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Steve Symonds ST-2 memory of Doc Rio
Ltjg Bill Bishop is missing ; so he must have taken this
picture. 'nam era ST-2 Platoon: Lt-Rt: Sam Fournier,
Bill McCarthy, Bill Langley, Scotty Lyons, Don Tocci, A.D.Clark, John Jaunzems,
BACK ROW: Lt - Rt: LT. Rick trani, Shorty "Doc" Long,
Dennis turner, Durwood White, Herb Clemons, Steve Dunthorn
AD Clark ST-2
Dante Stephensen, Katie Northrup, and Bob Hightower
Bruce Ian Cunningham R.I.P.
1958 - 2016
Served with SEAL Team TWO, NSWC, SEAL Team
and as an instructor for SEAL Qualification Training, (SQT).
William Reed Frederick H Platt Lance Detterman JR
Bob Holmes at VA Hosp Houston TX
Hidden Heroes book
Bill Dawson: Before they were SEALs they were Frogs
Willima "Bill" Dawson
Bill Dawson and Norm Olson and Tom Hawkins
Dave Kappus and Miss Harris County
Mary Ann Koenig
Chris Kyle Memorial
Chuck Lemoyne , me in front and Dave Janke and Gary Gleason in background
Claude Willits, Frank Bomar and CDR Glen Ford (the actor)
Willie Robertson , ????, Marcus Luttrell
Jon Burrow, Elliot Miller and Eric Burris
Eric Burris and Jason Redman at NRA convention
Chuck Newell and wife Dorothy
Clifton on Deck
Richard Marcinko and Erasmo Riojas
Corpsman in Houston, forgot his name and his wife
Bob "Eagle" Gallagher and Joseph "Red" Coyle
Gov. Rick Perry Texas
Vietnam Memorial Austin TX
Chris Kyle RIP
Did an Islamist Convert Murder Chris Kyle?
Former Marine Eddie Routh will stand trial for the 2013 murder of Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle and Kyle's colleague, Chad Littlefield. The assumption has been that Routh suffered from PTSD, and his attorney says he'll plead not guilty by reason of insanity. Kyle, who worked with PTSD vets, was working with Routh.
But the Warfighter Foundation obtained Routh's wartime record though a Freedom of Information Act request and found something astonishing: "Eddie Routh served one tour in Iraq in 2007, at Balad Air Base (the 2nd largest U.S. installation in Iraq), with no significant events. No combat experience. Let [us] say that again, he NEVER SAW COMBAT or any aspect of traumatic events associated with a combat deployment (i.e. incoming mortar or rocket fire). He never left the base, EVER." What Routh did do, however, was guard captured Muslim terrorists at the Bilad Airbase prison.
And some are speculating Routh had either converted to Islam or was in the process of doing so. There are no known ties between Routh and Islamist radicals, but, as Mark Alexander noted in Jihad -- Target USA, "Describing Islamists as 'lone wolf' actors or 'radicalized' constitutes a lethal misunderstanding of the Jihadi threat. [They are] tied to worldwide Jihad by way of the Qur'an, the foundational fabric linking all Islamist violence."
If the speculation about Routh is correct, it puts Kyle's death in a completely different light. More...
Chris Kyle Day Feb 2, 2015 TEXAS; American Spniper
Jones and Johnny Rabbitt
Captain Mc Combie ST-2 CO
Pat Hudnall and Riojas
"UDT Training class in Puerto Rico"
Randy's museum in Leesburg FL
Randy's Museum in Leesburg FL
Doc Rio and Bob Holmes
Doc Riojas, Bill Langley and Danny McEvoy
Roy Dean i think bunked at "Patch's" house
What is his name?
Steve Elson 'nam SEAL Corpsman then LCDR SEAL
"Swede" Per Eric Tornblom
Tom Hawkins and Liza Web Site
Tom Mc Cutchan in 'nam
Francis D. Fane
George L. Gouinlock
Gordon C. Brown
John D. Williamson
John E. Bussell
Lawrence C. Williams Jr.
PhojoFrog, Mike West
Steve Elson and Lourdes Tolentino
WalterWYGouveia R.I.P. Mike Carroll
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of the 2014 Ft. Pierce FL Muster !
Ft. Pierce 2014 Muster: Erasmo Riojas, Lourdes Tolentino and Robert Gallagher
Nathanael Roberti with Cap
David Neal Bear R.I.P.
14 Navy SEAL videos on line: HERE !
"Around the World Twice" the origional poem by unknown frogmen
Joseph Michael Silva R.I.P.
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of
Joseph Michael Silva, 67, on 02 December 2014.
Joe was a graduate of UDTR Class 33 on 08 June 1965 in Little Creek and served with SEAL Team TWO and was a Plank Owner with SEAL Team SIX.
Joe's daughter, Brooke Silva Dickhart sent the following obituary information:
Joseph Michael Silva, Age 67, of Deerfield Beach, Florida, passed away on December 2nd. Survivors include his daughter Brooke Silva Dickhart and his brothers Charles and Robert Silva. Joe grew up in Holyoke , MA . He joined the in Navy in 1964 and retired in 1984. Joe's life will be celebrated at the Navy SEAL Museum muster in November 2015. For those of you who had served with Joe, please send any condolences and remembrances via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Charlie Mike SPace Program Capsule Recovery
Chris Cassidy, Astronaut
Tom Rancich at Left of photo
History of UDT Team 18 Association
Bob was a graduate of UDT Training Class 6 on 21 November 1952 in Coronado and served with UDT-3/5/13/11 and UDU-1.Commander Robert M. Terry, US Navy (Retired), age 85, of Caswell Beach passed away Monday, November 17, 2014 . He was born in Santa Ana, California on June 26, 1929, Mr. Terry was a graduate of University of Colorado and was in the first Navy SEAL/UDT Team and remained in that service until his retirement in 1972.Online condolences may be made at www.peacocknewnamwhite.
passing of William N. Barth, 66, on Christmas Morning, 2014.
