by: Erasmo "Doc" Riojas
Man's Best Friend by Frank Moncrief
There was a period during my second tour in Vietnam (well, there was actually more than one period) when I was afflicted with what we called, when we were in Vietnam, the “Vietnamese Two Step”. Prefix any location and you have the same malady. In my case I think the quinine tablets we had to take to ward off malaria caused my condition. Anyhow, the following operation was staged during one of these periods.
Jason Kortz R.I.P. Bradley S. Cavner R.I.P.
"The Only Easy Day was Yesterday !" HooYah!
Most sports only need one ball. Mine takes both. Skydive!
Jason Kortz R.I.P.
Navy SEAL dies in parachute jump' Jason Kortz;
incident occurred during training in SW Riverside Co.
Navy SEAL dies in parachute training accident in Southern California
A Navy SEAL,
Kortz, died Wednesday in a parachute
jump incident during training in
Perris, in southern Riverside County.
SAN DIEGO – The U.S. Navy SEAL who died Wednesday from injuries sustained during an accident while conducting parachute jump training operations in Riverside County has been identified as Special Warfare Operator 3rd Class Jason Kortz, 29, of Highlands Ranch, Colorado. Firefighters received an emergency call at about 9 a.m. Wednesday and found a body in a dry riverbed near Richard Street and Highway 74 in Perris. “Jason distinguished himself consistently throughout his career.
He was the epitome of the quiet professional in all facets of his life, and he leaves an inspiring legacy of natural tenacity and focused commitment for posterity,” said Capt. Todd Seniff, Commodore of Naval Special Warfare Group One. “Losing such a promising special operator is a tragedy, not just for his family and the Naval Special Warfare community, but also for this Nation who needs men of such uncompromising character in these uncertain times.”
Kortz enlisted in the Navy Oct. 2, 2012 and graduated from boot camp at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Illinois on Nov. 20, 2012, according to a news release from Naval Special Warfare Group One in Coronado. On Sept. 22, 2014, Kortz completed Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL and SEAL Qualification Training in Coronado with Class 303.
He was then assigned to a West Coast-based SEAL Team. Kortz was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. Kortz is survived by his wife, parents and brother. An investigation is underway to determine the cause of the accident.
A 36-year-old man died at the Perris facility on
Nov. 29, the Riverside Press-Enterprise reported. Two skydivers had died
there in 2013, when the Press-Enterprise reported that 18 people had
died in skydiving incidents in the Perris-Lake Elsinore area since 2000.
Bradley S. Cavner R.I.P.
From: Peter Slempa
Subject: RE: FW: Navy SEAL Killed
These are military operations where there is supposed to be a qualified team (DZ Safety Officer, Medic, Jumpmasters, Instructors, etc) and everyone is using military equipment, parachutes, etc. So just to clear it up for you, the civilians or the DZ was NOT at fault.
The cause of the many deaths these
days in the civilian world, are due to crash landings from new jumpers
jumping the small, zero porosity canopys that are very fast, responsive
and unforgiving when you make just a small mistake with the steering
toggles. I jumped my first "zero-porosity" parachute when I
had about 1900 jumps and it scared the shit out of me! Fun...but scary.
Pete Slempa email 20Mar2015
Passing of Peter E. Riddle
From: Nick Nickelson
To: Al, Al, Alan, Arles, Art, Bill, Bill, Bj, Bob, Brian, Bud, Carl, Chip, Cliff, Craig, Dante, Dee, Dennis, Dick, me, Don, Duke, Eugene, Frank, Franklin
From: Franklin Anderson in case you missed it.
The SPECIAL WARFARE COMMUNITY recently lost one it's more memorable
Pete Riddle was 6 foot 6 inches tall and approximately 210 lbs. Nick has attached a story of when they went thru training at San Clemente--- Pete went to UDT-12, and served his enlistment time and then went to Law School.
I was CO of SEAL Team ONE, and one day Pete walked into my office and we talked for awhile and he said" I would like to serve my Country, but not behind a desk". He would come back into the Teams if he could become operational.
I agreed to his desires, as we were overloaded on commitments and many of the Officers and men would be back in the states for about 6 weeks and we would deploy them again. When in the States they were in a constant state of training. Very little for home life. After SEAL Indoctrination training at Salton Sea. I assigned Pete as Officer in Charge of Detachment Echo, which was located at Black Rock just out side of Da Nang. Pete did an exceptional job and contributed immensely to the operations against the NVN and Viet Cong.
