CDR Joe De Floria
From: Joe DeFloria
To: doc Riojas
Sent: Monday, April 20, 2009
Subject: Picture on page 6
Doc, the picture’s about a third of the way down on page 6. The photo was taken at Bac Lieu in late 1970. I was Det Golf Cdr. Coordinating a 2 platoon op against a group of VC smuggling weapons in from the coast.
Thanks for the advice on the platoon photo -- I’ll see what I can do.
LDNN: maybe Choi (sp), unknown, unknown, isrish flynn, R. Williams, Ron Byrum< Moki Martin, Ron Ostrander, Mitch Bucklew, Apo Gouveia, Joe DeFloria; ST-1 Alpha Platoon, Tet Offensive 1969, Binh Thuy, RVN
To: Doc Riojas date: 29May2015
Subject: Layton Bassett and Joe DeFloria Snipes on Destroyer in San Diego before becoming Frogmen
Doc, it would be great to see Layton and Vickie Bassett out here for the August reunion. He and I go back to 1954 when we were both Snipes on a Destroyer out of San Diego. We both live in Navy Housing at the time and our families were close. One of his daughters, Beverly Jo, is named after my first wife and me. Unfortunately I haven’t seen much of him in recent years. Joe
WALTER GOUVEIA R. I . P.
- January 5th 2015
Here are some pictures of Walter. One is when he was on active duty, one with me in uniform May 2011, one at a HS reunion about Nov 2012, and the last is with our dogs DEC 2014. Hope these are what you are looking for.
Email to: firstname.lastname@example.org, Apo's wife Eillen
on Tantalus Dr. on Oahu,
overlooking Honolulu, Waikiki
and Diamond Head
Walter's (APO's) message board
to: Doc Riojas, cflynn01, jdefloria, bassettudtseal, mitchBucklew, SprFrog, pdirkx, reis.gouveia, tcflorio, tedcoyle, wal_tak, SUSIERAUCH, jgulick, Jflorio743, Joseph.Florio, DKMSEAL, ibkelleys, retseal, charles.chalde., ronbell619, bsnmate, fwaranch, bulldevine, sealonemaama, clem1103
Thank you all for coming to Walter's(Apo's) service on Friday. The picture of the white board attached was for his friends and family to write him a message. If you didn't get a chance to write one and would like to, please do so. Type or write you message on a white paper with colored ink, pen or felt tip. Then email me the copy or mail to me at 6891 Estero Blvd. #341, Ft Myers Beach, FL 33931. I would love to fill up all the space on the board with wonderful messages for him. If you weren't at the service please feel free to do so as well. Thank you. God bless!
Philip Martin [mailto:pmartin3 [at] san.rr.com]
Sent: Monday, November 02, 2009 11:05 PM
To: jgulick [at] gulicklaw.com
Cc: Joe Defloria
Subject: ST-1 SEALs, can anyone ID them? thank you
Moki responded earlier to Doc Riojas with the following, and attached here is another photo of the same group with names identified that Doc Rio already has posted on his web site.
Yes, I do. That pix is of the 1st squad of Alpha Platoon during Tet offensive 1968 on the
From left to right are: Joe Defloria, Ron Ostrander?/ Irish Flynn?, Apu Gouveia, Moki, Willy Williams, Mitch Bucklew. The boat is a ST2 STAB and we were working with Dick Marchinko’s platoon.
If you get in contact with "Apu" Walter's Hawaiian nickname he could probably fill you in on the others in the photo, as well as an ID on the boat. Contact Bob Baird email@example.com,or Rick Rogers firstname.lastname@example.org of "The Old Frogs and SEALs" and they can probably tell you how to contact Govea. He will be on the roster...........
Standing lt. to rt.: PK Barnes, KC Scout, Happy Baker, Mike Collins, Thang, Randal Clayton, Jim McCarthy, Chieu Hoa, Mike Capelnor, Lou DiCroce Kneeling: Allen Vader, Clint Mjors, David Shadnaw
How about putting the photo of X-Ray Platoon and Chief Frank Bomar on page 6, in the area of Alpha Platoon. Maybe I can muster up some other West Coast platoons to add to that page in the future.
