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FREEDOM IS NOT FREE | A Soldier's Pledge http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rKsW6c_CgFY  

 

 

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From: Henry Thrift 
To:     Bill Langley and Email Listing of SEALs
Subj:  S.A.D.M.

Bill I was the Nuc Weps Officer at ST2 and I worked with it at UDT 21. That article on the web site put the backpack weight at 160#s. It was only Mid 60s. And the replies following the article said that a nuc dropped at 40,000 feet would bounce and hit the ground a mile away. That must have been the Flubber Bomb. All of the mentioned weps I think were destroyed as a result of the SALT 2 Treaty. I jumped the Practice version on a NTPI at ST2. Went to a conference at Camp Pendleton, CA. I stood up and told the whole group that they were not bullshitting us because it was a parachuted retarded airburst weapon. It was not a dirty bomb. Yes it is a shame that we declass these. We may need them again. H.S.(Bud) Thrift Jr. "Nothing is Impossible" 
(for the person who doesn't have to do it) 

I added an Attachment. Pic of l-r Malcolm Campbell, Can't remember his name, Jerry Hammerle and Me. On this Saturday morning in 1971 we wrote the freefall procedures for the SADM.
 
                

    William John Bushelle R.I.P.

                

William John Bushelle, 38 years old, a native of Saint Louis, Missouri,
born January 31, 1976 in St. Louis MO. In Aug 1994 he enlisted in the 
U.S. Navy. After Basic Training and Electricians Mate "A" school
at Great Lakes, IL he reported to BUD/S and graduated in class 202, 
Coronado, CA.

His first assigment after BUD/S was SEAL Team FOUR at Little Creek VA.
where he served as platoon operator for the remained of his active
service.

He reported to N.R. SEAL Team EIGHT in Great Lakes, IL in August
1999 while he attended Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.
HE received a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Technology
and his minor was in Business Administration in Dec 2004

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

William John Bushelle R.I.P.

 

 


'Lone Target' Navy SEAL Joel Lambert: 'I killed a boa constrictor and ate it'.
Watch on TV, Discovery Channel

 

 

 

 

 

 

Larry Inmon

 

 

 

 

 

 

From: Larry Inmon inmon
To:    Doc Riojas
Subj:  Pictures of  BUD/S Class 111
 Hi Doc Rio, 

I have attached a few photos:
(1) Class 111, I'm on the last row, just to the left of our foreign student
(2) Hell Week, Class 110 standing at attention right front- roll back to Class 111
(3) UDT-11 Command Photo-you will know a few of the guys
(4) me ST-5-wrecked a new vehicle, posted my photo
(5) vacation WW2 memorial in WA DC with my 10 yr old daughter. 


  I have worked alongside Duke, Denny, Chambo, James Roland and others. . I'll keep in touch via email and by cell phone from home.  It will be great to meet you, looking forward to it! 
Take care. 
Best regards                             Larry

 

 

Larry Inmon

 

 

Tom Keith, CHuck Newell, Roy Dean Matthews, Erasmo Riojas

 

   

Thomas E. Blais

From: A266OL
Date: Apr 9 2014
To: wmlbishop,
Subj: Quick story to pass on:


Bill,
The Time Frame was somewhere around 1993. I had just completed a Triathlon in Virginia and decided to
visit my old alma mater - SEAL Team 2 - for a short and unannounced visit. 

CMM John Kirby met me at the Quarterdeck and brought me in to visit XO to be LT (soon to be LCDR) Rocky Blais!! Rocky took over two hoursof his very busy schedule to bring me up to date on present SEAL capabilities. We had a wonderful time talking
about his dad - the toughest Instructor on the Planet - and "Who was that "Little Shit Kid - in Boondocks"
- maybe Age SIX (?) walking around with him??

 I left ST2 that afternoon knowing why Tom Blais was so proud of this wonderful young man - Rocky was THAT GOOD!

Bill, as I mentioned Bill Bishop and I sent flowers and Remembrances from our Class, but it took me more than a year to call Tom. 

The conversation - hard as it was- echoes your words of how proud Tom was of Rocky - And Very Rightfully SO!! 

Frank 

 

 

 

         
Erasmo Riojas                                 Dead SEAL on Ship

2 former Navy SEALs found dead aboard ship at center of ‘Captain Phillips’ saga

Published February 19, 2014    The  bodies were discovered of Mr. Mark Daniel Kennedy, 43, along with that of Jeffrey Keith Reynolds, 44, and like Mr. Kennedy a former SEAL member who was also working security aboard the ship. 
According to service records released by the Navy on Thursday, Mr. Kennedy enlisted in late 1995 and went almost immediately into the grueling two-year training program to become a SEALs member. His combat tours in Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq earned him multiple service medals. He left the service in 2010. 
Mr. Reynolds spent 10 years in the Navy, rising to the rank of boatswain’s mate third class before leaving the service in 2000.

 

 

 

 

Erasmo Riojas  and   Fred Miller in Pearland TX

 

 

Sterling Baker, Scouts and Raiders WWII

 

Jim Cook, W.I.A. Vietnam; lost one eye

 

Erasmo Riojas   and  Charlie Watson in Houston TX

 

Is this Gary Chamberlin

 

A Web Pal made this for me, Doc Riojas

 

1967, MyTho Vietnam, we had a visiting Navy Combat Artist

 

Gary Jackson, Blackwater

Fred Miller and Linda Miller

 

 

T. R. Davis and Fred Toothman

 

 

Julie and Bill langley

 

 

 

           

Marcus Luttrell "Lone Survivor"

 

This Challenge coin is in the manufacturing stage.  If ANYONE, and I mean ANYONE, wants a copy, Doc Rio will be selling them in order to solicit $$$ for Minh in Vietnam.  A minum donation of $15.00 to also cover the cost of shipping. 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos of Carlos Moleda

 

 

 

 

 


                                SEAL Team FOUR platoon, Operation Just Cause

 

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Foreign Video but worth watching

 

 

Summary and Analysis

Some military analysts view the incursion into Panama as "an idiosyncratic operation." Hostilities began suddenly and ended just as quickly. Indeed, the initial deployments from the United States started within days of the Christmas holidays, and some troops started redeploying to their home stations just as the traditional holiday season was coming to a close. Compared to previous armed conflicts, total casualties were extraordinarily light. Of 26,000 U.S. military personnel stationed in Panama or deployed to the country for this operation, 23 were killed in action and another 322 were wounded. The total casualties included friendly f ire incidents and injuries sustained on drop zones. The Panama Defense Forces, numbering about 15,000 personnel of all ranks and duty assignments, had 314 killed in action, 124 known to have been wounded in action, and over 5,300 detained by U.S. forces.

 



SEAL TEam FOUR


Noriega's Airplane


Patilla Airfield

 

                                       
                                                     SEAL Team FOUR

 

 

 

     LT. John Connors, SEAL Team 3  KIA Panama Fiasco

I am not a SEAL . John Connors lived the next town over and I am friendly with the family. It was 1989 and seems like a lifetime ago. 
Google his name and you will find the story that appeared in Readers Digest "Measure of a Man". Have a friend who spend over 25 years in ST 3 AND ST 6. He is out now and struggling. I hope to visit him in the near future. Any questions just e-mail me. 
Massachusetts has produced a few Seals in it's day. Sad the only ones we read about are the ones that have lost there lives. 
Best of luck 
RAY DARLING

WEBMASTER:  Thank you mr. Darling,  Mr. Connors lost his life due to the incompency of the U.S. Army planners to take down Noriega's plane without destroying it.  In my time as a SEAL, we could have done that job with 2-3 men at the most and would have left nothing but footprints and a disabled jet plane.  PRESENTLY, SEALs run their own OPs and not the Army of anyone else.

    OPERATION JUST CAUSE Panama War

       

 

               

 

 

 

 

                                  
                                       Urgent Fury Map, Grenada (war?)

 

 We  Did It Our Way 

 

 


Michael Chalus. He also participated in 
  
Midway, Santa Cruz Guadalcanal and a couple of others.

 

                         

 

   2012 Vietnam Era Frogs & SEALs Reunion Pictures
 http://vimeo.com/64320958

 

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From: rmuzslay [at]  sterlingcreditcorp  DOT com
To: cressoula [at] hotmail  DOT  com
Subject: sent only to my pervert buddies
Date: Tue, 3 Dec 2013

don’t know if you knew Al Dollear.
We were over at the SEAL bar putting away a few beers when Al had to take a leak. He went out back in the alley and unzipped and let it go when a car came down the alley and put it’s brights on Al as he was pissing. Al started to shake his dick at the car. It turned out to be a female Virginia Beach cop. He got a ticket for brandishing a deadly weapon.