Erasmo Riojas, Bill Barth, Harry Coleman, Rudy (SURVIVOR, CBS) Boesch
William N. Barth, 66, passed away peacefully on Christmas morning 2014 at his home. Born in Portsmouth, VA, .
He was a U.S. Navy SEAL, Vietnam Veteran and retired civil servant. He was an active member of the Naval Special Warfare community and dedicated to promoting the mission of the UDT SEAL Association.
Billy was a graduate of UDTR Class 40 on 29 August 1967 in Little Creek and served with UDT-21 and SEAL Team TWO. Billy also served on the Board of Directors of the UDT-SEAL Association.
Bill Barth, Tom Keith, Doc Riojas
Billy Barth passed
From: "Frank Walters"
Date: December 25, 2014
Subject: Billy Barth R.I.P.
Billy Barth passed at 0300 this morning. Fran said he went and prayed with him last night and he was unconscious. More people die on Christmas than any other day.
Billy Barth was in SEAL Team 2 in Viet Nam. While waiting on an ambush sight the enemy walked behind them. They had to turn the ambush around and engage. He said he was ready and had his rounds laid out on a bandanna. It was a trick he had learned from Tom Kieth, he said. It keeps your rounds out of the mud and makes it easy to pick up and move if need be.
The fight was fierce and he was hit in both calves and then took a round in the teeth that lodged in the hinge of his jaw. He told me that his first thought was that his sister (a dentist) would be pissed. He was medically discharged from the Navy and I think that bothered him the most. All he ever wanted to be was a SEAL.
He was an active member of The Fraternal Order of UDT and SEAL's for the rest of his life.
RIP Billy Barth, I'll see ya on the other side,
Tom Keith wrote:
Hey Doc, I don't even remember that photo of us, where was it taken anyway? I've seen Billy at least the last 4 reunions and this last one he was looking really bad.
Ya know Doc. he never really recovered mentally from his wounds in Vietnam. Once he was out of the teams he just seemed to go down hill.
The Teams were his life. Happy New Year and have a great day Doc. Your forever friend.
Thank you Dennis. You got any pictures of Billy B. thanks May he Rest in Peace in Heaven. I saw him at Little creek this year. He looked good to me clinially speaking. I did not ask him about his health condition. I REMEMBER: In nam, when i visited at the hospital he kept asking me to tell the Doctors not to cut his foot. THEY DID NOT. but not because i asked. back at the Creek, he is thanking me for saving his foot. Oh! billy ! as i remember your incident in the 'nam.
Fredrick H. Becker
Daniel B. Hendrickson
Jack Rowell's horseshoe tournament SINGLES: Jack Bellamy, Robert Clark DOUBLES: ALex Oliver & Kyle DeFloor; Drew Bollman & Steve Bollman
Fred R. Miller, Johnny Miller, Johnny James A. Miller, Asa Miller, Arthur O. Miller
Dave C. Baldwin
Dick COuch Doc Elson
UDT/Frogs Ville sign that hung
in Da Nang
To: Doc Riojas
From: Mike Rush UDT/SEAL historian
Subj: Thought you might like to see this bit of UDT Vietnam history.....
Within the last 3 or so months I have managed to acquire both of these signs that hung UDT compound known as Frogs Ville, home of UDT Det Hotel that was manned by various members of UDT 11, 12 and 13 from Sept 66 to Feb 71. UDT 13 was that LAST Det Hotel and returned home Feb 1971
Gary Smith, ST-1 with UDT 12 around 1967
Frogs Ville Da Nang Sept 1966 to Feb 1971
UDT 13 Det Hotel, 1971. Mike Slattery holding the sign on right.
Please put this on your SEAL photo website. Would like to find out who painted either or both signs. Thanks.
Mike Rush UDT/SEAL Historian/researcher
Al Moreno WIA Panama ST-4
Rick Kaiser Muster 2014
Bill Dawson submitted picture Darryl Young and ???
Chris Kyle The SEAL who killed Osama Bin Laden DEVGRU
Moscone Don Shipley
The Wagner Family Mark Wagner RIP 14Jan1976
Chuck Conklin Gene Pool class 20 and Dreed
Donald E. Tilton, 86, R.I.P.
DONALD E> TILTON R.I.P.
The passing of , on 14 November 2014.
Don was a graduate of UDTR Class 11 on 01 October 1953 in Little Creek and served with UDT-2 and UDT-21. Little Creek,Virginia
Donald E. Tilton, 86, passed away on November 13, 2014. He was born on June 18, 1928 to the late Earl F. and Gwendolyn Tilton in Omaha, Nebraska. Mr. Tilton served his country and retired from the US Navy as Chief Warrant Officer after 21 years of service. During his term he was on UDT SEAL Team 21. After retirement from the Navy, he worked Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York in their hyperbaric chamber, and then the Norfolk International Terminals. He was also an active member of Masonic Lodge #25 and #39, and the Shriners with the Khedive Temple of Chesapeake.