Hope all is well.
Rio, You said you wanted some pictures.
Will these do? Plenty more where they came from, but not all have
team members in them. Local color and scenic.
Standing: L to R: Garrnett, Bump, Birtz Seated: "Doc" McCarty
Bill langley Familia
Stacy Virgin Doc Riojas & Richard Cyrus
UDT Class 35 E.C.
Capt Roberts & Don Shiply SubBase N.L. Conn. Pistol Team
Ty Valkanas & Todd Adm. Eric OLson W.D. Powers & Wally S_______
Capt David Del
Giudice will be inducted into the Commando Hall of Honor (CHOH) on 27
Jesse Ventura: A Mini Biography
Governor Jesse Ventura served as the 38th governor of Minnesota from January 4, 1999, to January 6, 2003, but he is more than a politician. In fact, he doesn’t like being referred to as a politician at all. Before entering the world of politics, he served his country as part of a U.S. Navy UDT team (the forerunner of the SEALs), won fame as a professional wrestler, worked as a bodyguard for big-name rock and roll acts like the Rolling Stones, and had roles in major motion pictures, including “The Running Man” and “Predator.”
Governor Ventura first entered the public eye in the mid-1970s as a profession wrestler, gaining fame for his physique and wrestling as Jesse “The Body” Ventura. He wrestled until 1984, when blood clots in his lungs ended his in-ring career. After a failed comeback bid, he worked as a color commentator on television for “All-Star Wrestling” and later “Superstars of Wrestling,” hosted his own talk segment on the WWF’s “Superstars of Wrestling” called “The Body Shop,” and did color commentary on radio for a few National Football League teams (among them, the Minnesota Vikings and Tampa Bay Buccaneers). Ventura most notably co-hosted “Saturday Night’s Main Event” with Vince McMahon and the first six WrestleManias (1985-1990).
Ventura’s acting career was a natural extension of his television work. He appeared in “Predator” (which starred future California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger). He had a starring role in the 1990 sci-fi movie “Abraxas, Guardian of the Universe,” and had supporting roles in “The Running Man,” “Demolition Man,” “Repossessed,” “Ricochet,” “The Master of Disguise” (in which he steals the Liberty Bell), and “Batman & Robin.” Ventura also made a cameo appearance in “Major League II” as “White Lightning” and appeared as a self-help guru (voice only) in “The Ringer” trying to turn Johnny Knoxville into a more confident worker. In addition, Ventura had a cameo in “The X-Files episode” “Jose Chung’s From Outer Space” as a Man in Black alongside fellow ‘MiB’ Alex Trebek.
Ventura ran for governor of Minnesota as the nominee for the Reform Party of Minnesota. His campaign consisted of a combination of aggressive grassroots events and original television spots using the phrase “Don’t vote for politics as usual.” He spent considerably less than his opponents (about $300,000) and was a pioneer in his using the Internet as a medium of reaching out to voters in a political campaign. He won the election narrowly–and unexpectedly–defeating the major-party candidates, Norm Coleman (Republican) and Minnesota Attorney General Hubert H. “Skip” Humphrey III (Democratic-Farmer-Labor).
Deciding not to seek a second term in office, Ventura left the political arena, but continued to speak out about the issues he cares most about. He taught a study group at Harvard University as a visiting fellow at the Kennedy School of Government’s Institute of Politics in which he focused on third party politics, campaign finance, the war on drugs, and other relevant political issues. He has written two books since leaving office, both with Dick Russell, “Don’t Start the Revolution Without Me!” and “American Conspiracies.” He also writes and hosts the television series “Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura,” which airs on TruTV.
