"Doc Rio"
November 1989 
Hola, my name is Erasmo Elias "Doc" Riojas, I am a native born Texan and I live in Pearland TX. I am retired and tired. Pearland is about 18 miles south of Houston TX on US-288. There are NO PEARS in Pearland and it used to be about population 750. Not counting farm animals of course, but if we did, it would be thousands.

 

Send Photos to "Doc" Riojas or my wife Lourdes Tolentino

 

        
Frances G. Ponson RIP

 

 

 

    
          WilskeLarry                                                                                    Luttrell and Bergdahls

 


John E. Gee R.I.P.

 

         
                                                      Smith Running for Office                                   Bradley Caver

 

 

'Lone Survivor' Takes on CNN's Jake Tapper Over Whether His Deadly Afghanistan Mission Seemed 'Hopeless' 


http://newsbusters.org/blogs/tim-graham/2014/01/12/lone-survivor-takes-cnns-jake-tapper-over-whether-his-deadly-afghanistan
By Tim Graham | January 12, 2014 | 22:52 
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The website Box Office Mojo reports the Afghanistan war movie “Lone Survivor” opened to an estimated $38.5 million this weekend, which is second all-time in January behind 2008's sci-fi monster film “Cloverfield.” 

On Friday afternoon, CNN anchor Jake Tapper interviewed the “lone survivor” of the title, Marcus Luttrell, and actor Mark Wahlberg, who plays him in the movie. Luttrell reacted strongly to Tapper’s suggestion that after watching the movie, he felt the mission that cost him his friends seemed hopeless: [See video below. MP3 audio here.] 

TAPPER: One of the emotions I felt while watching the film is, first of all, just the hopelessness of the situation, how horrific it was and also just all that loss of life of these brave American men. And I was torn about the message of the film in the same way that I think I am about the war in Afghanistan itself. I don't want any more senseless American death and at the same time I know that there are dead people there and good people who need help. Was that intentional? 

LUTTRELL: Well, I don't know what part of the film you were watching, but hopelessness really ever came into it. Where did you see that? We never felt like we were hopelessly lost or anything like that. We never gave up. We never felt like we were losing unless we were actually dead. That never came across in the battle and while we were fighting on the mountain and it was just us against them. 

TAPPER: Hopelessness, just the sense of all these wonderful people who died. It seemed senseless. I don't mean to disrespect in any way but it seemed senseless, all of these wonderful people who were killed for an op that went wrong. 

LUTTRELL: We spend our whole lives defending this country so you tell me because we were over there doing what we were told to do was senseless and they died for nothing? 

TAPPER: No, I'm not saying that at all. 

LUTTRELL: That's what you said. So, let me just say that, yes, it went bad for us over there but that was our job. That's what we did. We didn't complain about it. We went out there and did what we did best and at the end, we weren't standing. They were. We were lucky. I was lucky. And the rest of the guys, we fought as hard as we possibly could. Never felt sorry for ourselves while we were out there. This was a job we were going after a high value target and, you know, it got switched on us. 

TAPPER: Maybe it's just the difference between what a civilian feels when he watches this versus what a soldier does. 

LUTTRELL: Absolutely. 

WAHLBERG: I mean, I completely agree, but I don't think his opinion is ever going to change. That's his job. I respect that. I understand. I understand. The more time I spend with Marcus, the more I really start to understand who they are and what they do for us and it's pretty amazing. 

Tapper isn't some uninformed blow-dried anchorman in this interview. He wrote a book called "The Outpost" on the war in Afghanistan. Earlier in the interview, Wahlberg declared he’d never been more proud to be part of a film than this one: 

TAPPER: One of the big questions that I have, as someone who covers the war in Afghanistan, do the American people want to hear these stories? They are incredibly powerful. This movie is very, very compelling. Do they want to know about it? 

MARK WAHLBERG, ACTOR, "LONE SURVIVOR": Well, they should know about it. They need to know about it and it's my job to get as many people into the theatres to see it as possible. I've never felt more strongly about something that I've been a part of. I've never been more proud to be a part of a project like this. 

Read more: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/tim-graham/2014/01/12/lone-survivor-takes-cnns-jake-tapper-over-whether-his-deadly-afghanistan#ixzz2rTeOsGLv

                                                                                                        Marcus Luttrell

 

 

From: Tom & Janet
to:   tjb20@
Sent: Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Subject: Blast_navy_corpsmen

 Hi -        Snail mail delivered the latest issue of the "Blast" yesterday. Couple of months ago they announced they were doing an issue on Navy Corpsmen in the "Teams". I wrote a letter thanking them for this long overdue recognition of a great group of guys and included a recollection of the 1st UDT qualified Corpsman I met at BUD/S training. I did not expect nor did I request the letter to be turned into a short article but I'm glad the first Corpsman I met in the Teams gets some recognition. Doc Heatherington was a great guy and sure helped this "Tadpole" when he needed it. RIP.      Thanks. 

Tom 

 


http://www.ecoronado.com/profiles/blog/show?id=2019736%3ABlogPost%3A302938 

Please watch Video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BMLXp-wueNU#t=21

 


Jason Redman Navy SEAL

 

 


The Boyz down range

 


Chris Kyle

 


Chris Kyle, SEAL Sniper Extraordinair R.I.P.

 


Taya Kyle

 


Eric Gretchens & Fred Miller

 

"Doc" Marcus Luttrelll

 


Lone SUrvivor movie scene

 

 

Erasmo "Doc" Riojas   Bob Shouse (his seadaddy) & Rosalie Shouse

 

 

 


Jesse Ventura, The Magnificent Politician

 

 


MyTho in 2009

 


MyTho Vietnam

 


Marge & Rudy Boesch

 


Robert "Eagle" Gallather & Erasmo "Doc" Riojas

 

 

SEAL Team TWO  aboard the USS John Marshall SSN-611   1989

 

 

Date: 01Jan2014

From: Franklin Anderson 
to:    Doc Riojas
Subj:  He traded a beer for the dog !
This one really hit’s home  (Back in 1958 FORWARD for a few years) He traded a beer for the dog  to swim the thermometer out past the breakers.

We had a Chief R Tracy Clark in UDT-11 that had a Chesapeake Bay Retriever pup named SCUBI---Tracy was a shipfitter and could make or weld anything.
 He made the probe that went on the front of the LCSR that they used for the Fulton Pickup System.
Anyway SCUBI Rode on the back of the Chief Motorcycle to an from work each day across the Ferry, and spent the day on the Strand.
However, we found out that  SCUBI could also be useful in taking the early morning Ocean Temperatures, that we had to send to COMPHIBPAC
which  they sent them out to the fleet,)  In the winter the water is in Coronado is really  COLD!
Somebody fashioned a float to the Thermometer and the Duty section appointee would throw it into the ocean holding SCUBI. Afterwards he would  release him to fetch the float and thermometer.
SCUBI  LOVED THE WORK AND also the WATER, and the duty section never had to swim the thermometer out past the breakers after that.
Enjoy-
Franklin 
don't forget to watch this video !  till the end !  Thanks.
https://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=xdj67XknFrM#t=5

 

 

 


THE NAVY FROGMEN PART 1  video - U.S. Navy 2144 -
YouTube Inbox x
From: Norm Olson 

to: Anderson, Hoefers, Bailey, Langley, Doc Riojas
From: me,  Franklin,


Thanks for sending your note. Shortly before, Larry Bailey had sent it to me as well, and I responded with the below note. In those days, not everyone received SCUBA training at St. Thomas following basic training and some had to wait for another cycle. About half of my class went to tower training and we were merged with the previous two classes.


All officers and senior enlisted usually got first crack at it. The second film was pretty good in depicting how half trained on open circuit and the other on closed circuit, then we switched off. Early in the third film, you'll see LT. Don Gaither, XO, UDT-22 speaking, and then he and CDR Dave "Cement Head" Saunders getting out of a jeep.


