William John Bushelle, 38 years old, a native of Saint Louis, Missouri,
born January 31, 1976 in St. Louis MO. In Aug 1994 he enlisted in the
U.S. Navy. After Basic Training and Electricians Mate "A" school
at Great Lakes, IL he reported to BUD/S and graduated in class 202,
His first assigment after BUD/S was SEAL Team FOUR at Little Creek VA.
where he served as platoon operator for the remained of his active
He reported to N.R. SEAL Team EIGHT in Great Lakes, IL in August
1999 while he attended Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.
HE received a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Technology
and his minor was in Business Administration in Dec 2004
Bill Langley's Photos and Stories
UDT-21 and John
From: Bill Langley
to: executive director blast editor
Left to Right: The man bending over with his back to the camera and the other man with sunglasses were with John Wayne, next is Chester
Coggeshall, PO1 Bob Auger, Ens Bill Langley (standing on a chair), Doc Meyers (hat), John "The Duke" Wayne, Fud Miller, Chief Gene
Gayman, an Army Capt, PO3 Marshall, SN Stein, Jim Zultewicz, an Army Lt, Grossmouth (now a Navy surgeon), and Dwight
Plumlee. Tom Winter was also with the UDT survey team but was not in the picture.
The picture was taken in 1972 at a beach in Rio Hato, Panama. It was taken about two hours after the completion of a beach survey conducted jointly by UDT-21 and Panamanian frogmen. Sharks were spotted about halfway through the survey so it finished quickly and the Panamanian frogmen immediately left the area.
The Panamanian president had a villa near the beach and the barracks that the UDT detachment stayed in was also near the beach. The night before the survey, President Omar Torrijos invited the Panamanian officer, Chief Gene
Gayman, Ensign Bill Langley, and an Army officer to his villa for a brief visit. President
Torrijos, while lying comfortably on a hammock in a screened-in porch, welcomed them to Panama, invited them to have tea, thanked them for coming to Rio Hato to conduct the beach survey, and told them that John Wayne was scheduled to visit with him the next day. An armed guard was stationed on each side of the hammock and several more were strategically located outside the villa. No doubt there were more armed guards on alert nearby.
While drinking tea with the president as he relaxed in his hammock, one person at a time would come in from a line that had formed outside to informally express their problems or concerns. After listening to them, he would make a decision and tell his aid what to do. They would leave and the next person would come in. The president appeared to be very accessible to the Panamanian people that lived in the area. The next morning SN Stein conducted reveille by riding into the barracks on the back of a 4½ foot elephant that was trumpeting loudly; an unusual beginning of a very special day. During the survey a small plane flew over and someone commented, "There goes John Wayne".
President Torrijos must have told John Wayne who we were and what we were doing because as we were cleaning our gear, a large car pulls up and out steps John Wayne. He was a big man (6'5") and he was extremely gracious, nice, and friendly toward everyone. He told us that he admired and respected the UDT/SEAL community and the U S military. He had a few beers, smoked a big cigar and partied with us in John Wayne style for at least an hour.
We all remember the frogman tradition of throwing someone in the water for almost anything. I think it was Stein who said, “Let’s throw him in the water”, to which John replied, “I’ll bury you boy”. Everyone laughed and a few minutes later John’s party decided it was time to go. For that brief hour we all felt like we were on a movie set with "The Duke / Big John”.
Left to Right: The man bending over with his back to us and the other with
sunglasses are with "The Duke", next is Chester Coggeshall, PO1 Bob
Auger, Ens Bill Langley (standing on a chair), Doc Meyers (hat), John "The
Duke" Wayne, Fud Miller, Chief Gene Gayman, army Capt, PO3 Marshall, SN
Stein, Jim Zultewicz, army Lt, Grossmouth (now a navy surgeon), and Dwight
Plumlee. Tom Winter was also with the UDT group but was not in the picture.
compliments of BIll Langley: 1967 Vietnam ST-2: L-R standing: Sam Fournier, LT.
Bill Bishop, Bill MacCarthy, Bill Langley, Gunther Jauzems SITTING: Durwood Hunter White, CLark "Doc" "Shorty" Long
The first one is in 1967 with ST-2 in Vietnam.
L-R: Sam Fornier, Durwood White, Lt. Bill Bishop, Bill MacCarthy, Bill
Langley, Doc "Shorty" Long, Gunther Jaunzems (sp)
The next one is in 1964 with UDT-21-2. L-R:
Ralph Diebold, Ed Leasure, Bob Harrabak, Bill Langley.
The third one is in 1972 with UDT-21 in Rio
Hato, Panama. Ens Bill Langley is on a chair behind John Wayne. P.O. Auger is in front of Ens Langley's right arm, Doc Meyers is to
John's right, Cf Gene Gayman is to John's left, P.O. Marshall is next, and SN
Stien is with the clipboard. Other names are unknown at this time.
This picture was taken a short time after we finished surveying the beach at
Rio Hato with the Panamanian frogmen. Sharks were spotted about halfway
through the survey so we finished this one smartly. The Panamanian
president had a villa near the beach and the barracks we stayed in were also
near the beach. The night before the survey, El Presidente Omar Torrijos
invited the Panamanian Lt, Cf Gayman, and me to his villa for a visit. He told us that John Wayne was going to visit him the next day while we were
surveying the beach. The next morning SN Stien conducted reveille
by riding into our barracks on the back of a 4 foot elephant trumpting loudly,
an unusual beginning to a very special day. During the survey a small
plane flew over and someone commented, "there goes the Duke". We didn't give it another thought.
Presidente Torrijos must have told
John who were and what we were doing because as we were cleaning our gear, a
large car pulls up and out steps John Wayne. He was very friendly and
gracious. He socialized with us the John Wayne way and talked to us
for at least an hour. He knew a lot about the UDT frogmen and showed
great respect. For that brief hour we all felt like we were in a
screening for a movie with "Big John." Just another day in the
life of a frogman.
Navy SEAL K.I.A.s
The Dept. of Defense should make an argument to
these men families for all of them to be buried together in Arlington
Nation Cemetery !
I second the motion: Doc Riojas (USN Retired Navy SEAL)
Strange Sat, Mar 17, 2012 , From: <SOBER1387 AT aol DOT com> wrote: To:
If possible, can you please post the attached picture to page 11.
Thank you Doc ..... Michael's father Chalie and I friends .....
Peace Mike Hanson
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The Fairfield County Sports Commission announced Saturday that U.S. Navy SEAL Brian R. Bill is the 2011 Chelsea Cohen Courage Award winner.
Bill, a Stamford native, was killed in action on Aug. 6 in Afghanistan. He will be honored at the Commission's seventh annual Sports Night awards dinner, Monday, Oct.17, at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich at 6 p.m.
The Cohen Award is sponsored by the Forever Young Foundation, the charitable giving entity of Greenwich native and NFL Hall of Famer Steve Young. In 2006, the Commission created the Chelsea Cohen Courage Award, named after the late Cohen, a former Norwalk High soccer star who was the Commission's first Courage Award recipient in 2005. She passed away in Aug. 2006 after a courageous bout with a rare form of cancer of the nervous system. The award recognizes the person in the sports community who has shown inspirational strength in battling life-altering obstacles.
In Bill's name, Forever Young will make a donation of $2,000 to the newly created Chelsea Cohen Fitness Academy.
Bill enlisted in the U.S. Navy in June 2001. He was a graduate of Norwich University and of Trinity Catholic High in Stamford (1997). Bill played soccer and hockey at Trinity and was a co-captain in hockey under FC Sports Hall of Fame coach Mickey
Lione, Jr. He was an avid sportsman as a skilled fly-fisherman, skier and skydiver, and also was an accomplished mountaineer and tri-athlete who also completed several marathons.
"We are extremely honored to accept this award on Brian's . . .
WHO IS BRIAN R BILL?
Chief Special Warfare Operator (SEAL) Brian R Bill
The morning of August 6th 2011 changed my life forever. It was the day my little brother, Brian, was killed in Afghanistan. On that day, not only did I lose one of my best friends, but our nation lost a truly incredible American Hero.
Brian was a remarkably gifted, thoughtful, and compassionate young man. He loved life; he loved a challenge; and he was passionate about being a SEAL. Brian was incredibly brave and determined, and through hard work, developed skills and talents that offered him amazing opportunities. He was an accomplished mountaineer, skier, pilot, and triathlete, amongst a wide variety of other interests. Brian was also gifted with a fierce sense of humor, compassion and loyalty.
Brian loved and respected his SEAL teammates. He loved his country, the people who live in it and the freedoms we all share. He was truly special, not only to our family, but to our country.