http://www.worldnewsinsight.com/jesse-ventura-a-mini-biography/4981/ Tuesday, January 25, 2011
William Hoopes and Tom Norris
UDTs 1965 Santo Domingo USS Boxer LPH 4
Brandt Young Keith Davids
At McPhee's: Lt - Rt: Mike Mc Quillis, Frank Thornton, ??, ??, Duke Leonard, Chuck Fellers, Chief "patches" Watson
Mike Thornton & SEAL Admiral ? Don Shipley
Top Lt -Rt: Estok, Finley, Bump, Clark, Brumuller, Martin, ? Fox? ,Watson, Tollison, Waguh MIDDLE: Lt - Rt: Mc Carthy, Garnett, Tollison, Detmer, Birtz SITTING: Goines, "Big" Rogers SEAL Team TWO
Lt-Rt: Bill Goines, Fred McCarthy, Lowell Gosser, CHuck Detmer, Frank Thornton, "Pee-Wee" Nealey, Eddie Leisure, Guy Nixon, Tollison SEAL Team TWO, Little Creek, VA.
Kevin Farrell Lon Franklin Arles "Nasty" Nash
Jay Stanley Ken Ploof Boob Shouse Bill Hamilton Jim Hazelwood
Michael P. Allen Hell Week
Webmaster NOTE: Acturally, the guy with his hands over the log is the one about to croak !
Arturo Farias Bob Shouse
John Roat Fred Keener, Curtis Ashton, Eagle Gallagher, Kelly, Rio
Pat Martin and Erasmo Riojas Bob "Eagle" Gallagher & A.Dee Clark
Jeffrey O'Konek Dow Byers
Tim Kroeger & Don Shipley Ron Yeaw
Eric Greitens Biography
Eric Greitens was born and raised in Missouri, where he was educated in the public schools. He was an Angier B. Duke Scholar at Duke University where he studied ethics, philosophy, and public policy. Selected as a Rhodes and Truman Scholar, he attended the University of Oxford from 1996 through 2000. There he earned a master’s degree in development studies in 1998, and a Ph.D. in politics in 2000.
Eric’s award-winning book of photographs and essays, Strength and Compassion, grew from his humanitarian work. His doctoral thesis, Children First, investigated the ways in which international humanitarian organizations can best serve war-affected children. He has worked as a humanitarian volunteer, documentary photographer, and researcher in Rwanda, Cambodia, Albania, Mexico, India, the Gaza Strip, Croatia, and Bolivia. Strength and Compassion is a collection of striking photographs from each of these countries, combined with bold essays on Strength, Pity, Dignity, Courage, Faith, Time, Hope, and Compassion. Among other accolades, Strength and Compassion has been recognized as ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year and the Grand Prize Winner of the 2009 New York Book Festival.
Eric is also a United States Navy SEAL officer, and he has deployed four times during the Global War on Terrorism: to Iraq, Afghanistan, the Horn of Africa, and Southeast Asia. He has served as the Commander of a Joint Special Operations Task Unit, Commander of a Mark V Special Operations Craft Detachment, and as Commander of an Al Qaeda Targeting Cell. His personal military awards include the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Combat Action Ribbon, the Purple Heart, and the Bronze Star.
In 2005, Eric was appointed by the President to serve as a White House Fellow. The White House Fellowship is a non-partisan, non-political appointment that is considered America’s most prestigious fellowship for leadership and public service.
Eric is a sub-3 hour Marathon runner and the winner of the Shamrock Marathon at Camp Fallujah, Iraq. As a boxer, he won two Oxford Boxing Blues and the Gold Medal at the BUSA National Boxing Championships. Outside Magazine recently named Eric their first ever Reader of the Year.
Eric used his combat pay from Iraq to found The Mission Continues. The Mission Continues empowers wounded and disabled veterans to begin new lives of public service. From May 2007 to May 2009, Eric contributed over 2,750 volunteer hours as a volunteer Chairman and CEO. In October 2008, the President of the United States personally presented Eric with the President’s Volunteer Service Award in recognition of his inspiring national leadership working with wounded and disabled veterans. In June 2009, the Draper Richards Foundation named Eric as a Fellow, recognizing him as one of the leading Social Entrepreneurs in America.
Eric also serves as a Senior Fellow at the Truman School of Public Affairs at the University of Missouri, where he teaches on public service, ethics, and leadership.