True story
Muz

 

 

 


Melvin Spence Dry KIA Melvin Spence Dry

 


Don Shipley

 


Don Shipley in Puerto Rico

 

                                      
                    David Copeman                   Larry Hubbard    
                                                                           


Adm Richards Mike Thornton Eric Burris

 


Asami, Rio, Glen Grinage,  Doc Riojas traveled to San Jose CA,  Glen was waiting for me at the airport.  We went home to Nina's home in Los Gatos CA.  THe wedding was in Foster City, CA. that is the home of Chris Cowen's mother.  This is for REAL !  Rio married them!  Legally !

 


Bandera TX SEAL Bikers ; Hershel Davis, Bob Holmes, Scott Phillips, Rudy Boesch, Bill Daughtery, Pete Van FLagg, Bill Miller, Fred Cox, Frank Toms, John Fietch, Gene Warta, Mike McDonald, Lou Hyatt.  NOT in picture Jackie Lee and Tractor Dan

 


Ben Smith Shutdown in DC

 


Carl Markel WWI 

 

    
Chris Heben                          David Henyk 

 


George Worthington 

 


 

                
Jenna &   Leif Rabin                        John T Boyd

 


Larry Theordine, Doc Riojas, Fred Miller Larry Theordine, Doc Riojas, Fred Miller

 

                                    
LT. Redmon                                                             Leif Babin

 


OSS WWII in the Pacific

 

 


Jim Watson and Nurses

 


Jim watson from Facebook Photo Album

 


Jim Watson, Rudy Boesch, Jim Tipton

 

 


Chris Campbell KIA 06Aug2011
           
                   Marcinko & Kraft                         Ben Panas SEA

 

 


Jim Woods

 


Jim Woods

 


David Becker

 

 
Jason Redmon

 
Jason Redmon

 


Jesse Ventura in Predator Movie               
                                     
John Douangdara KIA                         50th ST-2 Anniversary

 



Kevin Houston and girlfriend  

                             

   

 


Bob Holmes at VA Hosp.

 


Doc Rio and Bob Holmes at VA Hosp.

 


SEAL Flag

 


Navy SEA Lions

 


Operation One Voice

 


SEAL Warriors

 

                                
Reunion Phudnall                Leap Frog at MINOT USAF base

 


Brian R. Bill Memorial Highway



Carl Markel  

 


A.D. Clark taken from SKYPE when he was in Costa Rica.                                 Lu Ellen Faine died after a massive stroke on or around 30Jan2014

 

 


King and Ventura

 

 Jesse V. for President?

Navy SEAL with pinup girls


 
Marcus Luttrell being saved in Movie" Lone Survivor"

 
        
SEAL K-9

 


SEAL Team K-9 K9 taking a break

 


USNavy Ninja of the SEA ship

 

        
Museum Shoot Out UDT life jacket 'nam era

 


Parachuting

 

             
Robert W."Bob/Chris" Christensen                      Richard Marcinko and Raleigh Kraft and Young Lions on R&R

 

 


Harry Humphries in an English Museum

 


SEALs loading magazines

 


Erasmo "Doc" Riojas & Bob Clark UWSS reunion

 


                     
Jesse Ventura wants to be our President


Leap Frogs jump into Hollywood for SEAL film opening


Ruiz walking for a cause

 


Navy SEAL on the Ground


Navy SEAL killed in accident


Swimming Lake for PTSD cause

 


SEALs Drager SCUBA

 


Tom Hawkins Photo

 


Ty Woods KIA, and wife

 


Trident House in Ft. Pierce, FL

 


T-11 USArmy Parachutes

 


SEAL snipers

 


SEALs in Alaska

 


Roy Dean matthews 'nam

 

 

Pay Scale for Navy SEALS
by Jeffrey Joyner, Demand Media http://everydaylife.globalpost.com/pay-scale-navy-seals-35849.html

Navy SEALs were eligible for a one-time enlistment bonus of up to $12,000, as of 2013.
 They might also qualify for diving pay of up to $340 per month, parachute pay of 
$150 to $225, hazardous duty pay of $150 per month and hostile fire pay of $225.
 

 

 

 


Justn Legg Takes on a half Marathon with Donated lungs!


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From:  wmlbishop  [at]  aol   DOT  com 

To:  Email Listing; langleychfs, me, a266ol, jandpbishop, johnjaunzems, don1967, Doc Rio

 Hi everyone, 
I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving - we as former SEALS have much to be thankful for since we were part of the greatest military unit in history. 

The guy in question in the photo  is Doc "Shorty" Long - a great corpsman and SEAL.
I can't remember the circumstances but Bobby Stamey ran several
ops with us but he is not in the picture.

There was also a question about Scotty Lyons - I was told that Scotty passed away about 5 years ago. Living in California with his wife as I remember. 


I have no information on Bill McCarthy - what a great operator! Hope he is ok.   I don't have any information of Doc Long either. 

Bill Bishop


             

 

A266O     aol     com 
to:   langleychfs, me Thanks Bill, 

YOU and DANNY still remain COOL AS EVER!!! Some Things NEVER change!!! I'll hold off on the cockroaches this time, Danny, but thank you for the offer!!! Danny, I understand that RIO has a great recipe for a salad with those critters in it! I'll ask him to send to you. 

Anyone still stay in touch with Tom Keith?? Another super star of 3rd Platoon!! I read his book - Very Well Done!! Forward by Larry Bailey and Tom Blais. I just talked to Larry last night and still try to call Tom Blais like maybe once a month. Age is really starting to be a factor with Tom as he is in an assisted care facility. I've talked to his daughter several times and to RIO. He is in very good hands. Bishop, Tim Jones and I have promised to be his taxis for all of the events for our big 50! 

Best regards, Frank

 

Danny, 

I forwarded an email about 2 weeks ago from Frank that contained a site that talked about our Gemini V adventure. I will forward it to you again. 

I plan to take my 6 year old grandson to Jeannie’s for breakfast tomorrow morning at 10 or a little after. Meet us there and I’ll buy again even though it’s your turn. I want to introduce him to my buddy who used to eat cockroaches. The other stories I’ll keep from his tender ears, OK. 

Bill 

From: A266OL@aol.com [mailto:A266OL@aol.com] Sent: Tuesday, November 26, 2013 5:50 PM To: langleychfs@knology.net Cc: a266ol@aol.com; wmlbishop@aol.com; docrio45@gmail.com Subject: Doug Drummond 



Hi Bill, 



Frank Cleary here. Great to hear from you after many years and so glad you had such a successful career in the Navy. Also if would be kind enough to pass this on to Danny McEvoy with a big High Five, that would be very appreciated. Our years in 3rd Platoon of UDT-21 were great memories - St. Thomas, the Dom. Rep. deployment, the recovery of Astronauts Conrad and Cooper (GT-5) and a whole lot more. John Hunt & I always felt that 3rd Platoon was by far the best with guys like Parky, you, Danny, Doug, Ralph, and Pete Spencer. 



Anyway, I wanted to share some of this with you and with Danny. Years after our tour with the Teams (and I can't remember how we all hooked up again) but Bill Bishop, Doug Drummond, and I all got reconnected and would call each other on a regular basis. Doug had had a few knocks in life, including his ongoing battle with liver cancer, but his spirits always remained high - Vintage Doug! Doug and Carol had divorced, but Carol remained his care giver and best friend. They had two children, son and daughter, Tracy who was in the Army. 



Calls would go something like this: "Doug, we'll see you at our 40th reunion" - "Hell I ain't gonna live that long" Another call Doug told me he ripped all the iv's out of his arm and stormed out of the hospital because they're jerks - vintage Doug, feisty as ever!! We all shared a lot of laughs, some tears and all became close friends. 



On a Thursday night in November, 10 years ago I got The Call from Carol. My first call was to Bill Bishop, and then to many classmates of Class 32. Bill Bishop went to Doug's Memorial Service and was the Keynote speaker. I guess that a lot of Doug's biker friends never believed that Doug was really on the Teams. Bill let them all know that Doug was the real deal!! 



For that 40th Muster that Doug could not attend, Bill and I and a bunch of other classmates arranged for Carol and Tracy to fly in from St. Louis as our guests. They were a little nervous at first, but by the end of the weekend, we were all Family!! 



This year will mark our 50th, hope to see you both in Little Creek. 



Best Regards and Happy Thanksgiving to you both. 



Frank

John Westfall 
to me FYI 

-----Original Message----- From: steven swartley [mailto:stevenswartley@sisna.com] Sent: Monday, November 25, 2013 1:40 PM To: jbetz@lockport.wnyric.org Cc: Will Sawyer; John Westfall Subject: Clarence Betz 


I served with him and others in a detachment to Danang, leaving the US about 
1 November, 1965. Our tour was about 6 months, Willits Sawyer as OIC and Chief Curtis as senior enlisted. Peter Slempa was a part of that deployment. Steven Swartley Sent from my iPad

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From:   A266OL   [at]  aol  DOT com 

to:    langleychfs, wmlbishop, me Hi Bill, 

Frank Cleary here. Great to hear from you after many years and so glad you had such a successful career in the Navy. Also if would be kind enough to pass this on to Danny McEvoy with a big High Five, that would be very appreciated. Our years in 3rd Platoon of UDT-21 were great memories - St. Thomas, the Dom. Rep. deployment, the recovery of Astronauts Conrad and Cooper (GT-5) and a whole lot more. John Hunt & I always felt that 3rd Platoon was by far the best with guys like Parky, you, Danny, Doug, Ralph, and Pete Spencer. 

