to be a fuss over him, he felt that there should be a fuss made over all vets."
That type of humility, coupled with quiet strength, is what endeared him to his family, friends and fellow veterans.
"He was a warrior," his son said.
Hazelwood’s military record reads like a chronicle of distinguished service awards.
He was a survivor of Pearl Harbor and was wounded during the sinking of the aircraft carrier USS Lexington in World War II during the Battle of the Coral Sea.
As a Navy diver, he was wounded while placing two markers on the beach before the Marine landing at Iwo Jima.
He fought again in Korea and Vietnam.
He also served on diving teams that provided splashdown rescue for astronauts on NASA’s Mercury, Gemini and Apollo space missions.
He won the Silver Star and was awarded two Purple Hearts as a result of his combat experiences.
In his own understated way, he once summed up his military record like this:
"My greatest accomplishment is being a survivor of 32 years of hard Navy service."
Terry L. Jamerson, who met him about a decade ago at the Lynchburg Area Detachment Marine Corps League, viewed his record much more generously.
"As part of our ‘Greatest Generation,’ he was a leader among men and a true American hero that may never receive the recognition he deserves from all of us," Jamerson said.
Those who knew him believe Hazelwood wouldn’t have had it any other way.
"He didn’t brag," said Ben Brenneman, who met Hazelwood in the late 1980s as they both rode with the Lynchburg Bicycle Club when Hazelwood was well into his 70s.
Some said Hazelwood was going on 25-mile bicycle rides as he approached the age of 80.
Jamerson said that persona fits with the aura of a Navy Seal, which Jamerson said is among America’s fighting elite.
"Most Marines look up to Navy Seals as being tougher than we are," Jamerson said.
But it was on the home front where Hazelwood’s toughness shone through as he helped his wife of 59 years, Della, fight the ravages of Alzheimer’s disease.
It was in that battle that Hazelwood consummated his reputation as a warrior and the embodiment of the Marine’s motto.
"Semper Fi," Jamerson said. "Always faithful."
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Doc Riojas NOTE: I spoke with my Friend, Tom Hazelwood, Jim's son about obtaining a picture of Jim in USNAvy Dress uniform. I never got it, but that's OK.
Tom said that Jim had a stroke, was taken to the hospital and the next day he died. Della, Jim's wife suffers from the advanced stages of Alzheimer's Disease and he was her primary care giver. I understand their daughter will continue taking care of her mother Della.
I last sat and chatted with Jim at the UWSS reunion at Little Creek Va. May 2002. He looked great. He said he was still doing a little P.T. every morning.
Click on these small images to enlarge them !
---- Original Message -----
From: Robert Russell
To: Doc Riojas
Sent: Friday, November 02, 2007
In 2006 the Navy created the Special Warfare Operator rating, which consists entirely of SEALs. The rating's specialty mark is identical to the Underwater Demolition badge's original design but in silver. The Navy Warrant Officer device for Special Warfare Technician is also this same design in gold. Retrieved from "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Underwater_Demolition_Badge"
R.D. Russell (SEAL), UDT/SEAL Archieves
Is BUD/S so easy a Caveman can DO it? We don't have this man's name. Mr. R.D. Russell is still investigating his status. Does anyone know him?
Per Eric "Swede" Tornblom
Admiral Eric Olson Alden Mills
barbara preston; kelly chotte; rick nirkj ; enn mc collum; mike talleda; nick rocha
Benjamin A. Oleson & CNO Denny "The Snake" Chalker
can somebody ID these guys?
Scott Helvenston KIA,Fallujah Stewart K. Kerr MD
What exactly happened that day in Fallujah
Tom Rancich Alex Ghane, Killed in live fire training Feb 2008
Richard Machowicz of Discovery TV Channel
“Richard “Mack” Machowicz’s expertise with soldier craft and military hardware comes from his experience as a 10-year veteran of the U.S. Navy SEALs. During his service tenure, he participated in numerous tactical operations with SEAL Team ONE and TWO. While at SEAL Team TWO he was attached to the training cadre as the Leading Petty Officer of Land, Mountain and Arctic Warfare.
