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THE INDOMITABLE PATRIOT  Fertig, The Guerrilla General

One of our guys, although he had the misfortune of going Army instead of Navy, has become a writer in
his old age. His first few books were about the paranormal... he likes to chase ghosts in his spare time. But his latest
endeavor; Wow! He has started a new series of books he calls Behind the Lines. His first book, recently completed and
published is titled “THE INDOMITABLE PATRIOT: Fertig, the Guerrilla General.” It’s a historically correct novel about Wendell Fertig in the Philippines in World War II.  Here’s what the book looks like. 
Cover Final :
May, 1942. General Wainwright has just surrendered the Philippines. Wendell Fertig, a Corps of Engineers Lieutenant Colonel, refuses to comply and flees into the mountains of Mindanao. Fertig is soon
joined by dozens of former Philippino Army scouts who encourage him to form a guerrilla Army. Over the next few months Fertig is joined by several other displaced American soldiers, one of whom builds a small, makeshift transmitter and establishes contact with the Navy. 
General MacArthur denounces Fertig, going on record claiming it’s impossible for a guerrilla movement in the Philippines to succeed. The O.S.S. decide to take a chance and covertly supplies Fertig by submarine. Once he receives the tools to wage war, his achievements become legendary. By the time MacArthur returns to the Philippines in 1944 he is met on the beach at Leyte by a force of over twenty thousand of Fertig’s guerrilla Army. 

This fictional accounting is based upon the actual military records and reports of one man’s impossible achievements against overwhelming odds; against an enemy who outnumbered him a hundred to one. Wendell Fertig, a civil engineer and untrained amateur in the ways of war, defied the predictions of the experts and brought the Japanese Army to its knees. Enjoy this first installment in the new Behind The Lines series of combat thrillers based upon historical records.


The book is available from Amazon in either print or Kindle versions, or by special order from almost any book retailer.
(He’s not Tom Clancy yet. They don’t stock his books but they can order them). These links will take you to the Amazon listings. If you look at the Kindle listing there is a Look Inside feature that lets you read through the first chapter. 
Print: 
http://www.amazon.com/Indomitable-Patriot-Fertig-Guerrilla-General/dp/
1512025623/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1431972445&sr=8-1&keywords=the+indomitable+patriot 


Kindle: 
http://www.amazon.com/Indomitable-
Patriot-Fertig-Guerrilla-General-ebook/dp/B00XUSX4RU/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1432050603&sr=
1-1&keywords=the+indomitable+patriot
 

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 all about.

The following is typical of the reviews I’m receiving on the book: 


Just finished your book and you get 4.0 marks from this old Navy Seal. Really enjoyed and it adds to my hobby of WWII.
Spent 22 years of my 34 in and out of the PI. Have traveled every island and was trained a marksman by RJ when we were
stationed at Team 2 during Vietnam. Still a very good friend I keep in contact with. Going to recommend it to my friends,
at least the ones that can read.

 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 !

Vietnam: UDT-12

Call it Kinh Gay, Tuyen Nhon, The BLow Job, 

or its code name:   Deep Channel

 

  
'nam: UDT-12 "The Big Blow Job"  on rt:
Jan Janos sitting in the water.  This OP is one of my most memorable events on my final tour of duty to Vietnam.

 

----- Original Message -----
From: "jan janos" <janosRunner [at] AOL.com>
To: "Doc Rio" <docrio45 [at] gmail.com>
Sent: Sunday, January 10, 2010 8:24 PM
Subject: blow job Udt -12 

Doc Riojas,
Page Four -Scroll down about half way UDT-12 The Big BlowJob. the guy setting in the water is me.

 there two small pictures there. 

Jan Janos                                            

                        


Pictures were sent to me by LCDR (SEAL) Jake Rhinebolt
       

 

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Click on small pictures to ENLARGE them!                  

Call it Kinh Gay, Tuyen Nhon, The BLow Job, or its code name: Deep Channel

 

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From: Erasmo "Doc" Riojas
To:Mi Capitan Harvey; 

WOW! Firstly, Congratulations on retiring as a Captain. I am very glad you made the USNavy a career. Oh also congratulations on your PhD, Doctor. I plan on making one of the North Texas SEAL get togethers. I will call you and see if you are free to receive my company. Are you a member of N.TX SEALs? are you on the VTC? go here: www.sealtwo.org/vtc.htm  for information on joining. 