Rose Ann and Diana and Steve Elson
Somebody, help me with this SEAL's name. Thank, Rio, email me please
UDT 11 Early 1960's
William Francis "OB" O'Brien Obituary
William Francis "OB"
Bill enlisted in the Navy in 1944 and served aboard destroyers for the first nine years of his service. In 1954, he entered into Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL Training and graduated with CLASS 13. Bill served with UDT in many aspects of service such as command Master Chief, BUD/S training command Chief, and other duties which were imperative to the successful disposition of UDT Team 11. After 33 years of faithful service to the Military, Bill retired in 1976.
Bill married Rose Mary Cebrat on May 16, 1951. Together, they had four children, Patricia A. (Pete) Bilicki, William F. O'Brien III, Michael S. (Kathy) O'Brien and Helen M. (Bob) Seagle. Bill is survived by two of his four children, Patricia A. O'Brien-Bilicki and Michael S. O'Brien, his six grandchildren and fourteen great grandchildren.
Words cannot express how much Bill is loved and
will be truly missed by his family and friends. May all your days be
like yesterday, only easier. HOO-YAH Bill! Memories and condolences may
be shared with the family on Bill's memorial webpage at
www.summersfuneral.com. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/idahostatesman/obituary.aspx?pid=167908180#sthash.rstGcL9g.dpuf
William Francis O'Brien
Don't Give up the Bones ! DEVGRU: SEAL photos
Jason R. Freiwald R.I.P.
10-01-2008, 09:18 PM Source: BILL MCGRAW • FREE PRESS
First, Jason Freiwald became a member of the U.S. Navy SEALs, one of the world's elite military units. Then, a brother became a SEAL.
Now, remarkably, yet another brother is training to be SEAL. The Freiwalds of Armada have long been known as an uncommon clan, and friends and neighbors are especially thinking of them today, because family members are burying Chief Special Warfare Operator Jason Freiwald in Arlington National Cemetery. Freiwald died Sept. 11 in Afghanistan. He was 30.
Another Michigan SEAL, Senior Chief Warfare Operator John Marcum of Flushing Township, died in the same incident. He was buried Sept. 19. Freiwald and Marcum "willingly placed themselves in harm's way to prosecute our enemies to the farthest corners of the Earth," Rear Admiral Ed Winters, commander of the Naval Special Warfare Command, said in a statement. "We owe them and their families an eternal debt of gratitude."
SEALs are the Navy's special operations force whose famously rigorous training weeds out up to 80% of applicants. As with other elite military units, SEALs have a vibrant esprit de corps, and Freiwald's death was mourned by a large extended family of commandos on the front lines of the war on terror and by people in Macomb County. Ken Keding is among Armada residents who have admired the Freiwalds and the way their sons are serving their country. "That's amazing," Keding said.
"People don't realize how tough it is to be a SEAL. That family is dedicated and patriotic." Craig Smith, the athletic director at Armada High School, said: "Hard work was a family characteristic." The Navy does not release much information about the SEALs' activities, and a spokeswoman said she could not provide any details of Freiwald's death other than he was "fatally shot" during "a battle with heavily armed militants."
Since becoming a SEAL, Freiwald had undergone instruction in sniper training, Arabic and tactical rock climbing, among other specialties. He was highly decorated; his official obituary said he had deployed five times for combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2005. Among his many medals are Bronze Stars for valor in combat and a Purple Heart for having been wounded in battle.
Freiwald graduated from Armada High in 1996. He was widely remembered as skinny and small but tough, and filled with self-confidence. "A pretty strong little kid," said Grant Keding, a fellow student and the son of Ken Keding. Freiwald excelled as a wrestler, and played second base on the baseball team. "When he came out, I didn't think he was going to be a starter," said Mike Thorman, the retired Armada High baseball coach. "He forced me to change my mind. He was a Pete Rose-type player.
" Freiwald's funeral was Saturday in Virginia Beach, Va., where he lived with his wife, Stacey, and daughter, Jasmine. During the graveside service at Arlington today, seven riflemen will fire three volleys each. "Taps" will be played and pallbearers will crisply fold the American flag into a triangle to present to his family.
Robert Andrew "Andy" Willingham Jr. R.I.P.
Ron Rhodes R.I.P.
23 Dec 2013
From: Christopher Bent
To: Doc Riojas
Subj: Tom Blais
Tom Blais spoke to me On phone. I spoke to him this morning. He graduated from both classes 4 & 16 BUD/s E.C. We prayed together. He was a great instructor. I was 31E. We are friends now. He is weak but spiritually strong. Cool. Who is Doc Riojas? Dios te bendiga.
Tom Blais and I go way back in the 1960's at ST-2. Indeed, he is a great Frogman. I fell off a barstool at the CPO club in NhaBe, Vietnam and he sewed my noggin up with plain ole needle and thread. All the East Coast Navy SEALs had to go to one week of Field Medical Service at Camp Lejune , N.C.
Tom is an Icon in the teams and loved by all the men that i know from the east coast, Little Creek.
thank You very much
From: Peter Slempa [mailto:sonny37@]
Sent: Thursday, December 19, 2013
To: Anderson Franklin
Subject: Pland crash into Monkey Mountain Med to Late sixties?