Anyway, I wanted to share some of this with you and with Danny. Years after our tour with the Teams (and I can't remember how we all hooked up again) but Bill Bishop, Doug Drummond, and I all got reconnected and would call each other on a regular basis. Doug had had a few knocks in life, including his ongoing battle with liver cancer, but his spirits always remained high - Vintage Doug! Doug and Carol had divorced, but Carol remained his care giver and best friend. They had two children, son and daughter, Tracy who was in the Army. 

Calls would go something like this: "Doug, we'll see you at our 40th reunion" - "Hell I ain't gonna live that long" Another call Doug told me he ripped all the iv's out of his arm and stormed out of the hospital because they're jerks - vintage Doug, feisty as ever!! We all shared a lot of laughs, some tears and all became close friends. 

On a Thursday night in November, 10 years ago I got The Call from Carol. My first call was to Bill Bishop, and then to many classmates of Class 32. Bill Bishop went to Doug's Memorial Service and was the Keynote speaker. I guess that a lot of Doug's biker friends never believed that Doug was really on the Teams. Bill let them all know that Doug was the real deal!! 

For that 40th Muster that Doug could not attend, Bill and I and a bunch of other classmates arranged for Carol and Tracy to fly in from St. Louis as our guests. They were a little nervous at first, but by the end of the weekend, we were all Family!! 

This year will mark our 50th, hope to see you both in Little Creek. 

Best Regards and Happy Thanksgiving to you both. 

Frank

 

 

Bill Bishop

 

 

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From:  Janet Potts  jepotts7  [at]  excite  DOT  com
To:   Doc Riojas
Subj:   Thank You card

Doc,  Your kindness and generosity in helping us bear the expense of Dan's funeral was greatly appreciated! 

I still think of you as well as the rest of the Navy Seal group. I miss the get togethers and seeing the familiar faces at each party. Will there be a gathering any time soon? If yes, please let me know when and where. I asked Chris Nicola to keep me on the list and he said he would but I have not had even one email. Have there been any get togethers? 

                                                
                     Monica & Janet                 Monica                  Vanessa Thanksgiving Day 2013


I have attached some photos from Thanksgiving. We relaxed and enjoyed it with family this year. (Ate too much, too!) 

Anyway, you and LouLou have a Blessed Holiday Season and enjoy those grandkids, too! 

Most of all, I want to thank you for remembering me and keeping in touch. I truly appreciate this.

                       Your Friend,  Janet Potts

 

 

                                         Janet Potts

 

 

 

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From:  wm l bishop
To :     Doc Riojas,  langleychfs, me, a266ol, jandpbishop, johnjaunzems, don1967
Subj:  have a nice Thanksgiving

Hi everyone, 

I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving - we as former SEALS have much to be thankful for since we were part of the greatest military unit in history. 
                                           
The SEAL, above,  in question is Doc "Shorty" Long - a great corpsman and SEAL. I can't remember the circumstances but Bobby Stamey ran several ops with us but he is not in the picture. There was also a question about Scotty Lyons - I was told that Scotty passed away about 5 years ago. Living in California with his wife as I remember. 

I have no information on Bill McCarthy - what a great operator! Hope he is ok.
I don't have any information of Doc Long either. 

Bill Bishop

 

From: A266OL
to
:langleychfs,

 Thanks Bill, 

YOU and DANNY still remain COOL AS EVER!!! Some Things NEVER change!!! I'll hold off on the cockroaches this time, Danny, but thank you for the offer!!! Danny, I understand that RIO has a great recipe for a salad with those critters in it! I'll ask him to send to you. 

Anyone still stay in touch with Tom Keith?? Another super star of 3rd Platoon!! I read his book - Very Well Done!! Forward by Larry Bailey and Tom Blais. I just talked to Larry last night and still try to call Tom Blais like maybe once a month. Age is really starting to be a factor with Tom as he is in an assisted care facility. I've talked to his daughter several times and to RIO. He is in very good hands. Bishop, Tim Jones and I have promised to be his taxis for all of the events for our big 50! 

Best regards, Frank

Danny, 

I forwarded an email about 2 weeks ago from Frank that contained a site that talked about our Gemini V adventure. I will forward it to you again. 

I plan to take my 6 year old grandson to Jeannie’s for breakfast tomorrow morning at 10 or a little after. Meet us there and I’ll buy again even though it’s your turn. I want to introduce him to my buddy who used to eat cockroaches. The other stories I’ll keep from his tender ears, OK. 

Bill 



From: A266OL
Sent: Tuesday, November 26, 2013
To: langleychfs
Cc: a266ol; wmlbishop; docrio45 Subject: Doug Drummond 

Hi Bill, 

Frank Cleary here. Great to hear from you after many years and so glad you had such a successful career in the Navy. Also if would be kind enough to pass this on to Danny McEvoy with a big High Five, that would be very appreciated. Our years in 3rd Platoon of UDT-21 were great memories - St. Thomas, the Dom. Rep. deployment, the recovery of Astronauts Conrad and Cooper (GT-5) and a whole lot more. John Hunt & I always felt that 3rd Platoon was by far the best with guys like Parky, you, Danny, Doug, Ralph, and Pete Spencer. 

Anyway, I wanted to share some of this with you and with Danny. Years after our tour with the Teams (and I can't remember how we all hooked up again) but Bill Bishop, Doug Drummond, and I all got reconnected and would call each other on a regular basis. Doug had had a few knocks in life, including his ongoing battle with liver cancer, but his spirits always remained high - Vintage Doug! Doug and Carol had divorced, but Carol remained his care giver and best friend. They had two children, son and daughter, Tracy who was in the Army. 

Calls would go something like this: "Doug, we'll see you at our 40th reunion" - "Hell I ain't gonna live that long" Another call Doug told me he ripped all the iv's out of his arm and stormed out of the hospital because they're jerks - vintage Doug, feisty as ever!! We all shared a lot of laughs, some tears and all became close friends. 

On a Thursday night in November, 10 years ago I got The Call from Carol. My first call was to Bill Bishop, and then to many classmates of Class 32. Bill Bishop went to Doug's Memorial Service and was the Keynote speaker. I guess that a lot of Doug's biker friends never believed that Doug was really on the Teams. Bill let them all know that Doug was the real deal!! 

For that 40th Muster that Doug could not attend, Bill and I and a bunch of other classmates arranged for Carol and Tracy to fly in from St. Louis as our guests. They were a little nervous at first, but by the end of the weekend, we were all Family!! 

This year will mark our 50th, hope to see you both in Little Creek. 

Best Regards and Happy Thanksgiving to you both. 
Frank

John Westfall 

to
all
FYI 

-----Original Message-----
From: steven swartley 
Sent: Monday, November 25, 2013
To: jbetz 
[at]  lockport.wnyric.org
Cc: Will Sawyer; John Westfall
Subject: Clarence Betz 


I served with him and others in a detachment to Danang, leaving the US about 
1 November, 1965. Our tour was about 6 months, Willits Sawyer as OIC and Chief Curtis as senior enlisted. Peter Slempa was a part of that deployment. 

Steven Swartley 

Sent from my iPad

 

                                                                                                                       BIll Bishop



 

 

Alexander in Afghanistan 

A review of "The Afghan Campaign." : A novel ,

 by Steven Pressfield By Ronald Cluett Posted May 15, 2007 

This article appeared in the Spring 2007 issue of the Claremont Review of Books. 

Alexander the Great ran one of the shrewdest media operations in history. His entourage included men whose job it was to chronicle his exploits, both for dissemination among his contemporaries and for posterity. While their works have not survived the passage of time, their influence has. Alexander is one of the select figures from classical antiquity who continues to excite the popular imagination, not just in the West but in Central Asia and India as well .

  Spin control thus has an ancient pedigree. In antiquity as in the present, broadcasting a preferred interpretation of a leader's prowess involved the suppression of inconvenient perspectives, whether dissents from Alexander's strategic vision or the enormous suffering and sacrifice exacted by that vision's implementation. Each perspective-the strategic vision and the human toll-sheds light on Alexander's boldest gamble, the invasion of Afghanistan, which is the subject of Steven Pressfield's gripping fictional recreation in The Afghan Campaign.

  Alexander's strategic rationale for conquering Persia had been clear, defensible, and popular: by leading a Greek army to victory in the heart of Persia, he would avenge the Persian defeat of the Greeks on Greek soil over a century earlier. Conquering Afghanistan, however, was another matter entirely. The rationale was never clearly or persuasively articulated, and whatever might have motivated him-his own further glorification, ambition to conquer any territory not yet subject to his rule, or insatiable curiosity about the peoples and places "at the edges of the world"-he failed to rally his increasingly polyglot troops to fight with the unwavering dedication they had displayed during the Persian campaign. 