A few years ago we visited Jake and Jean Rhinebolt, one of my Old XOs from ST-2, in Phippsburg ME. Jake did a tour with youe UDT Team in Coronado. He was showing us his picture collection and that is when I saw the UDT cruise book. I wrote Jake the same day I wrote you for copies of the "blow job" from his UDT cruise book. He sent me all the pages of that job. I am sure you have that cruise book, no? 

LCDR Jake Rhinebolt sent me all the pages of the "B.J." from his UDT year book. <deepchannel01_small.jpg><deepchannel_small.jpg>

I mentioned to Don Marler you and the job you guys did in Vietnam. I told Don Marler that I thought that as far as the size of explosives, the Korean job was smaller than the 'nam blow job. He asked me if I would write an article for the 50's Frogs Journal.

I hope that you will think about doing a story for the 50's Frogs and let them decide if their "B.J." was larger than the 1970's Frogs "B.J." in Korea.  Their job was much dangerous since the Chinese had reached Hungnam and were shooting at the frogmen. You made some deals with "Charlie" and had USArmy security, so the only hazards that you encountered was probably snakes and mosquitoes? Those are the one's I remember. 

please read the below emails from Frogman Rudy Davis. Tell me if you know that there was another B.J. up there near the Parrot's Beak Cambodia? 

Thank you very much Mr. Harvey, 
Your warrior brother,       Erasmo "Doc" Riojas   HMC USN Retired SEAL 


----- Original Message -----
From: "W R Harvey PhD" frogmanseal  [at]  usa. net
To: "Erasmo Riojas" docrio45 [at] gmail.com; 


Sent: Friday, June 18, 2010 5:25 PM Subject: Deep Channel II 

Doc, 
Your letter arrived in yesterday's mail. We have been out-of-pocket and just heard your messages left on my digital system; I placed a call but the operator said the number was "out of service". 

I do remember you and (GMG3) C.I. Dooms is the other man in the photos that you sent. 

I was the Officer in Charge and Chicken McNair was my CPO for Operation Deep Channnel II (BIG BLOW JOB), the clearing and extending of 8.6 kilometers of canal near the "Parrot's Beak" in the Republic of Vietnam by the men of UDT-12 who did
the job. I was also part of the (Deep Channel I) detachment that tested the demolitions, and I wrote the operations order and shepherded it and the project from start to finish. 

Our first shot occurred 5 Jan 1970 and my UDT-12 men finished the "BIG BLOW JOB" with the final shot detonated on 13 February 1970. All the political and military big-wigs were present for the final ceremonial shot. 

The longest linear length fired was 3800 feet, the largest blast consisted of 
29,000 pounds of demolitions, and we blasted over 335,000 pounds of high explosives forming a continuous navigable waterway in virgin delta land. 

My team from UDT-12 and I think this qualifies as the largest combat demolition job in Naval history. 
Walt 

CAPT W. R. Harvey  (Retired) 
Shalimar Way Denton, TX 76207-5686 
frogmanseal [at] usa.net

----- Original Message -----
From:  Rudy Davis
To: Docrio45 [at] gmail.com;  Don Marlerd Saturday, June 12, 2010 1:32 PM
Subject: Deep Channel  I Vietnam


 Doc Riojas,
  When I was with UDT-11, Det. Delta, I was involved in the area of the Giant Sling Shot, out of Fire-base Tui-Non(?) and Tra-Cu -north and west of Siagon.  Two Giant Canals came together.  The Mark VIII hose we used didn't work that well to clean the canals, so we laid 3 of then, 2 along each bank, with the one in the middle, a Mili-second delay fuse---work well.  Also every 1/2 mile we would blow a giant swimming pool, as we called them, so the PBRs, when taking fire, could turn around and run the other way!
  I have pics and slides of this if you want to see them.                    Rudy 
                             
 My Platoon was here in Feb. and Mar. of 1970, and before they pulled us from this duty to go into the 12 mile push into Cambodia. This was wall to wall swamp work, with the Ruff Puffs (V.N.) Soldiers giving us cover. After that we moved to the Admiral's flag ship up at the Parrot's Beak area, to blow every NVA cash'e discovered in their underground Hospital and resupply stations,  Also blew one of our downed surveilance planes.

Our CO was LTCM I.C. LeMoyne and XO Nelson  of Team 11.
My Platoon was Delta and Ltjg Dentise and 1st Class Gracio were my bosses. LT. Walt Harvery
was also part of the (Deep Channel I) detachment that tested the demolitions.  Jesse was in Class 58-- I was Class 53 Graduated- Nov.69--and I would have been there before him--perhaps they were later.  Team 13 releaved us in Sep. of 1970---I came back Stateside and was assigned the next 2 Apollo Recoverys  14 and 15. Later our C.O. was Bell.
Team 13 was de-activated.  
         Rudy Davis  UDT-11

 

WEBMASTER's NOTE:  Jan, Do you remember the movie that was made by the USN photographer?  