Requesting info concerning a RVN crew manned C-47 that crashed into Monkey Mountain with a SEAL jumpmaster and a
load of RVN PRU's. All on board were killed. That was the same period that SM1 Dave Wilson was KIA and I ewscorted his
remains back to the states. I returned to Da Nang three weeks later for an additional 6 months. I need to know the name of that
Jumpmaster. Had I been in Country during that time I would have been the jumpmaster.
The Vindication of Erik Prince
Erik Dean Prince, BUD/S 188 and ST-8.
NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE
December 5, 2013
The former Blackwater CEO releases a new book, Civilian Warriors, to set the record straight.
By Alec Torres
Erik Prince now lives in Abu Dhabi. The former Navy SEAL and creator of the military-contracting company Blackwater isn’t even sure he wants to remain an American citizen.
“Uh . . . for the record, for now I plan on retaining my U.S. citizenship, but I am very, very worried about the direction of America right now,” he told me on November 18, the day before Civilian Warriors, his book about his time at the helm of Blackwater, was released.
Blackwater was an amazing success story. A company born out of a desire to help America in any way possible, it provided security for diplomats, resupply aid to soldiers, relief to disaster-struck populations, and more. Yet it was ruined by the politics and policies of the government it served. Looking back on the story of Blackwater, Prince worries about the future of the country he had risked his life for and built his company to aid and protect.
His worry is understandable. Not only were he and his company hounded by the press, sued, badgered by Congress, reviled, and subjected to IRS scrutiny, but his time first in the military and then as a private contractor provided a first-person view of the decline of American influence and prestige abroad as well as the depths of government waste and inefficiency.
“You can’t spend yourself off a cliff. You can’t make decisions leading almost to self-immolation and expect the country is going to go on the way it always has,” he said. “America is held in lower regard today wherever I go in the world. It’s not respected. It’s not trusted as a partner. The repeated blunderings of the U.S. ever since the Arab Spring have lowered America’s stock.”
Far more worrisome than America’s standing abroad, says Prince, is the growth of the U.S. government. “I believe unfortunately that the greatest threat to American liberty is becoming the U.S. government,” he told me. “It’s not a foreign enemy any more. It’s the growth and bloat of the U.S. government itself.”
Having spent years as the object of anti-war anger, forced to keep silent by an agreement with the State Department he was hired to protect, Prince has come out in the open to give his side of the story, telling a tale of bureaucratic waste, government malice, and media deceit.
But for Prince, it wasn’t always that way.
He started out with a simple idea: build a world-class one-stop training facility for special-operations personnel, who, at that time, were being shipped to different facilities around the country at the taxpayers’ expense. Financed by the fortune left to him by his late father and informed by his own experiences as a former Navy SEAL, Prince set up shop in 1998 in North Carolina’s Great Dismal Swamp, whose charcoal-colored waters provided the company’s name.
The years from 1999 to 2006 saw the rapid rise of Prince’s company from a struggling training facility and shooting range to a worldwide, billion-dollar corporation. At each crisis, from the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole to September 11 to America’s response in the form of the War on Terror, Blackwater stepped up to the plate, purchasing new equipment, expanding capabilities, and providing personnel where the government was lacking. Eventually Blackwater had contracts flying supplies into the mountainous regions of Afghanistan, guarding American diplomats in Baghdad, and protecting CIA bases in Kabul and Taliban-held eastern Afghanistan. And while Blackwater earned a profit, it offered its services at a fraction of the cost the government would have incurred performing these functions itself.
Then came Nisour Square. On Sunday, September 16, 2007, in western Baghdad, Blackwater troops were clearing the road for a diplomatic convoy. A car approaching from the other direction ignored repeated warnings to stop. Fearing another car-bomb attack, Blackwater’s Paul Slough opened fire on the car, occupied, it was later determined, by an innocent man and his mother. What ensued was a pitched battle, the details of which are still disputed. As Iraqi militants fired on the Blackwater men and they returned fire, more than three dozen Iraqi civilians were shot, and eleven of them died.
The result was an international outcry. The Iraqi government demanded Blackwater’s removal from the country. American media outlets blared stories of the “Blackwater Massacre” and “Mass Murder in Nisour Square.” The U.S. Justice Department charged five Blackwater agents with a total of 14 counts of voluntary manslaughter, 20 counts of attempted manslaughter, and the use and discharge of a firearm during a violent crime. While individual agents were indicted, Blackwater itself faced no charges. Democrats in Congress became furious that the company remained legally unscathed, and in the 2008 elections, the role of military contractors, with Blackwater as their face, became a campaign issue.
When I spoke with Prince, I asked him about the aftermath of Nisour Square. He told me it was the first step in the unraveling of his company. “It was the perfect time for the anti-war Left that during the Vietnam War went after the troops. This time, they went after contractors,” Prince said. “Look, I came from a conservative family, I supported conservative causes in the past, I was the sole owner. We were the perfect target for all those folks to say, ‘That’s it.’ It became a campaign talking point for the congressional elections.”
Prince also thinks the State Department threw Blackwater under the bus, depriving its agents of evidence by barring them from having dashboard cameras in their vehicles, which Prince believes would have exonerated them, and refusing to defend his men, who were acting in defense of American diplomats. “The sad thing is the State Department could have shut down a lot of nonsense with the media by saying, ‘We did an investigation, and this is what it is,’” Prince said.
Perhaps worse, Prince and his employees were unable to speak to the press and give their account of the events because of a gag rule in their contract with the State Department.