Frank Kaine was the CO, UDT-21 and "Joltin" Joe Carosia was the XO. On or about 1957, UDT-22 was disestablished and Gaither became Kaine's XO. I subsequently became the OPS Officer, and when Gaither relieved Kaine as CO, I became his XO.
At the beginning of the third reel, you'll see a group of us marching down the pier to get on the boats. I'm in the front left wearing a black diving underwear top.
It gets cold in the Caribbean! Norm 



-----Original Message----- From: Norm Olson
Sent: Tuesday, December 31, 2013
To: Larry Bailey
Subject: Re: THE NAVY FROGMEN PART 1 - U.S. Navy 2144 - YouTube 

Thanks, That was my class 15 in LC and the tower, and 1956 in St. Thomas. There's a glimpse of me in hell week, and in the tower, the two guys being checked out in the Perelli are me and my swim buddy Bob Mattisson.
There are glimpses of others; Bru, Ashenbrenner, Patterson, Ott, Moncrief and many more that escaped my memory.
Norm 


-----Original Message----- From: Larry Bailey
Sent: Tuesday, December 31, 2013
To:      Doc Riojas ; Bill Langley ; Norman Olson
Subject: THE NAVY FROGMEN PART 1 - U.S. Navy 2144 - YouTube 

I actually recognized a couple of the old guys in this 1957 film. Henry Spiegel and Ray Tullas for sure. 

Really fun re-living those St. Thomas days! 

Larry 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C3amH7t1GgI=    The Navy Frogmen   U.S. Navy 2144  a recruiting film for UDT

 

 

 

                                                            

                                               GREGORY R. BURHAM


Gregory R. Burham

 


Gregory R. Burham

 

 


Bob Kirkwood,  Greg Burham,  Barry Freece

 

 


Greg Burham

 


Bill Bruhmuller  &  Greg Burham

 


Dick Stauffacher  Greg Burham  Billy Acklin  Dick, Bill, and I went through Training on the E.C.  As I mentioned we went through UDTR in Little Creek in 1969 ( Class 46 )

 

From:  Gregory Burham
To:  Doc Riojas 
Subject:  Minor corrections to names
Date: Nov 15, 2013  

Dear brother Doc Rio, 
I hope you were not offended by any of my requests.  I greatly appreciate what you've done and these our Teamates will appreciate it also. 
Again, thank you for posting ALL my photos. 
I thought they were just for you.  THANKS !

HooYah !   Greg

 WEBMASTER NOTE:
My pleasure, on the contrary, thank you very much for your contributions to www.sealtwo.org.  The largest SEAL photo Album in the entire WWW.

Doc Riojas

 

 

Gregory R. Burham

 

Help Commemorate

The Birth of the Underwater Demolition Teams

In December 1943, two years after Pearl Harbor, as WWII raged in the Atlantic and Pacific, UDT-1 and UDT-2 were formed at Waimanalo, Oahu. A few months later, they moved to Kihei, Maui to train.

As many of you know, the “Naked Warrior” statue stands at the entrance of the National UDT-SEAL Museum to represent the various naval commando and combat swimmer units, who’s capabilities can be seen in today’s SEAL Teams. The six-foot bronze statue stands on a water obstacle representative of those the UDT’s were assigned to destroy so U.S. Army and Marine Corps landings could take place from Normandy to Iwo Jima. It is a fascinating story of bravery against all odds.

A local Hawaii group and the Museum are raising $50,000 to reproduce this statue for placement on a site within what is now Bellows Air Force Station at Waimanalo, and they are about halfway there. Tax-deductible donations to this fund can be made through the Museum and earmarked for this project.

 

At Ft. Pierce, Florida Recreated at Waimanalo, Hawaii

This project needs your donation to make it a reality. You can contribute either by check or credit card to:

UDT-SEAL Museum

3300 North A1A, North Hutchinson Island

Fort Pierce, Florida 34949

Please donate to the Museum, and write “Waimanalo UDT Commemorative” on your check. For credit card donations, a form is available from the Museum at: http://navysealmuseum.com/

or you may call Lisa Fulton at: (772) 595-5845 ext. 204.

The Hawaii Naked Warrior Project needs your support!  

Naked Warrior $25.00 RUN



A Race Series to Commemorate the Birthplace of UDT-SEAL Teams: Waimanalo, Hawaii 
It is a little known fact that the foremost precursors of today’s Navy SEALs,
the Pacific Underwater Demolition Teams, originated on Oahu’s windward coast at Waimanalo Beach.

 

 

 

Jeffrey S. Bromley  R.I.P.

Mr. Jeffrey S. Bromley, age 46, died on August 18, 2013. He was born on 
November 8, 1966 in Mt. Clemens, MI.
Jeff was a member of SEAL Team EIGHT which was assigned to operate 
in the Mediterranean Sea area. He fought in two conflicts, the U.S. 
American Embassy Rescue in Mogadishu, Somalia, and Operation Desert
Storm. He was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement 
Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal, and Southwest Asia Service Medal.

Jeffrey S. Bromley

 


Bob Schaedler

 

Back Row Lt - Rt: Bob Cramer, Joe DeFloria, Larry Jones*, John fitsch, Terry Fowler    FRONT Row L.-R: CHuck Allen, Bob Schaedler, Bill Miller, Frank Toms*

 

Patrick Park

 

James Watson and Linda

 

 

 

 

 

                              
Allen West & Larry Bailey

 

    
Chris Cassidy 

 

   
Chris Cassidy Chris Gonczlik

 

 
Donald Mark

 

 
Dom Raso

 

   
Don Mann Don Shipley Dr. Lambertsen

 


Fred Miller

 

Fred Miller & Doc Riojas

 


Fred Toothman

 

  
Joel Lee Teague Tom Keith

 


Marl L. Mc Donald

 


Matthew Leathers with son Daughter and Amanda

 

 
/Mathew Cantor

 


Michael_Shannon

 

 
Michael Shannon 

 


MontgomeryRonNancy

 

 


 
RD Russell, Rio and Lourdes "LouLu"

 

 
Bob and Rosalie Shouse                                                                      Rpma;d Everest Ueas

 

 

 


Waddell    Baudoin    Price

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


James Michael Cignarellas

 

http://video.staged.com/localshops/freedom_isnt_free__war_memorial_marseilles_ill

 




John D. Boswell

John Darlowe Boswell, a true American folksinger, died Saturday, March 23, at the age of 69, from complications of pneumonia. John was born March 2, 1944 in Lubbock. He attended Lubbock High School and Texas Tech University. He was an assistant band instructor. 

John served in the Navy in Vietnam from 1967 to 1970 on Underwater Demolition Team ELEVEN as a frogman, and later was on the Apollo Ten capsule recovery team. John spent several years in Hawaii as a scuba diving instructor. John volunteered for duty with the Underwater Demolition Teams and underwent the training during 1967-1968. He then took advanced diving training with mixed gas; in 1968 he graduated from the US Army Airborne Training at Fort Benning Georgia and two survival schools including "JEST" (Jungle Environment Survival Training). 

During 1968-1969 he was the Officer-in-Charge of a swimmer reconnaissance group that conducted clandestine reconnaissance missions in enemy territory. He led as many as four missions in a single day. During this time he earned the respect of men and of commanding officers of the commands he interacted with. He retained the loyalty and friendship of the men he led throughout his life.

 When members of the Underwater Demolition Teams and SEAL Teams gather, John's name is mentioned with high regard. John spent over 30 years traveling the entire U.S. and half of Canada making his living as a folksinger and doing “odd jobs” while living in his truck Old Blue. In his

 

 

 

 

Chris Kyle statue created for SEAL’s widow 
Chris Kyle
By Kevin Lilley - Staff writer Posted : Sunday Mar 17, 2013 11:03:14 EDT

 

                

CPO, SEAL ,Christian Michael Pike, dies from combat injuries    By Jonathan Horn p.m.March 14, 2013
Christian Michael Pike

 

 

 


Bill White, Navy SEAL

Navy Seal speaks at Parker School 
March 18, 2013. MEDIA RELEASE

 

 

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                     The  Navy  SEAL  Prayer 


Dear FATHER IN HEAVEN, If I may respectfully say so sometimes you are a strange God. Though you love all mankind, It seems you have a special predilections too. You seem to love those men who can stand up alone who face impossible odds, Who challenge every bully and every tyrant ~ Those men who know the heat and loneliness of a calvary. 