The SEAL that went on the Huey with him away from the canal, about 1.5 clicks was me !
Remember the COBRA that was going to make a firing run on us?  I  got ahold of LT. Harvey on the PRC-25 I was carrying and told him to get ahold of the cobra on his other radio 
(i think it was the AN/PRC -77  had ability to use airplane frequencies) and tell the guys we were not VC.  I instructed the "kid" photographer when the COBRA came around to go down
to the bottom of the rice paddies water and dig himself into the mud.   I was promised a copy of all the pictures and that movie which I never received.        BTW:   You got a medal for that OP,
a Navy Achievement Medal with combat V.   Mr. Harvey also recommended me for it, but CDR O'Drain scratched my name from the list.        

 Erasmo "Doc" Riojas

 

Walter R. Harvey, Captain SEAL ret.,  R.I.P.


It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Walter R. Harvey
(USN, Captain SEAL ret). Walt graduated with Class 49 in March 1969
and served with UDT 12 prior to transferring to the Naval Reserve. 
He will be laid to rest at the Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery
(http://www.cem.va.gov/cems/nchp/dallasftworth.asp) at 2:30pm April 17th.
There will be a police escort from the church to the Cemetery. 
Walt is survived by his wife of 41 years, and the love of his life,

Rose Mary as well as their son Joshua, their daughter Gabrielle, her
husband Ryan and grandsons Bobby & Ryan. 

 

 


 

 

 

11:58 p.m. EDT,September 23, 2011

                                

Inside Ocean Seafood Market on Laskin Road in Virginia Beach, you will find a variety of fresh fish.
The owner of the shop, Frank Moncrief, takes pride in his product.  “My motto is I won’t sell it if I won't eat it, if I won’t eat it I won't sell it,” says Moncrief.

Webmasters Note:  SEAL Team TWO's  7th platoon relieved Frank's platoon in MyTho RVN in 1967.  Frank took my squad out on our first Operation.  He is still the BEST of the BEST in everything he does.    Erasmo "Doc" Riojas

nside Ocean Seafood Market on Laskin Road in Virginia Beach, you will find a variety of fresh fish.
The owner of the shop, Frank Moncrief, takes pride in his product.  “My motto is I won’t sell it if I won't eat it, if I won’t eat it I won't sell it,” says Moncrief.

Webmasters Note:  SEAL Team TWO's  7th platoon relieved Frank's platoon in MyTho RVN in 1967.  Frank took my squad out on our first Operation.  He is still the BEST of the BEST in everything he does.    Erasmo "Doc" Riojas

 

 

 


U.S. Navy SEALs Kevin Houston K.I.A. and Roy Boehm R.I.P.

Hey Doc... here's an awesome photo of two incredible Warriors. 

SOC Kevin Houston and his Mom Janette had the privilege of going to Roy Boehm's home a couple of times. He lived nearby in Florida.

  Jan says that Roy was so down to earth and his home was like a museum! The last time they went, Roy had just gotten a shipment of his book "First SEAL" and Kevin carried in pile after pile for him. 

When Janette left, Kevin was talking to Susan ahead of her, and she looked over at Roy. He had tears on his face and was watching Kevin, shaking his head side to side...then he said "I wish I was him." 

I'd like to think that if there's a SEAL Team in heaven Kevin and Roy are reunited and still doing their thing at the 'tip of the spear'. 

God bless Doc, 

Darren Greenwell , London England

U.S. Navy SEALs Kevin Houston K.I.A. and Roy Boehm R.I.P.

 

 

 

Robert Donald (Don) May, BUD/S 072,
UDT-21, ST-2, NSWDG 


Published: October 1, 2013 

Ga. man fatally shot in dispute with son 

The Associated Press 

CEDARTOWN, Ga. - Authorities in northwest Georgia have identified a 
59-year-old man who died after a shootout with his son. 

Polk County Police chief Kenny Dodd says Robert Donald May and his 33-year-old son got in a fight Monday night at the house they share in Cedartown, which is about 20 miles southwest of Rome. 

Dodd told the Rome News Tribune (http://bit.ly/1fGvAgp ) investigators are unsure of what led to the fight, but both men fired at each other. Dodd says May's son was wounded in his arm and has been treated and released from a local hospital. 