With the world seemingly against them and no means of defense, Blackwater personnel were targeted as “cowboys” and “war profiteers,” reckless men endangering the lives of innocent people. What followed was years of court proceedings, bad press, and attacks from Washington politicians. Blackwater changed its name to Xe Enterprises in 2009 and eventually Academi in 2010. Prince, for the good of the company, had stepped down in March 2009.
* * *
Though Erik Prince finished a draft of Civilian Warriors in 2011, he waited to publish until now, when the final prosecutions against five former executives of his company had finished, the men ultimately exonerated and the case dismissed. Now, with the past behind him, he can take the time to tell his story.
“I wrote this book just to set the record straight,” Prince told me. “The characterization of being these overly aggressive war profiteers who were running amok was just not the case. I think the book does a pretty good job of taking those arguments apart.”
To combat the notion that military contractors are a new evil in the modern era performing what ought to be strictly governmental functions, Prince traces the history of military contracting from Columbus — who “with the stroke of Isabella’s pen . . . effectively became a private military contractor,” Prince writes — to Iraq.
“Contractors are strewn all through American history, from the founding of the country and the original colonists, to the building of the Continental Army, to the privateers of the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812, to the Flying Tigers, you name it,” Prince told me. “Why say, ‘Oh there should never be any fighting contractors?’ because there certainly have been in the past.”
Throughout the book, Prince details the infuriating and counterproductive policies of central control in Washington, especially the State Department. “It’s the curse of dumb policies set back in Washington that say, ‘You will have a Suburban with running lights and sirens, washed and waxed, and you’re going to run the same route every day,’” Prince said, reflecting on those who claimed his company was dangerously belligerent. “It’s pretty easy for the enemy to play whack-a-mole. So, then, driving aggressively is about the only thing you can do to avoid losing people.”
In the light of this troubled past with the State Department, I asked him if there is any bad blood. “I try to forget about them as much as I can,” he said with a laugh. “The sad thing is I know that if we had been on the job in Benghazi, the U.S. ambassador would be alive. We had competent people and did something like 100,000 runs in Iraq and Afghanistan, and none of the diplomats we were guarding was ever killed or injured.”
Despite the way his company was treated by politicians and bureaucracies, Prince still sees an important future for private military contractors, who continue to constitute a large portion of America’s footprint abroad. “In the short term, the key thing is that if we have a competitive contractor system, at least we have a private-sector benchmark as to what things should cost,” Prince said. “The Pentagon budgets $2.1 million a year for every active-duty soldier. So a private contractor can say, ‘That’s bullshit. I can provide a guy with the same qualifications, a 35-year-old man with ten years’ experience, and I can put him in the field for $400,000 a year. That’s one-fifth of what the government spends.’”
Though the benefits of using private contractors are clear, he offered a warning for American companies in the contracting world. “To have my company wrecked by politics is a sad and hopefully a cautionary tale to the next guy who is dumb enough to run to the sound of an alarm bell,” he told me. His one bit of advice: “Don’t be an American company, because you are automatically subjecting yourself to every parasitic, ambulance-chasing lawyer in America.”
Today, from Abu Dhabi, Prince is working with a private-equity start-up on mining, agriculture, and energy exploration, development, and logistics in Sub-Saharan Africa. His next project is to build a petroleum refinery in South Sudan to bring affordable energy to a country otherwise dependent on Gulf fuel expensively transported over sea and land. “That’ll be a very satisfying project, I hope,” Prince told me, “and probably the single greatest act of economic development that country has ever seen. Obviously we’re doing it to make money, but bringing usable energy to the people of South Sudan is long overdue.”
Though he has lived in Abu Dhabi the past three years and is unsure of his future citizenship, his kids attend school in Virginia, and he remains a Virginia resident, taxpayer, and voter.
Reflecting on what in his view is the greatest threat to America — the size of the government — Prince offered one frank solution: “Cut the whole thing.” “There is a ton of room across the board,” he added. “I could cut 40 percent out of the Pentagon easy.”
He worries in particular that Republicans don’t understand the gravity of the situation and are letting their love of the military obscure reality. “For Republicans, you need to take away the notion that it’s unpatriotic to cut the defense budget. I love the military, but it needs to be cost-effective, not just effective,” he said. “We’re not endangering America by cutting the defense budget. We’re endangering it by not.”
Prince is doubtful, though, that politicians will be able to agree on a solution. Instead, he thinks that only crisis — in the form of hyperinflation and budgetary collapse or the next all-out war — will spark reform.
Regardless, Prince foresees a hard future for America, and he’s not sure he wants to be here when that future comes.
— Alec Torres is a William F. Buckley Fellow at the National Review Institute.
Eric Prince: Blackwater CEO
MUSTER, Ft. Pierce FL 2013
Tom Norris and Michael Thornton
Ross Perot, Mike Thornton, Tom Norris
Robert B. Guzzo
Mari and Danny Dietz
Maria Dietz Interview; seen dancing with her husband Danny Dietz, K.I.A.
Maria Dietz wife of Danny Dietz KIA
VADM Robert Hayward Parachutes into his own retirement
From: Jim Bracken
Donald L. Zyski
Donald L. Zyski, R.I.P.
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Donald L.