“Mack has over 20 years experience in the martial arts, studying such systems as muay thai boxing, Jeet Kune Do, kickboxing, aikido, jujitsu, savate, arnis and karate. He was a certified instructor in the Naval Special Warfare Combat Fighting Instructor Course, a Naval Special Warfare Scout/Sniper and has received multiple black belts. Machowicz also served as a personal protection specialist for many high profile individuals within the political arena, business world and entertainment industry.
“As founder of the Bukido Institute and creator of the Bukido Training System, Machowicz teaches a performance philosophy that uses unarmed combat as a pathway for exploring the dynamics of doubt, hesitation, second-guessing, stress, pain, fatigue and fear. Bukido shows clients — including professional athletes and entertainment industry executives — how to maximize their ability to focus in any environment.”
C.J. Caracci John Doolittle
C.J. Caracci go HERE for his Bio
David A. Hansen Mark Waddell
]Howard V. Wasdin Jeff Gonzales Jhil and Joe
Jim Watson Kevin R. Murphy
Erasmo "Doc" Riojas after being thrown into the water as part of my initiation on becoming member of ST-2
Leapfrogs Mark Colburn
Matt Bissonnette MELVIN SPENCE DRY (SEAL) He is the last USNavy SEAL that died
in Vietnam LT - O3 - Navy - Regular Anyone out there have a photo of LT
Dry? please email it to Doc Riojas, thanks. Leslie
Harold FUNK Jr. Birth
of Death 06OCT67 P.
of birth Service
Navy Place Town
SEAL TEAM 1 Death
Code Non-Hostile, Died
Missing; Ground Casualty; Drowned Hometown
# 5249370 Panel 27EAST - 59
Date Comment Book: "Death
in the Jungle; Diary of a Navy SEAL" Cemetery Leslie
Funk Dies in Vietnam Created by former Navy SEAL Alden Mills, BodyRev
is a new cardio weight system designed to elevate heart rate and tone muscle
simultaneously. You hold it like a medicine ball while doing squats and lunges.
(It has removable weights in the center.)
Brandt Young * Navy SEAL/Chief Warrant Officer Retired.* Active duty Aug
1977 - May 1998.Learn more about Don Mann at USFrogMann.com.
Don Mann, CEO, Primal Quest(Course Director, PQ 2006)
Don Mann, CEO, Primal Quest(Course Director, PQ 2006)
A retired Navy SEAL, American Adventure Racing Pioneer,
co-founder of Odyssey Adventure Racing. Special Skills & Qualifications:
Decorated Combat Veteran; Corpsman, EMT, paramedic; personal trainer; SEAL
Special Operations Technician; Special Forces Medical Laboratory graduate;
static line, high altitude free-fall and advance free-fall parachutist; open
circuit, closed circuit oxygen and air scuba diver, diving supervisor; jungle
survival, desert survival and arctic survival instructor; small boat operator
for craft up to 65 feet; technical rock climbing, mountaineering; small arms
weapons instructor, foreign weapons instructor, armed and unarmed defense
tactics, advanced hand-to-hand combat; photo intelligence; Survival, Evade,
Resistance and Escape Instructor; B.S. International Relations, B.S. Liberal
Science, and Masters in Management. History of the USS
Tautog The USS Tautog was christened by Mrs. Albert Gore of Tennessee
on March 15, 1967. Once construction and outfitting was complete, TAUTOG sailed
to Pearl Harbor, where she was assigned tothe Seventh Fleet (WESTPAC). Early in
1970, she made port calls in the Philippines, Hong Kong, Okinawa, Japan and
Korea. Upon return to Pearl Harbor, the Terrible "T" was presented the
Meritorious Unit Commendation for operations conducted during that deployment.
http://www.aztechsoft.com/cavallanews/newsletter2.htm On another occasion some Navy SEALS got
into a bit of trouble when they used her as a surfboard! According to
"Surfer Magazine", this was "the hottest surfboard in the
world". This picture shows a SEAL standing on top of the
TAUTOG's sail while it is just a few inches under the water. The picture
was taken from the SEAL's rubber boat. She continued to serve for a total of 11 WESTPAC deployments.
The boat was officially decommissioned on March 31, 1997.
class of 1968. If the Navy was ever going to select a SEAL
admiral from the class of ‘68, it would have been Melvin
Spence Dry, hands down.
At the Naval Academy he had a superior academic record, a great sense of
humor, and was well liked by his classmates. He
was smart, articulate and a natural combat leader. http://www.campbell.edu/faculty/Slattery/mh_freedom.htm
Lots of SEAL photos on this LINK !