Officials say charges have not been filed against May' son and the shooting is under investigation. 

Information from: Rome News-Tribune, http://www.romenews-tribune.com 

Read more here: http://www.macon.com/2013/10/01/2696139/ga-man-fatally-shot-in-dispute.html#storylink=cpy 






UPDATE: Father and stepson shot at each other in domestic dispute, father killed 


by The Polkfishwrap 

20 hours ago | 9335 views | 19 | | 

www.ThePolkFishwrap.com 

CEDARTOWN - A domestic violence incident in Cedartown left one man dead and his stepson recovering from gunshot wounds. 

Polk County police said Tuesday that Robert Donald May, 59, of 383 Parrish Road, Cedartown was killed in the overnight shooting. 

Polk County Police Chief Kenny Dodd said the shooting was reported at 10:25 p.m. Monday at May's home. A preliminary investigation confirmed it was an altercation between a father and his stepson, and it is ruled as a domestic incident, he said. 

"Both men fired a gun at each other," Dodd said. 

The stepson is identified as Curtis Coon, 33, of the same address. He was shot in the arm and was treated for non-life threatening injuries at a local hospital. He has since been released, Dodd said. 

May was airlifted to a hospital but died as a result of his injuries, the chief said. 

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is assisting in investigating the case. 

Dodd said the cause of the fight remains unknown. No charges have been filed against Coon, pending the outcome of the investigation. 


Read more: http://romenews-tribune.com/view/full_story/23724279/article-UPDATE--Father-and-stepson-shot-at-each-other-in-

domestic-dispute--father-killed?instance=secondary_stories_left_column 



UPDATE: Father and stepson shot at each other in domestic dispute, father killed 


by The Polkfishwrap 

20 hours ago | 9335 views | 19 | | 

www.ThePolkFishwrap.com 

CEDARTOWN - A domestic violence incident in Cedartown left one man dead and his stepson recovering from gunshot wounds. 

Polk County police said Tuesday that Robert Donald May, 59, of 383 Parrish Road, Cedartown was killed in the overnight shooting. 

Polk County Police Chief Kenny Dodd said the shooting was reported at 10:25 p.m. Monday at May's home. A preliminary investigation confirmed it was an altercation between a father and his stepson, and it is ruled as a domestic incident, he said. 

"Both men fired a gun at each other," Dodd said. 

The stepson is identified as Curtis Coon, 33, of the same address. He was shot in the arm and was treated for non-life threatening injuries at a local hospital. He has since been released, Dodd said. 

May was airlifted to a hospital but died as a result of his injuries, the chief said. 

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is assisting in investigating the case. 

Dodd said the cause of the fight remains unknown. No charges have been filed against Coon, pending the outcome of the investigation. 


Read more: http://romenews-tribune.com/view/full_story/23724279/article-UPDATE--Father-and-stepson-shot-at-each-other-in-

domestic-dispute--father-killed?instance=secondary_stories_left_column 


---------- Forwarded message ---------- From: "Maynard Weyers" <maynardweyers@verizon.net> 

Date: Oct 2, 2013 6:54 AM Subject: FW: Don May To: "Shaun Chittick" <shaun135@gmail.com> 

Shaun, 
Do you know Donald May? Is he legit - class number? 
You may want to send this out. 
Thanks! 

Maynard 

From: William Brown [mailto:whbrowniii  [at] yahoo  DOT  com] Sent: Tuesday, October 01, 2013 10:48 PM To: Subject: Don May 

Manyard: About 2130 hrs. October 1st I received a phone call from Steven May of Georgia, he informed me that his brother Donald May was killed last night at 2300 hrs. at his home in north Georgia. His brother asked me to get the information out to all to all his Team mates. If you can help spread the word I know his family appreciate the effort. 
I will pass on any additional information as I receive it. 

Fraternally Bill Brown


                  Georgia man fatally shot in dispute with son 

Associated Press - updated Tuesday, October 1, 2013 - 9:40pm 

CEDARTOWN - Authorities in northwest Georgia have identified a 59-year-old man who died after a shootout with his son. 

Polk County Police chief Kenny Dodd says Robert Donald May and his 33-year-old son got in a fight Monday night at the house they share in Cedartown, which is about 20 miles southwest of Rome. 

Dodd told the Rome News Tribune (http://bit.ly/1fGvAgp ) investigators are unsure of what led to the fight, but both men fired at each other. Dodd says May's son was wounded in his arm and has been treated and released from a local hospital. 