Zyski, 84, of Jenny Lind, CA on 06 November 2013.
webmaster note: PLease somebody send me pictures of our Frog Brother Donald. thank you, Doc Rio
Phudnall on Rt. and Charlie Moser
P. Hudnall talking to Charlie. Charlie Moser. I served with him at HCU-1 in the late 80s. He was a Senior Chief Hull Tech at the time. I think he was at HCU-1 before they moved it to Hawaii. He is retired, living in Hawaii.
An original Navy SEAL, Chuck Jesse, recounts experiences November 12, 2013
Lt. to Rt: Doc RIojas, Vanessa Theodine, Larry Theodine, and Fred Miller
Captain Bob Peterson
Asami, Doc Riojas, and Glen Grinnage getting married
Waldo "Wallyi" Scheid
SEALs from ST-1
Robert B. CLine
SEAL Mike Boat
SEAL Mike Boat in 'nam
Robert W. "BOB/Chris" Christensen
xRobert W. "Bob / Chris" Christensen
Bob p assed away quietly at home on 10/23/13.
He was born in Bakersfield in 1928 and moved to Santa Barbara as a teenager. He graduated from Santa Barbara High School and obtained a BS in Pharmacology from USC.
He enlisted in the Navy after graduation, attended Officer Candidate school and was assigned to Underwater Demolition Team Eleven as a n Ensign .
After discharge from active duty he briefly worked as a Pharmacist but quit in 196 to to pursue a commercial diving career. He was instrumental in the formation of Santa Barbara City College's Marine Diving Technician Program where he taught for 16 years.
He retired from teaching in 1985 and after several years of retirement joined Kirby Morgan Diving Systems where
he worked until this year. Bob was a pioneer in the diving industry as well as an avid fisherman, backpacker, gardener and cook.
William F. "O.B." O'Brien R.I.P
Steve Robinson on:William Francis "O.B." O'Brien, R.I.P.
I was very deeply saddened to learn that Chief William Francis "O.B." O'Brien has passed away 5 Nov 2013, due to complication from surgery. OB was the Senior Instructor at BUD/S while I was there Sep 1970-Feb 1971, and I spoke with him often in my efforts to learn how to be an effective Petty Officer.
I reconnected with OB a couple of years ago, enrolling him in a SEAL-eyes-only Online Discussion Forum which I hosted, and aiding him with computer problems from time to time. He confided in me that he was always concerned when people called him a "SEAL" because he had never actually served anywhere but with UDTs.
I assured him that with all his knowledge and abilities - skills which echoed through our rigorous training - that he was fully qualified for the title. He remained humble and self-deprecating through it all... insisting that he was first, last, and always "A FROGMAN"!
. You did your job exceptionally well. We will meet again on the far shore... at Fiddler's Green.
Until then I raise my hand in a sad and solemn salute of profound respect.
MasterCHief Bill O'Brien (OB) Passed Away Inbox x Roland Gerson
Pinche green go steel hour sign in Puerto Rico, AY que BANDIDO ! Don Shipley, but wee forgif heem !
James Watson R.I.P.
In Memorium to James "Jimbo & Patches" Watson
May he Rest in Eternal Peace
But how shall you find it unless you seek it in the heart of life?
The owl whose night-bound eyes are blind unto the day cannot unveil the mystery of light.
If you would indeed behold the spirit of death, open your heart wide unto the body of life.
For life and death are one, even as the river and the sea are one.
In the depth of your hopes and desires lies your silent knowledge of the beyond;
And like seeds dreaming beneath the snow your heart dreams of spring.
Trust the dreams, for in them is hidden the gate to eternity.
Your fear of death is but the trembling of the shepherd when he stands before the king whose hand is to be laid upon him in honour.
Is the shepherd not joyful beneath his trembling, that he shall wear the mark of the king?
Yet is he not more mindful of his trembling?
For what is it to die but to stand naked in the wind and to melt into the sun?
And what is it to cease breathing, but to free the breath from its restless tides, that it may rise and expand and seek God unencumbered?
Only when you drink from the river of silence shall you indeed sing.
And when you have reached the mountain top, then you shall begin to climb.
And when the earth shall claim your limbs, then shall you truly dance.
Rich Beauregard QM2/SS on the USS John Marshall SSN-611
Rich Beauregard QM2/SS on the USS John Marshall SSN-611
I will attach the photos and a letter sent to the Sub's Crew for our duties during that time frame. Note: The mention of "Contingency Operations in August", This was when we added a few more SEAL TEAM members to the SEALs that were already onboard.
I do remember in one photo, they said they were the SDV TEAM (Swimmer Delivery Vehicle). Again, I do not remember their names and I was only a member of the Ship's Crew. I believe these guys were Spec War Group Two, SEAL TEAM 2 from Little Creek, VA.
I really enjoyed these exciting times and hope these guys are still around.
Last photo was me on the scope. You can post these to your website if you like and I hope some of these guys get to look back at them.
Rich Beauregard of Johnstown, Pa.
A few of the guys using up some old ammo topside. Spec war Group Two SEAL TEAM 2 on the back of the USS John Marshall SSN-611 while surfaced in the Med. 1989.
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B.J.B. and LeMoyne
B.J.B. and LeMoyne4 Navy SEALs
I love looking at your photo collection. So random, yet so cool.
Here is a photo for your site ...
From: Brian Barbata
So we're having a briefing one afternoon for a night op and I draw two lines on the board, naming one country "Orange" and the other "Blue".