Moreover, those troops faced in Afghanistan conditions that would test invading armies for the next two millennia. The harsh mountainous terrain and brutal weather were only part of the challenge. The Afghans themselves were no less formidable than their environment. Riven by internal divisions and tribal loyalties, they nonetheless proved more than capable of rallying to resist the designs of a foreign invader. As a result, Alexander spent more time conquering Afghanistan than he did Persia, and with less to show for it: not only did Afghanistan offer no comparable symbolic and strategic victory, but constant revolts undermined whatever glory he could claim for his defeat of Spitamenes, his primary Afghan foe.

 

"In the company of warriors, I have no need to explain myself. 

In the company of warriors, everybody understands.

  In the company of warriors, I don't have to pretend to be someone I'm not.

  Or strike that pose, however well-intentioned, that is expected by 

those who have not known me under arms.

  In the company of warriors all my crimes are forgiven.

  I am safe.

  I am known.

  I am home.

  In the company of warriors." 


David S. Greenberg

Attorney at Law

 

This is a great quote from a book that Stephen Pressfield wrote in 2006 about Alexander the Great, called "The Afghan Campaign."  In it, he quotes a Macedonian requiem.  The quote is apropos for this august group:


 

       SEAL Ethos

In times of war or uncertainty there is a special breed of warrior ready to answer our Nation’s call. A common man with uncommon desire to succeed. Forged by adversity, he stands alongside America’s finest special operations forces to serve his country, the American people, and protect their way of life. I am that man.

My Trident is a symbol of honor and heritage. Bestowed upon me by the heroes that have gone before, it embodies the trust of those I have sworn to protect. By wearing the Trident I accept the responsibility of my chosen profession and way of life. It is a privilege that I must earn every day.

My loyalty to Country and Team is beyond reproach. I humbly serve as a guardian to my fellow Americans always ready to defend those who are unable to defend themselves. I do not advertise the nature of my work, nor seek recognition for my actions. I voluntarily accept the inherent hazards of my profession, placing the welfare and security of others before my own.

I serve with honor on and off the battlefield. The ability to control my emotions and my actions, regardless of circumstance, sets me apart from other men. Uncompromising integrity is my standard. My character and honor are steadfast. My word is my bond.

We expect to lead and be led. In the absence of orders I will take charge, lead my teammates and accomplish the mission. I lead by example in all situations.

I will never quit. I persevere and thrive on adversity. My Nation expects me to be physically harder and mentally stronger than my enemies. If knocked down, I will get back up, every time. I will draw on every remaining ounce of strength to protect my teammates and to accomplish our mission. I am never out of the fight.

We demand discipline. We expect innovation. The lives of my teammates and the success of our mission depend on me - my technical skill, tactical proficiency, and attention to detail. My training is never complete.

We train for war and fight to win. I stand ready to bring the full spectrum of combat power to bear in order to achieve my mission and the goals established by my country. The execution of my duties will be swift and violent when required yet guided by the very principles that I serve to defend.

Brave men have fought and died building the proud tradition and feared reputation that I am bound to uphold. In the worst of conditions, the legacy of my teammates steadies my resolve and silently guides my every deed. I will not fail. 

               

by:  David S. Greenberg Attorney at Law 
This is a great quote from a book that Stephen Pressfield wrote in 2006 about Alexander the Great, called "The Afghan Campaign." In it, he quotes a Macedonian requiem. The quote is apropos for this august group:

 

ALexander in Afganistan

 

A266OL
Nov 26 2913 

to:   langleychfs, wmlbishop, me

 Hi Bill, 

Frank Cleary here. Great to hear from you after many years and so glad you had such a successful career in the Navy. Also if would be kind enough to pass this on to Danny McEvoy with a big High Five, that would be very appreciated. Our years in 3rd Platoon of UDT-21 were great memories - St. Thomas, the Dom. Rep. deployment, the recovery of Astronauts Conrad and Cooper (GT-5) and a whole lot more. John Hunt & I always felt that 3rd Platoon was by far the best with guys like Parky, you, Danny, Doug, Ralph, and Pete Spencer. 

Anyway, I wanted to share some of this with you and with Danny. Years after our tour with the Teams (and I can't remember how we all hooked up again) but Bill Bishop, Doug Drummond, and I all got reconnected and would call each other on a regular basis. Doug had had a few knocks in life, including his ongoing battle with liver cancer, but his spirits always remained high - Vintage Doug! Doug and Carol had divorced, but Carol remained his care giver and best friend. They had two children, son and daughter, Tracy who was in the Army. 

Calls would go something like this: "Doug, we'll see you at our 40th reunion" - "Hell I ain't gonna live that long" Another call Doug told me he ripped all the iv's out of his arm and stormed out of the hospital because they're jerks - vintage Doug, feisty as ever!! We all shared a lot of laughs, some tears and all became close friends. 

On a Thursday night in November, 10 years ago I got The Call from Carol. My first call was to Bill Bishop, and then to many classmates of Class 32. Bill Bishop went to Doug's Memorial Service and was the Keynote speaker. I guess that a lot of Doug's biker friends never believed that Doug was really on the Teams. Bill let them all know that Doug was the real deal!! 

For that 40th Muster that Doug could not attend, Bill and I and a bunch of other classmates arranged for Carol and Tracy to fly in from St. Louis as our guests. They were a little nervous at first, but by the end of the weekend, we were all Family!! 

This year will mark our 50th, hope to see you both in Little Creek. 

Best Regards and Happy Thanksgiving to you both. 

Frank


Navy SEALs on Boat

 

 

 

Navy Lt. Comdr. Albert Schaufelberger III (SEAL)
R.I.P.

 

 AMERICAN DIES IN COPTER CRASH Newsweek June 6, 1983 (THE FIRST CASUALTY - CENTRAL AMERICA - THE DEATH OF AN ADVISER IN EL SALVADOR) Paperback - January 1, 1983 Guerrillas Kill U.S. Adviser, 43 Salvador Troops April 01, 1987|MARJORIE MILLER | Times Staff Writer 

SAN SALVADOR - Leftist guerrillas launched a pre-dawn attack on a major Salvadoran army base Tuesday, killing at least 43 soldiers and a U.S. military adviser, who became the first to die in combat during the country's seven-year civil war. 

According to the military, an undetermined number of guerrillas attacked behind a barrage of artillery and mortar fire at about 2 a.m., and some of them penetrated into the camp itself. The American adviser was killed by a mortar round, spokesmen said. Posted 22 January 2009 - 04:19 PM The First U.S. Military Casualty in El Salvador, Comes Home 

By David Van Biema One day in 1967 young Albert Schaufelberger heard his name ring out over the public-address system at Lemoore High School in Kings County, Calif. Wild with worry, he thought the summons to the principal's office meant that his namesake father, a Navy pilot, had been shot down in Vietnam. The school was near the Lemoore Naval Air Station, and friends had received similar calls. Instead, the honor-student senior learned that he had been awarded a college math scholarship. Recalls his mother, Virginia, "He was so relieved he didn't even care about the scholarship." 

Two weeks ago, however, when the phone rang at the Fripp Island, S.C. home of Albert's father-who after three tours had returned safely from Vietnam in 1969 with a chestful of medals including the Bronze Star-the news was tragic. His eldest son, Navy Lt. Comdr. Albert Schaufelberger III, 33, security chief for the American military advisers to El Salvador and the second highest-ranking U.S. officer in that country, had been shot to death-a murder later attributed to leftist guerrillas. He was the first U.S. serviceman killed there since American soldiers began training government troops in 1980. 

His death had about it that combination of horror and the mundane that has come to characterize El Salvador's simmering revolution. While waiting to pick up his girlfriend, Consuelo Escalante, 32, outside Central American University, where she is manager of a cooperative store, he was shot three times in the head by a gunman. Schaufelberger's body was returned to the U.S. Memorial Day weekend. In accordance with sealed instructions he left before going to El Salvador, his ashes were to be scattered in the Pacific from a patrol boat belonging to Navy's elite SEALs. 

(Two days after the killing President Reagan, apparently signaling his commitment to an even harder line against El Salvador's guerrillas, relieved Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs Thomas O. Enders and indicated that America's ambassador to the beleaguered country, Deane R. Hinton, would be replaced.) 

Himself a member of the SEALs, highly trained in sea, air and land combat, Schaufelberger believed deeply in his training mission, and some saw his murder as evidence of his success at interdicting arms smuggled to leftist guerrillas by sea. Others saw it as a grim reminder of the beginnings of U.S. involvement in Vietnam. Not his family. "Vietnam is a wrong analogy," says his father, Albert, 56. "For the moment it seems to me to be a reasoned approach to help out a nation that is genuinely striving for democracy." 