When Pete completed his 2 years obligation he got out and practiced law In San Diego, and eventually became a Superior Court Judge in San Diego. He remained in the reserves and made Captain.
He passed away from Alzheimer's after a valiant struggle of about 4 years. A TRULY OUTSTANDING OFFICER and GENTLEMAN ---
From: Nick Nickelson
Subject: Passing of Peter E. Riddle
Pete Riddle and I were members of West Coast Class-28 and I was lucky enough to be assigned to the same boat crew as Mr. Riddle. The attached picture is of four of the five members of our boat crew; Pete is second from the left. Larry (Butchie) Miller, Mike Paul, and Tony Zemos are also in the picture.
The picture was taken at San Clemente Island during demolition training. I have also attached a story which was written about Mr. Riddle and is from my book "UDT/SEAL Stories of the 1960"s".
This is a humorous story that deals with a night operation at San Clemente Island in which Mr. Riddle was the key player. Mr. Pete Riddle was a special man and a friend and may he rest in peace.
Nick Nickelson WC Class-28, UDT-12
16. A CRITICAL SITUATION
We were into our third week at San Clemente Island and making preparations for a night problem that we anxiously anticipated. This may have been the only problem, while at Clemente, or during training for that matter, that the trainees of Class-28 actually looked forward to. For this particular night problem, each boat crew would be given a map, a compass, and a set of map coordinates. This night was intended to prove or disprove our navigational capabilities. Each boat crew would follow the prescribed coordinates to the other side of the Island and locate an item, previously sealed inside a tin can and buried by the instructors. These items had been buried in separate and varied locations, so each boat crew would be given a different set of map coordinates before being sent on its way.
For this exercise we would be on our own, working within our individual boat crews, without Instructors breathing down our necks. While we relished the fact that we would be operating without Instructors, the most important aspect of this night problem was the fact that it did not involve water; therefore we would be in warm clothes and dry. There were very few times during BUDS when we were not wet and cold so we planned to make the most of this unusual opportunity.
It was roughly twenty hundred hours or eight at night when we started. We were told that the round trip, if we ran and jogged, and we were expected to run and jog, would take no more than four to five hours. Therefore we should have no problem locating our target and returning to our base camp by no later than zero one hundred hours or one in the morning. Whenever the Instructors used the word "should" you knew they actually meant, "would" and that punishment awaited those boat crews who didn't adhere to this deadline.
At this point of training, all of the men assigned to the boat crew, to which I was assigned, had been together since shortly after "Hell Week". We therefore knew each other well and had a good understanding of each other's strengths and capabilities. I purposely didn't say strengths and weaknesses because those men who reached this point of training did not possess weaknesses or at least weaknesses worth mentioning.
Our boat crew consisted of five men, two of which were officers. This was unusual because a normal boat crew would be comprised of one officer and six enlisted men. However, due to attrition, the standard Class-28 boat crew consisted of one officer and four enlisted men. The officer serves as the boat coxswain and it is his job to sit in the aft section of the Inflatable Boat Small (IBS) and steer the boat. The remaining four men are stationed two on each side of the IBS and it is their job to paddle. As I mentioned earlier, due to heavy attrition, Class-28 had nine boat crews and ten officers. Therefore, our boat crew wound up with two officers and they were both solid operators as well as excellent officers.
Mike Paul was our boat coxswain and a real character. He is also a man I have included in numerous other stories so I won't elaborate. Peter Riddle (Pete) was the second officer assigned to our boat crew. Pete was the tallest member of our class, standing at least six foot six inches. He was also a person who possessed that rare ability of being funny without attempting to do so or even knowing that he was being funny. It would be Mr. Riddle and some of his impromptu comments that kept our boat crew laughing when times were really difficult. Tony Zimos, Larry Miller and yours truly made up the balance of the boat crew and in time we became a well-oiled machine and excelled in all matters related to operating as a boat crew during BUDS training.