Brian not only inspired me – he inspired anyone who ever met him. It is our goal to pass this inspiration along to others – especially to the “Little Warriors” who live among us. We believe Brian’s legacy will motivate these children to achieve greatness in whatever they pursue and honor Brian for years to come.
Here are a few photo’s of Brian doing the things he loved.
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Bio: Chief Special Warfare Operator (SEAL) Brian R Bill
Brian was born on August 23, 1979 in Stamford, CT. He graduated from Trinity Catholic High School and then attended Norwich University. He graduated in May 2001 with a degree in Electrical Engineering and immediately enlisted in the United States Navy to pursue his dream of becoming a Navy SEAL.
In December 2001, he entered BUD/S (Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL) training, one of the most grueling and demanding training programs in the world. Upon graduation from BUDS, Brian continued on to Advanced SEAL Qualification Training where he excelled.
Brian was assigned to his first permanent duty station, a SEAL Team in Virginia Beach, VA, from June 2003 to July 2007. As a US Navy SEAL, Brian completed numerous deployments around the world in support of the Global War on Terrorism. In July 2007, he began a rigorous selection and training course with Naval Special Warfare Development Group (NSWDG). Nine months after successfully completing this rigorous process, Brian was assigned to one of the Development Group teams – one of our nation’s most elite fighting forces.
Chief Special Warfare Operator (SEAL) Brian Bill was a highly decorated combat veteran with numerous awards, including the Bronze Star Medal with Valor (4), including one for extraordinary heroism, Purple Heart Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal with Valor, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Combat Action Ribbon (2), Presidential Unit Citation (2), Navy Unit Commendation, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and numerous other personal and unit decorations.
On 6 August 2011, a Chinook helicopter, call sign Extortion 17, was shot down by enemy fire in Afghanistan taking the lives of 38 people on board. Brian was one of 17 SEALs aboard that helicopter. He was 31 years old. Brian rests in Arlington National Cemetery alongside many of his teammates who also perished in action on that day.
Kelsall and RObert J Reeves
came from the same town, Shreveport, La. They were high school
friends. Both men, Robert James Reeves and Jonas Kelsall
Brian R Bill
Aaron Carson Vaughn
Nestled in the rural Ozarks of northwestern Arkansas, little Green Forest, population 2,717, bade farewell Tuesday to a native son, U.S. Navy SEAL Tommy
Jesse D Pittman
Aaron Carson Vaughn
Second Minn. SEAL Killed in Helicopter Attack
Chief Petty Officer John Faas was one of the 17 Navy SEALs killed when their helicopter was shot down by insurgents Saturday. He is the second Minnesotan killed in the attack.
Matthew David Mason’s military achievements and accolades
- Graduated Recruit Training Command at Great Lakes, Ill., in June, 2000
- Graduated Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL Training in
- Completed Naval Special Warfare Advanced Training in Coronado, Calif., in
- Reported to West Coast-based SEAL Team in July 2001
- Reported to his East Coast based SEAL Team in June 2006
- 2 Bronze Stars
- Purple Heart
- Joint Service Commendation Medal with “V” device for valor
- Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Combat “V” device for
- Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal
- 2 Combat Action Ribbons Presidential Unit Citation
- Joint Meritorious Unit Commendation
- Meritorious Unit Commendation
- 3 Good Conduct Medals
- National Defense Service Medal
- Afghanistan Campaign Medal
- Iraq Campaign Med
- Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
- Global War on Terrorism Medal
- 6 Sea Service Deployment Ribbons
- Rifle Marksmanship Medal
- Pistol Marksmanship Medal
Navy Seals’ tragedy throws light on our Afghan aimlessness
August 12, 2011
JULIETTE KAYYEM is right in saying that the tragic death of the Navy Seals in Afghanistan demonstrates the
“fallacy’’ of this war (“Afghan crash inflicts double blow on US psyche,’’ Op-ed, Aug. 8). Many of us have
questioned the war’s goals and operation from the beginning. The so-called mission - “to deny Al Qaeda a safe
haven’’ - was proved a fallacy after Osama bin Laden’s death in Pakistan, and after the spread of Al Qaeda to
many other countries, including, thanks to our misguided war there, Iraq, where it never existed before.
REST OF THE STORY. . .
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Just when you thought this situation could not be any
more FUBAR. The Army is now specifically unwilling to
confirm that the SEAL chopper was even brought down by
"hostile fire". It is being referred to as a
"crash". I kid you not. My jaw is on the floor.
Here is the citation with the full interview.
CNSNews.com has an interview with U.S. Army Lt. Col. Jimmie
Cummings Jr., a spokesman for ISAF (International Security
Assistance Force). Lt. Col. Cummings also gleefully states
that Afghan troops are frequently embedded . . . and
sometimes the Afghans are even put "in the lead".
The Afghans can not be trusted. "Friendly" Afghans
turn on and kill U.S. troops with sickening frequency. I
have received emails from soldiers on the ground in
Afghanistan who lament that they are fighting for people who
"hate us". Not only should we not be embedding
them with our troops, much less two dozen SEALs on a single
helo, but it is madness to let Afghanis "take the
lead", since they could "lead" U.S. troops
into ambushes. This politically correct B.S. has to stop
This is me speculating now, so take it with a grain of salt,
but if you have a chopper go down and the bodies are damaged
beyond any ability to identify remains as we were told
today, and the Army refuses to confirm "hostile
fire", doesn't that pretty much leave a massive
Like, for example, a suicide bombing? Are we looking at a
situation where two dozen SEALs were put on a chopper with
an Afghani suicide bomber? I do not know, but SOMEONE HAS TO
STEP UP AND ASK THESE QUESTIONS.
Hello? Journalists? Anyone?
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First images of
Chinook wreckage revealed as Pentagon names all 30
heroes who died at site - while roadside bomb in
southern Afghanistan kills five more troops
Serial number of
helicopter visible in remains spread across woodland
Soldiers killed in
Chinook shot down on Saturday came from 24 U.S.
First full list of
names, ages and hometowns revealed - 17 were Navy
Eye witnesses to
the crash describe seeing the chopper burst into
flames and break apart before falling from the sky
The first images of the
Chinook wreckage were revealed today, at the same time
five more American troops were killed in Afghanistan by
a roadside bomb that exploded in the southern part of
The news was confirmed
as the Pentagon released the names of the 30 soldiers
who died when the Chinook they were flying in was shot
down by Taliban militants.
The U.S. military and
the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF)
did not give details regarding the five troops who were
killed in the roadside bomb other than it happened in
the south of the country.
A Pentagon spokesman in
Washington said all the victims were Americans.
Souvenirs from the wreckage of the Chinook helicopter
shot down last week are being collected at the site of
the crash by Afghan children
A part of a gun stamped 'Made in Germany' is seen
among the wreckage of the Chinook helicopter shot down
last week at Tangi Valley in Wardak province
It means that at least
50 foreign troops have been killed so far in August.
finished recovering the victims' remains and big
sections of the Chinook wreckage yesterday. Yet small,
twisted pieces of the CH-47 remain scattered on both
sides of a slow-flowing river in Wardak province where
it crashed before dawn on Saturday.
Eye witnesses to the
crash describe seeing the chopper burst into flames and
break apart before falling from the sky.
Farhad, a local
resident, said that the helicopter was shot down by a
rocket-propelled grenade fired from a nearby knoll as it
was preparing to land.
'As soon as it was hit,
it started burning,' he said, standing in a field still
littered with small pieces of the chopper, including a
part of a scorched rifle stamped 'Made in Germany' and a
piece of charred paper with typewritten first aid
'After it started
burning, it crashed. It came down in three pieces,' he
added. 'We could see it burning from our homes.'
Gul Agha, another
resident of Tangi Valley, also said that after the
helicopter crashed, parts were burning on either side of
the Tangi River. Some of the debris also ended up on a
nearby hillside, he said.
'When the helicopter
came at night, the Taliban were hiding in the bushes
around the area,' he said.
He said coalition
forces worked several days to remove victims' remains.
Then they blew up sections of the helicopter into
smaller pieces, loaded them on trucks and took them from
the site, he said.
Warfare Operator Petty Officer 1st Class, Aaron C.
Vaughn, 30, of Stuart, Florida, left, and
Special Warfare Operator Petty Officer 1st Class SEAL
Jason R. Workman, 32, of Blanding, Utah
Warfare Operator Petty Officer 2nd Class Nicholas P.
Spehar, 24, of Saint Paul, Minnesota, left, and Chief
Warrant Officer Bryan J. Nichols, 31, 7th Battalion,
158th Aviation Regiment of Hays, Kansas
Technician (Collection) Petty Officer 1st Class
(Expeditionary Warfare Specialist) Michael J. Strange,
25, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, left, and Tech Sgt
John W. Brown, 33, of Tallahassee, Florida
Violence is at its
worst in Afghanistan since U.S.-backed Afghan forces
toppled the Taliban government in late 2001, with
record civilian casualties and high levels of foreign
troop deaths during the first half of 2011.
