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Sol Atkinson, Warrant Officer U.S. Navy SEAL & Plank Owner SEAL Team ONE


Video of Senator Dan Sullivan, Alaska, designating SOLOMON "Sol" ATKINSON U.S. Navy SEAL AK citizen of the week




The Blast March 1985





Silver Bullet Club, St. Thomas

Richard "Hook" Tuure


Gerry Flowers USMC, and SEAL buddies


Exp DV Unit, selecting Divers for SEALAB



Edward D. Valade


Clint Majors in Nam War



Clint Majors



Clint Majors


Clint Majors


Clint Majors


Clint Majors



Clint Majors ST1


Ronald L. Ethridge R.I.P.  1936 - 2017


Steve Symonds  ST-1 a  memory of Doc Rio and $$ for Minh's fund.   Thank you my brother warrior



Ltjg Bill Bishop is missing ; so he must have taken this picture.   'nam era ST-2 Platoon:   Lt-Rt: Sam Fournier, Bill McCarthy, Bill Langley, Scotty Lyons, Don Tocci, A.D.Clark, John Jaunzems,   BACK ROW:  Lt - Rt:  LT. Rick trani (KIA) , Shorty "Doc" Long, Dennis turner, Durwood White, Herb Clemons, Steve Dunthorn


AD Clark Doc Riojas' best buddy while he lived in Nacogdoches Texas



AD Clark


AD Clark ST-2


Don Shipley   http://www.extremesealexperience.com/Who-Owns-Extreme-Seal



Dante Stephensen, Katie Northrup, and Bob Hightower


Rorke Denver



Bruce Ian Cunningham R.I.P.
1958 - 2016

Served with SEAL Team TWO, NSWC, SEAL Team ONE
and as an instructor for SEAL Qualification Training, (SQT).




William Reed                                          Frederick H Platt                                           Lance Detterman JR




Bob Holmes at VA Hosp Houston TX


Hidden Heroes book

 Bill Dawson:  Before they were SEALs they were Frogs


Willima "Bill" Dawson


Bill Dawson and Norm Olson and Tom Hawkins



Dave Kappus and Miss Harris County

Mary Ann Koenig


Chris Kyle Memorial


Chuck Lemoyne , me in front and Dave Janke and Gary Gleason in background


Claude Willits, Frank Bomar and CDR Glen Ford (the actor)


Willie Robertson ,   ????,   Marcus Luttrell


Jon Burrow, Elliot Miller and Eric Burris


Eric Burris and Jason Redman at NRA convention



Chuck Newell and wife Dorothy


Clifton on Deck


Richard Marcinko and Erasmo Riojas


Corpsman in Houston, forgot his name and his wife


Bob "Eagle" Gallagher and Joseph "Red" Coyle


Gov. Rick Perry Texas



Vietnam Memorial Austin TX


Chris Kyle RIP


Did an Islamist Convert Murder Chris Kyle? 

Former Marine Eddie Routh will stand trial for the 2013 murder of Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle and Kyle's colleague, Chad Littlefield. The assumption has been that Routh suffered from PTSD, and his attorney says he'll plead not guilty by reason of insanity. Kyle, who worked with PTSD vets, was working with Routh. 

But the Warfighter Foundation obtained Routh's wartime record though a Freedom of Information Act request and found something astonishing: "Eddie Routh served one tour in Iraq in 2007, at Balad Air Base (the 2nd largest U.S. installation in Iraq), with no significant events. No combat experience. Let [us] say that again, he NEVER SAW COMBAT or any aspect of traumatic events associated with a combat deployment (i.e. incoming mortar or rocket fire). He never left the base, EVER." What Routh did do, however, was guard captured Muslim terrorists at the Bilad Airbase prison.

 And some are speculating Routh had either converted to Islam or was in the process of doing so. There are no known ties between Routh and Islamist radicals, but, as Mark Alexander noted in Jihad -- Target USA, "Describing Islamists as 'lone wolf' actors or 'radicalized' constitutes a lethal misunderstanding of the Jihadi threat. [They are] tied to worldwide Jihad by way of the Qur'an, the foundational fabric linking all Islamist violence."