Possibly you cherish men of this stamp because you recognize the mark of your only son in them. Since this unique group of men known as the SEALs know calvary and suffering, teach them now the mystery of the resurrection ~ that they are indestructible, that they will live forever because of their deep faith in you. And when they do come to heaven, may I respectfully warn you, 

Dear Father, they also know how to celebrate. So please be ready for them when they insert under your pearly gates. Bless them, their devoted Families and their Country on this glorious occasion.

 We ask this through the merits of your Son, Christ Jesus the Lord, Amen." 


By Reverend E.J. McMalhon S.J. LCDR, CHC, USN

 


Billy Hoffman

 


Danny Dietz Rodeo

 

 

The Legend of the HoChiMinh Trail in Vietnam
great photos on this web site


xxxHo Chi Minh Trail, Vietnam

 

 

 


Espi

 


Espi, Isaiah & Jordie

 

        
Espinoza Scott Taylor

 

 
Espi Oivera

 


Vadm Heinz & Dick Cyrus

 

 

William S. Bentley  (SEAL)  Photos

 

 

 


Bill Langley

 

 

William S. Bentley

 

   
Tom Norris

 


Lt to Rt:    ??  , Mrs. Tom Norris,  Tom Norris,  Doc Riojas    Jon Fischman

 

 


Challenge Coin Tom Norris MOH

 

 

 
Tom Norris

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Matthew John Leathers  
SEAL commando who was lost at sea last week during training off Kaena Point as Special Warfare Operator 1st Class Matthew John Leathers of Woodland, Calif.  Leathers had been with SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team 1 at Pearl Harbor since August of 2004, according to Naval Special Warfare Command. His award and decorations included: the Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, and Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, the Navy said. The SEAL became separated from other members of his command during ocean swim training near Kaena Point on Tuesday afternoon. An official said 10 sailors were using two rigid-hull inflatable boats during the training.  There were 8- to 9-foot seas and nearly 30 mph winds in the search area Thursday, according to the Coast Guard.

  PHOTOGRAPHS Remembering Matthew John Leathers.

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Matthew Leathers

 

    
Matthew Leathers

 

 

Matthew John Leathers

 


GOMEZ FOR MASS
Navy SEAL runs for US Senate


 

John Kerry's Senate Seat Eyed by Republican, Ex-Navy Seal Gabriel Gomez Published February 12, 2013 Fox News

 

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Tom Blais and Powers

 


Pasqualo Troisi      

 

 
Pasqualo Troisi   

 

 


UDT  ?  where? 

 


who is: Bill Higgins

         
Lowell Inman UDT                   Lou Brenner                                          Lowell Inman

 

               
Capt. McCombie         Mitchell Fenton                             Quang                          Doc Riojas

 

 
Rorke Denver

 

Rorke Denver

 

  
SEAL lecturer, Name ?

 


USS Begor, Korea War

 


Woods Dogherty Ceremony

 

 


Bikers

 


Beal, Collins, Salerni at "O" COurse

 

 

                    
Roster GulfCoast SEALs meeting 2012                                            Rorke Denver

 


Rorke Denver

 

 


BLAST Aug 1971          

 


 


 


 



Chris Heben

 

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"BO" Burwell and "Dusty" Rhoades

 


Brendan Looney

 


F.I.T.H. UDT SEAL Museum 2012

 


Robert "Eagle" Gallagher

 


Minh,1st wife and his kids

 

Minh, 2nd wife and new house

 


Navy Parachute Team

 

SEALs Team TWO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Jack & Becky Menendez  and her father Dow Byers

 


Combat Vets Assn. Bandera TX 2012

 


27Annual UDT SEAL Muster

 


Joepsh "Red" Coyle, Willie "Lump Lump" Williams, James MacLean and Joe Di Martino

 


UDT in St. Thomas 1953                           Honor SEAL Roll Scholarship Fund Mar 1973

 


Lt. to Rt: Seigel, SWysocki, Dew, Sise, Kneel: Jessie and Joe Silva          Don Ridgeway

 


Doc Bob Clark

 


SEAL picnic ~1976

 


Left side of picture: Hoss Kucinski

 


Steffy

 

 


East Coast Reunion  ~ 1976

 


Capt. Lyons

 


Frogman Helo Insertion

 


Jack Schultz & Frank Moncrief

 


Harry E. Gardner ENS.

 


Charles O'Bryan HMC

 


UDT SEAL Chapter Presidents

 



Cold Weather Training

 


Jack Menendez

 

 

 


Brendan Looney

 


Blast West Coast Reunion 2012

 


Blast West Coast Reunion 2012

 

 


Robert L. Billinger

 

 


                    Admiral: SEAL shooter knew he'd lose benefits 
 

Tony Lombardo, Navy Times8:41p.m. EST February 14, 2013  

The chief of Naval Special Warfare Command says the SEAL was counseled on his benefits before he left the service last year. Pybus had more strong words to say in the wake of the Esquire article.  

"I am very disappointed with the few people who use their SEAL cachet for self-serving purposes, particularly through falsehoods and certainly when the safety and security of themselves and their active-duty teammates and families are put at risk," he said. "Most of our former or retired NSW members find a suitable second career without compromising the ideals of their active service - honor, courage and commitment. Most of our veterans with physical or mental health issues get some degree of health care, and we are actively pursuing even better options in this realm. I think we're doing the things that you would expect from a dedicated, disciplined and trusted force."  
Because "the Shooter," as he is referred to in the story, is never identified, it's led some to question the article's accuracy. But Bronstein reported he properly vetted the SEAL.  
"Enough people connected to the SEALs and the bin Laden mission have confirmed for me that the Shooter was the 'number two' behind the raid's point man going up the stairs to bin Laden's third-floor residence," the article reads. Bronstein adds, "The point man is the only one besides the Shooter who could verify the kill shots firsthand, and he did just that to another SEAL I spoke with."  

"The Shooter," according to Esquire, had 12 long-term deployments and 30-plus kills.  

"My health care for me and my family stopped at midnight Friday night," he said in the story, referring to his end of service. "I asked if there was some transition from my Tricare to Blue Cross Blue Shield. They said no. You're out of the service, your coverage is over. Thanks for your sixteen years."  
He told Bronstein he has lost some vision and was planning to buy private insurance for $486 a month but will have to pay out of pocket for some chiropractic care.  
Newspaper Stars and Stripes refuted the SEAL's claim in a report also released Feb. 11. All combat veterans, including the SEAL, are eligible for five years of free health care through the Veterans Affairs Department. And no service member who does less than 20 years gets a pension, unless he has to medically retire.  
Bronstein told Stripes his story is fair because the SEAL was unaware of the VA benefits at the time of the interview.  
Esquire later revised its story, adding a correction that reads, "A previous version of this story misstated the extent of the five-year health care benefits offered to cover veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan."  
Sailors and veterans on Navy Times' Scoop Deck blog and Facebook page generally showed little sympathy for the Shooter.  
"I just don't understand why you would get out after 16 years without a plan," one commenter said. Another wrote, "We all know you have to serve 20 to get retirement!"  
Since the article, the SEAL has visited with lawmakers to discuss veterans benefits.  
His meetings included a sit-down with Sen. Bernie Sanders, the Vermont independent who chairs the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee.  
Sanders was interested in gaining perspective on how long it takes VA to process disability claims, said Michael Briggs, the senator's press spokesman.  