On Wednesday, a NATO
service member died in a roadside bomb blast and five
Afghan policemen were killed when their checkpoint was
attacked by Taliban insurgents, the coalition and
Afghan police said.
The Chinook attack
was the deadliest single mission of the
Afghanistan war and the names.
troops came from two dozen states and all corners of
the nation, mostly young men in their twenties and
thirties.Florida, Minnesota, Hawaii and Massachusetts
are just some of the states represented.
of the names of troops killed in the helicopter crash
were already known because their families have spoken
about them since the Saturday downing of their
helicopter by insurgents. Eight Afghans also died.
Warfare Operator Master Chief Petty Officer, Louis J.
Langlais, 44, of Santa Barbara, California, left, and
Lt. Cmdr. (SEAL) Jonas B. Kelsall, 32, of Shreveport,
Ordnance Disposal Technician Senior Chief Petty
Officer, Expeditionary Warfare Specialist/Freefall
Parachutist, Kraig M. Vickers 36, of Kokomo, Hawaii,
left and Special Warfare Operator Chief Petty Officer
(SEAL) Kevin A. Houston, 35, of West Hyannisport,
Navy shows Special Warfare Operator Petty Officer 1st
Class, Jesse D. Pittman, 27, of Ukiah, California,
left, and Sgt Patrick D. Hamburger, 30, 2nd batallion,
135th Aviation Regiment, of Grand Island, Nebraska
had been internal discussion over whether to identify
those who were covert special operations troops. The Special
Operations Command had asked officials to
withhold the names because of security worries.
majority of the dead were special operations forces,
including members of SEAL Team 6, the unit that killed
Osama bin Laden. Military officials said none of the
crash victims were on that mission in Pakistan
against the al-
Panetta decided to hold to Pentagon policy of
killed were 17 members of the elite Navy
SEALs, five Naval Special Warfare personnel who
support the SEALs, three Air
Force Special Operations personnel and an Army
helicopter crew of five.
Operator Petty Officer 1st Class (SEAL/Parachutist) Christopher G. Campbell,
36, of Jacksonville, N.C.,
Warfare Operator Petty Officer 1st Class
(SEAL/Parachutist) Christopher G. Campbell, 36, of
Jacksonville, North Carolina, left, and Master-at-Arms
Petty Officer 1st Class, Expeditionary Warfare
Specialist, John Douangdara, 26, of South Sioux City,
Warfare Operator Petty Officer 1st Class (SEAL) Darrik
C. Benson, 28, of Angwin, California, left, and
Information Systems Technician Petty Officer 1st
Class, Expeditionary Warfare Specialist/Freefall
Parachutist, Jared W. Day, 28, of Taylorsville,
Warfare Operator Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Stephen M.
Mills, 35, of Fort Worth, Texas., left, and Special
Warfare Operator Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) John W.
Faas, 31, of Minneapolis, Minnesota
The crash comes amid
fears that the country is far from stable even though
U.S. and NATO forces have begun to leave Afghanistan.
U.S. military officials have tried to counter those
fears, saying that while the downing of the Chinook
was a tragic setback, one crash will not determine the
course of the war.
Marine Corps Gen.
John Allen, the top commander of U.S. and NATO forces
in Afghanistan, said Wednesday that F-16 fighter jets
killed the insurgents responsible for the crash. But
the military provided few details to back up the
coalition has also said the helicopter was apparently
shot down by a rocket-propelled grenade. But Allen
said the military will investigate whether other
causes contributed to the crash.
Warfare Operator Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Robert J.
Reeves, 32, of Shreveport, Louisiana. left, and
Petty Officer 1st Class Jon T. Tumilson, 35, of
Warfare Operator Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Matthew D.
Mason, 37, of Kansas City, Missouri, left, and Special
Warfare Operator Chief Petty Officer, Brian R. Bill,
31, of Stamford, Connecticut
Sgt Daniel L. Zerbe, 28, of York, Pennsylvania, left,
and Chief Petty Officer Nicholas H. Null, 30, of
Washington, West Virginia
Alam Gul, chief of
the local council in Sayd Abad district where the
crash occurred, said many villagers were up at the
time because it is the holy month of Ramadan when
Muslims fast during the day, break fast in the evening
and then get up and eat again around 2am for
sustenance to make it through the day.
He said people in the
Tangi Valley worry that the U.S. will take revenge and
bomb their villages. He insisted that no major Taliban
figures were living or hiding out in the area, where
many locals don't side with the U.S.-led coalition or
the Afghan government.
'The foreigners are
guests, but what has changed in ten years?' Gul said
residents ask. 'Yes, you are our guests, but you have
done a lot of bad things.'
He said frequent
night raids in and around his district have angered
local residents, who are offended by knocks on their
doors in the middle of the night when families are
Specialist Spencer Duncan, 21, Bravo Company, 7th
Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment, of Olathe, Kansas,
left, and Army Chief Warrant Officer 4 David R.
Carter, from Aurora, Colorado
Warrant Officer Sgt Alexander J. Bennett, 24, 7th
Batallion, 158th Aviation Regiment, of Tacoma,
Washington , left, and Special Warfare Operator Senior
Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Thomas A. Ratzlaff, 34, of
Green Forest, Arkansas
Sgt Andrew W. Harvell 26, of Long Beach, California,
left, and Special Warfare Operator Chief Petty Officer
(SEAL) Heath M. Robinson, 34, of Detroit, Michigan
Coalition forces left a
combat outpost in Tangi, less than a mile (about 1
kilometre) from the crash site, in the spring.
They took their
expensive equipment, but left other items, like
freezers, Gul said. The Taliban retrieved the items and
had a yard sale, he said. Afghans from the surrounding
area came to shop. Then, instead of occupying the
outpost, Gul said the Taliban booby-trapped it with
The latest deaths,
which raised to 374 the number of international forces
killed so far this year, underscored the tenuous nature
of the war.
FULL LIST OF THE 30 HEROES KILLED IN CHINOOK CRASH
Cmdr. (SEAL) Jonas B. Kelsall, 32, of Shreveport,
Operator Master Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Louis J.
Langlais, 44, of Santa Barbara, California;
Operator Senior Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Thomas A.
Ratzlaff, 34, of Green Forest, Arkansas;
Disposal Technician Senior Chief Petty Officer
(Expeditionary Warfare Specialist/Freefall
Parachutist) Kraig M. Vickers 36, of Kokomo, Hawaii;
Operator Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Brian R. Bill,
31, of Stamford, Connecticut;
Operator Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) John W. Faas,
31, of Minneapolis, Minnesota;
Operator Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Kevin A.
Houston, 35, of West Hyannisport, Massachusetts;
Operator Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Matthew D.
Mason, 37, of Kansas City, Missouri;
Operator Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Stephen M.
Mills, 35, of Fort Worth, Texas;
Disposal Technician Chief Petty Officer
(Expeditionary Warfare Specialist/Freefall
Parachutist/Diver) Nicholas H. Null, 30, of
Washington, West Virginia;
Operator Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Robert J.
Reeves, 32, of Shreveport, Louisiana;
Operator Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Heath M.
Robinson, 34, of Detroit, Michigan;
Operator Petty Officer 1st Class (SEAL) Darrik C.
Benson, 28, of Angwin, California;
Operator Petty Officer 1st Class (SEAL/Parachutist)
Christopher G. Campbell, 36, of Jacksonville, North
Technician Petty Officer 1st Class (Expeditionary
Warfare Specialist/Freefall Parachutist) Jared W.
Day, 28, of Taylorsville, Utah;
Officer 1st Class (Expeditionary Warfare Specialist)
John Douangdara, 26, of South Sioux City, Nebraska;
Technician (Collection) Petty Officer 1st Class
(Expeditionary Warfare Specialist) Michael J.
Strange, 25, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania;
Operator Petty Officer 1st Class (SEAL/Enlisted
Surface Warfare Specialist) Jon T. Tumilson, 35, of
Operator Petty Officer 1st Class (SEAL) Aaron C.
Vaughn, 30, of Stuart, Florida;
Operator Petty Officer 1st Class (SEAL) Jason R.
Workman, 32, of Blanding, Utah.
sailors assigned to a West Coast-based Naval Special
Warfare unit were killed:
Operator Petty Officer 1st Class (SEAL) Jesse D.
Pittman, 27, of Ukiah, California, and
Operator Petty Officer 2nd Class (SEAL) Nicholas P.
Spehar, 24, of Saint Paul, Minnesota.