I get into the scenario a little and Shaul waves me off and says, "My guys won't get this. Let me do it." So he erases the board and starts over, drawing the same two lines. "OK, this is Saudi Arabia and this is the Red Sea and this is Egypt". Turns out these were the guys who had raided a jetty in the Red Sea and stolen top secret radar equipment the Russians had given the Egyptians.
The CIA had never seen it before and was able to analyze its capabilities. Shaul and his boys had many other missions that would make any SEAL drool. I heard he died a couple of years ago in his kibbutz.
From: Brian Barbata
Hard to be in college and be in the ST! Maybe you can fix?
I graduated college in 1968, went in to the Navy and graduated BUD/S Class 52 in August 1969.
Doc Riojas Response: I'll correct that today Friday 25Oct2013
That's LeMoyne with the socks! I guess that's how he made Admiral.
I was in a shop in London a few months ago and the guy offered me $24,000 for it.
Turns out antique Rolex's are a big deal today! Wouldn't sell it for any amount. Been all over the world with that watch. Hundreds of feet down and thousands of feet up.
Doc Riojas Response: thousands of feet up?
William McRaven, seen as a senior, attended Roosevelt High School in San Antonio
Commander in Bin Laden mission was schooled in S.A. Admiral RAVEN graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1973
Ed Chisasson, Gerry Woolf, Jim Jones
Ed Chiasson PS
don't you ever forget me again********
Tim, The person in the middle is Tom
Wolf. I think.
Exclusive: What it means to be a Warrior
Author: Mark D. Divine
Source: The Family Security Foundation, Inc.
Date: September 5, 2006
What it means to be a Warrior
Mark D. Divine
WARRIOR: These days we hear the term used frequently – all too often, loosely – to describe a broad range of people from members of the military to tribal warlords, corporate leaders, vocal peacemakers, and martial artists. But are all such men and women truly deserving of the title? Or is a warrior, in the purest sense of the word, something different? Is a true warrior a type of person we have forgotten about in our unintentional dilution of the word, and in our quest to ensure that all are equal?
Surely there is something beyond special, perhaps even transcendent, that makes someone what we in the 21st century have come to define as a warrior.
My dictionary defines a warrior as a: “a person engaged or experienced in warfare; soldier…” and “a person who shows or has shown great vigor, courage, or aggressiveness, as in politics or athletics.”
But based on those definitions, nearly all members of the armed forces might be warriors. Though the question that continues coming back to me is, do all military members exhibit “great vigor, courage and aggressiveness” in their duties and overall service? Of course, military service alone may qualify as the service of “warriors,” at least in some quarters (relative to other professionals). And all service to country is certainly noble.
But then there are those very few within the military who go above-and-beyond service to country. For them, service is far more than a commitment to duty and the fulfillment of a voluntary obligation.
Those few I speak of are the true warriors, the soldiers and sailors who – in my estimation – time-and-again perform decisively, courageously, selflessly: In short, in a manner that whether in peace or in war, they place the mission and lives of their teammates above their own. It is an almost spiritual approach to duty. This is where the line is drawn separating the true warriors from professional soldiers.
Fortunately for us all, America continues to produce such warriors: Good men who not only have demonstrated – what might seem to lesser men – an almost superhuman athleticism, a seemingly impossible courage, and whose legacies are far-too-often written in blood.
U.S. Navy SEAL Marc Lee was – and will forever be – one such warrior.
Marc was a member of the Navy’s elite SEAL commando force serving in Iraq. He and his SEAL teammates were supporting an Iraqi and U.S. Army unit during intense combat operations to remove insurgent elements from Ramadi, the provincial capital of the al Anbar province in western Iraq.
According to Marc’s Silver Star citation:
“During the operation, one element member was wounded by enemy fire. The element completed the casualty evacuation, regrouped and returned onto the battlefield to continue the fight. Petty Officer Lee and his SEAL element maneuvered to assault an unidentified enemy position. He, his teammates, Bradley Fighting Vehicles and Abrams tanks engaged enemy positions with suppressive fire from an adjacent building to the north. To protect the lives of his teammates, he fearlessly exposed himself to direct enemy fire by engaging the enemy with his machine gun and was mortally wounded in the engagement. His brave actions in the line of fire saved the lives of many of his teammates.”
In addition to his posthumous Silver Star, Marc was awarded a Bronze Star (with combat “V”) and the Purple Heart.
Marc put the lives of his teammates above his own, and he died the most honorable death a warrior might hope for.
I did not personally know Marc, but I have corresponded with several of his teammates. And I know beyond the shadow of a doubt that they loved and respected Marc as only warriors can love and respect one another. The intensity of the emotions caused by the loss of their teammate, and their understandable concern for his family are powerful testaments to Marc’s honor, his life, and what it means to be a SEAL.
These men are not alone: America has lost scores of such men in Iraq, Afghanistan, and throughout the world: fighting for their country and their teammates.
The love of one’s teammate is a bond that separates warriors from ordinary men and women. That love is what Marc Lee and his teammates in Ramadi demonstrated for each other.
Though I have never tasted the horror and incomprehensible sadness of sitting beside a dying teammate; I have experienced the bond formed by self-sacrificing teammates while an active duty SEAL in the 1990’s. It has not only defined me as a man. But it has given me a sincere appreciation for what it means to be a warrior: An understanding that not all men are warriors. And why America owes so much to its cardinal warriors like Marc Lee and the men who served – and continue to serve – on his left and his right.
— Mark D. Divine served for eight years on active duty with the U.S. Navy SEALs, and is a currently a Reserve Commander.