Associates of the Shooter set up the meeting, Briggs said. He declined to say whether the SEAL revealed his true identity.  

 

 


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Admiral: SEAL shooter knew he'd lose benefits Tony Lombardo, Navy Times8:41p.m. EST February 14, 2013  
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/02/14/admiral-seal-shooter-knew-hed-lose-benefits/1921501/  
The chief of Naval Special Warfare Command says the SEAL was counseled on his benefits before he left the service last year.

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Admiral: SEAL shooter knew he'd lose benefits

      Esquire Is Screwed: Duped By Fake UBL “Shooter” 

by Brandon Webb · March 25, 2013 · Posted In: SOF News 

As much as I like to dodge the SEAL drama train these days, there are still a couple of big stories that have left the station before Naval Special Warfare’s WARCOM could put the brakes on. First female Navy SEAL? It’s coming, and in a way you’d never expect… 



Related Posts ?UBL Shooter Should Maintain Some Professional Dignity ?SOFREP Exclusive: FBI’s HRT Kill New York Shooter ?Becoming a Navy SEAL Sniper: Part Two 

One story coming out of Joint Special Operations Command is that the Esquire “shooter” isn’t the shooter after all. To be clear, he wasn’t the point man that put the well placed rounds into UBL’s head that ended the terrorist leaders life. Sure he was there, and deserves credit but he wasn’t the man who shot UBL, and ended his life. And this is an important fact that must be clarified. 

The actual shooter at Naval Special Warfare Development Group (NSW DEVGRU or SEAL TEAM 6) has continued to maintain his professional integrity and has not come forward with the story, and most likely never will. Looks like Esquire and Bronstein are the ones who are really screwed, not their interviewee; our sources say he’s off cashing large checks from unsuspecting donors who bought the Esquire pity piece. 

Here are some interesting insider facts: •The “Shooter” was removed from his DEVGRU Squadron for talking about the operation openly after being warned to “can it’ •He was encouraged by leadership to remain in the SEAL community to finish out his career and gain his full retirement benefits •Apparently against his concerns about personal security he has been very active on the public speaking circuit 

One Anonymous JSOC SEAL we spoke with says… 

There was a discussion among all the SEALs before the raid that none of them wanted to shoot UBL in the head in order to preserve his face for the pictures that we would need to take to help identify the body. 

Ok, according to “the shooter,” he was the second man in the stack behind the point man. They had no backup, and so, because they were in a hurry, it was just him and the point man that assaulted up the stairs. I don’t know a single SEAL who would be in a rush to assault the third floor with just two men, there is no hostage so there is no need to hurry. Also, all the people waiting on the third deck had the most time to prepare a defense, so why would you only assault the third floor with just two SEALS. This makes no sense and is simply NOT what happened. 

The shooter claims that the point man took a few shots as the man sticks his head out the door…. Ok we all agree on that. But here is where is story goes sideways AGAIN. The shooter claims that the point man, after taking his shots towards the adult male standing in the door, that he then turned his attention towards the women in the hallway. There were ZERO women in the hallway. Also, ZERO shooters are going to take shots at an unidentified adult male, and then simply peal off without following up to see if he hit that target, to go deal with unarmed women. After the point man engaged toward the unknown male (UBL), he DID follow his shots and entered the room. When he saw that UBL was on the floor and no longer a threat, he dropped his weapon, and then at that point dealt with the unarmed females. Even the shooter and No Easy Day say that the point man handled the women. 

My point is, the point man would have NEVER dropped his cover on the adult male had he not been 200% sure he was no longer a threat. According to the shooter, the point man stayed in the hallway to deal with the women. Simply not true, because no SEAL I know would have dropped the cover on the male in the room that he had just shot at. The shooter now claims that he enters the room and looks at UBL and shoots him twice in the face as UBL was going for his gun. There was NO WEAPON found in UBLs room until about 5 min into the search, and was found above the door on a shelf. Again, this has never been disputed by anybody, so if the shooter was so sure he was going for his gun….how could he see it??? 

His story is complete bull shit, and he is covering his ass for the WHY he would have shot UBL at this point. IF the shooter is correct and is looking at an unarmed UBL, according to the ROE’s, he should have simply detained UBL. NOT shot him in the head. 

The shooter goes on to explain that he shot him twice in the head… Why did he do this when we discussed before the OP not to shoot him in the head for identification purposes? The FACT is that the point man DID connect and hit UBL in the head. The head shot was the ONLY thing that presented a target for the point man to shoot at….so that’s what he shot at!!!! The point man, after shooting at the mans head, entered the room….saw that UBL was no longer a threat and then pushed the women back. The shooter was the 3 man into the room, and he just re-engaged into the body laying on the floor. 

I’ve seen an article from Berghain (an author that actually was at the compound after the raid). He talks about blood splatter on the ceiling. While I don’t think that he is a CSI crime scene investigator, he’s made comments that he thinks the blood splatter backs up the shooter’s story. Well, the shooter is approx 6’4? and UBL was approx the same height. That would mean the shots were level and not aimed up. The REAL shooter and point man is about 5’5,” and was shooting up the stairs toward the head exposed through the doorway. That would create the angle that is needed to splatter blood on the ceiling. 

Everybody within JSOC knows the shooter is full of it. Shortly after the raid, he was FIRED from DEVGRU because of his mouth and talking too much. This is something that is not told in the article either. He’s the stereotypical guy who was running around at the bar telling all the chicks that he was the shooter. While indeed he did shoot, he shot the body as it was 99.9% dead and dying on the floor. The POINT MAN up the stairs landed his shots to the head, which is why he changed his focus to the women. 

Interesting. Sorry to rain on your parade, Phil, but your guy is not the actual shooter.

http://sofrep.com/18453/esquire-is-screwed-duped-by-seal-ubl-shooter/

 

 

 

 

 


In Memory of
Ronald David Dean
April 11, 1946 - January 27, 2013
 


Ronald David Dean


"Ronald David Dean attended Underwater Demolition Training Class 38
conducted in Coronado, CA, and graduated as SEAL in OCTOBER 1966 serving with SEAL Team ONE.
Rest, Brother, it is well-earned.
John Westfall,
Pacific NW Chaper UDT-SEAL Association
  February 16, 2013

 

Ronald David Dean 

 

              SEASTORY   SEAL Team TWO in the 1960's

to: docrio45 [at] gmail DOT com  
From:A266OL [at]  aol  DOT  com                       Feb 15 2013

Subj:   Minh Contribution 

Doc, 

For the doctor here in Connecticut to try to match wits with the doctor in Texas


What a great email and thank you so much for sending! 

Where do I start? Jake Rhinebolt & I were platoon commanders in Team 2 back in '65 and'66 - great guy. He was very involved with his hunting hound dogs - they respected him so well - and I'll always remember Jake with that big "chew" locked into the buccal mucosa of his right cheek. 

Bill Bishop - I talk to him twice a week or more. I'll be sure to tell him that you said hello. Did you remember Ted Marks (All American Hockey Goalie and great SEAL Operative)? We lost him to cancer last August. 

Bob Gormley - a great buddy who well could have played in the NFL - great arm. We played on our UDT/SEAL Team together with Joe Camp (great receiver) and A.D. Clark - great times!! 

Best of all: Tom Blais! Tom was the Instructor from HELL for our UDTR Class #32 (Bill Bishop, Frank Cleary, Gene Warta, Phil King, Spud Samuelson, etc) Also Bernie Wadell was a bad ass instructor. Although we feared their every word, we respected the hell out of them. Also John Bakelar (sp?) 

Doc, quick little story in closing. 

Four years ago, my wife Suzanne & I were out in Colorado Springs, CO for our oldest son's wedding. 

Beautiful event BUT in the airport waiting for our flight home, Suzanne suffered an acute medical emergeny.  - scary as hell as she spent a couple of days in intensive care - but THANK GOD and thanks to a couple of great Neurologists, all is fine. 