The soldiers killed
Officer David R. Carter, 47, of Centennial,
Colorado. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion,
135th Aviation Regiment (General Support Aviation
Officer Bryan J. Nichols, 31, of Hays, Kansas. He
was assigned to the 7th Battalion, 158th Aviation
Regiment (General Support Aviation Battalion), New
Sgt. Patrick D.
Hamburger, 30, of Lincoln, Neb. He was assigned to
the 2nd Battalion, 135th Aviation Regiment (General
Support Aviation Battalion), Grand Island, Nebraska;
Sgt. Alexander J.
Bennett, 24, of Tacoma, Washington. He was assigned
to the 7th Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment
(General Support Aviation Battalion), New Century,
Spc. Spencer C.
Duncan, 21, of Olathe, Kansas. He was assigned to
the 7th Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment (General
Support Aviation Battalion), New Century, Kansas.
The airmen killed
Tech. Sgt. John W.
Brown, 33, of Tallahassee, Florida;
Staff Sgt. Andrew W.
Harvell, 26, of Long Beach, California; and
Tech. Sgt. Daniel L.
Zerbe, 28, of York, Pennsylvania.
All three airmen
were assigned to the 24th Special Tactics Squadron,
Pope Field, North Carolina.
Lee a Gold Star mother
Teachers: Vaughn stood out as youth
By: Chris Menees, Staff Reporter Tuesday, August 9, 2011 9:06 pm
Aaron Vaughn By CHRIS MENEES Staff Reporter
Even in junior high, there was something that set Aaron Vaughn apart. Vaughn, a 30-year-old Obion County native, was among 30 U.S. servicemen — including 22 elite Navy SEALS — who died early Saturday in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan.
He is the son of Karen (Rodenberger) and Billy Vaughn Jr. of Stuart, Fla., formerly of Obion County, and the grandson of Geneva and Billy Vaughn Sr. of Union City and Evelyn Rodenberger of Knoxville and the late Frank
Rodenberger, also formerly of Obion County.
Vaughn was born and raised in Obion County and moved with his family — which also includes sisters Tara (Vaughn) Baldwin and Ana Vaughn — to Florida when he was a high school sophomore. He returned to this area his senior year and graduated from Obion County Central High School in 1999.
After a couple years of college in Florida, he joined the U.S. Navy at age 20 and began SEAL training right after boot camp. Marci Roach, an educator in the Obion County School System who taught Vaughn in the 1990s when he was a junior high student at Hillcrest Elementary, said she saw in him something that was “distinct and unique and rare.” “When I think about Aaron’s personality, he was always distinct. His personality was distinct,” Mrs. Roach said. “He was kind of an intense little boy, a young man. I can remember how his eyes would look sometimes — those big blue eyes would just bug out and look at you real hard. “There was something about Aaron that did set him apart from the other kids, even at that age, and I recognized it then and still now, looking back on it, you can see he was distinct.
He was set apart and I just feel like that people are born to do this. This is born in them and there was something in him that was distinct and unique and rare,” she said. Ironically, Vaughn’s photo had even appeared on the front page of The Messenger when he was a young student at Hillcrest and he responded to a question posed to fourth- and fifth-graders about the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in August 1990. Obion County educator Lesa Scillion also taught Vaughn in the sixth, seventh and eighth grades at Hillcrest and has good memories of the young man. “He had always wanted to be a Navy SEAL,” Mrs. Scillion said. “He talked about that even in the sixth grade.
He was a skinny little boy. In fact, I think I told him one time that he would have to fill out a little bit. “He was always a good student, a good kid. He always stood up for what he believed in. He was very thoughtful, had deep opinions about lots of things and wasn’t afraid to express them in a good way. I have good memories of Aaron.” Lisa
Vancleave, an Obion County School System employee who attended church with Vaughn’s family for many years at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church near Rives, recalled a young Christian man who was “fun-loving and happy-go-lucky” on various church outings.
Do a Search for Michael Johnson on www.sealtwo.org,
some interesting pictures of him on it.
Hank Togna and sons, Hank was in the FIRST class of UDT at Little Creek
VA: Class Alpha
I've attached the bio I put together for David Godshall... I put it together myself from 2 or 3 different sources... the museum website and a couple of books where Mr Godshall features. Interesting story when the BSU wouldn't extract his squad from a hot beach in Beirut and he had to put a gun to a crewmans head in order to save his buddies. I can't begin to imagine what he must have witnessed that October day, digging through the wreckage of the BLT. Hell on earth.
Doc... you and Rio Grande are always welcome, summertime is good for me so long as it is July or August... I'd be more than happy to welcome you guys here and show you around... once you get a better idea of dates just let me know and I'll put it in the diary. It'll be a real honour to have you here Doc. London and the South is crammed with things to do and places to see, so let me know what kind of stuff you guys would like to see and I can come up with some ideas so you get to see all the places you want. Poland will be a blast... it was this time last year that I was trading emails with Chief Chris Kyle who had just come back from Poland and seeing his GROM buddies out there... we talked about drinking Polish Zubrowka Vodka with apple juice, and maybe meeting up next time he passed through London. So very sad that now, it will never be.
Well, it's back to work tomorrow morning... but I made myself a new years resolution that no matter how crazy work gets, I'm going to be sure to make time for my hobby and most importantly, keeping in touch regularly with my friends.
Gracias Amigo. best Darren
Gerald G. Larson
SUFFOLK - After a very short battle with
cancer, retired Virginia Beach Fire Department Battalion Chief Gerald G.
Larson passed away suddenly July 2, 2011 at home, surrounded by his
family, friends and beloved dog, Patches.
Gerry was born in Rush City, Minn., on July 25, 1941 and was a
graduate of Christopher Newport University. He enlisted in the Navy in
1959, and was stationed at Little Creek Naval Base where he joined the
Underwater Water Demolition Team 21 (now Seal Team 4). He was a
non-combat veteran of the Vietnam Wara nd had the honor of participating
in the training efforts for the Mercury Spacecraft Recovery Program.
He was a member of Faith Lutheran Church. He met Beverly A. Jordan at
the Little Creek Navy Base, and they married Aug. 22, 1964. After
retiring from the Virginia Beach Fire Department, his passion turned to
his grandchildren, Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts.
He mentored many young boys through scouting, including two of
his grandsons, Jeffrey Sabatino and Alex Palagyi to the rank of Eagle
Scout. He also helped his grandsons, Seva Karlov and Matt Palagyi
achieve the highest rank in Cub Scouts, the Arrow of Light.
Wounded Vetsand Pres. Bush Ride mountain bikes
North West UDT SEAL Chapter
Mark Metherell KIA
SEALs on Boat
ST 2, 4th Plt (1987)
These are photos from our May-Dec 1987 deployment ISO Earnest Will. The photos with the Iranian flag were taken aboard the Iran
Ajr, an Iranian minelayer.
I can't remember how to post photos on the CyberSEAL VTC, but thought you could use them on one of your ST2 pages.
WEBMASTER's NOTE: Thank you very
much Jim. The BOYs will always look great, no matter what
war. Doc Rio
LT Dave Jones, John Ammen, Ron Gorsline, Ed Fashold, Pat Feeney, Steve Messer, Brix
Gustavson, Nic Spaeder.
Two guys in middle row, L-R:
Micky Kenney , Bruce Cunningham.
Front row seated, L-R:
Jim Grindstaff, Stew Kerr, Don Dorste, LTjg Glen Guillow, Mark Newnam.
Photo was taken in Sierra De Retin, Spain (1987).
Not pictured was CPO Doug Bracca (he took the photo).
to Rt.: Jim Watson, ?, Susan Boehm, "Eagle" Gallagher, Joe
"Red" Coyle, A.Dee Clark
Dee Clark the Radical Veteran
"Moose" Boinotte & Doc RIojas
? , Jerry Todd
Shad, Capt Gormley
Doc Riojas, Jack Rowell, Mrs. Rowell
Richard Marcinko, Jim watson
Blanca, Doc E. Riojas
D.K.Mc Cormack , Rudy Boesch, Jim Tipton
Coast 2010 Reunion SEALs
to Lt: Mike Boynton, Tocci, Bill Langley, DOc Riojas, Jack Rowell, Chuck Jesse,
Bob "Pete" Peterson, ? , P.T. Schwartz, Chuck Newell, Hook Tuure,
John Dearmon, Bob "Eagle" Gallagher. Photo from the Movie
"Men with Green Faces"
68 There were shitloads of guys starting my class.
Nine of us went to SEAL
Team TWO. The CO when we arrived
was Gormly for about the first year and
he was replaced by Marcinko at ST-2. Gary Vanderheiden
68 Lt to Rt:
standing Tom Marsh, Frank Mulcahy, Gary Vanderheiden
L to R Steve Seigel, Mitch Shlosser and Russel Brownyer
is on the right in the background.