As Schaufelberger's brother, Tom, 28, a Richmond, Va. attorney, and two sisters, Kristine, 30, an immigration supervisor, and Margaret, 32, a San Diego detective, gathered with their parents at Fripp Island, near Charleston, S.C., there were many happy memories of Al, and cruel silences as well. "He was hard-driving, very determined," remembers Tom. Margaret adds, "If he decided he wanted to do something, he was meticulous and did an outstanding job." His family recalled the way he plunged into woodworking as a hobby at age 30. "His first project wasn't a set of bookends," says his father. "It was a seven-foot executive desk, made of solid teak, and the thing's a damn beauty." 

After high school, where he excelled academically (with a reported IQ of 155) and athletically ("He was small but he wasn't afraid of anything," remembers a football teammate), he entered Annapolis, a goal since age 12. The 5'9" cadet lettered in 150-pound football and lacrosse before graduating in 1971. His drive carried him into training for the SEALs, which have a dropout rate of some 75 percent. Not Schaufelberger. He once fell 30 feet from a cargo net on an obstacle course. Badly injured, he crawled through the course until an instructor put a foot on his back to stop him. 

His Navy assignments took him to Japan, Thailand, the Philippines and Korea, but home was the modest three-bedroom house he bought in a San Diego suburb. There he coached a boys' soccer team, built a redwood hot tub, and worked on his VW camper. He became a gourmet cook, sometimes preparing dinner for 30 friends, and let his siblings use the house when they wanted. "Al was a big brother in every sense of the word," says Margaret. 

In his final absence, Schaufelberger's military family choked back their tears, but didn't disguise how proud they had been of the officer they had known as a man and a boy. "Oh yes. Tremendously proud," says his mother. "He was a wonderful son. A wonderful brother. We couldn't have asked for more happiness, and we're thankful for the 33 years we had."


 

 

SLAIN ADVISER THE SOLE AMERICAN AT SALVADOR BASE By DAVID K. SHIPLER, Special to the New York Times Published: April 1, 1987

 http://www.nytimes.com/1987/04/01/world/slain-adviser-the-sole-american-at-salvador-base.html 

The adviser was the first killed in combat, although five other American military men have died in El Salvador since 1983. In May 1983, Lieut. Comdr. Albert Schaufelberger of the Navy was killed by a gunman on the campus of the University of Central America in San Salvador. Four off-duty United States marines were killed in an attack on a cafe in June 1985

 

   

 

Albert Schaufelberger III

 

 


                   Steve Waterman, Navy Photographer                                                           

 


Don Shipley

  
Don Shipley

Don gets another "SEAL wannabe" this one takes the Academy award!   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9vECbQaSkMs

 

   

 

 

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SEAL Vet: Obama Ask Military if They Will Shoot Americans     ROE's, down range:   NEVER EVER shoot a "raghead" unless he shoots at your first!                      Are there any ROEs to shoot Americans?                    Question:  Are the folks in D.C. considered civilians?   

 


ALFA: To Vietnam and Back by Marie Morrell �

 Kickstarter documentary about SEAL Team ONE ALFA platoon in Vietnamwww.kickstarter.com/projects/374957198/alfa...vietnam...back   CachedMarie Morrell is raising funds for ALFA: To Vietnam and Back on Kickstarter! The story of the never-before-seen combat photos of the Navy SEAL Platoon and ...
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Mike Thornton,I forgot who sent me this photo, sorry.

 


Peggy and Tom SHoulders home

 

 

 


Which one is Jeremiah P. Navy SEAL?   J. P. and his Dad

 

 


Navy SEAL challenge coin

SEAL Team ONE and SEAL Team TWO, Vietnam era Frogmen/SEALs

 

Navy SEAL Challenge Coin.


Erasmo "Doc" Riojas   Challenge Coin:  star on the "C.A.R." which
is the 1st ribbon, for Korea, the 2nd is the Vietnam War, and the blue .3d. ribbon is awarded for the Korea Police Action (USMC emblem).  Purchased from:  www.wholesale-challengecoins.com  1 (877) 870 4946 

Anyone want one of these Doc Rio coins; email me and be prepared to be asked to make a donation to the UDT SEAL Museum.  Email: docrio45  [at]  gmail  DOT  com

 

 

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The Gun That Aims Itself (Documentary) video

 

        

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My Favorite Videos:HERE! and one more HERE!  just one more HERE!

 

 


Sceleta Miller, Daughter of Fred and Linda Miller weds Eric ______ in Moline, Ill. 09Nov2013

 

 

My Favorite Utube Video HERE !  

  Doc Riojas became a Patriot in the Tea party !   HooYah !

 


click on graphic to go to the video.

 

 

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Jesse Ventura

 

 

 

Jerry Hammarle & PRU troops in 'nam

 


Erasmo Riojas, Hilario Riojas (Father) Emanuel J. Riojas    

                      
Hal Kuykendall  

 

 
Matthew Kantor

 

     
                      Barry Enoch

 


Vanesa & Larry Theodine, Fred Miller, Erasmo "Doc" Riojas

 

 

VADM Robert Hayward , Navy SEAL, Parachutes into his own retirement

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Glen Grinnage, he lives in Myabashi, Japan with his wife Asami.  Glen was our STAB driver back in 1967 when we were operating out of MyTho VN.  He took us into those tee-tee canals and then went back to the Mike Boat all by his lonesome !  Capt Larry Bailey and i tried to get him some recognition, USNavy Commendation Medal, but the in charge of the 7th platoon did not want to sign the forms to submitt to Glen's Congressman in D.C.     Doc Riojas

 

 

 

MICHAEL McQUILLIS    WAKE 

 

 Date:   Wednesday, November 20, 2013   Time: 4 PM  

 Location: Chick's Oyster Bar 
2143 Vista Circle Lynnhaven Inlet Virginia Beach, VA

 

 http://www.chicksoysterbar.com/   

Please click on this link for more information


Webmaster Note:

May Mike, one of my swim buddies Rest in Eternal Peace in Frog Heaven. He will be missed.         Erasmo "Doc" Riojas,  ST-2  Retired


14Nov2013

From: Bill Langley 
to:      Doc RIojas

This sounds like a sad and lonely ending. Mike was a good teammate. Ed Ruffin, Mike Atkinson, and Cory Bissell are to be commended. Sorry I can’t be there.

Bill

 

 

 

               39 Year U.S. Navy SEAL, Pete “Bullfrog-13? Wikul 



(Ret.) CAPT Peter I. Wikul is “BULLFROG 13?, was one of the longest serving US Navy SEALS while he was active duty. Pete Wikul is the co-founder of Mission Ready, Inc. and a former U.S. Navy SEAL. Wikul has led a long and distinguished career in the military, earning the title “Bullfrog 13” as the thirteenth U.S. Navy SEAL to be honored as the longest serving SEAL on active duty (39 years). 

He was born May 6th, 1952 in Manhattan, New York, and enlisted in the Navy in May 1970. Soon after he volunteered for the Underwater Demolition Team (UDT) / Sea Air and Land (SEAL) program and graduated UDTB Class 7102, the last east coast UDT/SEAL training class. He served at UDT Twenty ONE and later SEAL Team TWO before selection to Officer Candidate School, Newport, Rhode Island. Upon commissioning he returned to Naval Special Warfare, completing tours at: SEAL Team ONE, UDT ELEVEN (re-designated as SEAL Team FIVE during his tour), United Nations Military Observer Group Palestine (observer Group Lebanon), SEAL Delivery Vehicle TWO, Special Boat Unit TWENTY, Naval Special Warfare Center, Special Boat Unit TWELVE, the Joint Staff, Special Operations Command South, and the Office of Naval Intelligence. CAPT Wikul served as the Deputy Commander for SOCSOUTH and Commanding Officer for SEAL Delivery Vehicle TWO. He was the commanding officer and plank owner (founding member) of the Kennedy Irregular Warfare Center, Office of Naval Intelligence in Washington, D.C. His awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit with gold star, and numerous other personal and campaign medals. In addition, CAPT Wikul shares the 1988 Nobel Peace Prize as one of the few United Nations Observers and Peacekeepers who served in Lebanon. 

Wikul’s Rules: 

Take care of your people, they are your most important assets Never compromise your personal integrity Prepare for total war. When called upon to fight, win. 