San Clemente Island, where we conducted our final three weeks of training, is the southernmost of the eight Channel Islands, situated in the Pacific Ocean, off the coast of Southern California. It is roughly twenty miles long, five miles wide, and is comprised of some very steep mountains and difficult terrain. I always thought San Clement was the sister Island of Santa Catalina because they are relatively near each other. However, unlike Catalina which is visible from all Los Angeles coastal cities, San Clemente is much further from the coast and not readily visible. In addition, unlike Santa Catalina, the Island of San Clemente is owned by the United States Government and has served as a Naval training site and target range since 1934.
Now, back to our night problem. It was due to the steep gradient and difficult terrain of San Clemente Island that we would be afforded four to five hours to complete a problem that only required that we traverse a five-mile stretch to the appointed target, then a five mile return trip to our base camp. As the crow flies this would not have proven to be a difficult task but because we aren't crows, we would be required to traverse a number of the steep hills that make up San Clemente Island, then do the same on the return leg of this particular night problem.
Roughly half way through the first leg of our trip, Pete's humor came into play. Though he didn't know it at the time he was about to put forth one of his all time greats. We were crossing a field and in the darkness it was difficult to see the ground under our feet let alone where we were placing each foot as we jogged along to our designated target. As we were charging forward I heard a low groan from Mr. Riddle and he then came to an abrupt halt. Pete looked like a man who had just stepped on a land mine. He stood there frozen not willing to take a step in any direction for fear it might detonate. He then said, "Nickelson, you have to help me, something has attached itself to my leg and won't let go." By this time he had pulled out his K-bar knife and was making futile gestures toward his ankle trying to dislodge whatever evil creature had taken hold of his leg just above the top of his boot. As I walked back it happened, Mr. Riddle then said, "Nickelson, this is a critical situation, be very careful that it doesn't attack you." By now the other three members of our boat crew had returned to where Pete and I were standing but they were warned to hold their ground and come no closer. As I approached he just stood there and repeated, "Nickelson, what we have here is a critical situation." I must admit I was very cautious as I moved forward with my K-bar knife drawn and ready, prepared to kill this varmint that had attached itself to Pete's leg and was most assuredly sucking his blood. Then, as I reached down and pulled-up his pant's leg what I found attached to Mr. Riddle's sock was a very large bur, or prickly seed capsule from one of San Clemente's native plants, not the creature we had anticipated finding. We were all relieved that it was not the blood-sucking critter that we had expected to find and as I removed it, Mr. Riddle heaved a huge sigh of relief. I started to laugh and it was all I could do to regain my feet as I thought about Mr. Riddle's repeated statement; "Nickelson, this is a critical situation." The other members of our boat crew thought it was equally funny and after a few minutes even Pete started to laugh. This was simply an example of Mr. Riddle being able to lighten-up a difficult situation without intending to or even knowing that he had done so.
As for the operation at hand, we would go on to find the item, buried by the Instructors, and return to our base camp within the allotted time given to complete this particular night problem. As for Mr. Riddle, he would continue to say things that would lighten up almost any difficult situation and for that I would always hold him in fond esteem.
Soon after the conclusion of this particular night
problem, training for Class-28 would come to an end and we would receive the new
assignments we had worked so hard to attain. We would be awarded our individual
places in the Teams. Then, like every man who had gone before us, we would find
ourselves embroiled in life threatening and truly critical situations. Whenever
this would happen, if given the time and under certain conditions, I would think
back on that night at San Clemente and the comment made by Mr. Riddle; "Nickelson,
this is a critical situation" and somehow the thought of that night and
those few words would help relieve the tension of the current situation and make
it seem just a little less overwhelming.
Alpha Pltoon SEAL Team ONE 'nam
Chris Bent Danny Dietz & Marcus Luttrell
Doc O'Brien ??? Jim Swatzell
Moki Martin Pat Tray
Navy SEAL in Vietnam
UDT SEAL Presidents T.N. Tarbox Plankowner ST-2
Dante's Down The Hatch Documentary Trailer
From: Dante Stephensen To : Doc
Riojas Subj: Documentary trailer for Dant's Down The Hatch
Sent: Sunday, March 08, 2015
Thanks, Doc; Now I will know where to find me. Dante
Closing after 43 years was a difficult decision for me. Our annual real-estate taxes increased 10-fold (from 12,000.00 a year to over 130,000.00..the city wanted more high-rises, and the judge assigned to our case literally said “pay the new tax or sell your property to a building of high risses”…. We decided we could not fairly raise our prices to our loyal customers to offset the increase.