Wakefield native dies in jump accident
Sunday, July 18, 2010
Tyler S. Stimson
Va. — The U.S. Navy on Saturday, 17 July 2010, identified a Navy
SEAL who died in a jumping accident Friday in Suffolk, Va., as a
Wakefield, N.H., native who graduated from theniversity of New
Special Warfare Operator First Class (SEAL) Tyler S. Stimson, 30, was
assigned to an East Coast-based SEAL team. Initial reports indicate he
died of injuries sustained in an incident that occurred just before 5
a.m. Friday. Police and paramedics were called to respond to the scene
at the base of a cell phone tower on Godwin Boulevard near Harrell
Bay Sardinia Italy Aug 1966 East Coast UDTs
Stew Smith paygrade 03
Lt to Rt: "Doc" Stone, Dante Stephensen
Dee Clark Class 22 East Coast
UDT Frogs East Coast
East Coast Team
to Rt: Tom Keith and buddies in Iraq
Kieth's Computer Desktop photo, Iraq civil servants all SpecOps men.
to Rt: ? ,
Lou Gosser, ?
to Rt: Rudy Enders, and Joe Thrift Clarence
T. Risher III KIA VIetnam Class 29 E.C. Read the Book
"Rogue Warrior" for details of his death.
Jim Hillman UDT-21
photos from his son: Jim Hillman Jr.
Jim Hillman USN and now Retired
On Tue, Jun 8, 2010 at 10:22 AM, Hillman, Jim
I am writing to you to find out where I might find some pictures of my
father, Jim Hillman from UDT 21. He graduated Class 26 UDTIR. He was
with UDT 21 for 12 years from 1960 til his retirement in 1972.
pic we have is the graduating class photo from 1960. You will find this
in Marcinko's book "the Real Team". You seem to be the guy on
the web who has the most as far as archives are concerned. All the
pictures he had were stored in a box that the rats pissed and pooped on
and he ended up throwing the whole mess away some years ago.
something I am taking upon myself for posterity. My dad is alive and
well at 75 years. I thought it would be a nice gift for him to retrieve
some photos of the past.
Jim Hillman Jr.
-----Original Message----- From: Erasmo Riojas
Sent: Tuesday, June 08, 2010 9:17 PM To: Hillman, Jim Subject: Re: My
I have put out emails to the UDT SEAL Assn and other teamates. I hope we
can find some pictures of your dad.
Too bad the mice got to his stuff.
Doc Riojas Pearland TX
On Wed, Jun 9, 2010 , Hillman, Jim wrote: I'll send
you what I have tomorrow.
-----Original Message----- From: Erasmo Riojas Sent: Wednesday, June 09,
To: Hillman, Jim Subject: Re: My father
You are welcome.
hey, send me that class picture and also a present picture of your
father for www.sealtwo.org
thank you very much
On Wed, Jun 9, 2010 , Hillman, Jim wrote:
from: Erasmo Riojas to:"Hillman,
date :Wed, Jun 9, 2010 Subject Re: My father
thank you, take your time
SUNDAY, JULY 13, 2008, CDT
Well, here I am again - with another update!
Radiation is going well - 12 treatments down, 21 to go. Over the past few
days, the hair on the front of my head began falling out and I've been a bit
tired in the afternoons...really about the only side effects I've noticed.
Chemotherapy is rolling along - still a bit nauseous at times, but I haven't
booted yet.. .keep rooting for me on that one!
Let me see, Candice and I are still working out just about every day - which
is really nice.
Much love to everyone out there,
Their address is:
7043 Camino Degrazia, #198,
San Diego, CA 92111
SEAL Team ONE somebody got a better photo? please send it to
me at docrio45 [at} gmail DOT com com
Bob Thomas was recommended for the M.O.H. in 'nam, but the USN downgraded
it toa U.S. Navy Crosss
When he was OinC SPECWARGRUNAM he assigned me to some real shitty duty, like
going down to Sea Float and working with LCDR Al Sphinx;
but he also gave me a large leeway in working with the ST-2
guys anywhere, anytime. He made my last tour in the 'nam a beaut!
photo taken from the BLAST 1st 1/4 2007 May he Rest in Peace.
the book: "SEAL Warrior" by Tom Keith and there is a "seastory"
about Doc Riojas in the "bush." For that action he was
recommended for a Silver Star, but CDR O'Drain had it downgraded to a
Special Warfare Operator 2nd Class
A Monumental Honor
SO2 Clark Schwedler, ST-4, KIA on 5 April
2007 in Anbar, Iraq, photo taken from the BLAST 1st 1/4 2007
Navy SEAL building named
after a man with local ties By TRACI L. WEISENBACH
Tribune Staff Writer
There are many ways to honor someone for what they’ve
contributed — a plaque, a watch, a statue. Naming an entire building
after someone, though, is an ultimate honor.
Some Huron County residents traveled to Little Creek, Va., this spring
to attend a dedication of a new Navy SEAL headquarters building, which
is named after their nephew, Special Warfare Operator 2nd Class Clark
Huron County District Court Judge David B. Herrington, attorney John
Schwedler and Bad Axe Area District Library librarian Mimi Herrington
traveled to the ceremony to be with Clark’s parents, Susie and Joe,
and siblings, Kate Kokotovich and Tom Schwedler. Clark grew up in
Crystal Falls, where his parents still live.
Harold T. Hall Photos
to Rt.Standing: Roger Clancy, Arthur Garrison. Kneeling:
Harold T. Hall, Ens. Pat Dolliver, Evans, Bill Harding "Dolliver's
Divers" Boat Crew while in R&D at Ft. Pierce FL.
been informed that Roger Clancy passed away 28 June 2006. He training in
Ft Pierce (Class 4) and served from 1943 through 1945 in NCDU and UDT-4.
No further details are available.
This email is in reply to the above UDT-SEAL Assn short note regarding Roger
Clancy. Roger was in UDT 5, not UDT 4(this is correct). I am saddened to hear of his
Roger was in my rubber boat crew. Our commanding officer was Ensign Pat
Dolliver. We were known as "Dolliver's Divers". The name came from
an accident that we had during training. We were coming in from the sea,
paddling toward shore with a load of bangelore torpedoes when a wave flipped
over our rubber boat. We spent the rest of the day trying to find those five
foot sections and thus became "Doliver's Divers"!
We stayed in Fort Pierce after our training, in R&D, and worked on several
projects dealing with small rocket projectiles, etc.
We shipped out to the Pacific in UDT 5 under Commander Kauffman. Roger
participated in four pre-invasion actions starting with Saipan (the
first major swimming reconnaissance in the Pacific), and Tinian in the Mariana
Islands, followed by Leyte and Mindoro in the Philippine Islands.
Roger was gifted with great lungs and could hold his breath underwater for up
to four minutes.
Roger later did a lot of marathon running, and attended several of our
reunions over the years. Roger lost his wife, Helen, a few years back and that
really took the spark out of his life. I talked with Roger a few months back,
hoping he would be able to attend our next reunion in San Diego, but he told
me that physically, he just could not make it.
I will miss him.
Harold Hall PO Box 252 N. Eastham MA 02651
Hallu49 [at] aol DOT com
photos compliments of :Harold T.Hall Lt to Rt:Roger Clancy,
Bill Harding, Harold T. Hall, Bob Foxwell at Ft. Pierce after returning
" Old as dirt" Barnes
These photos below were taken at the American
Legion on 4th Street on May 29th celebrating Memorial Day 2006.
My dad's name is Jim Barnes, "Older Than
Dirt", Navy Frogman.
He is a member there and on the board of
directors. This is Dad in the "Dunk Tank." We all had a
great time there. They had lots of great food and beer. No one went home
Jim Barnes "Old as dirt"
F.R.O.G. = Fully Rely on God . Thank you
God for our "Vida Loca" as U.S. Navy Frogmen!
Just know of Wisniewski's deed through reading
History and know my Scouts and Raiders were also at North Africa and were
warded eight Navy Cross. Also two were awarded in Sicily. At Normandy, two
were awarded. Not too shabby for a small outfit that started in 1942 and
ended in 1945. I have copies of all of these.
I do a S&R newsletter for just over 200
S&R. Some are widows of fallen men. I am a historian for the S&R
and also have much info on NCDU's, UDT's and SEALS.
I enjoy looking at all t he pictures and stuff
you put out on your web site www.sealtwo.org. You are one busy guy. Will
dry up before you think I am can write a book.
