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.
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Frances G. Ponson RIP
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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'
From: Tom & Janet
Sent: Tuesday, January 14, 2014
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.
Please watch Video:
Jason Redman Navy SEAL
The Boyz down range
Chris Kyle, SEAL Sniper Extraordinair R.I.P.
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
Marge & Rudy Boesch
Robert "Eagle" Gallather & Erasmo "Doc" Riojas
SEAL Team TWO aboard the USS John Marshall SSN-611 1989
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.
don't forget to watch this video ! till the end ! Thanks.
THE NAVY FROGMEN PART 1 video - U.S. Navy 2144 -
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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.
-----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!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C3amH7t1GgI= The Navy Frogmen U.S. Navy 2144 a recruiting film for UDT
GREGORY R. BURHAM
From: Gregory Burham
Dear brother Doc Rio,
HooYah ! Greg
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.
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:
3300 North A1A, North Hutchinson Island
Fort Pierce, Florida 34949
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/
you may call Lisa Fulton at: (772) 595-5845 ext. 204.
Hawaii Naked Warrior Project needs your support!
Naked Warrior $25.00 RUN
Jeffrey S. Bromley R.I.P.
Mr. Jeffrey S. Bromley, age 46, died on August 18,
2013. He was born on
Jeffrey S. Bromley
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*
James Watson and Linda
Allen West & Larry Bailey
Chris Cassidy Chris Gonczlik
Don Mann Don Shipley Dr. Lambertsen
Fred Miller & Doc Riojas
Joel Lee Teague Tom Keith
Marl L. Mc Donald
Matthew Leathers with son Daughter and Amanda
RD Russell, Rio and Lourdes "LouLu"
Bob and Rosalie Shouse Rpma;d Everest Ueas
Waddell Baudoin Price
James Michael Cignarellas
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
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
speaks at Parker School
March 18, 2013. MEDIA RELEASE
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."
Danny Dietz Rodeo
The Legend of the HoChiMinh Trail in Vietnam
Espi, Isaiah & Jordie
Espinoza Scott Taylor
Vadm Heinz & Dick Cyrus
William S. Bentley (SEAL) Photos
William S. Bentley
Lt to Rt: ?? , Mrs. Tom Norris, Tom Norris, Doc Riojas Jon Fischman
Challenge Coin Tom Norris MOH
PHOTOGRAPHS Remembering Matthew John 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
Tom Blais and Powers
UDT ? where?
who is: Bill Higgins
Lowell Inman UDT Lou Brenner Lowell Inman
Capt. McCombie Mitchell Fenton Quang Doc Riojas
SEAL lecturer, Name ?
USS Begor, Korea War
Woods Dogherty Ceremony
Beal, Collins, Salerni at "O" COurse
Roster GulfCoast SEALs meeting 2012 Rorke Denver
BLAST Aug 1971
"BO" Burwell and "Dusty" Rhoades
F.I.T.H. UDT SEAL Museum 2012
Robert "Eagle" Gallagher
Minh,1st wife and his kids
Minh, 2nd wife and new house
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
East Coast Reunion ~ 1976
Frogman Helo Insertion
Jack Schultz & Frank Moncrief
Harry E. Gardner ENS.
Charles O'Bryan HMC
UDT SEAL Chapter Presidents
Cold Weather Training
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.
Admiral: SEAL shooter knew he'd lose benefits
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…
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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.
Ronald David Dean
SEASTORY SEAL Team TWO in the 1960's
For the doctor here in Connecticut to try to match wits with the doctor in Texas
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!
Dr. Francis B. Cleary
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.
Date: Mon, Feb 04 2013
Who relieved these two platoons? do you remember? what was your platoon number and what was Gormly's platoon number? thanks I collect history.
SEAL Team TWO, Vietnam era
From: Richard Cyrus
Rio My Friend;
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.
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
Richard "Demo Dick" "Rogue Warrior" Marcinko, CO ST-2 invitation
2nd Bn., 1st Mar.
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.
The Summer Of '52, Bunker Hill: Part I
SEMPER FI ! DevilDocs!
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
Military Hall of Valor
David Blake Mc Lendon
David Blake Mc Lendon
Seastory by Steve Elson, Retired U.S.Navy SEAL LtCdr & was a SEALCorpsman during theVietnam War
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)
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.
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
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).
Larry Baily's Home Marshall TX Manny PereZ
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 Gallager "Eagle" Navy Crowss
Arles "Dirty Nash" Nash
Larry Theordine Arles Nash Larry Theordine
Tom holloway Moki Martin
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
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.
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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.
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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
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