There were no high-rises when we bought the 2 ½ acres in 1979, now we had become surrounded by them. A pity; I was not ready to move on…
Daniel Stewart, Coronado CA Protest Tree Cutting
Charles P. Connally
Gordon V. Brooks
James Lawrence Long
Jim C. Swatzell
A Salute to Tom Tarbox
A salute to Tom Tarbox
Thomas N. Tarbox was born March 7, 1935, in Montana. "My father loved initials," said Tarbox. "The 'N' doesn't stand for anything, he just liked that my initials were TNT. I used to tell people that 'N' stood for 'nothing.'" Tarbox graduated from high school in 1953 and from the University of Colorado in 1957 with a bachelor of arts in geography.
He then enrolled in Naval Officer Candidate School in Newport, R.I., and started UDT training. At the time there were no careers in UDT, so he left and went back to the University of Colorado and started studying to become a journalist. In the summer of 1962 he got a call from a friend telling him about the SEALs. His friend told him SEAL stood for "sink enemy and leave."
He left school and enrolled in basic training in Little Creek, Va. Officers and enlisted men train side by side to become SEALs. SEAL actually stands for "sea, air and land," and the training is considered by many military experts to be the toughest training in the world.
At the time basic training lasted for four months. It was very
physically demanding, Tarbox said. "We ran everywhere. There was
a lot of swimming and the instructors constantly harass you."
There were 91 men in his class when it started, but only 20 finished. "I was confident I could make it through," said Tarbox. "I would look at the next guy and think if he can make it then so can I."
Tarbox said men who are afraid of the water or heights or who are claustrophobic won't make it. "I'm a strong swimmer, " he said. "I did a lot of swimming with my brother when I was young.
A man may drop out of the course at any time, Tarbox said. To do this a man strikes a brass ship's bell three times and places his helmet down on the ground. Most classes lose about 80 percent of their trainees due to dropouts or injuries. Tarbox said winter dropout rates are higher due to the cold, and he was lucky his class was in the summer.
Tarbox did make it through and was eventually named commander of the Basic Underwater Demolitions/SEAL (BUD/S) instructors.
The only time Tarbox ever lost a man was in May 1965 in a skydiving accident. "When you skydive, a man who is free falling will wave his arms to let other skydivers know that he is going to open his parachute," Tarbox said. For some reason Melvin Melochick, a man in his late 20s, did not do this, Tarbox said. The man above Ochick, Jerry Todd, fell into Ochick's chute, which caused it to malfunction. Ochick died of a broken neck.
"He was my teammate," Tarbox said.
In 1971 Tarbox volunteered for service in Vietnam. The SEALs were initially deployed in and around Da Nang, training and supporting the South Vietnamese in naval special warfare, including reconnaissance and combat diving.
Much of what Tarbox did during his career is still classified, he said. His son Wit, who lives in Tuscon, Ariz., said of his father, "He didn't go into details of what he did or where he was doing it. He's a man of honor and never shared anything that wasn't to be shared."
From: Franklin Anderson
I have a question for Tom, on page 8, Harry Beal makes the statement “Tom Tarbox signed our Plank owners plank on 1 January l962.
I question this statement for the fact that= SEAL TWO wasn’t in existence on that Date, and If I am Correct John Callahan reported on board and established SEAL TWO on 8 January 62.
Tom, can you enlighten me on this statement, as you weren’t in SEAL TWO, at that time. Thanks - Franklin
I haven’t received my copy of Vol. 43, No. 2 of the BLAST, and so haven’t been able to read Harry’s letter, but I think I know to what he was referring. I reported to SEAL Team TWO on 27 Aug 62, and so wasn’t a plank owner by any standard.
I think Harry was referring to sometime in the period 1977-79, when I was CSO of NSWG-2. Dante Stephensen said that all those who had orders to SEAL Team TWO when it stood up (a number of those people still had operational commitments with their previous Teams—mostly UDT-21, but others as well) should be plank owners.
I looked into it, and agreed with Dante, and so they put all those names on a display (I’ve seen it, but have forgotten what it was) at the Museum. Hope this clarifies it.
from: Dante throc [at] bellsouth DOT
WEBMASTER's NOTE: Dante, You don need no stinkin trophy! We believe you!
Alpha Platoon ST-1
Danny Dietz & Marcus Luttrell
Doc CHarles O'Brien
What is his name? IS this Moki Martin?