Billy Machen was the first U.S. Navy Seal killed in action in Vietnam. He was 26
years old. Navy Frogmen are legend for their fierce hand to hand combat and
their heroics.A Seal Training Base in California now bears the name, Camp Billy
Machen, in honor of this Gilmer High School graduate - a brave soldier, and a
John Clear CPO(SS)
MCPO Thomas E. Bais
----- Original Message ----- Regarding Rich's question : Classes "FOUR" and "SIXTEEN". Both
were winter classes conducted at Little Creek Amphibious Base, Norfolk
Virginia. Class Four began in January 1949. Class SIXTEEN began in
January 1956. Classes were 16 weeks in duration. Folks are asking Doc Riojas "how to
find a picture" on www.sealtwo.org
TWO Photo ALbums by Doc Rio
"LONE SURVIVOR" the movie showed an "FNG" reciting our well known poem:
AROUND THE WORLD TWICE but in the film it was edited.
Here is a LINK to the real one: AROUND THE WORLD TWICE!
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Alfredo Moreno; he was severly WIA panama fiasco Paul Basal
Paul ? Pete Farmer MD
Denny"The Snake" Chalker
Length of service 4 years
Casualty was on Jun 6, 1972
In OFFSHORE, SOUTH VIETNAM
NON-HOSTILE, SEA CASUALTY
Body was recovered
Panel 01W - Line 38
Leslie Harold Funk, 22, a former Aberdeen resident, and a frogman in the Navy in Vietnam, was found dead Sunday morning in the Dong Tau River, seven miles southeast of Nha Be, Vietnam. He was born 27 Jul 1945, in
Lieutenant Dan Burke, U.S. Navy SEAL Teams (Ret.)
Dan Burke is a combat veteran of U.S. Navy SEAL Teams, a prior enlisted "mustang" who retired after a combined eight years of active duty and 12 years of US Navy Reserves duty. Dan earned his B.A. in the Science of Creative Intelligence and M.A. in Professional Writing at Maharishi University of Management. He has organized introductory lectures on the applied benefits of Invincible Defense Technology for several US military commands and he co-authored the article "Invincible Defense A New "Secret Weapon!" published by the Canadian Centres for Teaching Peace.
Ryan Brandt Young, of San Diego, is shown in an undated photo provided by his family. Young, a former Navy SEAL performing diplomatic security in southern Iraq, died Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2005, when a bomb destroyed his armored vehicle. A native of Halfway, Md., Young, 32, served in the U.S. Navy for more than 13 years, including stints as a Navy SEAL and SEAL instructor, said his father, Greg Young.
Hidden Battles In Afghanistan
Lara Logan Enters Into Combat
With U.S. Navy SEALs Dec. 29, 2004
SEAL dies in combat on mission in Iraq
Chief Thomas J. Valentine (SEAL)
From: Thomas Blais
To: doc rio
Sent: Friday, July 31, 2009 10:04 PM
Subject: guys who went through BUD/s twice?
Rio, Nothing from your buddy Rich Young aka: Nightscribe: so I am sending this info to you! Thank you, Tom Blais
I am, Retired Master Chief Blais and I have successfully completed two BUD/S classes.
Master Chief Blais retired December 1975 from SEAL TEAM TWO, Little Creek, Norfolk, Virginia. 28 years service. As far as other men successfully completing BUD/S Training twice, I have no clear idea.
There was an Irishman, Gunner's Mate 1st class, in class SIXTEEN, I think, might have finished successfully.
A photo of Class 16 does not show him as far I can discern. I seem to remember he also may have gone through training at Fort Pierce, Fla. Prior to / or during WWII. But, the memory of him is vague. He was struggling and I don't remember him running or on swims in Puerto Rico. But, that was a long time ago.
Respectfully to you Rio,
Frank Sparks Robert A. Gormly Chris Cassidy
"Big Al" Ashton Tom Keith "SEAL WARRIOR" his book
L to R: ?? ; Tom Keith
Jerry Hammerle Tom Keith Bai
Don Shipley speaking of the web site POW.COM Dave "Doc" Hammer
from LCDR Naus
Ty ? Zellers and ?
HERE IS NOW !