" Old as dirt" Jim Barnes UDT-SEAL Museum
R. top Row: Dave Strong, Charlie Bump, Larry Bradley, ANdy Heyden, Steve Lee,
Aubrey Davis, "Doc" Lusk; Front Row: Kerry Hendrick, Chuck Bledsoe,
Bob Schamburger, & Dorian Kaiser.
at the UWSS reunion 2006
with UDT -21-2; L.to R: Ralph Diebold, Ed Leasure, Bob Harraback, Bill Langley
Brian J. Ouellette KIA Afgan.
Black SEAL is an HM2 ST-1 "Spear Chucker" I forgot his real name. I do
not know why i included Bill Langley in this collage of SEAL Corpsmen and ONE
Stephensen & Bob "Eagle Gallagher, Bob and I were with the 7th ST-2,
when he was awarded the Navy Cross in 'nam I thought it was gonna be "THE
ALAMO" for us.
"Doc" Riojas & John Friesch
"Hoot" ANdrews and 3d wife
James M. "Jim" Hawes
& Jim Lampman
Clark, Bill Holton, Joe Silva, Dave "Little Fat Rat" Sutherland
to Rt.: Bob Holmes,
"Doc" Martin & Hoss Kucinski
QUillis & Shadow
to rt: Dee Clark, Doc Riojas, Fred Miller,
Frank Moncrief "Fly" Fallon, Rudy Boesch
Nicola Brothers, Mark & CHris There are three of them that are US Navy SEAL here in Houston
Norm Olson "Sky Fossil"
Norm Olson "Sky Fossil"
Hook Tuure, Pete Peterson,
Mike Boynton &
Roy Dean Matthews
Reeves, ??, Pat Badger
"Doc" Riojas, Rudy Boesch, Marge Bush
L-R: Dale Mc Clesky, Jack Lynch, Terry Sullivan, Mingh (interpreter) Tom
Keith, T. "Doc" Pacuicrk, Mike Bailey, Jim Finley KNEELING: L-R:
"Big Al" Ashton, Rudy Boesch, Jerry Hammerle, Al Quist, Bob Neidrauer;
K9 Rinney is Missing.
Goines, Per Erik Tornblom,
SAS Gym England: John"Fly" Fallon,
Rudy Boesch, Bill Brumuller, Callahan,Eddie Leisure, Doc Riojas, Fred Keener, Swede
Tornblom, Joe Silva, Jerry Waters
to Rt: ??, ??, Brumuller, ?? , ROy Boehm, ?? Sitting: Billy
Burbank, Dante Stephensen, Rudy Boesch
Shamberger KIA Grenada
Joe Stubbs, Clark "Doc" Long, John Violette Record diver to 1100 ft.
Per-Erik Tornblom, USNavy SEAL, Class
19 E.C. R.I.P
Per-Erik Tornblom, USNavy SEAL, Class
19 E.C. (retired) died today and will be cremated and his
ashes scattered at the UDT SEAL Museum Muster 2010.He died at the Avante
Group Nursing Home in Leesburg FL following his Hemorrhagic Stroke.He is
survived by Family in Sweden. "Swede" was not married
and has no dependents. "Swedes'" best friend:
Capt. Patt Meara; email: CapnPatt [at] usa.com; 180 Dutchess Dr.;
Leesburg, FL 34748-8928 has all details of "Swede's"
relatives visit during his internment at Avante. Patt was visited Swede
daily from the time of his acute medical emergency until his death.
He has made himself welcome to any questions any SEAL teammate may have
----- Original Message -----
To: email@example.com Sent: Saturday, November 28, 2009 4:18 PM
Subject: Re: Thank you Dennis
Super! Thanks, as I know John would approve. Someday you'll have to
explain to me how to setup a web site like you have. Thanks too for
write-up on Swede Thornblom. I was TAD to Seal Team TWO from ST-1 in
1962 and went on a European trip with Swede, traveling to France,
Bergen, Norway, and jumped into Greece with Greek commandoes. Upon
return to CONUS got caught up in Cuban Missile Crisis. Great memories of
Swede, a bit on the crazy side, but then who wasn't? Great memories of
Swede and gang taking me out to someone's home when I landed at Norfolk,
and then the party really began. Ha-Ha!
----- Original Message -----
From: Doc Rio To: DKMSEAL@aol.com
Sent: Saturday, November 28, 2009 4:47 PM
Subject: Re: Thank you Dennis
wow! Swede and I made a similar trip to SAS camp in Hereford England
then on to Northern Germany on an op with SAS, Green Berets, and US.
Swede's squad did not get captured. We were waitin for our Submarine
extraction, it was colder than hell. Rudy and Lt. Truxtell spoke German.
they got into civilaian cloths and went an bought beer in the near
village. We blew up all our targets and got to the extraction area 3
days early. the second day we built a fire. the third day the Germans
came and captured us.
President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy
Cross to Lieutenant Mark L. Donald, United States Navy, for extraordinary
heroism as Medical Officer assigned to a Joint Operational Unit conducting
combat operations against Al Qaida and Taliban enemy forces in support of
Operation ENDURING FREEDOM.
& "Hoss" Kucinski &
Orr, E. "Doc" Riojas, Ty Zellers, A.Dee Clark
SEALs KIA in Afghanistan 2005
2005 : It is with great sorrow, that the Naval Special Warfare
Foundation and the UDT-SEAL Association a
the memorial services for ten Navy SEALs killed in
thoughts and prayers go out to the families of these men during this very
The memorial service will be held at 1000, Friday, July 8, 2005, in the NAB, Little Creek Base Theater for the
five members of SEAL Team TEN and the one member of SDV Team TWO who died in The
uniform for active duty Navy is
Service Dress Blue.
The five SEALs
from SEAL Team TEN are:mal">Chief
Petty Officer Jacques J. Fontan, 36,
Class 219, of
New Orleans Louisiana
survived by his wife, Charissa.
Erik S. Kristensen, 33, Class 233,
is survived by his parents R Edward Kristensen
and Suzanne “Sam” Kristensen.
Officer 1st Class Jeffery A. Lucas
33, Class 191, of
is survived by his wife of 12 years, Rhonda,
and theiryear-old son, Seth.
Michael M. McGreevy, Jr, 30, Class
230, of New York
is survived by his wife, Laura, and their
1-year-old daughter, Molly.
Officer 1st Class Jeffrey S. Taylor
30, Class 229, of Midway,
is survived by his wife,
The SEAL from SDV
Team TWO is:
Office 2nd Class Danny P. Dietz,
Dan is survived by his wife
memorial service will be held Monday, July 11, 2005 at the
for the four members of SDV Team ONE who also
uniform for active duty Navy is
four SEALs lost from SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team ONE are:
Chief Petty Officer Daniel R. Healy,
36, Class 176, of
is survived by his wife Normida
four children from his former wives
and three stepchildren.
Michael P. Murphy,
29, Class 236, of Medford.
is survived by his parents Dan and Maureen Murphy.
Officer 2nd Class Eric S. Patton,
22, Class 239, of
is survived by his Navy SEAL father James Patton.
Officer 2nd Class James Suh, 28,
Class 237, of
is survived his
father Solomon Suh.
Navy SEAL Killed in Afghanistan
By NSWG-2 PAO (LT John Perkins, USN -
May 29, 2004
Brian Ouellette KIA Afganistan
VIRGINIA BEACH, VA. - Navy Boatswain's Mate 1st Class (SEAL) Brian
Ouellette, 37, was
killed early Saturday morning (approximately 2:17
a.m. EST) while conducting a mounted patrol in the vicinity of Jahak and
A 14-year Navy and SEAL veteran, Ouellette was conducting operations in
support of Operation Enduring Freedom when the vehicle he was in struck
an enemy ground emplaced munitions - either a land mine or improvised
explosive device, but exact details are unavailable at this time.
Originally from Maynard, Mass., Ouellette enlisted in the Navy in
February 1990 and entered Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL training in
San Diego and graduated in 1991, Class 173.
He was assigned to Naval Special Warfare Group TWO, which is located on
Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek, Virginia Beach, VA.
The wake/visitation for Brian will be held between 1600-2100 at Joyce
Funeral Home on Monday, 7 June. The Funeral Home address is 245 Main
Street, Waltham, MA 02453; phone number, (781) 894-2895. The funeral
will take place at ST Luke Catholic Church, 132 Lexington Street,
Belmont, MA on Tuesday, 8 June at 1100. For further detail contact
Joyce Funeral Home at (781) 894-2895.
A memorial service for Brian will be held at NAB, Little Creek Chapel,
Norfolk, VA 10 June at 1000. Military uniform is summer whites.
Teammates and friends are encouraged to attend the service.
we do every year, some of the GulfCoast SEALs pay their respects to Ike
Rodriguez at Houston Nat.Cemetery.