Randy Raburn his shop's SEAL Museum in Leesburg FL
SEAL with Mask
SEALs in the 'nam
Rear Adm.Sean Pybus, Navy SEAL: http://www.navytimes.com/news/2011/06/navy-new-seal-commander-063011w/
Tommy Hatchett &nbs p; ?, ?, ?, Flores
Jim and Linda Watson Frank Flynn
Lt to Rt: ? , Jim Tipton, Jack Lynch, ? , "Doc" Cox, Rudy Boe
Carrick Cheney & ShaunChittick
Chad Williams & AUbrey O'Boyle Michael Fazio
Darren Hicks Darren Hicks Eric Greitens
John Chalus Joe Hunter
Jesse and Tony Olivera
ST-1 get awarded PUC
Noa Evans & Ben Thomas
John Sandoz Mike DeTraglia Larry LePage & Frank Flynn
MikeNelson Rudy Boesch & Doc Cox
Kevin Farrell Larry Bailey A.Dee Clark Bill Daugherty
Arles Nash Lon Franklin
Brothers In Arms Buried Together
October 4, 2010 4:07 PM
Travis Manion and Brendan Looney were
roommates at the naval academy and became as close as brothers. One
became a Marine stationed in Iraq, the other, a Navy Seal in
Afghanistan. Both have died and were laid to rest side-by-side in
Arlington's National Cemetery. David Martin reports.
How SEALs Carried Out their Mission
|How SEALs Carried Out Their
The operation to rescue Capt. Richard Phillips involved dozens of Navy SEALs, who parachuted from an aircraft into the scene near dark Saturday, landing in the ocean.
The SEALs were part of a group of Special Operations forces involved in the effort, according to military officials. The SEALs set up operations on the USS Bainbridge, which had been communicating with the four pirates via radio and had used smaller boats to make deliveries of food and water to their lifeboat.
Yet the pirates were growing increasingly agitated, the officials said. At one point Saturday, the pirates opened fire on one of the smaller U.S. Navy craft that approached. As the seas grew rougher, the Bainbridge offered to tow the lifeboat to calmer waters, and the pirates agreed, linking up the lifeboat to the destroyer with a towing cable that left 75 to 80 feet between the two vessels. Phillips at the time was tied up in the lifeboat, having been bound -- and occasionally beaten -- by the pirates ever since he had attempted to escape by jumping into the water on Friday, the officials said.
Meanwhile, one of the pirates, estimated to be between 16 and 20 years old, asked to come aboard the Bainbridge to make a phone call. He had been stabbed in the hand during an altercation with the crew of the Maersk Alabama and needed medical care. "He effectively gave himself up," a senior military official said.
The Navy then allowed that pirate to speak with the others in hopes that he could persuade them to give up. The three other pirates, however, showed signs of growing irritation, as the Bainbridge, 18 miles from shore, towed the lifeboat further out to sea, the senior military official said. "They had no promise of money, clearly no passage. The one ticket they had was the captain," said the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the matter on the record. "In the last discussion, they said, 'If we don't get what we want, we will kill the captain,' " the official said.
Soon afterward, two pirates moved to one of the hatches of the lifeboat and stuck their heads out. The third pirate advanced toward the captain and pointed his AK-47 straight at Phillips's back, the rifle touching it or inches away, the official said. U.S. military observers thought that Phillips was about to be shot. SEAL snipers, who were positioned on a deck at the stern of the Bainbridge, an area known as the fantail, had the three pirates in their sights. The on-scene commander gave the snipers authority to fire. "As soon as the snipers had a clear shot at the guy who had the rifle, they shot him and the other two in the hatches," the senior military official said.
A member of the Special Operations team slid down the tow line into the water and climbed aboard the lifeboat. Phillips was then put in a small craft and taken to the Bainbridge.
July 2007 Dan Zamuda, RIP
Hey Rio . we went on liberty together in Siagon...and we had to babysit Joe DeMartino...I was sent there this tour to be an advisor for the Vietnamese Seals.I served In Hoi An and was relieved by Mike Thorton and Tom Morris.
Small world..LOL..I was Tommy roomate for a few years in VA beach..Went thru class 30 UDTR in Little creek..theres thats it..