Wayne Jacobs: Athlete / Coach /
Counselor / Educator
In the Valley of Death? Who was the Meanest Muther? We are U.S.Navy Sailors! SEALs! LDNN's PBRs! Swift Boats? Ho Chi Minh?
Click on Image to Enlarge it.
Mark Divine (SEAL) Matthew Axelson & Danny Dietz KIA Afganistan
J.E. "Older than Dirt" Barnes with Frank Buck hat.
David A. Hansen
Archie Grayson, Joe Silva, Jim Tipton, Bob "Eagle" Gallagher
Archie Grayson, Rudy Boesch, Stan Janecka, Eagle Gallagher, Pat Martin, ?? , sitting Skip Isham
Archie Grayson, Sheryl, Doc Cox , Riojas
Archie Grayson, Dante Stephensen, Bill Garrnett
Keep me in you book.
Will be finishing my contract here 10 May and will meet Judy in Calif. for the flight to Fla. look fwd to seeing you at Panama City May 14.
Larry Bailey, Rudy Boesch, ??
Cindy & Matthew Axelson
Archie Grayson & Ashbrenner (sp)
Navy SEAL Ryan Job
Ryan was the SEAL who was critically wounded preceeding Marc Lee's death in Ramadi on 2 August 06. Ryan was shot in the face and he has completely lost his right eye and may very well lose his left. He is recovering at Bethesda Naval Medical Center in Maryland right now. I had the privilege of speaking with Ryan this afternoon on the phone, and I was struck by the courage and committment of this young man even at what must be his darkest hour.
Ryan was very grateful for Marc, "shooting for me," while his platoon tried to casevac him from the Ramadi rooftop where he was hit. Ryan was also grateful that an M1 tank put two 120mm rounds into the building from which he was shot. He told me that he takes great comfort in the fact that the terrorist who took his right eye won't be around to enjoy it, and I heartily agree with him. Though he certainly knows that he won't have the chance, he emphasized repeatedly to me that all he wanted to do was to get back into the fight with his platoonmates and that he'd gladly give his left eye for the opportunity.
Where do we get such men?
I spoke with his mother and brother over beers at world famous McP's Irish Pub in Coronado, CA on Saturday. They had attended Marc Lee's memorial service. Ryan has a great family that love him, but like many of our hero's families, they don't have cash sitting around to spend on travel expenses and hotel rooms so they can visit their warriors during their recovery. I donated to the Naval Special Warfare Foundation so that these needs could be met. I'd encourage B5 readers to do the same if you are able.
I am trying to set up a fund for Ryan to get a Valour IT laptop which totals out at $800. I will put down the first $250, and I would ask that readers who feel led, would step up and put up the remaining $550.
Froggy is back:
I just wanted to report back to the B5 crew about the laptop drive for Navy SEAL Ryan Job at Bethesda. You may remember that Ryan was shot in the face in Ramadi on August 2nd and lost his right eye. His platoonmate, Marc Lee, provided the suppressing fire that allowed the platoon to medevac Ryan off of the roof where he was wounded. Marc's sacrifice of his life to allow Ryan a chance to survive earned him the Silver Star and his rightful place in the pantheon of fallen SEAL Team heroes.
I spoke to Ryan in the hospital last week and told him that I was going to try to raise money to get him a Valour-IT laptop-which we did here on B5 in EIGHT HOURS! I asked the Soldier's Angels rep to total up the donations received last week for Ryan and she just wrote me back to say that all told, we raised $2535! In addition to Ryan's laptop, three more wounded warriors will be getting one as well. I want to thank the B5 readers for their compassion and for actually putting their money where their heart is.
I also wanted to give a shout out to Beth, Lynette, Patty, and Adele from Soldier's Angels for their rapid response to my request for Ryan and for personally ensuring that Ryan received the computer last Saturday morning. Your efforts are appreciated. And I don't want to forget the man who started it all-Chuck Z- has been working behind the scenes to oversee the delivery. HOOYAH Chuck!