Anyway, with all of my great medical colleagues, with all of our wonderful neighbors and friends, with all of our wonderful extended family - ONLY ONE PERSON had a beautiful arrangement of flowers waiting for Suzanne when we arrived back home in Connecticut - and that person - TOM BLAIS!!! 

Thanks for the mailing address - had written to Tom at Old Harris Lane before but thought he had fully moved to the Nursing Home. Thanks again for the heads up. I talked to Tom's daughter after the flower send - as of course he would not sign the card - but she 'fessed up that her Dad had sent the flowers.

 Also made a terribly hard call to Tom after Rock's untimely death. Bill Bishop and I sent flowers from Class 32 alone, but that's our little secret! 

Doc, so very sorry to have dragged this out. You are a very patient to endure all of this as I look back upon the best days of my life and the best friends of my life. 

Very respectfully, 

Dr. Francis B. Cleary     

 

 

From:A266OL@aol.com  
To:  doc Riojas 
Subj: SEAL Two Story


Jack Rowell, Mike Boynton, were in ST-2 PLTN 7 back in "66 as were Herb Clemens, my old Instructor from BUDs (aka UDTR Class 32). 

I know e.m.'s and officers are not supposed to hang out together - but SCREW THAT!! Herb Clemens and wife (name lost to my age), and Sue & Frank, and Stan and Kay Janecka would all hang out at Clem's home on Friday nights sipping Clem's Home Brew - it sure packed a whollop!! And they were sure great times!! 


Gene Fraley was our instructor - and with all due respects to Instructor Blais and Instructor Waddell - the only Instructor who could really keep us with us in our runs. I remember him well and was so sad to get the message when he died. 

Billy Burbank should remember Sue & Frank Cleary and this story. One night at the Granboco Hotel in St. Thomas, some hot shit Marine Recons were giving my new bride, Suzanne, some shit trying to pick her up. "Iron Arms" Billy Burbank came to the rescue her in my absence! ANYONE want to go one on one with Billy Burbank back in his younger days - I DON'T THINK SO!! 

I happened to be in downtown Charlotte Amale that night with Tom Parkinson, Tom Keith, and Larry Bailey.     Not that Billy would need this back up crew - but just some support for "Iron Arms" All we needed was Tom Blais as a back up as well. 

With all of the best of the iron arms, Ralph Debolt included, the best of the bunch was my old very best SEAL Team buddy - Herb Clemens - hope you remember him and his memory.

Frank Cleary

 

 

Dr. Francis B. Cleary  

 

 

http://hotair.com/archives/2013/01/27/some-advice-on-women-in-combat-from-a-female-veteran/

posted January 27, 2013 by Jazz Shaw 

This was from one of America’s female veterans who served in Iraq, delivered with a first hand, been there, done that background. The Marine in question –who for purposes of publication will go by the pseudonym of “Sentry” – had previously submitted this history and opinion as a comment at National Review, but her story was compelling enough that I checked into her background, contacted her and decided to republish it here in its entirety. I offer the following as a third party testimony to stand your scrutiny on its own merits. 


Richard Marcinko ST-2 C.O.

Date: Mon, Feb 04 2013
To: Richard Marcinko <GeoLeo [at]  rcn  DOT com
From: Doc Riojas   docrio45  [at]  gmail  DOT  Com 
Subject: ST-2 platoons

Who relieved these two platoons? do you remember? what was your platoon number and what was Gormly's platoon number? thanks I collect history.

" ROJO"
____________________________________________________________________________________
On Mon, Feb 4, 2013 , Richard Marcinko wrote back: 

It was JUST THE OTHER DAY!! Good memories for certain. I was enlisted at UDT21 & 22; I came to ST-2 as an ensign after the Gulf of Tonkin incident. Joe DiMartino was the XO and pulled me off a DE in New port RI. I had qualified as an OOD underway and had been in foreign ports as a "shipdriver". I made the first ST-2 Det to go to RVN. I was squad ldr under LT Kochey; Jake Rheinbolt was OINC.
Gormly and Bailey had the other platoon.
JUST THE OTHER DAY!!
Dick
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SEAL Team TWO, Vietnam era

4th Platoon
Bill Gardner LT
Ace Sarich LTjg
Thomas Blais
Fred Friesch
Rich Peters
Bill Bibby
Pat Martin
Curtis Ashton
Dave Sutherland
Ken Mac Donald the other not to be confused Mike Mc Donald Jim Burrelson Steve "doc" Elson Steve Dunthorn 



I dont' know who gave me this list:


ST-2 9th plt.
Andy Anderson
Dave Purscell
Edgar Jones
Chuck Newell
Ken Mac Donald
John F. Rabbitt
Billy Coulson
Clay Grady
Ed Bowan
_____Kennedy
Doc O'Brian
Richard Cyrus


From: Richard Cyrus
To: Doc Riojas     Date: 3Mar2013
subj: correction for page 17

Rio My Friend;
I went through the pictures a few days ago, below is some of the things I saw. 

Under the heading "Marcinko Wrote Back" 

01- 9th. Plt.- Lt. Bob Gormly relieved Lt. Richard Anderson half way through the trip.

The 9th Plt. "A" Squad was on a op. in "Sec Dec" provience when we were ambushed, I got hit, Doc OB got hit, Clay Grady got hit, and Anderson got hit in the ASS. OB, Clay and Anderson got a "Dust Off" I didn't know I was hit until the rest of us were wading through the water to get on the "STAB" Anyway we all ended up at 3rd. Field hospital. Anderson went home the rest of us went back after a couple of weeks. The Plt moved from Vinh Long to Can Toe, a West coast Plt relieved us in Vinh Long and we relieve Marcinko's Plt in Can Toe. 

Also under that heading you have a picture of ____Kennedy, That is Jack Kennedy. Dead now, took his own life. 


One of the pictures is of FRANK SOLEESE(SPELLING NOT RIGHT) NOT Pierre Birtz. 

There is also a picture of Ken McDonald in the 9th Plt. Ken made the first trip in the 9th.-Vinh Long. Mike McDonald made the 2nd trip in the 9th to Na Be. 

Scroll down about half way through the pictures there is a group picture I know all the people except one, the name written for that person is PO-2 Wysocki. I don't know who it is but it's not Wysocki, I went through training with Wysocki. I can still picture everyone in my Class. 

I hope this helps some. 

Best Regards;     "Dickie" Cyrus in the P.I.


 


Ilo Ilo Island

Richard "Demo Dick"  "Rogue Warrior" Marcinko,  CO   ST-2  invitation

 

 

2nd Bn., 1st Mar. FMF Corpsman
Korea Police Action

 


Dick Payne Jan 23 2013

to: Doc Riojas

Chief   

Thanks for your reply. You mention posting some pictures and story. Did you find my Picasa web site?  http://picasaweb.google.com/RLPAYNEWA/KoreanWarPictures# That is an open site with anybody free to see it (although I originally prepared it for my family) so you have my OK. 

There is not much information available on the Internet about the Korean War. I like to spread the word about it. Pretty soon there will not be many of us left to do that.   Did you know Lt. George Van Sant? He was a big, tall guy, maybe 6'5"--pants legs always above his field shoe tops. He was my 2nd Plt. Leader when I arrived in Korea in July, 1952. I just heard he had passed on a few days ago. He wrote a book, his memoirs, "Taking On The Burden Of History", which does an excellent job of describing the fighting in 1952 for the Marines. My memory of events differs from his in some instances but, all in all, an interesting account. He really slams the Battalion commander for needlessly getting Marines killed.

  Sadly, too many of our Korean War comrades are leaving us. I attended services today for a former Dog 2/1 Marine. About ten years ago I organized bi-monthly luncheons for the former members of 2/1 that live in the Puget Sound region. We started with about 15 to 20 Marines and Corpsman. Now we are really lucky to get five and usually have just three or four that meet due to deaths and the loss of mobility. 