Fire in the Hole. Dan
Danny Mcevoy..I retired after 28years in 1989
Teammate Daniel "Mud" Zmuda will be laid to rest in
Class 20 E.C. Class 20 East Coast
Kerry King Ernest Szokes Kerry King
Adm. Ray SMith Hershel Davis SEAL
aviles dionel pete pirate
Pete "The Pirate"
Bernie , Jose, Mike
Jimmy Breits Precher Richard Marcinko & his Kids
Bob Kerry Pete "The Pirate" Coralan
lt. to rt.:Augie Maynard,Ed Schmidt, Frank Scolise, Bill Bruhmuller, Hugh Landsen, UNK.
Erasmo "Doc"Riojas eating a VN HOT pepper; Chuck Jessie next to him.
Erasmo "Doc" Riojas on SEAL STAB being towed by the Mike Boat. washing MUD off gear and getting ready for the next Operation.
Erasmo Riojas & Jesse Ventura
Erasmo "Doc" Riojas , Lourdes Tolentino , Bob Shouse and Rosalie Shouse
My "SeaDaddy" Bob Shouse and wife Rosalie and their Grandaughter Michelle
Jack Walston Clark D. Stuart Jack
Charlie Bump, ???, & Chuck Detmer
W. M. Shepherd Christopher J. Cassidy His BIO thanks to Bill Hoopes
Della & Jim Hazelwood
Below Photo: UDT -7 Team Picture, Maui T.H. Oct 1944, Front Row: Wakefield, Phelps, Flynn, Rayman, Spellman Stegmeyer, Turci, Burke, Robbins, Mc Allister, Limber, Absher, Wilson, Richards. NEXT TO FRON ROW: Millner, Wisecup, Ridenour, Howard, SMith, Brady, Holbrook, Leinart, Pastermack, Vogel, Gresham, Rice, McColgin, Ferguson, Lott NEXT TO REAR ROW: Arnold, Mann, Sprague, barrett, Turner, Cruny, SPencer, Timmerman, Sporer, King, Feldman, More, O'Neil, Stemmerich, Mondanaro, Deny. REAR ROW: Schuleter, Thompson, Anderson, Franck, Grass, George, Smith, Rhodes, Whipple, Gartell, Richter, Clark, Spearin, Bennett, Sichling
CLASS 14 Graduation Day, NAB, Little Creek VA.: Front left (front) Rossman, R. Ray, F. Salerno, J. Hol?wilson, L. ??, Becker, J. Shortt, R. Ballard (ACK) ENS Moranidis (Royal hellenic Navy), J. letchworth, R. Hatfield, C. Bond, R. Krug, R. Tullas, R. Grimes, S. Kopac, K. McIntyre, (note: A. Szell and R. Brownson finished, but were not in the picture)
CLASS 6 E.C. Lt. to Rt: Nari, Tussey, KIM(ROK),Davis, Slagel, Luffelholtz, Peterson, Steve Bourecksky (instructor) Logan, Lee (ROK), Hazelwood, ???, Fauche, Clark, Bauche (Back) all instructors: Yankulov, Sloan, Hughes, Moorhouse, Hughey, Dennison, Barber, GMC "Tex" Modsell (senior inst. , NCDU normandy) picture by Jim Hazelwood.
These photos from the USNavy movie: "Men with Green Faces." ~ 1968 Little Creek VA. SEALs from ST-2 getting attaboy awards. The only HEROES came home in body bags. Viet?
Bill Langley & Tocci lt to rt: Mike Bill Langley and Tocci
Boynton, Tocci,Langley,Riojas, Rowell,
Jessie, Peterson, ? , PT Schwartz
Moose Boinott, & Doc Riojas Pete Girard
Pete Peterson "Shorty" Long
Archie Grayson Tocci, Mike Boynton; Jim Finley
Jack Fowler Dave Bodkin and Ted Kassa
28 Oct 2007
Maybe this will help Andy Hayden with his documentation problem.
I Remember some of these guys from our 1967 trip in country We had a plt.and did break in OPS with them in Cantho for month or so before going up to Vin Long , Lt White was OinC an CWO Boils With us He may remember more details about Andy Hayden's WIA since he was out from the East Coast!! He still in the Coronado A.O. I due Remember Charlie Bump! Brian Rand was also in my PLT.Joe Casmar,Van Orden Teddy Mathison, Got out an Died in Diving Acidient off Australia Going for the big bucks. They got pined to the bottom with gear that fell off an oil rig .Ten years in the Navy shot too hell?