Homer and Clara Marshall
David Goggins Carl Swepston & VN BietHai
Ann Cooper in center
L.K. williams H.T. Williams, O'Toole, Roy Boehm, ?? H.T.
Jim Barnes H.T. ?, O'Toole, L.K. williams
Riojas, Swede Tornblom and Hoot ANdrews
Richard Marcinko Doc Riojas was one of the two qualified
SCUBA divers on the ship. School ran by CPO Bob Sheats at Escape Tank Pearl Harbor territory of Hawaii.
Riojas, Osborne, Lynch
Erasmo Riojas and "Rip" after we shipped for six.
Boynton,Constance,Riojas, Ashton, Matthews, Rowell; 7th platoon ST-2 guys on Mike boat by the USS Benehwa
Eddie O'toole, Callahan , Roy Boehm
Sam Orr, LouLou Tolentino, Linda Ball & son Wiley
Doc Riojas, LouLou Tolentino, Sam Orr
Jack Saunders and wife
from Bill Langley:
PS- About 1/4 the way down is Frank Scolice in his cooking pot. During Operation Flintlock in about 1965 on Normandy Beach.
Frank was our cook for two or three weeks. He ran out of coffee filters so he took off his boot, pulled his sock off and poured coffee into it. He made coffee, and each time someone told him how good it was he would grin, laugh and thank them.
Since I didn't drink coffee, he let me in on the prank. No one knew what he did. There was no lack of excitement or humor on that trip.
Scottie Lyons & Tom Keith
Scottie Slaughter "Shark Hunter Extraordinaire" , Human being extraordinaire !
Muster Ft. Pierce, the ole Scouts and Raiders: God Bless them all !
Per Erik Tornblom Ev Barrett, Pete Wikul and ??
Tom Keith, Bob Barth, Erasmo Doc Riojas
West Coast Frogmen
Susan and Roy Boehm
Peggy & Tom Shoulders, Notice Houston Oilers Glass in his hand?
From:Frank J. Sparks sealpup121 [at]
udtseals DOT org
To: Doc Riojas docrio45 [at] gmail DOT com
Subj: My picture from the movie JAWS
to me Doc here is the long promised Jaws pic for your site. A correction for you. I was Never at training in Florida. Sorry I don't know where you got that info but it was never me you are thinking of at uwss
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Frank"Sparkie"Sparks is the SCUBA diver in the movie "JAWS." Sparks, a USNavy SEAL
and another of the Frog Family turned movie star. Good luck to you "Sparkie" and God Bless you!
Per Erik Tornblom's Swedish family taken ~1989
taken from The Blast Magazine, West Coast SEAL reunion ~2000 yr.
Tom Norris & Bob Kerry
Moleda ST-4 WIA Panama Fiasco
Mike Mc Quillis
Lt.to rt: Rudy Boesch, Everett Barrett, Ed Surko, and Bob Butler
Christopher L. Zevallos
lt to rt: GEORGE DORAN, Frank Scolise, Pat Patterson.
Doc McCarthy,Rio,Rabbitt,Bob Moore
John Francis Rabbitt
Viola Rabbitt & Johnny
Erasmo "Doc" Riojas Bubba Brewton
DaiWee Richard Kuhn LDNN , ST-2 OinC Advisor & Erasmo "Doc" Riojas HMC ST-2
DOc Riojas painted the sign and he brought back the wood gold wings from Olongapo P.I.
Rick Anderson (SEAL), his son an FMF Corpsman HM3 was KIA Iraq
C. A.Anderson family
?? Bill Brumuller & Jim Tipton & CO ST2 Mr. Callahan and his wife ??
Bill Brumuller and Prince SEAL Dog Eric Prince CEO Blackwater
Harry Humphries, Ray Tullas, Tom Hawkins, Gene Cahill
PeeWee Nealy & somebody's wife?