 If the speculation about Routh is correct, it puts Kyle's death in a completely different light. More...



Chris Kyle  Day Feb 2, 2015 TEXAS;  American Spniper


Jason Mulaney



Jones and Johnny Rabbitt


Captain Mc Combie ST-2 CO


Pat Hudnall and Riojas



"UDT Training class in Puerto Rico"


Randy's museum in Leesburg FL
Randy's Museum in Leesburg FL


Roy Boehm

Doc Rio and Bob Holmes


Doc Riojas, Bill Langley and Danny McEvoy


Doc Riojas


Roy Dean i think bunked at "Patch's" house


What is his name?




Steve Elson 'nam SEAL Corpsman then LCDR SEAL



"Swede" Per Eric Tornblom



Tom Hawkins

Tom Hawkins and Liza Web Site


Tom Mc Cutchan in 'nam




Blake Marston


Francis D. Fane


George L. Gouinlock



Gordon C. Brown


John D. Williamson


John E. Bussell


Parachutist Dies


Lawrence C. Williams Jr.


PhojoFrog, Mike West


Steve Elson and Lourdes Tolentino




 WalterWYGouveia  R.I.P.                                   Mike Carroll 











CLICK ON THE PHOTO TO view the rest of the Pictures
of the 2014 Ft. Pierce FL Muster !

Ft. Pierce 2014 Muster:       Erasmo Riojas, Lourdes Tolentino and Robert Gallagher



Nathanael Roberti with Cap


David Neal Bear R.I.P.





"Around the World Twice" the origional poem by unknown frogmen


Joseph Michael Silva  R.I.P.

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Joseph Michael Silva, 67, on 02 December 2014. 

Joe was a graduate of UDTR Class 33 on 08 June 1965 in Little Creek and served with SEAL Team TWO and was a Plank Owner with SEAL Team SIX. 

Joe's daughter, Brooke Silva Dickhart sent the following obituary information: 

Joseph Michael Silva, Age 67, of Deerfield Beach, Florida, passed away on December 2nd. Survivors include his daughter Brooke Silva Dickhart and his brothers Charles and Robert Silva. Joe grew up in Holyoke , MA . He joined the in Navy in 1964 and retired in 1984. Joe's life will be celebrated at the Navy SEAL Museum muster in November 2015. For those of you who had served with Joe, please send any condolences and remembrances via email to: brookedickhart@yahoo.com.






Charlie Mike                                                                 SPace Program Capsule Recovery 


Chris Cassidy, Astronaut





From: Tom Teal
Date: February 23, 2018
To: Lee Hughs
Cc: Bruce Friederich Subject: Fifties Frog Picture Hello Lee, At the end of the reunion Bruce Friederich and I were leaving the motel in Coronado, we noticed the hospitality room was open and the attached picture was on a table. There was no one in the room which had been cleaned. 

Bruce and I discussed it and I brought the picture home and made a copy for him. Then I set the original aside. I'm forwarding the scanned photo to you to email to the folks who were actively participating in the hospitality room happy hours. I do not have any email addresses of the participants other than Bruce and you. 

If the owner, or anyone who knows the owner of this picture, who wants me to send the original picture to him please email me with your name and address info and I will gladly and expeditiously send it to you. 

As you may remember I was an invitee of Bruce, it was an honor and great pleasure to attend the SEAL Reunion, an event that I will cherish always. Best regards and cheers to all who receive this email, Tom 

Photo, astronaut Cooper and Leo Hamel to his left Leo Hamel 

Astronaut Gordon Cooper in center of picture wearing sunglasses. On his right shoulder is Leo Hamel, then (secondary recovery team) T.F. Allen, ? Whetzell, and Bob Allard. On Cooper's right shoulder is (primary recovery team) R.E. Sallient, Bert Swift and Nick Nickelson. In the suit, in front of Nick is a Cooper assistant. 