- See more at: http://www.companionsforheroes.org/leadership-council/#sthash.EGbD9WT4.dpuf

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Hershal Davis, Bob Holmes 2nd Row: Scott Phillips, Rudy Boesch, Bill Daughtery, Pete Van Flagg, Bill Miller, Fred Cox (IUWG), Frank Toms, John Fietch, Gene Warta, Mike McDonald, Lou Hyatt. Jackie Lee and Tractor Dan did not make the picture, sorry.
— with Rudy Boesch, William Daugherty, Bill Miller and Fred Cox

 

 

 

 

 

          Glen Grinage EN3, ST-2, 7th Plt. STAB coxswain 1967

                           

 


From: Glen Grinage
To: Robert Peterson  
Sent: Friday, September 6, 2013
Subject: STAB Vietnam accident confession 

Morning Capt. Peterson,

  My name is Glen Grinage, your STAB operator in 1967/68 in My Tho, now residing permanently in Japan where I have lived on and off for the past forty years. The purpose of this email is twofold:

  (1) how to address the alias Doc/Chief Rio when he visits you at your residence this month, and 

(2) my confession to you of an incident that occurred on the mike boat when we were stationed in My Tho in the sixties. The now newely appointed;

  The Reverend Erasmo Riojas will become a man of the cloth and officiate My  wedding ceremony that has me tying the knot for the second time (my first wife of 32 years passed away 8 years ago) with Toshiko Asami, also a widow. The Reverend has taken on the task of acquiring the necessary license to perform the ceremony and to fly all the way from Texas to San Francisco where  the ceremony is to take place.

  The old Doc/Chief is no more; we all shall henceforth address him as The Reverend. And he damn well should be revered: two wars, wounded five times, deep-sea diver, SEAL/killer, medical doctor, and now the Reverend. The confession: You had a hammock strung from the wood platform that was built over the well deck of our My Tho mike boat, and that hammock was really comfortable. 

On one such operation when you and the other SEALS were still out slogging through the boonies, I crawled up into your hammock and drifted off into a heavenly peaceful sleep. I don't recall because I was asleep, but I suppose the mike boat was used for the extraction on that particular operation (the STAB certainly wasn't used, as I was sound asleep). The inconsiderate noise you guys made clamoring onto the mike boat partially awakened me, but the hammock was so comfortable I couldn't bring myself to leap out of it to make way for you to crawl in so as to get your much deserved rest. 

Through a sleepily cracked eyelid, I saw you unselfishly motion to the others to leave me be. They seemed to have been eager to fling me onto the deck in what would have been a rough manner, I'm sure. 

  A belated thanks for the few extra winks, 

Glen Grinnage


 


From:Pete Peterson
To: Glen Grinage
 Sent: Sunday, September 8, 2013
Subject: SEAL STAB Accident confession 

  Glen. 

Of course I remember this incident. I can not recall the details on how the decision was made to,use the Stab for the extraction. I recall that it was a mid day extraction and we had been in the oparea for hours, had not been in contact but the extraction area was very open and exposed. I doubt that you all on the Mike boat were aware of the swell/surf conditions on the beach.

 You did not make the decision to use the STAB, That would have been my call or your OICs call. Once the danger of theSTAB extraction became obvious, I should have waved you off, I did not. So, cut yourself some slack. You did the best you could to handle the boat in a situation it was wrong for you to be in. 

I remember the SEAL advisor to the LDNN telling me some years later the the guy who lost his leg had been fitted with an artificial leg but I suspect he had bigger problems after the South fell.  

Pete

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Click on this LINK:  http://secondat.blogspot.com/2010/04/iwo-jima-65-years-ago.html

 

                         http://vimeo.com/74313583

halolpal [at] aol  DOT  com
to halolpal 

Thank you plank owner Dennis McCormack for taking great pictures again. Last year Peso complained that there weren't any pictures of him. This year he made sure Dennis took his picture. If your picture isn't in the video be sure to grab Dennis next year. 

As those of you who attended the party know, there were 14 members of Barry Enoch's family present. My favorite pictures in the video are of teammates telling stories about Barry to the Enoch family. Many thanks to Sam Birky for the great memorial service for Barry on Saturday morning and to Steve Frisk's daughter for the outstanding film about Alpha Platoon. I've spoken to Eatsie twice since the reunion and she says the family is still telling stories about their wonderful reunion weekend. 

Click on the video below and turn on the sound. I hope you enjoy. 

Hal 

http://vimeo.com/74313583

 

 

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From:duke ogden 
To: Gentlemen and Lady: 
One finds it hard to add any commentary or opinion regarding this particular SitRep...

"An attack in Herat; Carter arrives in Kabul, Dempsey in Budapest; Crushing Afghanista​n retrograde​; One sailor has lost nine friends to suicide; Rummy returns; and a bit more. [Presented today by Lockheed Martin.]"

the reason is simple: I still can recall watching the "shorts" at the Saturday movies for kids...the cartoons, 1930 era comedies, and such. 

But then I grew up and as all men do, put away such childish things... enlisted in the Marine Corps, started working as a commercial diver, enlisted in the Navy and made it into the Teams, went back to working offshore. 


At the age one is now, it is painful to see that our 'leaders' are still wearing short pants and pulling Buckwheat's hair...or imitating Harold Lloyd's perilous antics while hanging on to the side of a building. 

Tropical Frog        
Duke Ogden 

 

     Doc Tribute: US Navy Corpsman History

dated 9/12/2013
fwaranch@wildblue.net writes: 
from: Jim Dickson
who was on the Mighty Moe (SEAL LCM) When it was ambushed ---All hands were wounded and 2 critical-who had to be discharged due their extensive wounds. Many HEROIC Actions that night. I had a HMC CHURCHILL who had 7 purple hearts.

  Franklin 

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From: Jim Dickson:
Subject: 
If I remember correctly two of the SEALs aboard the Mike boat during the ambush of 7 OCT 66 were E6 Corpsmen. That's probably one of the reasons everyone was wounded but nobody died.
Franklin

 


Dennis KMSEAL [at] aol  DOT com 
to:  fwaranch, doc Rio , bristow123, jerry, maynardweyers, nickclass28, alanrouth, annsword, acharette, galmesa, rdruss, hooyah29, buddyseal, BullDevine, foxbury007, David.Janke, DocDennis, nortonricharde, douglasanderso., elainehjohnson, ellen.roberts.., frogdoc58, shotin68, makensjc, jdefloria
Subj: Joe Churchill


Franklin, 
I remember Joe Churchill only so well. While I was playing football on the Amphib Base, my youngest daughter went around collecting gum from under the bleacher seats, and in mid-game my wife started screaming and ran out on the field and handed Karen to me who was not breathing.

 Joe ran over, took Karen from me, and turned her on her stomach and hit her between the shoulder blades so hard I thought she would break. Out came the biggest wad of bubble gum I had ever seen, and Karen started breathing normally.

 HOOYAH to Joe and all hospital corpsmen, past, present, and in the future. 
Dennis 


dated 9/12/2013fwaranch@wildblue.net writes: 

from: Jim Dickson
To:Dennis KMSEAL [at] aol  DOT com    fwaranch, doc Rio , bristow123, jerry, maynardweyers, nickclass28, alanrouth, annsword, acharette, galmesa, rdruss, hooyah29, buddyseal, BullDevine, foxbury007, David.Janke, DocDennis, nortonricharde, douglasanderso., elainehjohnson, ellen.roberts.., frogdoc58, shotin68, makensjc, jdefloria

who was on the Mighty Moe (SEAL LCM) When it was ambushed ---All hands were wounded and 2 critical-who had to be discharged due their extensive wounds. Many HEROIC Actions that night. I had a HMC CHURCHILL who had 7 purple hearts.

 Franklin 

dated 9/12/2013
From:fwaranch@wildblue.net writes: 

This e-mail is from Jim Dickson who was on the Mighty Moe (SEAL LCM) When it was ambushed ---All hands were wounded and 2 critical-who had to be discharged due their extensive wounds. Many HEROIC Actions that night. I had a HMC CHURCHILL who had 7 purple hearts.

  Franklin 
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From: Jim Dickson: Subject: 
If I remember correctly two of the SEALs aboard the Mike boat during the ambush of 7 OCT 66 were E6 Corpsmen. That's probably one of the reasons everyone was wounded but nobody died.

 


Dennis KMSEAL [at] aol  DOT com 
to:  fwaranch, doc Rio , bristow123, jerry, maynardweyers, nickclass28, alanrouth, annsword, acharette, galmesa, rdruss, hooyah29, buddyseal, BullDevine, foxbury007, David.Janke, DocDennis, nortonricharde, douglasanderso., elainehjohnson, ellen.roberts.., frogdoc58, shotin68, makensjc, jdefloria 


Franklin, 
I remember Joe Churchill only so well. While I was playing football on the Amphib Base, my youngest daughter went around collecting gum from under the bleacher seats, and in mid-game my wife started screaming and ran out on the field and handed Karen to me who was not breathing.

 Joe ran over, took Karen from me, and turned her on her stomach and hit her between the shoulder blades so hard I thought she would break. Out came the biggest wad of bubble gum I had ever seen, and Karen started breathing normally.

 HOOYAH to Joe and all hospital corpsmen, past, present, and in the future. 
Dennis 


dated 9/12/2013fwaranch@wildblue.net writes: 

This e-mail is from Jim Dickson who was on the Mighty Moe (SEAL LCM) When it was ambushed ---All hands were wounded and 2 critical-who had to be discharged due their extensive wounds. Many HEROIC Actions that night. I had a HMC CHURCHILL who had 7 purple hearts.