Chomi Nash Joseph "Red" Coyle & JoAnn Coyle
David "Big Bird" Hyde
Chuck Jessie and Erasmo "Doc" Riojas WIA
RVN Working where the Army would not go ! "Butch" Ashton was KIA 2nd Tour
Boynton,Constance,Riojas,Ashton, Matthews, Rowell
----- Original Message -----
From: Ken & Melba Delfino
To: Doc Riojas
Sent: Monday, November 12, 2007 10:02 PM
Subject: Cupertino Veterans Memorial Dedication
Set III: Photo 1 SECNAV Winter and Hawaii team Photo 2: Sheriff Dept bagpiper in rear; Axelson's brother on right wearing blue tie Photo 3: Wreath from Gamewardens of Vietnam Association, Inc. (River Patrol Forces' Black Berets) Photo 5: Donna and Corky Axelson with team. They are in front of the SEAL depicted to be their son.
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Adm. Joe Kernan SEAL Officer Ryand T. Young
Class 19 E.C. top row: Per-Erik Tornblom, Ray Ramos, Marslr, Ken Gless, CHuck Newell, Lynch, Doc Riojas(honorary member), Billy Burbank, Hiline, Pat Martin
Sun, May 15, 2011 at 9:08 PM,
Joseph Heinlein email: j3heinlein [at] bellsouth DOT net
Sad to report that William “Bill” Smith of class 19 is deceased. Contrary to the false reports of his death years ago, this report is true as confirmed by his former wife, Lorraine who I know you remember.
Bill died in December 2009 of bone cancer. He and Lorraine had four children. He also had a lucrative mutual fund business in the Boston area.
08/10/2016 Email from R. D. Russell, SEAL archieves
roster for graduates of Class 019ec is as follows:
John William Jr
William Edward Sr
Clayton Charles Jr
Joseph E. Jr
Devereaux “Bull” C.
Maurice “Mo” P.
Norman James Jr
Richard “Pee Wee” C.
Charles “Chuck” A.
William Hugh Jr
Wagner, James Edward
Rich "Doc" Williams RIP with wife Tillie
Homer "Doc" Marshall, "Doc" Williams, Ted Kassa ST1
From: Franklin Anderson
To: thkassa30 [at] verizon.net
Sent: Monday, January 21, 2008 7:17 AM
Subject: Richard Williams (Doc)
I am sorry to inform you of the passing of one of SEALS outstanding (Vietnam era) Corpsman. DOC passed away at 1502 on 20 January. He was very active in the Teams and made several tours to Vietnam. He helped treat LTJG Hendrickson and Rusty Campbell when they were exposed to White Phosphorus and the Doctor was unfamiliar with the procedures. With Detachment Bravo he cared for the Teammates for many of the medical problems associated with the RSSZ. Saving Raymond Abreu's life when he checked on him in Vung Tau and found him in serious condition and immediately got him shipped back to the States. Abe-- had dysentery and had lost over 20 lbs.
Doc was a Jack of all Trades-and was actively involved in fabricating the "MIGHTY MOE"; he performed much of the welding when installing the armor plating--He and Roger Moscone worked well together to get Seals a boat that they could use in the rivers and waterways..
Doc is survived by his wife of 52 years and 3 Sons. 5 Grand Children and 4 Great Grand Children. Doc retired from the Navy after a very colorful career. He then went into law enforcement for 32 Years, 12 of which were as sheriff. The cause of death was congestive Heart Failure, which plagued him for an extended period of time. More information will be provided as it becomes available.. Ted Kassa is helping with the Military Services. If any of you have some stories or other information to contribute -please send it to Franklin Anderson or to Ted Kassa.
Maynard, Bruce and Frank - would you disseminate this info to your emailing list-- Thanks - Franklin
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click on photo to enlarge Olivera
I see a lot of beautiful women and quite a few UGLY men! They look like FROGs!
"Woody" Woodward's Photos
Barry Enock & Robert Smith
John Friesch & Robert Smith
Mickey the cave VungTau 1968
Rocky & Robert Smith
From: Dante Stevensen,
the JFK foto near the bottom of your long page:
foto was taken in early cold 1962 was of my assault group. Also shown on
the foto nest to Stan Janecka on his left is Green and then Kucinski.