Only God Knows!
Only God Knows!
All the best, Dave " Kaloki " Bodkin, (SEAL) USN Ret.
Jim Tipton, Hightower, Jack Lynch Tom Keith ST-2 'nam
Ephrayim J. Aven Jerry Sweezy Jr.
Tom Keith & Doc Riojas
Kevin Keith, Tom Keith, Doc Rio, Brian Keith
George Doran (SEAL) Plank Owner ST-2
Rear Adm Joseph Kernan Dry and Martin
MCPO Andrew Tafelski III (click on photo to read story)
Nix White Adm Mc Guire
Larry Summerfield II
Seth Stone Seth Stone A SEAL Motivator
L to R: Mark Boyer, Jeff Moran, Kirk McConville, BIll Rachman, Joe Hohmann, Paul Barry, Jerry Field, Ron Flockton, Don Tocci
Jun 16 2013
to me, Doc Rio
Lt to rt.TOP row: Jay Stansel, Ken & Lorraine Palmer, Bill Holloway, Bill Daugherty & Beverly, Phyllis & Troy Vaught, Bob Mackey & Jan Turpen, Melissa & Larry Lyons, Pam & Ken Abasolo. Bottom row LT to RT: Olga & Bill Miller (Rat), Dee Clark, Debbie & Roger Guerra
Admiral Joseph Kernan
Adm.Eric T. Olson
Eric T. Olson
Chris Cassidy SEAL Astronaut
Elbert Tillman Jr. Eric Olson
ROBERT HARWARD Joseph Maguire Rich Machowicz
Eric T. Olson "Moki" Martin
Monsoor RIP Harry Humphries
James Erik Suh
Have you seen some of the pictures on my UWSS Key West Web Site? to see them go HERE!
| A Story by Dennis
"Doc" Borlek about James R. Nelson, and his Korean &
Vietnam Experience. Ken
Garrett knows of Mr. Nelson from their UDT Korea Police Action
James Rad Nelson went from SR to Capt. with a 8th grade formal education. Was UDT in the Korean war as a BMSN, locked out of a Sub, blew a power plant in N.Korea and his team missed pick up, had to evade for several days, maybe longer, I'm not sure of that.
Any way he made Chief then Ens. Limited Line, petitioned that and was granted Unlimited Line. As a junior officer he was CO of an ATF and had Command of the Conserver ARS39 out of Pearl and eventually Commanding Officer Panama City.
He's one hell of a great guy, lives just outside of Panama City.
Rad Nelson was my boss when I was on the rivers as Independent Duty Corpsman with River Assault Division 112,
I was FMF prior to that in '66. He and I were the only ones in 112 with any prior combat experience, we are very tight to this day. We were supporting the Marines in I Corps, the only Assault Division up there.
I feel that I can talk to you because you are a brother Corpsman and have "been there". I'll bet that if you went through my family pictures, you won't find more than two or three of me in-country. I'll send it but please do not put it up on the internet.
I have one good picture that was taken on the pontoon of the USS Benewah before a beer call. The gent with the mustache is James Rad Nelson, my "Boss" on the rivers. Please don't put my picture on your web site.
He was Korea UDT (Two Silver Stars there and Navy Cross 'Nam, five Purple Hearts total) we had a deal which we kept "wherever you go, I go", he retired as CO Navy School of Deep Diving and Salvage, we were in some pretty heavy shit together and are close friends today. Don't expect him to be around much longer as he is in his eighties now.
We also worked with our army and the
RVN Marines. Did a lot of work keeping the river clear of mines, not
always successful. I'll attach a pict. of one of the mines we
captured. in the picture it is less than 1/2 out of the water. It's an
old Polaroid so quality isn't so great. The mine was Russian and EOD
said that it was large enough to sink any ship in deep water.
Was magnet, acoustic and pressure influence all interacting and could
be set to detonate anywhere from the first boat over to the tenth and
anywhere in between.
I was undergoing training with FMF Force RECON. We went to UWSS in Key West FL. Later I finished all aspects of Diving Physics/Medicine along with Chamber Treatment Operations while with SubDevGpONE, wanted to go all the way but BUMED said no, I had to go back to SSN's.