 Franklin 

 

 

 

        
Bo Reichenbach

http://sofrep.com/26572/navy-seal-bo-reichenbach/

 

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            William Geerds BeeBe, R.I.P.

Sep 22, 1946  -  Sep 5, 2013

In 1967 Bill joined the Navy and served aboard the USS Saratoga (DV-60). He graduated from UDT

and was assigned to SEAL Team TWO and was deployed to Vietnam in trhe fall of 1969.  He was

awarded the Bronze Star with Combat "V" for heroic achievement on APril 2, 1970 for rescuing two

Vietnamese women and children from drowning during a Vietn Cong ambush. He received the Purple

Heart for wounds received in combat. After the Vietnam war he was stationed at USNav Amphibious Base

Little Creek, VA where he was an instructor in BUD/S



From:BOBURWELL[at]  aol  DOT  com 
to :    Rick Woolard

It is a bitter pill to swallow hearing news of a teammate passing. Just a few days ago Capt Woolard and I spoke of Bill, we had all better get our house in order. Best regards to all, Bo Burwell 



From: rtpw@cox.net To: BOBURWELL@aol.com, udtseal3@cox.net CC: oceancall@webtv.net, seal@panama.gulf.net, finleyj@centurylink.net, johnsondh@peoplepc.com, lerflorida@gmail.com Sent: 9/9/2013  Subj: Bill Beebe 

Third Platoon SEAL Team TWO : He was 65. Will send more info as I get it. Too late to get a Trident for the casket but I will send one to each of his kids with a note. If anyone has email addresses for Bill Garnett, Bruce Gammell, Fred Keener and Mike Kelly, please send them to the rest of us. 

Rick Woolard




From: Larry Rich <lerflorida@gmail.com> Date: September 9, 2013 3:52:36 PM EDT To: Rick Woolard <rtpw@cox.net> Subject: Bill Beebe 

Hi Rick, Sad news. Bill Beebe passed away last Thursday. He died at home. Apparently he had a heart attack. Deb and I got the news this morning. Bill's former wife , Sheri, left a message for me at Spencer. We were on a way back from SFO having spent the last couple of weeks visiting with the kids and attending my sister, Karen's 70th birthday party. We re- routed our flights and are scheduled to arrive Grand Rapids, Mich around midnight tonight. There will be a private ceremony for close friends and family tomorrow at 11:00 in Holland Mich. Is there a way to get a trident sent so that I can decorate his casket and give him a Seal send off? If so, maybe you could send it to the funeral home address in the obituary that you can get online. Very short notice. I understand if it is not possible. 

Hope you are well. Best to all, L and D 


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BOBURWELL@aol.com 

It is a bitter pill to swallow hearing news of a teammate passing. Just a few days ago Capt Woolard and I spoke of Bill, we had all better get our house in order. Best regards to all, Bo Burwell 

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From: rtpw@cox.net To: BOBURWELL@aol.com, udtseal3@cox.net CC: oceancall@webtv.net, seal@panama.gulf.net, finleyj@centurylink.net, johnsondh@peoplepc.com, lerflorida@gmail.com Sent: 9/9/2013 9:09:44 P.M. Central Daylight Time Subj: Fwd: Bill Beebe 



Third Platoon: He was 65. Will send more info as I get it. Too late to get a Trident for the casket but I will send one to each of his kids with a note. If anyone has email addresses for Bill Garnett, Bruce Gammell, Fred Keener and Mike Kelly, please send them to the rest of us. Rick 
757 395 9942 




From: Larry Rich <lerflorida@gmail.com> Date: September 9, 2013 3:52:36 PM EDT To: Rick Woolard <rtpw@cox.net> Subject: Bill Beebe 

Hi Rick, Sad news. Bill Beebe passed away last Thursday. He died at home. Apparently he had a heart attack. Deb and I got the news this morning. Bill's former wife , Sheri, left a message for me at Spencer. We were on a way back from SFO having spent the last couple of weeks visiting with the kids and attending my sister, Karen's 70th birthday party. We re- routed our flights and are scheduled to arrive Grand Rapids, Mich around midnight tonight. There will be a private ceremony for close friends and family tomorrow at 11:00 in Holland Mich. Is there a way to get a trident sent so that I can decorate his casket and give him a Seal send off? If so, maybe you could send it to the funeral home address in the obituary that you can get online. Very short notice. I understand if it is not possible. 

Hope you are well. 

Best to all, L and D 


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   William Geerds BeeBe, R.I.P.

 

 

  
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Can Tho PRU, Harry Humphries  SEAL 2

From: DarrenAGreenwell [at] aol  DOT  com
to:  hhgsgi, Doc Rio
Subj:  Can Tho PRU


Harry, 

How are you? I hope you and yours are well and that you are pleased with the end results of your work on Lone Survivor... I look forward to seeing it when it hits the screens in the UK. 

Can you help me with a couple of Vietnam questions? I found this great picture on the internet of you with Drew... who is the shooter on the left? 

I also came across this patch (I believe it is a replica) Phong Dinh Can ThoPRU... Can you shed any information on whether the patch is a complete fake, if you and your PRU wore them in country and if the description below is accurate? Thanks Harry... best, Darren. 



                                                         Rex Johnson SEAL Team TWO

 


 



The Phong Dinh Province, Provincial Reconnaissance Unit were located / headquartered at Can Tho in Phong Dinh Province on the Mekong Delta. 

Set up at the end of the 1950's by the CIA the Phong Dinh Province Provincial Recon Unit was manned by members of the Cao Dai Religious Group. Displaced from North Vietnam the Tribal Group was one of the largest in the Mekong delta and numbered some 2,000,000 people in total. 

By 1962 the Phong Dinh Province PRU was effectively a Private Army and through contributions and training became loyal to the CIA and US Special Forces by 1964 although remained disenchanted with the government of South Vietnam. 

Considered 'Effective' in their fighting capabilities the growth of the Mike Force Unit from the Cao Dai remained restricted due to their distrust of the government and their stated requirement that their main combatants remain close to their families. By early 1967 the sect was largley spread and displaced throughout the Mekong delta and as many were fighting with the Viet cong, in this largely VC controlled area as were fighting with the Allies. 

By the end of 1967 and before the Pre Tet Offensive attacks the Cao Dai had spread and separated with many now located in Cambodia (loyal to the Viet Cong), in Tay Ninh Province north of Saigon (fighting with both the Allies and the Viet Cong) with less than a third of the group now located in the Mekong Delta. With the wind down of US Involvement in the Vietnam War and the passing of the command from the US Special Forces to the Tiger Force Rangers, the Phong Dinh PRU, without payment from the South Vietnam Government ceased operatiosn against the Viet cong throughout the Mekong Delta and in Tay Ninh Province. 

As an allied fighting force the Unit had ceased to exist by late 1969 and many of the Special Forces, Airborne, Recon, CIA and US Special Forces trained combatants were now fighting with the communists. The sects combatants were integrated into various VC Units. At the end of the war, members of the Cao Dai sect in Cambodia migrated to Thailand and back into Vietnam. 

The Cao Dai sect, as it was, with some 2,000,000 members, ceased to offically exist in post war communist Vietnam. 



From: Harry Humphries <hhgsgi [at]  me DOT com> 
to: DarrenAGreenwell

The SEAL on the left is Rex Johnson, ST2. We were in Chau Duc with Drew Dix, the PRU Advisor in the province. This was a post Tet operation in 68 I believe we were sweeping a denied area and found a large weapons cache when the VC opened fire on us. I was calling in 105 fire when one of the platoon guys took this shot. We had a camera with us for intel and post op briefs. 

In Dec. 68, I went back after this tour to relieve the PRU Advisor of Phong Dinh in Can Tho, Dennis Drady, who was wounded by a grenade. The province was very hot then. I ran operations throughout the province nightly splitting the unit in small assault groups. I placed intel teams in each of the main villages which increased our intel net providing accurate actionable intel. 

With respect to the Patch, I believe it is accurate, perhaps replica as you say. The PRUs were proud of their unit and did ware the patch on tiger stripes, mixed combat uniforms, black pajamas, always with berets. I wore black Pajamas, no markings. 

Historically, I cannot deny or confirm, but they were a compilation of Cambodians, Vietnamese and some Chinese. Their leader was Mr Tom, an ARVN Die We SUPPOSEDLY. He was a hard ass combat leader, well respected, walked with great difficulty on a cane resulting from several combat wounds. I had worked with him prior to my assignment to the unit with Dick Marcinko in the 8th Platoon, we had a strong warrior relationship. My interpreter was a well spoken Vietnamese, Loong, a tough partner for sure. 

Hope this helps Darren. 
Harry

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                Robert D. Borgstedt, Class 001A , R.I.P.