To his right, but not shown was RA Tolison. To the left of JFK was his chief-of-staff and to that man’s left was our skipper, John Callahan. I was standing to the left of Callahan. It was damn cold outside that day.
AD Clark was in a room elsewhere with Roy Boehm where AD demonstrated our newest weapon, the AR 15. The conversation AD had with JFK, who within days supplied his secret service with AR 15s, got Roy Boehm, our then XO, released from an impending court martial.
ordered those weapons without supposed proper permission, and the powers
that did not want the navy to have a unit of anti terrorism came down
hard on Roy.
Clark and I were 2 of the 11 that graduated
class 22 (east). Claus
Kratky and Bill Daugherty were injured during our class and were rolled
back to and graduated class 23.
Carl Swepston Plane
Brown and Turner
Jason & Son
Dan Healy Bob Kerrey
Herlinda Dealy & Daughter
Nathan Hardy & Son Parker
Marc Alan Lee
SEAL KIA's Russ Geraldi & BrainMulholland
Ryan Job sight
Ryan Job WIA blinded Ryan & Kelly Rob
SEAL Team FOUR platoon, Operation Just Cause
Nick Rocha Tom Norris & Mike Thornton
BUD/S Class 236
W.C. Reunion 75 photo by Lou Boyles
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Some great Guys in there. I took it at the Coronado Women's Club in 75. That was the only year that we were there. I don't think they wanted us back. Don't know why. I just got some of the Guys together and climbed up on the roof to grab a shot. Had a great time at the Reunion last weekend as always.
They said it was confirmed that the Leap Frogs were to be disbanded. That is sad, especially for me. I was in the jump team for 11 years and was the one who came up with the name 'Leap Frogs'.
Jack wants me to do a story on it for the
Blast. I'll work on it.
Capt David Garner Wilbourne, USN (Ret ) passed away on January 18, 2010 in Corpus Christi, TX. He was born April 29, 1942 in Harrisonburg, VA. His life had been dedicated to his country with his 26 year naval career as a Senior Naval Officer obtaining significant combat experience in Naval Special Warfare (UDT/SEAL) serving three tours in Vietnam.
He was a thoughtful and caring man whom will always be honored and respected for his achievements and contributions to the UDT/SEAL and Intelligence communities.
Capt Wilbourne's ashes will be scattered at sea by fellow SEAL's at sunrise on Sunday November 7, 2010 during Veterans Day services off the shore of the UDT/SEAL Museum located in Ft. Pierce, Florida. For his family and those who truly knew him he will be loved and dearly missed forever.
is your photo missing? send it to Rio at email@example.com
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Doc Riojas, if you want to publish it on your website, here’s a humorous trailer for you of my next book. IF not, enjoy the read.... Later, Carl
Howdy men, I hope everybody is impatiently awaiting the arrival of the third installment in The Indomitable Patriot series. The book takes us back to 1943 and the submarine USS Great White (SS-299), commanded by LCDR Marcus Spencer. You will recall the Great White and Captain Spencer from the first book, FERTIG, along with Evelyn “Pinky” Pinkert and LCDR (detailed OSS) David Meyers from both FERTIG and book two, DEAN. The Great White is at Mare Island for overhaul and installation of some OSS communications gear. After attending meetings at OSS headquarters, Spencer, Meyers and Pinky drive the the OSS training academy, the former Congressional County Club. All right, here’s a short, humorous trailer from book three....
The meeting continued for a couple more hours before breaking. Meyers, Captain Spencer and Pinky drove to the Country Club to spend the night with Pinky in the guesthouse. The following morning they would fly to Fort Monmouth in Pinky’s Staggerwing Beechcraft.
“It never fails to amaze me, whenever I come down here,” Meyers said as they parked in front of the administration building. “I’ll never forget the first two weeks of the academy when Pinky shared a bunk in a dormitory with twenty-three other men.”
“That’s all right, Mister Meyers,” Pinky said, ice in her voice. “We can save that story for another time!”
“Now my interest is peaked,” Spencer replied.