 I appreciate having your phone number, but my hearing is very bad--too many artillery and mortar shells too close plus a hand grenade which exploded just next to me caused the problem according to the VA. My VA hearing aids do not work well with telephone receivers. 

 Where did you end up after the 3rd MarDiv went to Japan?  The last entry Ancestry.com shows for you is:  Name: Erasmo RiojasMuster Date: Aug 1953 Rank: E4 Station: Transients 2D Prov Cas Bn Force Troops Fmf Pac Camp Pendleton Calif, Mri Camp Pendleton We are both listed on the same page of the muster roll for the outfit. 

  Did you also end up at Camp Lejeune? Or as I always think of it, "Swamp Lagoon". Although I ended up with some good duty there (TAD to Sick Call at the Camp Dispensary) and had been promised the next Med Cruise, I was sure happy to be sent to a ship home-ported at Brooklyn Navy Yard. Prior to my FMF time I had been at St. Albans Naval Hospital so was familiar with the area. 

 A quick story. I served on a Hydrographic Survey Ship, the USS Maury, AGS 16--a part of the working Navy. I think I was the only sailor on the ship with combat experience. During the first inspection I stood on ship the captain said, " I see you have a Purple Heart. How did you get that?" I replied, " I served as a Navy Corpsman with the 1st Marine Division in Korea, Sir." He smiled, nodded his head and walked on. Every inspection after that he always nodded his head and smiled at me as he walked past. Normally he was a real stickler at inspection. I pushed things. I used to go without shaving for a couple of days, wear an unpressed uniform, un-shined shoes, etc. Always a nod and smile to me while other sailors were having their names taken. I did not push him too far, but played the game of staying at the edge.  

I had many interesting experiences with the Navy and enjoyed my time there, but since I primarily tell Marine stories, go to Marine Reunions and events, visit with Marines, wear a Marine cap, and so on my wife thinks of me as being a Marine. 

I do not know how she will react if they hold a US Navy service for me at the national cemetery when my time comes. I need to check into that. 

 Regards  

Dick Payne

 

 

 

The Summer Of '52, Bunker Hill: Part I 

By Allan C Bevilacqua - Originally published in the August 2002 

"Good morning, it's a lovely day in Korea! The roof is leaking, the rain is coming down, the rats are running around ... " 

Cpl Roger Baker, USMC "Able" Co, 1 st Tank Bn Korea, summer 1952, in a letter home 

Start by making a random selection of 100 Marines who served on Korea's Western Front in the summer of 1952. Next ask them to recount their memories of that summer half a century ago. Chances are you will hear as many different tales as there are men to relate them. They will all be immersed in the war right up to their belt buckles, but each man will remember the war differently. 

It's a good bet, though, that despite the different memories of those 100 Marines there will be one common thread. Sooner or later, almost to a man, they will get around to talking about how much it rained.

 

 


Dick Payne and Wife

 


Toledo Blade

 

 

SEMPER FI !      DevilDocs!

 

Dick Payne 

 

 


2012 SEAL reunion West Coast


SEAL BLAST Magazine

 

  Battle Ready: Mark L. Donald: Memoir of a SEAL Warrior Medic

Battle  Ready: Memoir of a SEAL Warrior Medic 

  
Mark L. Donald


Mark is a physician assistant, author, professional speaker and leader in the non-profit community. Born to Mexican mother and Caucasian father Mark grew up appreciating the value of ethic diversity. Inspired by his parent’s ideals for “service for others before self,” and a desire to escape the difficulties of home Mark enlisted in the Marine Corps at the early age of 17. 


Book Description Publication Date: March 12, 2013 The gripping memoir of
Navy Cross, Silver Star, Bronze Star, and Purple Heart recipient SEAL Lieutenant Mark L. Donald 



As A SEAL and combat medic, Mark served his country with valorous distinction for almost twenty-five years and survived some of the most dangerous combat actions imaginable. From the rigors of BUD/S training to the horrors of the battlefield, Battle Ready dramatically immerses the reader in the unique life of the elite warrior-medic who advances into combat with life-saving equipment in one hand and life-taking weapons in the other. It is also an uplifting human story that reveals how a young Hispanic American bootstrapped himself out of a life that promised a dead-end future by enlisting in the military. That new life begins with the Marines and includes his heroic achievements on the battlefield and the operating table, and finally, of his inspirational triumph over the demons caused by Post Traumatic Stress Disorder that threatened to destroy him and his family.

 

                                     Military Hall of Valor

 

 

x

 

 

 

 

 

 


Mark L. Donald

 

 

 

                                                                                                Mark L. Donald

 


David Blake Mc Lendon
David Blake Mc Lendon

 

 

Seastory by Steve Elson, Retired U.S.Navy SEAL LtCdr & was a SEALCorpsman during theVietnam War



an email to undisclosed recipients:

  REMEMBERING WHAT HAPPENED IN THE US DURING THE VN WAR AND HOW THE TROOPS, WHO HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH THE POLITICS OF THE WAR AND WERE DRAFTED/SENT, WERE TREATED, THESE HEARTFELT WORDS MEAN AN AWFUL LOT. THE CURRENT ADMINISTRATION IS DOING EVERYTHING IT CAN TO DESTROY OUR MILITARY AND TREAT THEM LIKE CRAP, ALL OF WHICH MAKES GEN ZINNI'S SPEECH SO REMARKABLE AND POIGNANT ESPECIALLY TO THOSE WHO SERVED AND THOSE WHO SUPPORTED IN THOSE TRYING TIMES. IT WAS A WAR THAT TOOK, ACCORDING TO USGOV ARCHIVES:

THIS SPEECH HAS GREAT PERSONAL MEETING FOR TWO REASONS: (IF NOT INTERESTED IN THE PART, SKIP DOWN AND CLICK ON LINK) 

1. WHEN THE GEN TALKS ABOUT GETTING FROM SAIGON DOWN TO NHA BE, WHERE I WAS STATIONED WITH THE 4TH PLT, HE TALKS OF TAKING A CYCLOBUS. HIS COMMENTS ARE INTERESTING ESP THE ONE HE WAS TOLD BY THE OFFICER WHEN HE FOUND OUT THAT THEN 2ND LT ZINNI TOOK THE CYCLOBUS TO NHA BE. I FOUND IT AMUSING BECAUSE DURING MY TOUR I TOOK OFF A FEW DAYS AND FLEW UP TO DA NANG TO VISIT MY HIGHSCHOOL AND LONGEST TIME FRIEND, BERT, A USMC OFFICER AT ONE OF THE CAMPS THERE. ON THE RETURN TRIP I FLEW INTO SAIGON AND THEN HAD TO GET BACK DOWN TO NHA BE. SO I DID THE SAME THING THE GENERAL DID -- I USED THE CYCLOBUS AND A CO-OPTED MOTORCYCLE. I DID HAVE NICE AUTOMATIC RIFLE AND PISTOL WITH ME AND WASN'T WORRIED ABOUT ANY DANGER, BUT IT RANG A BELL WHEN THE GENERAL TALKED ABOUT HIS EXPERIENCE. 

MY ONLY OTHER EXPERIENCE WAS WHEN A COUPLE OF US FROM OUR PLATOON WERE COMING BACK TO NHA BE AND WE PASSED A LITTLE CYCLOBUS WITH A GROUP OF "LADIES OF THE EVENING" COMING TO WORK THE EVENING IN THE TOWN OF NHA BE. BEING YOUNG, STUPID, AND ARROGANT, WE PULLED ALONG SIDE OF THE CYCLOBUS. I RIPPED OPEN MY SHIRT AND DIVED FROM THE PICKUP INTO THE BACK OF MOVING CYCLOBUS. THE LADIES STARTED SCREAMING AND HITTING ME. PERHAPS THAT'S WHEN I PICKED UP MY BRAIN DAMAGE OR MAYBE EVEN BEFORE. OTHERWISE WHY WOULD I HAVE DIVED INTO THE BACK OF THEIR BUS. OF COURSE, THAT'S WHY THE MILITARY LIKES YOUNG GUYS. STUPID AND A NO SENSE OF IMMORALITY , OOPS, MAKE THAT IMMORTALITY. VN WAS THE VERY BEST TIME OF MY LIFE AND THE MOST FUN BECAUSE OF I GOT TO WORK WITH THE BEST PEOPLE IN THE MILITARY AND COUNTRY. LEARNED SO MUCH ABOUT ME.