Officials say charges have not been filed against May' son and the shooting is under investigation. 
Information from: Rome News-Tribune, http://www.romenews-tribune.com 



CAPT Anderson, 

Robert Donald (Don) May, BUD/S 072, UDT-21, NSWDG, Atlanta SWAT. 

He was my first Team Leader at DEVGRU in 1992. 
Sorry to hear this, and I'll look around for any other details. 

v/r,  Shaun 

     

ROBERT BRYAN  GUZZO, ROBERT BRYAN January 3, 1979 to November 12, 2012 

Guzzo, as we knew him, went after it. He sought excitement, made it himself most of the time, and then relished in the telling of it. He was captivating, someone who lit up the room and made us pay attention. He made us worry because he cared for others more than himself, but most of the time - he made us laugh.

 Rob led a life of dedication to his family, friends, Seal Team 5 and his country. He was the son of HMCS (SEAL) Robert Guzzo now of Raleigh, NC and Lieutenant Commander Robin Andersen of Portsmouth, RI. He was the brother of Danielle, Marissa, Kiel, Aaron, Taylor and he was Daddy to Jena Mae who lit up his world. 

Rob was born into the Navy in San Diego, by parents that instilled a sense of honor and pride in him. They both had careers that took them to places around the world and Rob saw first-hand the opportunities and long-lasting bonds that sustain military families. 

They raised Rob to believe he could do anything and made sure he succeeded. Rob graduated from Portsmouth High School in 1997 where he also was a star linebacker on the football team. True-to-form, he drove his coaches crazy because his natural talent was far stronger than his patience for enduring hot summer practices. 

Rob just wanted to be in the game, he wanted the action. Rob went on to State University of New York College at Cortland where he majored in political science and minored in entrepreneurial studies, meaning figuring out ways to get help writing his papers and scoring the most sought-after social invitations. He was a brother in the Beta Phi Epsilon fraternity.

 Rob was never short on ideas, passionate in his pursuit of a good time, and always about being in the action. Upon graduation in 2000, Rob followed his destiny: Navy SEAL Team 5. He trained in Coronado, CA, and deployed to Iraq in 2006 where he served as a communications specialist. The brotherhood he found there, the missions, the sense of accomplishment - all shaped who he was to his core. Rob was awarded the Navy Commendation medal with Valor for his combat action in Iraq. 

He believed in what he fought for and he died trying to overcome the losses he encountered there. Most recently, Rob was featured in the Transformers II film and was continuing to pursue acting roles while studying for a Masters in Kinesiology...fitting for Rob who never stood on the sidelines, that he'd find interest in the study of human movement. 

In addition to his immediate family, Rob is survived by Grandmothers Shirley Ludwin of San Diego, and Patricia Guzzo of Buffalo, NY, Stepmom Dana Guzzo, Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, Nieces, Nephews and Friends far and wide - that loved him.

 In Lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Jena Mae Trussell (Guzzo) at the Navy Federal Credit Union.

 

 

 

 

 

                  
Adm. William McRaven         March 1, 2011

There will be a new commander of U.S. Special 
Operations Command, headquartered at MacDill 
Air Force Base.  Admiral William McRaven, 
current head of the Joint Special Operations 
Command, has been nominated to replace Special 
Operations Command leader Admiral Eric Olson, 
according to Department of Defense spokesman 
Marine Col. David Lapan.

 

 

From: FROGFATHER

to:      A266OL
Subj:  INSTRUCTOR WADDELL 
Date: Oct 20 2013



                                       149 INSTRUCTOR WADDELL  

  I wrote a piece a while ago entitled DTMWTD…. 

It was targeted at kids who don’t like their parents telling them what to do… Well… and maybe  husbands too???  You get the picture… any of us at any time. DTMWTD.When we tell someone what to do we are trying to warn them of possible consequences that we see that we think they don’t. 

We all have to learn the same hard way by experiencing and dealing with our own decisions. We want them to be ours. Why should we trust anyone else’s opinion? “Enough with the advice” we say.  Of course, I am still saying that to my wife today….

Then… when we get a job we have to listen to our boss. Groan. If we really grow up we listen to our customers and clients, not ourselves. This is difficult, but it happens as it is paycheck driven. We listen and learn.

So it appears it is the incentive that is important. What is the incentive today when all kids withdraw into the self-assuring world of their cell phone? We are in trouble. They are affirmed by their insecure social network not our wisdom. They no longer “look up” to anything. 

The word “No” is not allowed. Children are taught the nuances of “child abuse” and only have to tell their teachers and there will be a knock on the door.