                                             February 12, 1929  -  26 August 2013

                                                  


5 September 2013 
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Robert D. Borgstedt, 84, on 26 August 2013, in Pueblo, CO. 
Robert graduated with UDT Training Class 001A in Coronado on 29 August 1951 and served with UDT-1. 
Obituary: 
Robert D. Borgstedt, 84, born February 12, 1929 in Muscatine, Iowa to Anna and Delmar Borgstedt, passed away August 26, 2013.

Robert enlisted in the US Navy during World War II at age seventeen, completed two tours of active duty. He served on a destroyer which participated in the first post-war atomic test at Bikini Atoll. He re-enlisted in the Navy following the outbreak of the Korean Conflict and volunteered for duty with the first training class for the "Naval Frogmen Underwater Demolition Team", holding the title as 'the oldest surviving Naval Frogman in the state of Colorado" until his death. After the Navy, Robert joined the Chicago Police Department as a patrolman, followed by a move to Pueblo, where he also joined the Pueblo Police Department and worked for the Department of Corrections. Robert was an avid motorcyclist and enjoyed his rides across country.

 

 

 

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Harry Humphries                           Manny Perez                  Brett Lynch

 


BruceWMoore  61,  R.I.P.

OCTOBER 24, 1950 – JULY 19, 2012 Bruce died Thursday, July 19, 2012 Born in Santa Fe, NM. Mr. Moore was a veteran of the Vietnam war and was a Petty Officer 2nd Class, USNavy SEAL retired 



Bill Langley and Julie

 

 

                  Dave C. Baldwin R.I.P.

                                      

Dave C. Baldwin, 63, died Sunday AM; 08 September, 2013 in the Soldier's Home in Holyoke, Gardner, MA.
Dave graduated with UDT-R Class 50E in Little Creek on 18 December 1970 and served with UDT-21.


From: Diaczenko, Walter 
: Announcement of the Passing of Dave C. Baldwin 
I vaguely remember Dave. His Class was actually UDTB 7003 or in the new order BUDS 50E East Coast. He was 2-classes after ours.

 

 


Corny Leyden, Tom Hawins, King 1974 SDVs

 

 

                Remembering LCDR Rock E. Blais 

 

 

 

 

From: darren a greenwell
to: Doc Rioja

Subj: Remembering LCDR Rock E. Blais 

Rock Blais - June 17, 1961 - August 30 2001. Lieutenant Commander Rock Edward Blais, of Virginia Beach, a US Navy SEAL and member of the United States Special Operations Command Parachute Team died on Thursday, August 30th, 2001 from complications after being injured while parachuting into Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, where he was stationed. 

LCDR Blais was a Naval Officer and SEAL for over 13 years. A few highlights of his numerous military accomplishments include over 1000 parachute jumps, three Navy Commendation Medals, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, and a Navy Achievement Medal. 

Lieutenant Commander Blais’ passing was preceded by the death of his mother, Florence and the recent death of his infant daughter, Aubrey. Survivors include his wife, Hollie; his son and daughter, Scott and Kathryn of New York; his father, Master Chief Thomas Blais (US Navy Seal-Ret.) and sisters, Maria Goodman and Eva Anderson, all of Virginia.

Darren

 

     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Re: LCDR Rock E. Blais, may he Rest in Peace 

A266OL  [at]  aol   DOT  com 
Erasmo "Doc" Riojas   docrio45  [at] gmail  DOT  com  RE:  Hey!  Sorry i moved that those pictures  to page 18.



A266OL@aol.com 
to Doc Rio


RIO, You sent out a wonderful tribute to a great SEAL Warrior, LCDR Rock E. B... 

I met LCDR Rock E. Blais when he was all of 3 years old wearing boondocks (His dad would have it no other way) while Instructor Blais was kicking the asses of Bill Bishop, Bill White, and Frank Cleary during the summer of 1964 - Class 32. 

Please advance the frame to the spring of (I'm guessing 1996 give or take). I had just completed a triathlon in the area and came back to visit my old SEAL Team-2. 

Through his busy schedule, LT. Rock Blais was able to spend over an hour with me talking about modern SEAL capabilities, his career as being slated for the next XO of ST-2, and most of all, his dad - one of the MOST respected men I shall forever hold with the greatest of reverence in my life. 

Please now advance the frame in life to August 30, 2001. When I read the Executive Directors e-mail about Rock, I really lost it. About an hour later, Bill Bishop called. We decided to both share the cost of sending flowers from ALL of us in Class 32. 

It took me about six months to write a long letter to Tom about all of this (the flowers are our little secret). As you would expect, Tom's response was most eloquent and most sad. He talked about the whole SEAL community staying at his side through the time before, during, and after the funeral. 

The toughest man I had ever known in my life had taken a spear through the heart!! I cried - we all cried!

Frank

Remembering LCDR Rock E. Blais 

 

 

 

   
Roy Dean Matthews

 

 


Damien Rio "AKA: Lil Rio" Vazquez & Erasmo Elias Riojas

 

 

 

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John Boyd is a former international construction executive

Who ambushed LT CMDR Jose carmona's SEAL team in the mountains of Afghanistan? Why would the head of the CIA's Counter Terrorism Center want Jose dead? The President wants Guantanamo Bay closed. His Attorney General will conspire to kill even the most elite American fighters to prevent it. Chilling glimpses into the ugly hearts of some of the USA's most powerful officials. Highly recommended.

 

 

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The below photos were taken from the BLAST Apr 2013


Lt. Maynard Weyers and MCPO Harry Tindol

 


Bruce Schliemann, Jeff Gonzales, Duane Nolan, Scott Brauer, Chris Nicola, TX Gov. Rick Perry, Kirk Anthony, Tom McCutchan and Frank Radford

My Governer, Rick Perry, did not invite "Doc" Riojas to this party?   

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

           

 

 

 

 

 

           

 

 

 


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Rudy and Bill brumuller

 

 


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Jim Frazier

 


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Frogs in the Persian Gulf

 

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 Former Navy SEAL, Coleman Ruiz, takes part in a 1,700-mile relay walk, 
May 14, 2012, near Dandridge, Tenn. Ruiz is the executive director
of the Carry the Load program that benefits nonprofit organizations
that help veterans, active duty service members and military 
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Fifties Frogs

 

Juni Salvador here.Archivist of the Philippine Naval Special Special Warfare Group


From: jbadong2004  [at]  yahoo  DOT com      Date: Sep 6 
to" Doc Riojas    docrio45  [at]  gmail  DOT  com
subj:  UDT12 Subic photo info 


Greetings Doc, Juni Salvador here.Archivist of the Philippine Naval Special Special Warfare Group.I have been following your blog for years searching for SEALs deployed in the P.I. Anyway,I believe that the UDT 12 platoon in Subic in the photo on page 15 belonged to the late LCDR then LTJG Albert Schaufelberger.He is on the extreme left of the photo.I was also able to acquire in Olongapo a plaque of his Team .

Attached is the plaque besides the photo from page 15.

   

  Best, Juni Salvador

  


jbadong2004  àt+  yahoo   DOT   com 
11 Sep 2013
Thanks Doc Rio,

you really have a cool blog.Hope the old frogs and SEALs get to enjoy and relieve those photos.I have got more but fixing my files.It's always great to preserve these naval heritage so the young lions get to know how lucky and privileged they are now.More power and all the best señor! 

Thanks  Juni


From:  Erasmo "Doc" Riojas 
To:  Juni Badong
Thanks a lot. You live in Olongapo? how are the clubs doing? and the MAGANDAS... 


From:  jbadong2004  [at]  yahoo  DOT com 
to:  Doc Riojas  

No worries Doc.I'm from Manila but my wife's family originally are from Subic town.I did my research to show my kids what Olongapo used to be ...warts and all. 
It's a lot tamer now but the action like before is still in what the "kanos" used to call in Subic city.No more game of smiles??The dwindling old salts are still in Barrio Baretto. 

MAGANDAS are now called GRO's-Guest Relations Officers.     LOL 

Thanks,   Juni

 

 

 

    

 

 

The War Of the Oppressed People new with uncut footage

As Sahab Media "The War of the Oppressed People," continues depicting an ambush carried out on June,28, 2005 by Taliban fighters on a four man Navy seal reconnaissance team participating in the US military Operation, "Red Wing." The Video starts with the firefight between the Seals and Mujahideen. The Mujahideen then display the War booty taken from the seals in terms of equipment including a US military laptop. Then the video goes on to show an IED attack on the head of security for Kunar province and an American Humvee. Then finally an attack on a US Special Forces outpost which is followed by an interview with a Mujahid named Noman.

Taliban commander "Ismail" and his men planned and executed the attack which killed 3 navy seals in an ambush and downed a MH-47 Chinook killing all 16 members on board including 8 navy seals and 8 members of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment. The Taliban engaged the seals in a 2 hour running firefight in which 3 Seals were killed and one managed to escape with help from a villager. The MH-47 was responding to a call for assistance and was struck with a RPG round. In all 19 Navy Seals and Special forces were killed in this attack the greatest loss for the US in the entire war. Also the single greatest loss in the 42 year history of the Navy Seals.


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