If you are a reporter or producer who is interested in receiving more information about this writer or this article, please email your request to Miramx1@aol.com.
Mark A. Divine
Edwin D. "Digger" O'Toole
Capt. Simmons, & Doc Riojas Louis Boisivert
David PaAaina and Damien Rio Vaquez
Bill Daugherty, his girlfriend, and Rudy Boesch
John T. Boyd
LDNNs at Camp CamRanBay 'nam
Mike Thornton MOH
"Pete" Peterson, Karen Peterson, Vicki and Jim McCutchan
Richard A. Pearson
ST-1 SEALs in Nam
Navy SEALs ?Alaska?
Sterling Baker and Doc RIojas
Coronado CA. SEAL reunion 2013
Petition to Oust Jesse Ventura from UDT SEAL Assn
This petition has my full support also. James Janos has been nothing
but an embarrassment to Naval Special Warfare. His lawsuit against Chris
Kyle shows his real character which is to dishonor the brotherhood we
share as Navy SEALs. To continue a lawsuit against Chris Kyle's family
when Chris can no longer protect and defend his family is something only
James Janos would do to a fellow brother Navy SEAL. Janos is a disgrace
to the UDT/SEAL Association! Remove him from our association!
Subject: Fwd: Petition
From: "Michael P. Macready" <cruiser_49> Date: July 29, 2013,
To: Jim LaVore <jmlavore>
This is something you may be interested in putting your name to. If you agree to it there is a link to a Brother who's heading it up and his name is "Drago". You can respond him with your approval to include your name.
Link to open petition: http:// maritimetacticalsecurity.com/ documents/petition_to_udt- seal_association.pdf
Chris Kyle R.I.P.
SEALs KIA in Bengazi Tyrone S. Woods, Glen Doherty,
SEALs KIA & Passings
Fall Winter 2012-13
Patrick D. Feeks, 28
David J. Warsen, 27
PO1 Sean P. Carson
Tyrone S Woods, 41
Doing what he enjoyed doing.
Glen A. Doherty, 42
Doing what he enjoyed doing.
Kevin C. Shanahan, 61
UDTR -51 EC-ST2
Andrew C. Hayden, 75
Ramon S. Vandawalker, 90s
Matthew G. Kantor, 22
Robert Bryan Guzzo, 33
Duncan Winkler, 66
Kevin R. Ebbert, 32
Nicolas D. Checque, 28
Job Price, 42
Matthew P. White, 31
C. Gardner Sullivan II, 82
Mark L. Shaw, 66
Ronald David Dean, 66
Chris Kyle, 38
“American Sniper” BUD/S 233-ST3
Robert Lewis Billinger, 65
SO1 Matthew J. Leathers, 33 HI-CONUS
K.I.A. SEALs in Afganistan
Brett D. Shadle
Chad M. Burkhart
John T. Qirk
Mario G. Maestas
Paul P. Kelly Sr.
Peter G. Oswald
Rock E. Blasis
Shapoor A. Ghane
Theodore M. Moreland
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One of our guys, although he had the
misfortune of going Army instead of Navy, has become a writer in
About the Author
Carl’s professional career began as an
Army and then FAA air traffic controller. He advanced from a small
radar van in the Central Highlands of Vietnam to the TRACON in one of
our nation’s busiest airports. He also became a commercial pilot and
flight instructor, retiring after thirty-nine years of flying. By 1986
he was experiencing severe burnout. He put himself through the police
academy, resigned from the FAA and became a deputy Sheriff in Reno,
Nevada. He retired after a distinguished career on the street. Not
only the cop on the beat, Carl became a renowned traffic accident
reconstructionist on his departments Major Accident Investigation
Team, as well as a highly acclaimed crime scene investigator.
Throughout his life Carl has been a student of the paranormal and
often experienced the effects of the supernatural in his personal
life. In 2012 he became involved in the saga of the haunted Allen
House in Monticello, Arkansas and its resident spirit, Ladell Allen
Bonner. The result of dozens upon dozens of paranormal interactions
with Ladell led Carl to write his first book about Ladell’s life and
death. Writing that first book sparked a latent avocation in his life:
writing. Carl has always been a connoisseur of military history, and
that interest began a new direction for his writing. This latest book
is the story of Wendell Fertig, and the beginning of a thrilling new
series, 'Behind The Lines.' While the stories are fictionalized, they
are all based upon factual military history. Join in with Carl and
enjoy his books as you gain an interesting new insight in what war is
THE INDOMITABLE PATRIOT Fertig, The Guerrilla General
Doc Riojas Comment: Once i started reading this book, i have find myself hard to putting it down! because of my very old age (84 yr old eyes and at the end of being able to correct my vision) I find that the way the paragraphs are other important text are spaced to be extremly easy to read.
Having retired from the Navy and traveled to that part of the orient reminds me of my days as a guerrilla combatant as part of the Navy SPecial Warfare serving as a Navy SEAL in the Jungles of Vietnam.
The author is equally as good a military writter as Tom Clancy. This story may possibly be material for a great movie similar to the the movie produced about the POW rescue in WWII by Filipino Guerilla fighters and the U.S. Army Rangers. "The Great Raid"
Do not wait to buy it tomorrow, order it today ! It was recommended to me by CDR R.D. Thomas (recommended for the Medal of Honor by the US Army, but our politically correct US Navy downgraded it to a Navy Cross. SHame on them !