I was blessed with great parents, spankings, and a plethora of “No’s”. Thank God.

But it was not until the military did I fully begin to appreciate what “No” meant. If you wanted to be a Navy Frogman/SEAL the INSTRUCTORS were waiting with snarling teeth and monstrous threats of pain. If you did not say “YES INSTRUCTOR” to everything they suggested there was a real price. Too many pushups, too many sit-ups, too many pull-ups, too many runs, too many swims… “Are they crazy” I would think to myself. Is this nonsense really worth it? Why were they so strict? Why was Bernie Waddell so scary behind his wry smile? 

Why??? Because all hell could rain down on you if you showed disrespect in any way, shape, or form. So just do what he asked and get on with your moment. Mile after mile crawling, running, and swimming in the freezing winter during Hell Week weeded out the survivors. The Yes Men.

  You see… the instructors knew what would happen to you if you were not forged properly. You would be killed when it could have been avoided. Your swim buddy would have been put in peril unnecessarily. The mission aborted because you did not heed your instructor.

We need instructors to become all that we have the potential to become. Values must be honed in sweat and pain. We need to learn that freedom is not for free. If you are not conditioned you will not be strong enough to stand in the winds of life.

  Laziness destroys potential. 

There is white and black, good and evil, yes and no, do’s and don’ts…..

Values became valuable. 

Serving others became more important than serving self.

  Prayer became real. 

Morality was affirmed. 

  God Bless You Instructor Bernie Waddell… 

and Godspeed.And God Bless all the instructors everywhere. 

And parents too. 

 

Chris Bent                   Kennebunkport             www.chrisbentnaples.com

Thomas Blais BUD/S Instructor

From:Frog21
to: maxtrack, A266OL, jfcph442003, david.janke Doc


My name is LT Tim Jones,


I was the officer who played the guitar at the Castaways in St. Thomas and was Subops officer for UDT 21 for 2 1/2 years. I served in the teams from mid 1964 to the end of 1967 and was in class 32 which is having its 50th reunion next year. 

Doc Clark and over 100 frogs know me very well. For your information, Tom told me today that Jim Cook has been a savior to him. While we do not know each other, I have enjoyed your pictures over the years. 

Your have taken pictures of me but I do not go to reunions that often, I live in Naples Florida, and will be at Little Creek next year. 

Hope to see you there. I added your name to my frog email list when I received a note from my dear friend and classmate Frank Cleary. 

Regards Tim Jones 

Maxtrack  [at] cox  DOT  net     is Tom's Email. 



From: Frog21
to:      bates4700, me, health2llife, A266OL, bates.roger, bill, cflynn01, cjconklin, cpking629, David.Janke, deepdivebob, dickshea1, donaldleblanc28, edudt22, frogfather, hawes.jim, heloei, hershefrog, jpoindexter, maxtrack, maynardweyers, mevery, randolph.wise, RBStarke, rgbobnewton 

I talked to Tom for about 20 minutes, He sounds great. He is still working out but nobody at the facility can keep up with him. Big Surprise. He said that he would love hearing from his former tad poles so give him a call. 

He lost his driver licence for running a red light but would love to attend any party we have and the beer blast on Sunday. We can arrange to pick him up or have a taxi do the work if we are too drunk. See you at the 50th reunion, 

Tim 

PS I think I have all the class emails except Enos. 

Nault is health3life  [at]  yahoo  DOT com.


From: A266OLTo: a266ol, larrywb, bill, bill, wmlbishop, franciscleary, mevery, frog21, david.janke
Sent: 10/8/2013
Subj: Passing of Instructor Bernie Waddell 

Hi All, 

I just got off the phone with Instructor Tom Blais - we talked for about a half an hour - far too short!! We talked about the passing of Instructor Bernie Waddell and openly about the untimely passing of Rock Blais. Tom's telephone number is: 1-757-460-(call me for his tele no.) if you might want to give him a call. I'm sure he would love to hear from you! Just give him a call!! 

Best, Frank 

 

 

 

 

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                                                                            Carl Roat

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  My Green Brothers

You ask who are my Green Brothers?
First here's who they are not.
They are not of one height or weight.
They are not of one religion or race.
They are not of one political party,
nor economic class.
They are never politically correct.
Most important, they are not quitters.

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They will go to the EDGE and beyond, alone or as a group.
When knocked down, they get back up and keep getting back up,until they win.
When they have nothing left, they find more and share it.
They stand ready to do the Bad Business of War.
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