Isaac George Rodriguez III
TM2(SEAL) KIA Panama SEAL Team FOUR
Isaac George Rodriguez III - Grave Record1965 - 1989: Houston
National Cemetery in Houston, Texas
Isaac George Rodriguez III was born on March 22nd, 1965 and died on December
20th, 1989 at the age of 24.
Isaac was buried at Houston National Cemetery in Houston, Texas and was a
veteran of the following wars: Panama.
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Isaac George Rodriguez III Details Name Isaac George Rodriguez III Birth Date
March 22, 1965 Death Date
December 20, 1989 Age at Death 24 Veteran Status Military Branch US NAVY
Military Rank TM2C War(s)
Panama Cemetery and Grave Information Cemetery Houston
National Cemetery Cemetery Section ID J Site Number
747 Address 10410 Veterans Memorial Drive Houston, TX 77038 Cemetery
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Apollo Recovery Team
Red Fane "Underwater Warrior"
the book and later the movie "Frogman"
Powell & Knipp
"Shorty" "Doc" Long was ST-2 'nam war games
To: Doc Riojas
Sent: Tuesday, July 15, 2008
SEAL Team 2, Detach Alfa, 5th Plt, RSSZ,Vietnam:
I put the these men thru BASIC(East
Lt Jukoski, Ltjg Norris, Ashton, R. Davis, Waters, Peck, Ebner &
Baron (5 Plt at Nam)
LT. M. Jukoski LTjg T. Norris
DMC E. Crescini
BT1 D. Zmuda
BM1 A. Ashton
HM1 R. Lashomb
BM2 R. Davis
EN2 E. Ebner
BM2 F. Waters
DK2 K. Peck
STG2 J. Glasscock
ABM2 P. Hood
AM3 T. Baron
GMG3 M. Pierson
I know so well and I am blocking out ! HELP ! is it Davis?
Frederick E. Trani was wounded by a VC booby trap. He was being cared for in an
Army Hospital. The news we heard at the team is that he died because he
received a blood transfusion that was not his blood type.
ST-2 had another death, MCPO Drady, died years later as a result of receiving
HIV positive blood when he was transfused after his chemo therapy treatments in
the early 1980's.
Spence Dry: A SEAL's Story
By Captain Michael G. Slattery, U.S. Navy (Retired)
and Captain Gordon I. Peterson, U.S. Navy (Retired)
Proceedings, July 2005
Early in 1972, two U.S. airmen being held as prisoners
of war at the infamous "Hanoi Hilton" prison set in motion an
escape plan. In response, the U.S. Pacific Fleet orchestrated what became
known as "Operation Thunderhead," a rescue mission that played
out that June in the Red River delta.
the stone staircase from the rotunda at the center of the Naval
Academy’s massive Bancroft Hall stands Memorial Hall.This
hallowed place honors the memory of those Alumni who
were killed in action defending the nation against its enemies.The
standards and qualification criteria
for this honor are demanding, as they should be.
But one name,
nevertheless, had been missing from
Memorial Hall’s honored dead for much
too long—that of Lieutenant Melvin
Spence Dry ’68— the last Navy SEAL
killed during the Vietnam War. Although
Spence and I were classmates at the
Naval Academy we really didn’t get to
know each other well until the shared experience
of surviving Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL
(BUD/S) training— training that
included a cold winter “Hell Week,”
seemingly endless formation runs in soft
sand, and long cold ocean swims and small
boat rock portages at night through plunging
surf during Pacific winter storms.
Getting to know your
future teammates was a very big part of
that experience. Starting in December 1969,we
began as a winter class of 12 officers and more than100 enlisted. By
graduation in June 1970,we were down to a core
of five officers and 22 enlisted men. By then we all knew each
others’ strengths and weaknesses as well as we knew our own.A
particularly strong bond formed among those five graduating
officers of BUD/S-class 56: Mike Cadden, Jerry Fletcher,
Jim Hoover, Spence Dry and me. That
bond remains unbroken.
from BUD/S, I joined three of those
officers and rented an old house on
Fourth Street in Coronado, just up the
road from the SEAL and Underwater
Demolitions Teams of the U.S. Pacific
Fleet.After long days of training and learning
our craft in the “Teams,”we would often
gather at a favorite local restaurant located
across the street on Glorietta Bay in the
Hotel Del Coronado’s old boat house.There we would take our meals
together and talk shop.Spence would
invariably order his favorite
meal—teriyaki shrimp. I never saw him
order anything else.
Times were good then and all
too short.We were young,well-trained
and eager to test our mettle in combat
Four of us were assigned to UDT-13, and within a few months we deployed to
the Philippines with the entire command. Spence
deployed almost immediately from there to the Republic
of Vietnam as officer in charge (OIC)
of Detachment Hotel near Da Nang. There
he led his detachment on river
reconnaissance, combat demolitions and
search-and-destroy operations along the
Ky Lam river.When Jim Hoover was seriously
wounded at Dong Tam, Spence relieved
him, and I relieved Spence.Upon return
from Vietnam, Jerry, Spence and I transferred
to SEAL Team One. The time at SEAL One
was spent training, volunteering and
competing for combat deployments.
Upon reflection,we also
made a general nuisance of ourselves at
San Diego’s local watering holes. SEALs,Marines
and naval aviators would compete for
attention during off-duty hours and in
between WESTPAC deployments. Our
favorite haunts for these contests were
The Down Winds, MCRD,“MexPac” and
the Miramar Officers Club (of the
fame).The memories of those uproarious
and politically incorrect times are
still vivid—we trained hard, played hard
and did the things that young men do
when they think they’ll live forever. Reality
would soon change all that.
Spence soon deployed to
Vietnam as OIC of a SEAL platoon. Such
opportunities were becoming rare as the
Vietnam War wound down. Nixon’s
“Vietnamization” program had ended all
the routine SEAL platoon “direct action”
deployments.All that was left in Vietnam
for newly minted SEALs were one-year
tours as SEAL advisors and on
exceptional occasions, a tailored mission
deployment for a specific purpose or
It was a deployment
for a special assignment in Vietnam in
1972 that Spence was leading when he
was killed during a desperate attempt
to accomplish an extremely difficult
and hazardous mission—what we
eventually learned was a POW rescue
mission code named Operation
Thunderhead. Officially the word from
on high during the summer of 1972
was that he had died in a “training accident,”
the specific location and purpose of
which were highly classified and
disclosed only on a “need-to-know” basis. We wanted to know more.
Gradually, as the surviving
members of his team returned to Coronado,we
uncovered the bits and fragments that
enabled us to piece together key parts
of how his death actually occurred.
Spence and his teammates were
conducting a highly classified
clandestine reconnaissance and
attempted rendezvous under extremely
hazardous combat conditions off the
coast of North Vietnam. They had
launched at midnight the night of 3
June from a submerged submarine, the
amphibious transport GRAYBACK
(LPSS-574), operating in the extremely
shallow enemy waters in the northern
Gulf of Tonkin off the coast of North
After several hours of
fighting an overpowering tidal current,
they had been compelled to scuttle their
only mode of clandestine transportation,
a SEAL Delivery Vehicle (SDV), after
its battery power expired during their
struggle against the tidal current and
sea state.After swimming seaward with
the SDV in tow for seven hours to prevent
its capture in enemy patrolled waters,
they were recovered by helicopter and
returned to the command ship,
the nuclear-powered guided-missile
cruiser LONG BEACH (CGN-9), for
Dry (in center holding paper) briefs his SEAL Platoon
“Alpha” on the deck of the submarine GRAYBACK.
Photo courtesy of Timothy R.
Dry (on left, partially obscured) and fellow officers have lunch at the
“mud flats officer's mess" during their infamous “Hell Week” of
SEAL training. Photo
courtesy of Robert Dry
Dry, serving as coxswain, and members of hisAlpha
Platoon return to GRAYBACK following a trainingexercise
prior to Operation Thunderhead. Photo
courtesy of Timothy R.
C.O. promoting Slattery & Dry; note the UDT gold emblem on Slattery's
lt. breast !
Team One's commanding officer promotesSlattery
(right) and Dry (center) to lieutenant in 1971during
a ceremony at the team’s compound in Coronado,CA.
U.S. Navy Photo
Michael G. Slattery ’68, USN (Ret.) A
Tribute to a Classmate and SEAL Teammate
But in true SEAL tradition, Spence would
not quit. He knew he had to return as
soon as possible to the submarine. He
had information vital for a backup team
preparing to launch a second attempt,
and Spence was determined to see that
they got it. During a secure
communication with GRAYBACK’S
commanding officer and the on-scene
tactical commander, then-Commander John
D. Chamberlain, Spence maintained that
the information and experience he had
just gained were vital to the success
of future missions.