Nick Nickelson Date: February 26, 2018 at 17:28:01 PST 

To: 'Leo Hamel' Subject: RE:
Leo Hamel Jr Here. Master Chief Leonidas Hamel? Just wondering if you any of you guys knew my dad from Coronado Teams 1950s to about 1964. Any pics you want to share? 

I knew your Dad well. We worked out together and he was in charge of the Mercury Recovery Project. I was one of the Team members who attached the flotation collar to Faith-7, the last Mercury Project. I am attaching a story, that is in my book, "UDT/SEAL Stories of the 1960's." There is another story in my book about your Dad and the Mercury Program. I attached that story as well and added a picture of your Dad that is in my book. Your Dad is standing next to Astronaut Gordon Cooper shortly after recovery. If you are interested in buying the book go to Amazon.com, type in Nick Nickelson and you can purchase the book on Kindle or paperback. If you use Kindle, I would recommend you purchase it on Kindle. Your Dad was one of the finest men in the Teams, a true warrior and a gentleman. If I can answer any questions please don't hesitate to ask. I also knew
Chief Savoie but not as well as your Dad. 

I live in San Diego still. I used to come to work once in a while with him and see you guys train. I was only 5-7 at the time. My Uncle Lloyd Savoie was a chief as well during those years. 


From: Lee Hughs [mailto: Sent: Friday, February 23, 2018 5:40 PM To: Walsh Michael J. "Mikie" & Katherine; Swepston Carl; Swedensky Betty; Sullivan Robert "Sully"; Strichter Don; Stevens Tom; Stepp John; Stephensen Dante; Russell R. D. & Pam; Riojas Erasmo "Doc"; Reno Al Mo'; Rauch Suzie; Powers Rick; Pollion Pete; Nord Fred; Nick Nickelson; Moody Stewart & Linda; Monahan Harry; Molden Jack B.; Mingus Hal &Joanne; Milligan, Ben; Meyer Gerry & Joy; McCormack Dennis; Marler Forrest; Lueb Clarence "Slim"; Kidder Wiliam & Nan; Joseph Joe Phillip & Susie; Hardin Dave; Leo Hamel; Graham, Jigger & Trish; Gallagher Gary, Cmd. Master Chief; Friedrich Bruce; Eyler Tom; Ethridge Ron & Judy; Espinosa Gil; Dunnigan Harold; Dunn (Dillman) Rick & Marline; Dishman Billy & Nella; Dickey Barry; Dickerson Dick & Ann; Devine Tim "Tad"; Davis Rudy; Dalrymple Nanette; Crosby Lloyd & Norma; Clardy Tom; Carrico Phil E.; Calentine Marie; Byers Melvin "Billy"; Bright Chester; Boynton Mack & Sharon; Boynton Mack & Sharon; Berry Bob & Diane; Berry Bob & Diane; Beachlife Magazine San Diego; Bates Gerald; Barelka Harry & Joann; Anderson, Frank & Martle; <mailto: tteal 

Subject: Fwd: Fifties Frog Picture 

Thanks Tom for the email. I forwarded to the database and we all certain appreciate your inquiry. 

A self-explanatory email JIF: Tom Teal. Contact him direct for the 8x10 photo or copy it below and print from there. 

Tom if you don't receive a response, drop it in the mail to the address below. Hope to see you in a future reunion, if the last one didn't wear you our. Later, Lee 

Lee Hughs 

UDT/SEAL? "Same heart, different wrapper" Ldh "1969"



Tom Rancich at Left of photo








History of UDT Team 18 Association



Bob was a graduate of UDT Training Class 6 on 21 November 1952 in Coronado and served with UDT-3/5/13/11 and UDU-1.
Commander Robert M. Terry, US Navy (Retired), age 85, of Caswell Beach passed away Monday, November 17, 2014 . He was born in Santa Ana, California on June 26, 1929, Mr. Terry was a graduate of University of Colorado and was in the first Navy SEAL/UDT Team and remained in that service until his retirement in 1972.Online condolences may be made at www.peacocknewnamwhite. comPeacock- Newnam & White Funeral and Cremation Service



passing of William N. Barth, 66, on Christmas Morning, 2014. 