PS. SOMEDAY REMIND ME TO TELL YOU OF MY MEETING WITH THE RETIRED COMMANDANT OF THE USMC, CRAZY AL GRAY. I MET HIM WALKING HIS DOG IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD IN ALEXANDRIA. HE IS ONE OF THE TRUE "ENLISTED MEN'S GENERAL), CRAZY AS HELL, AND I'D LOVE TO GO INTO COMBAT BEHIND HIM. HE COULD PROBABLY BEAT GEORGE PATTON UP. IT WAS A GREAT HONOR TO MEET HIM AND LATER HIS BOSS, MRS. GEN AL GRAY.

 

The LINK below is to the movie about Gen. Zini USMC.  Great Video about 'nam Veterans.

http://player.vimeo.com/video/38356372?title=0&byline=0&portrait=0



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                                                                                                    Steve Elson

           
Bob Guzzo                               Brian lippe                                               Adm Cathal FLynn

 


Clark "Shorty" Long

 


Class 29 E.C. SEALs

 

                       

Duke Leonard                                                         Gilbert Espinoza

 
          Larry Bailey/Baby Larry

 

Pictures from Capt. Larry Bailey

 

 

 


Vieques Puerto Rico

 

 

 

This was taken probably in late 1965 or early 1966 on Vieques.  I don't remember the occasion, except that there was an explosion in the surf zone just in front of us.  Third guy is GMG1 Art Williams, who left Special Forces to go through UDTR.  Was gut-shot in VN and lingered on for several weeks before he passed (in Portsmouth Naval Hospital, I believe). 

Doc, nekked guy is LT Spud Samuelson, UDT-22. I shot this photo on Blue Beach, Vieques, in September, 1966.  The other one was taken at the same time.  The guy in dungarees is Shorty Atkinson, PH2, whose camera I was using.

 


Doc Rio,  This was my inspiration to become a U. S. Navy Frogman !  Larry B.



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Larry Baily's Home Marshall TX                                                                                                       Manny PereZ

 

 
Mark Devine 


 
 Mark Metzeldelaflor

 


 GulfCoast SEALs

 

    Ralph

 

 


Sean Lake

 


Skip Crane

 


UDT 12 "A" Plt.

 

 

 

 

 

 


SEAL Team TWO Medals

 


Robert "Eagle" Gallagher

 


Eddie Leasure, Charlie Bump, Dennis Drady

 

 


Lt. to Rt. ADM.    Bill Goines Bill Sanders Harry Humphries, Jake Rhinebolt, Mike Boynton, Richard Marcinko, Bob "Eagle" Gallagher

 

 


Robert Gallagher

 


Robert Gallager "Eagle" Navy Crowss

 

 

 

  ;  
John Roat
Arles "Dirty Nash" Nash     
Larry Theordine                                                Arles Nash                               Larry Theordine

 

 
Bill Holloway

 
Tom holloway                                     Moki Martin 

 

 

 
Art Streeter

 


Dean Cummings

 

      
Bill Goines                                                                          Moki Martin

 


Phillip Gardner howe III

REAR ADMIRAL P GARDNER HOWE, III ASSISTANT COMMANDING OFFICER, JOINT SPECIAL OPERATIONS COMMAND 
Rear Adm. Howe is a native of Jacksonville, Fla. He was commissioned in 1984 following his graduation from the United States Naval Academy. 

Howe’s operational assignments have included a full range of duties in SEAL Delivery Vehicle (SDV) Teams and SEAL Teams. He commanded Naval Special Warfare Unit Three in Bahrain, and Naval Special Warfare Group Three in San Diego. His service overseas includes multiple deployments to the Western Pacific and Arabian Gulf, and participation in Operations Earnest Will, Provide Promise, Enduring Freedom, and Iraqi Freedom. 

His key staff assignments include current operations officer at Special Operations Command, Pacific; chief staff officer, Naval Special Warfare Development Group; assistant chief of staff for Operations, Plans and Policy at Naval Special Warfare Command; and director of Legislative Affairs for U.S. Special Operations Command. He assumed duties as assistant commanding officer, Joint Special Operations Command in August 2010. 
Fort Bragg admiral, JSOC assistant commander, is headed to Hawaii 

New ORDERS:


Fort Bragg Rear Adm. Philip G. Howe will become commander of Special Operations Command-Pacific, the Navy announced today. 

Howe is assistant commander for operations of the Joint Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg. 

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus and Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert, the chief of naval operations, announced the assignment. 

In his new job, Howe will be in charge of special operations for U.S. Pacific Command at Camp Smith, Hawaii. The command has more than 1,200 special operations personnel, the website said. 

The Pacific Command's area of responsibility encompasses about half the earth's surface, from the waters off the West Coast of the United States to the western border of India and from Antarctica to the North Pole. 

Other subordinate commands include U.S. Pacific Fleet, U.S. Pacific Air Forces, U.S. Army Pacific, and U.S. Marine Forces, Pacific. The component commands have headquarters in Hawaii and have forces stationed and deployed throughout the region.


Howe graduated from the Naval Postgraduate School in 1995 with a Master of Arts in National Security Affairs (Special Operations/Low Intensity Conflict), and from the National War College in 2002 with a Master of Arts in National Security.


Phillip Gardner howe III

 

                     
Richard "Mack" Machowic                                          Rick Hedrell

 

 Erasmo Riojas

 

 
Rick Powers

 

 

                        
Don Mann                                                             Riojas Larry Bailey at Doc's home


Seal Team FOUR Grenada

 


SEAL Grenada

 


Paul With ST-6 Panama

 


ST-6 

 

             HOWARD  E. WASDIN  Photos

    

Howard E. Wasdin


SEAL Chapter Presidents

 

 

 


"Black Jack" Macione

 

 

 

"Black Jack" Macione Retiring

 

 

        

 

 

                   
"Black Jack" Macione                                                              Mrs. Mattingly

 

  
SEAL Team TWO demonstation

 


SEAL Team TWO

 

April 2013


Hi Doc Rio, 

I saw this call for help for Minh and I thought I better respond. I spent my 2nd tour in My Tho where I had the good fortune to have Minh as my interpreter and friend for 6 months. I sent some money when the teams called for assistance to get Minh and his family over here so that they could live out their days in the comfort of America and among friends.

 I was disappointed, as I'm sure everyone was, that the red tape of immigration services got in his way. He was a patriot and a great friend to all SEALS. I am going to send you some money for Minh but I need an address and information as to how to make out the check. 

Frank Cleary told me your great story that you got out of the Navy/Teams and went to med school and now your are practicing medicine - what an absolutely great story!. What type of medicine are you practicing? Now that I am in my "later years" I may need your services. 