“Later, sir,” Pinky replied as she deeply blushed. “Only after a martini will I be able to tell that story.”
“My humble command,” Pinky said when Meyers and Spencer stopped and stared at the barbed-wire encased Quonset huts. “Come inside administration for a moment and I will introduce you to Colonel Godfrey, our administrator. Not even the Colonel has clearance to enter the barbed wire. After meeting the Colonel, David and I will give you a tour of the facility.”
As they drove around the complex, David and Pinky explained the training program for OSS Special Agents. They were parked at one of the five-hundred yard ranges when Spencer asked, “You went through all this firearms training, Pinky?”
“Captain Spencer,” Meyers answered, “Pinky is a distinguished master with a rifle. She can outshoot me.”
Spencer glanced at Pinky. “My COB, or Chief Of the Boat on the Great White is a thin, wiry fellow. Almost soft-spoken, but get under his skin or fail to obey a command, he instantly becomes a grizzly bear. I suspect, ma’am, the two of you are not that different.”
Pinky started up and then abruptly stopped their Jeep. “You see that man out there, Captain, the one leading that squad. He will be going to Tinian with you. His name is Carlos Hathcock, Senior. He can outshoot all of our firearms instructors. He can hit bull’s eyes at a thousand yards with an iron-sighted rifle.”
Spencer slowly shook his head as Pinky started up again. “Such young men we produce, to go in harm’s way,” he muttered under his breath.
Captain Spencer, David and I ate in the cadet’s mess. The food service was very good for cafeteria-style service. Afterward, we adjourned to the recreation room where I fixed martinis for the three of us. David brought up the subject of the academy again… to my great embarrassment.
“You delight in forcing me to tell that story, don’t you, Mister Meyers,” Pinky said as she broke out in laughter.
“Marcus (Spencer had told them to dispense with the Captain Spencer routine), my family owns this place, the former Congressional Country Club. I lived in the guesthouse when they leased it to the OSS for the duration of the war, under the condition I continue residing in the guesthouse. My uncles didn’t want me moving back to Chicago where I would be too close to them. The OSS hired me, and I applied for special agent training. David and I were in the first academy class.”
“For the first two weeks of physical, as well as stress training, everybody lived in open barracks. If you survived that period, you moved into individual rooms for the remainder of the training. Their theory, the enemy would neither discriminate nor go easy on a female, so they lumped everybody together.”
“Sunday afternoon, the day before the training officially began; I’m arranging my uniforms and gear in my locker… in an open bay with twenty-three other guys.”
Marcus began to chuckle and then laugh aloud. “Excuse me, Pinky, I’m picturing you bunking in the crew quarters on a sub and being with eighty men who have not bathed in a week or two. It gets pretty foul at times on a boat!”
“We are all tending to our gear while our drill instructor marches up and down the aisle, screaming ‘The enemy intends to kill you, pretty women as quickly as big, tough men,’ and all that.”
“And then Gunny stops at my bunk. I come to attention. The rim of his Smokey Bear hat a fraction of an inch from my forehead. ‘Pinkert, you get one privilege,’ he screams… spittle landing all over my face. ‘There is one stall in the head with a curtain. That stall is yours alone. In exchange for that privilege, you shall not use the men’s urinal. Do you understand that?’”
“Sir, yes sir,” I screamed in Gunny’s face, biting my tongue to keep from laughing. Then Gunny screams, “Men, you will report immediately if you catch Pinkert using your urinal. Do you understand that?”
“A chorus of ‘Sir, yes sir,’ rang throughout the barracks. By now I’m about to explode with laughter.”
“It got worse when Gunny yelled at us about one shower for everybody,” David interrupted. “I’ll save Pinky further embarrassment and leave that to your imagination.”
“Pinky, water is in such short supply on a sub that bathing usually amounts to a gallon of water, once a week if you’re lucky,” Marcus replied. “There is an officer’s head on board, but it’s usually crammed full of supplies for most of a patrol. Everybody uses one head in the after torpedo room. That, too, becomes pretty foul after weeks at sea.”
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 !