Accordingly, it was
decided that the SEALs would be
returned to GRAYBACK in the submarine’s
operating area off the coast of North
Vietnam.The SEALs would jump into the
water near the submarine—a “helo cast” in SEAL parlance.The two
SEALs and two UDT-11 SDV operators boarded
the Navy helicopter for a rendezvous an
hour before midnight. Beyond the
challenge inherent with a nighttime
cast, the attempted rendezvous was
further complicated by the highly classified
nature of the SEALs’mission—an operation
so secret that the submarine had to
remain submerged and undetected even by
the U.S.Navy’s Seventh Fleet.
Its ships patrolled
throughout this area of the Tonkin
Gulf, and only a select few were aware
of GRAYBACK and its Navy special warfare
swimmers operating in their midst. After
several unsuccessful passes, including
one flown over North Vietnam’s coast,
the helicopter pilot thought he had finally
spotted the signal from the submarine.
Spence and his men prepared to conduct
the helo cast to link-up and lock-in to
the sub.When told they were over their
objective and given the signal to “drop,”Spence stepped out of the
helo. The rest of the SEALs rapidly followed.
The helo was too high and fast
for safe entry, and the jumpers hit the
water hard. Spence was killed on
impact, and the others injured—two
seriously. Complicating the worsening
chain of events,GRAYBACK was not in the immediate
vicinity. The survivors were forced to
tread water in the presence of enemy
patrol boats until they were recovered
by helicopter at daybreak. During the
course of the night, one of the SEAL
platoon’s most experienced combat veterans,
then-Warrant Officer First Class Philip
“Moki”Martin, found Spence’s body
and held it for recovery. Spence would
be the last SEAL to die in Vietnam.
Because his death was not
specifically caused by enemy fire, and therefore,
according to the cover story, simply a
tragic mishap, it was classified as “accidental.” Besides the
potential political fallout during the waning years of
the U.S. involvement in Vietnam, disclosing
the highly classified nature of the
operation that surrounded his death would
put similar future POWrescue attempts
at risk. But the risk to Spence and his
fellow SEALs during that particularly
dangerous operation was from more than
just the looming threat of hostile
operational hazards were encountered
throughout the entire operation’s
full mission profile.And although
certain aspects of his mission still remain
classified, the risks included the night
underwater lock out and launch from the
submarine GRAYBACK; the long hours of
submerged transit through enemy
patrolled waters to the target area in
an unproven, free-flooding SDV; the strong
tidal current and sea state that made
mission success problematic and ultimately
forced the SEALs to tow the SDV seaward
for seven hours to prevent its capture;
and the high risk of detection and
engagement by aggressive enemy patrol
boats that probed the coastal waters and
extreme shallows of the northern Tonkin
Gulf off North Vietnam.
uncertainties of SEAL operations go
with the territory. Throughout the
entire rescue attempt, Spence’s team
needed to remain undetected—even by
friendly forces.But if the enemy did
detect the SEALs and forced them to
return fire, it would have been merely
one more mission event to overcome in a
long and continuous sequence of one
high-risk rescue operation. We didn’t
know those details when we learned of
Spence’s loss at morning quarters in
SEAL Team One’s compound in Coronado
back in June 1972.
All we knew
was that a close friend and good teammate,
an outstanding officer with tremendous
potential,had been killed.So, on the
night that we learned of his death, four
of his closest teammates gathered once more
at Coronado’s Chart House and asked
for a table for five by the window. It was
a nice spot—one that Spence surely would
have approved of—overlooking Glorietta
Bay and the lights of San Diego and the
Coronado Bridge. Everyone around us
that night seemed to know something
exceptional was unfolding...and they
gave our table a wide berth. In that private
space we each retold stories about Spence
and raised our glasses to the empty chair
and separate place that we had made the
waiter set—with teriyaki shrimp.
25 February 2008, in an award ceremony
in Memorial Hall, Lieutenant M.Spence
Dry,USN, was posthumously presented the
Bronze Star Medal with Combat
Distinguishing Device “for heroic
achievement in connection with combat
operations against the enemy.”
Secretary of the Navy Donald Winter
also approved the award of the Navy and
Marine Corps Commendation Medal with
Combat Distinguishing Device for then-CWO
Moki Martin for May 2008 29
heroic actions during that high-risk mission
off the coast of North Vietnam more
than 35 years ago.
Following the award ceremony
several of those who had attended that
farewell dinner back in Coronado
gathered that evening at the Annapolis Chart House for a
very special reunion. Although it had been more than 35 years,
our memories were still fresh and old stories
flowed with the wine, and maybe a tear
This tribute by Captain
Mike Slattery ’68,USN (Ret.), provided the basis
for an article he co-authored with classmate Captain Gordon I.Peterson
’68,USN (Ret.),“Spence Dry—A SEAL’s Story,” published in the
U.S.Naval Institute Proceedings in
July 2005. Captain Slattery teaches History and Government at Campbell
University in Buies Creek,NC.
- Rt: Mike Slattery, Jim Hoover, Spence Dry, Jerry Fletcher, Mike Cadden
officers of BUD/S class 56 taken at the ceremony, from L to R:
Captain Mike Slattery ’68, USN (Ret.); Lieutenant Commander Jim Hoover,
USNR (Ret.); Lieutenant Spence Dry ’68, USN (photo); Commander Jerry
Fletcher, USN (Ret.) and Lieutenant Commander Mike Cadden, USNR (Ret.).
G. Slattery LT. & M. Spence
(junior grade) Michael G.Slattery
(left) and M. Spence Dry followingthe
completion of "Hell Week" during BasicUDT/SEAL
(BUD/S) Training. Photo
courtesy of Robert Dry
May 2008 27
Photo by Spence Cadden
I have always
enjoyed receiving your emails and hope to continue doing so. FYI, I was
8404, 8492 and 8491. After making HMC and post platoon LCPO, I left to
Goat Locker and became a CWO. I retired as a CWO-3 (SEAL).
He is a couple more
1.Me playing Theodore Roosevelt
for the History Channel. “TR and American Lion”
2.Me at Baghdad Fire Department
3.Jerry McCauley (Deceased)
former classmate, teammate and best friend
sir. Best Wishes on your Enterprise. Erasmo
"Doc" Riojas aka:
Doc Rio : docrio45 [at] gmail.com
C.L. Walsh & L.O. Samuelson
----- Original Message -----
From: Franklin Anderson
To: doc rio
Sent: Thursday, February 26, 2009
Subject: Deceased SEAL members;
I sent an E-mail earlier and brought up the question of what qualifies for KIA
& KIT. I have reviewed the list and thought you might like the article on
Walsh and Samuelson.
As I said previously Doc's Hetherington and Cline were on a
Search mission for a buddy and were killed in a plane crash --I have a clipping
in my files to that effect. Richard Coats was in the Philllipines and died of a
Heart attack while training for CISM.
Fredrickson was TAD to the Army for training and died in the
Potomac river while on a training mission--their boat over turned and Freddy
made it closer to shore than anybody before dying. The instructors had secured
before the problem was over.
Jim Fox from TM 21 was being picked up by the Fulton pickup
system and the cable broke at the door of the plane, because there was no
emergency cut-off switch---There is film footage of the whole incident. My
question that I posed previously is what definition are you; applying to KIA AND
I also mentioned Bill Robinson had retired and was selling
Real Estate when somebody cut his throat--still unsolved. Please let me know
what your parameters are?
Doc Rio is correct on his statements ----I strongly
recommend that before the final list is solidified, it be circulated again.
From: Franklin Anderson
to: Doc Riojas Subj: He traded a beer for the dog !
This one really hit’s home (Back in 1958 FORWARD for a few years) He traded a beer for the dog
to swim the thermometer out past the breakers.
We had a Chief R Tracy Clark in UDT-11 that had a Chesapeake Bay Retriever
pup named SCUBI---Tracy was a shipfitter and could make or weld anything.
He made the probe that went on the front of the LCSR that they used for the Fulton Pickup System.
Anyway SCUBI Rode on the back of the Chief Motorcycle to an from work each day across the Ferry, and spent the day on the
we found out that SCUBI could also be useful in taking the early morning Ocean Temperatures, that we had to send to
which they sent them out to the fleet,) In the winter the water is
in Coronado is really COLD! Somebody fashioned a float to the Thermometer and the Duty section
appointee would throw it into the ocean holding SCUBI. Afterwards he would
release him to fetch the float and thermometer. SCUBI LOVED THE WORK AND
also the WATER, and the duty section never had
to swim the thermometer out past the breakers after that. Enjoy- Franklin
don't forget to watch this video ! till the end !