I hope to hear from you soon 

Bill Bishop 

 

 


Bill Goines

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Dave Walker

 


Tom Keith

 

         
Kara Pogue                  Chuck Williams                                                                          Ramon S. Vandawaler

 

 
Bob Holmes

 

 
Brett Lynch

 

      

 

   
Ron & Nanc Montgomery Patrick Park

 


Ron Yeaw   

 

 


Al Horner

 

 

KIA UDTs and SEALs Vietnam

SEAL Team – 1 

08/19/66 - Billy W. Machen, RD1, Dallas, TX. - Det Golf 

04/07/67 - Daniel M. Mann, LTJG, Waukegan, IL. - 1105 - Det Golf 

04/06/67 - Donald E. Boston, IC3, Sheffield, AL. - Det Golf 

04/21/67 - Ronald K. Neal, RM3, Huntington, WV. - Det Golf 

10/06/67 - Leslie H. Funk Jr., SM3, Aberdeen, WA. - Det Golf 

12/23/67 - Frank G. Antone, SN, Carmel, CA - Det Golf 

01/11/68 - Roy B. Keith, SN, Joliet, IL. - Det Golf 

04/29/68 - Walter G. Pope, BM1, Carthage, TN. - Det Golf 

05/05/68 - David E. Devine, SFP2, Fostoria, OH. - Det Golf 

05/12/68 - Donald H. Zillgitt, SK2, Inglewood, CA. - Det Bravo 

05/15/68 - Donnie L. Patrick, CS1, Galloway, OH. - Det Golf 

05/19/68 - Gordon C. Brown, EM1, Aledo, IL. - Det Golf 

08/15/68 - Robert K. Wagner, SK1, Barstow, CA. - Det Bravo 

08/20/68 - Eugene S. Tinnin, WO1, Austin, TX. - 7132 - Det Golf 

11/22/68 - James K. Sander, ETN3, Carlsbad, CA. - Det Golf 

01/14/69 - David A. Wilson, SMC, South Gate, CA. - Det Charlie 

05/17/69 - Kenneth E. Van Hoy, ATN1, Goldsboro, NC. - Det Golf 

05/17/69 - Lowell W. Meyer, MM2, Riverhead, NY. - Det Golf 

05/17/69 - Ronald E. Pace, QM2, Los Angles, CA. - Det Golf 

05/25/69 - Lin A. Mahner, HM1, Medford, WI. - Det Golf 

10/17/69 - David L. Nichols, LTJG, Pittsburg, PA. - 1105 - Det Golf 

11/30/69 - Richard O. Wolfe, HM1 (DV), Kansas City, KS. - Det Golf 

05/16/70 - Douglas E. Hobbs, PT2, Bakersfeld, CA. - Det Golf 

06/23/70 - Richard J. Solano, MM2, Palo Alto, CA. - Det Golf 

06/23/70 - James R. Gore, BM3, Sunburst, MT. - Det Golf 

06/23/70 - John S. Durlin, SM3, Lake City, PA. - Det Golf 

06/23/70 - John J. Donnelly III, SN, Philadelphia. PA. - Det Golf 

06/23/70 - Toby A. Thomas, FN, Brentwood, MO. - Det Golf 

12/20/70 - Frank W. Bomar, ENC, Miami, FL. - Det Golf 

12/20/70 - James L. Riter, EM3, Phoenix, AZ. - Det Golf 

01/19/71 - James F. Thames, LT , Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. - Det Golf 

01/30/71 - Harold E. Birky, FN, South English, IA. - Det Golf 

03/04/71 - Michael R. Collins, LT, Martines, GA. 1100 - Det Golf 

03/29/71 - Lester J. Moe, TM1, Olympia, WA. - Det Golf 

SEAL Team – 2 

01/28/68 - Eugene F. Fraley, ADR2, Lansing, MI. - Det Alfa 

01/31/68 - Clarence T. Risher III, AMH2, Savannah, GA. - Det Alfa 

03/02/68 - Joseph A. Albrecht, MM1, Falmouth, MA. - Det Alfa 

04/11/68 - Arthur G. Williams, GMG1, Van Buren, AR. - Det Alfa - WIA 01/18/68 

09/26/68 - Frederick E. Trani Jr., LT, Hyde Park, NY.-1100 - Det Alfa - WIA 09/17/68 

10/29/68 - Roberto Ramos, ABH2, New York, NY. - Det Alfa 

01/16/69 - Harry A Mattingly Jr., GMG2, Essex, MD. - Det Bravo 

12/27/69 - Curtis M. Ashton, AE1, Sweetwater, TX. - Det Alfa 

01/11/70 - John C. Brewton, LT, Mobile, AL. - 1105 - Det Alfa - WIA 11/24/69 

Underwater Demolition Team - 12 

01/18/68 - Robert E. Condon, LCDR, Lexington, NE. - 1100 - CO - ATC-112-1 

Underwater Demolition Team - 13 

04/13/69 - Robert L. Worthington, HMC, Redondo Beach, CA. - Det Golf 

09/18/70 - Luco W. Palma, BM3, Tewksbury, MA. - Det Hotel 

09/18/70 - Lawrence C. Williams Jr., HM3, Port Arthur, TX. - Det Hotel

Melvin S. Dry, Kings Point, N.Y.  -  Alpha Platoon 

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Navy SEAL Trident 

The Trident - badge of Navy SEALs 23 gr (0,8113 oz) in weigh and suit to rectangle 35 mm x 70 mm (1,3779 x 2,7559 in) was born in 1970 by accident. Like it was descripted by Orr Kelly in his book Brave Men Dark Water The Untold Stories of the Navy SEALs the group designing the badge for Navy SEALs were not able to get acceptance for their another projects. In the end Al Winter working with group had idea to make very big badge - it for shure will not get acceptance and it will be possible to change it. When they show their hudge badge they were very suprised - everybody liked it! So the Budweiser (because of its similarity to the beer manufacturer's trademark) became official badge of Navy SEALs. 

Between 1970 and 1972 Trident existed in two version - gold for officers and silver for enlisted. Please do not believe in stories about black Trident pinned to uniform during deployments - good, wise men knows that it was used very shortly and for sure not during the deployment on hostile territory. In 1972 decission was taken - officers and enlisted train together and fight together - there is no reason to have different badges. 

What is the meaning of all four symbols on Trident? Complete description was given by Dick Couch in the book The Finishing School Earning the Navy SEAL Trident by quote of Lieutenant Commander Roger Ballentine's words spoken during graduation ceremony:



 

Doc Rio jumped to a conclusion that this was a TRUE STORY!    Wrong!   He was set straight immediately by a lot of the SEALs that KNEW that the "BUD" did not come into being until late 1970.   Also, this frank falsehood: "There were 46 Seals killed in Vietnam between 1964-1965"

Sorry guys,   yours truely  Erasmo "Doc" Riojas

 

 

EMAIL sent to me by Bo Burwell 

From: "Brenda J Self" <BSelf [at] mc.utmck DOT edu> To: "wmboyce1[at]comcastDOTnet" <wmboyce1[at]comcastDOTnet>
Sent: Monday, December 2, 2013 11:53:24 AM
Subject: sharing in case your diving buddies know anything. May or may not be true..... 
Trying to find the home of this "lighter" lost in Vietnam. 
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152075801810309&set=o.182249954768&type=1 

Please help us find our lost Hero. He was a Navy Seal & Vietnam Vet stationed at Cam Ranh Air force base in Vietnam between 1964 &1965. There were 46 Seals kill...ed in Vietnam between 1964-1965. We have attached a picture of the lighter our Hero carried in combat. We would like to return it to him or his family. Please click LIKE or SHARE on the link below to become part of our cause. https://www.facebook.com/683703601655022 
Brenda Self 
Computer Operations Manager 
University of Tenn Medical Center 
Knoxville, TN 

WEBMASTER NOTE:   thank you very much for this email "Bo'  :    docrio45@gmail.com     I jumped the gun on posting this on www.sealtwo.org asking for help finding the SEAL that lost that Zippo Lighter.  Mea Culpa! 

  PROBLEMs pointed out to me by serveral of our green brothers are:
1. The Navy SEAL Trident pin was not authorized until late 1970. 
2.  46 Navy SEALs were NOT killed in Vietnam between the years of 1964 - 1965 
3. Your guess is as good as mine as to their reason is why the posted this on:   https://www.facebook.com/68370360165022  

 Probably innocuous. 
Thank you very much,
 
E. "Doc" Riojas       

                                       

 

 

 

 

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