Erasmo "Doc Riojas email:firstname.lastname@example.org
MELVIN SPENCE DRY (SEAL)
He is the last USNavy SEAL that died in Vietnam
LT - O3 - Navy - Regular
Anyone out there have a photo of LT Dry? please email it to Doc Riojas, thanks.
Harold FUNK Jr.
SEAL TEAM 1
Missing; Ground Casualty; Drowned
27EAST - 59
in the Jungle; Diary of a Navy SEAL"
Funk Dies in Vietnam
Created by former Navy SEAL Alden Mills, BodyRev is a new cardio weight system designed to elevate heart rate and tone muscle simultaneously. You hold it like a medicine ball while doing squats and lunges. (It has removable weights in the center.)
* Navy SEAL/Chief Warrant Officer Retired.* Active duty Aug 1977 - May 1998.Learn more about Don Mann at USFrogMann.com.
Don Mann, CEO, Primal Quest(Course Director, PQ 2006) Don Mann, CEO, Primal Quest(Course Director, PQ 2006)
A retired Navy SEAL, American Adventure Racing Pioneer, co-founder of Odyssey Adventure Racing.
Special Skills & Qualifications: Decorated Combat Veteran; Corpsman, EMT, paramedic; personal trainer; SEAL Special Operations Technician; Special Forces Medical Laboratory graduate; static line, high altitude free-fall and advance free-fall parachutist; open circuit, closed circuit oxygen and air scuba diver, diving supervisor; jungle survival, desert survival and arctic survival instructor; small boat operator for craft up to 65 feet; technical rock climbing, mountaineering; small arms weapons instructor, foreign weapons instructor, armed and unarmed defense tactics, advanced hand-to-hand combat; photo intelligence; Survival, Evade, Resistance and Escape Instructor; B.S. International Relations, B.S. Liberal Science, and Masters in Management.
History of the USS Tautog
The USS Tautog was christened by Mrs. Albert Gore of Tennessee on March 15, 1967. Once construction and outfitting was complete, TAUTOG sailed to Pearl Harbor, where she was assigned tothe Seventh Fleet (WESTPAC). Early in 1970, she made port calls in the Philippines, Hong Kong, Okinawa, Japan and Korea. Upon return to Pearl Harbor, the Terrible "T" was presented the Meritorious Unit Commendation for operations conducted during that deployment. http://www.aztechsoft.com/cavallanews/newsletter2.htm
On another occasion some Navy SEALS got into a bit of trouble when they used her as a surfboard! According to "Surfer Magazine", this was "the hottest surfboard in the world". This picture shows a SEAL standing on top of the TAUTOG's sail while it is just a few inches under the water. The picture was taken from the SEAL's rubber boat.
She continued to serve for a total of 11 WESTPAC deployments. The boat was officially decommissioned on March 31, 1997.
Melvin Spence Dry*, class of 1968.
If the Navy was ever going to select a SEAL admiral from the class of ‘68, it would have been Melvin Spence Dry, hands down. At the Naval Academy he had a superior academic record, a great sense of humor, and was well liked by his classmates. He was smart, articulate and a natural combat leader.
http://www.campbell.edu/faculty/Slattery/mh_freedom.htm Lots of SEAL photos on this LINK ! http://www.military.com/NewContent/0,13190,NI_0705_Seal-P1,00.html
Gilmer's Billy Machen was the first U.S. Navy Seal killed in action in Vietnam. He was 26 years old. Navy Frogmen are legend for their fierce hand to hand combat and their heroics.A Seal Training Base in California now bears the name, Camp Billy Machen, in honor of this Gilmer High School graduate - a brave soldier, and a great American.
USS SEALIONAPSS-315, John Clear CPO(SS)
MCPO Thomas E. Bais
----- Original Message -----
Regarding Rich's question :
Classes "FOUR" and "SIXTEEN". Both were winter classes conducted at Little Creek Amphibious Base, Norfolk Virginia. Class Four began in January 1949. Class SIXTEEN began in January 1956. Classes were 16 weeks in duration.
Folks are asking Doc Riojas "how to
find a picture" on www.sealtwo.org
TWO Photo ALbums by Doc Rio
"LONE SURVIVOR" the movie showed an "FNG" reciting our well known poem: AROUND THE WORLD TWICE but in the film it was edited. Here is a LINK to the real one: AROUND THE WORLD TWICE!
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