While in S.D. got to 2nd Class Diver's School and learned to cut and weld, that's as far as I got. Pissed me off as I could have been part of the new Deep Diving Research Unit at Ballast Point. HMC (DMT) Miller had gone AWOL with a Navy Capt. POW's wife and there was an opening, I just didn't have the pull with BUMED that SubPac had.
I did get to work with TriMix and lectured at the
Commercial Diving School, Calif. Mens Prison Chino in Medical Aspects
of Diving etc. Was a Licensed Treatment Chamber Operator in Calif.
Dennis "Doc" Borlek
R. Nelson, BM3 -He also trained in Coronado
-Assigned (PCS – Permanent Change of Station) to UDT-3 Dec 1949
(presumably upon graduation from training) -Assigned (PCS –
Permanent Change of Station) to UDT-1 8/9/1950.
You can find my photo here:
These photos are from my personal album, or rather just all that I have. So you will be copying my own photos, not somebody else's.
You can pick me out in the photos to the far
top right and second row by the Strand sign. In the top right photo is
Steve Bouresky and my swim partner (now both dead also), Paul
Brewton. I am a dangerous man to be around. I'm 80.
Doc Riojas & Joe Singleton UDT WWII Schmidt May 2009
Timothy P. Richardt
|Jim Josse's Photos of
Frank Flynn in Vietnam
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From Capt. Larry Bailey's Files
Capt. Larry Bailey's Stories
Per Erick "Swede" Tornblom put on report on Vieques Puerto Rico
"Swede" Per Eric Tornblom taught me this song while in Puerto Rico. /s/ Larry Bailey
Don King Jack Lynch Jerry Todd
Lt to Rt: Dennis Gaughan, Russ Geraldi, Brian Mulholland, SEALs at Coronado
CHad Buck, Ron Seiple and Rep. John Mizuno
Jessse Ventura SEALs in 'nam
Tom Keith Jesse Ventura in Predator Movie
Ken Abasolol's Wedding: Lt. to Rt: Dan Potts, Roger Guerra, Ken Abasolo, Bob Ross, Mike Macready, Larry Lyons
SEAL TWO Demo, Lil Creek VA.
Carl Swepston and company
"Big Al" Ashton & John Friesch
CLass 16 Little Creek VA
Daniel Cnossen W.I.A. Howard E. Wasdin DC
Michael P. Wood
L-R: Roger Guerra, Troy Vaught, Wally Diacenzko
L-R: George Clarke, ? , ? , Greg Flores
Roger GUerra and Jimmy "Gator" Algier
Roger GUerra and Jimmy " Gator" Algier 1970 P.R.
??, Rudy Boesch, Doc Patchurick, Terry Sullivan, prone on airmat Jack Lynch, Jim Finley & Neidrauer
Sunday, February 7, 2010Doc,
You can do your magic with any
pic that I send to you.
LCDR Mack Boynton ; LeRoy Hult, Richard Brereton, Robert Fisher, Jack Carson, Johnny Weismuller
Mack Boynton, Cpo Baxter, Earl ;Lucio DeLaCahda, Maxwell, ??? Hungnam Korea
passing of Paul T. Aspas, 87, of Birdsnest, VA on 18 October 2013.
Paul was an early graduate of training at Fort Pierce, FL as well as Maui, HI.
He served in NCDU-1 during WWII and was an original member with UDT-22.
Folks are asking Doc Riojas "how to
find a picture" on www.sealtwo.org
HERE IS NOW !
TWO Photo ALbums by Doc Rio
An unsentimental personal account of the Vietnam War. With the assistance of magazine writer Riebling, retired SEAL master chief Keith chronicles a tale that's oddly refreshing in its clear-eyed bluntness. The author and his tough-as-nails team had jobs to do, he writes, carrying out missions protecting friendly villages from Viet Cong attacks; they simply did not have time to let the brutal surroundings affect them.
The narrative opens with the SEALs surrounded by explosions and tracer fire as they wait to be extracted by helicopter. Keith was not consumed by fear, as most people would be. Instead, he reflected on how the red tracer fire was "as beautiful as any Fourth of July fireworks display" and how lucky he felt to be doing a job he loved. The son of a Navy chief and the grandson of two Army veterans, from an early age Keith dreamed of entering the military, and his determination and skill led him to the elite Navy SEALs.More Reviews and Recommendations More Reviews and Recommendations More Reviews and Recommendations
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