Erasmo Riojas, Bill Barth, Harry Coleman, Rudy (SURVIVOR, CBS) Boesch

William N. Barth, 66, passed away peacefully on Christmas morning 2014 at his home. Born in Portsmouth, VA, . 
He was a U.S. Navy SEAL, Vietnam Veteran and retired civil servant. He was an active member of the Naval Special Warfare community and dedicated to promoting the mission of the UDT SEAL Association.
Billy was a graduate of UDTR Class 40 on 29 August 1967 in Little Creek and served with UDT-21 and SEAL Team TWO. Billy also served on the Board of Directors of the UDT-SEAL Association. 

Bill Barth, Tom Keith, Doc Riojas

Billy Barth passed 
From: "Frank Walters" 
Date: December 25, 2014 

Subject: Billy Barth R.I.P.

Billy Barth passed at 0300 this morning. Fran said he went and prayed with him last night and he was unconscious. More people die on Christmas than any other day. 

Billy Barth was in SEAL Team 2 in Viet Nam. While waiting on an ambush sight the enemy walked behind them. They had to turn the ambush around and engage. He said he was ready and had his rounds laid out on a bandanna. It was a trick he had learned from Tom Kieth, he said. It keeps your rounds out of the mud and makes it easy to pick up and move if need be. 

The fight was fierce and he was hit in both calves and then took a round in the teeth that lodged in the hinge of his jaw. He told me that his first thought was that his sister (a dentist) would be pissed. He was medically discharged from the Navy and I think that bothered him the most. All he ever wanted to be was a SEAL. 

He was an active member of The Fraternal Order of UDT and SEAL's for the rest of his life. 

RIP Billy Barth, I'll see ya on the other side, 


Tom  Keith wrote: 

Hey Doc, I don't even remember that photo of us, where was it taken anyway? I've seen Billy at least the last 4 reunions and this last one he was looking really bad. 

Ya know Doc. he never really recovered mentally from his wounds in Vietnam. Once he was out of the teams he just seemed to go down hill. 

The Teams were his life. Happy New Year and have a great day Doc. Your forever friend. 

docrio wrote: 

Thank you Dennis. You got any pictures of Billy B. thanks May he Rest in Peace in Heaven. I saw him at Little creek this year. He looked  good to me clinially speaking. I did not ask him about his health condition. I REMEMBER: In nam, when i visited at the hospital he kept asking me to tell the Doctors not to cut his foot. THEY DID NOT. but not because i asked. back at the Creek, he is thanking me for saving his foot. Oh! billy ! as i remember your incident in the 'nam.
Doc Riojas



Fredrick H. Becker


Michael Wood





Daniel B. Hendrickson






Jack Rowell's horseshoe tournament  SINGLES: Jack Bellamy, Robert Clark     DOUBLES:  ALex Oliver & Kyle DeFloor;  Drew Bollman & Steve Bollman




Peter Wikul



Fred R. Miller,  Johnny Miller,  Johnny James A. Miller, Asa Miller, Arthur O. Miller  




Dave C. Baldwin


                              Dick COuch                                                                                 Doc Elson                                                        




                     UDT/Frogs Ville sign that hung in Da Nang

Date:  15Nov2014
To: Doc Riojas
From:  Mike Rush  UDT/SEAL historian
Subj:  Thought you might like to see this bit of UDT Vietnam history..... 

Within the last 3 or so months I have managed to acquire both of these signs that hung UDT compound known as Frogs Ville, home of UDT Det Hotel that was manned by various members of UDT 11, 12 and 13 from Sept 66 to Feb 71. UDT 13 was that LAST Det Hotel and returned home Feb 1971 




Gary Smith, ST-1 with UDT 12 around 1967 

Frogs Ville Da Nang Sept 1966 to Feb 1971 

UDT 13 Det Hotel, 1971. Mike Slattery holding the sign on right. 

Please put this on your SEAL photo website. Would like to find out who painted either or both signs. Thanks. 

Mike Rush UDT/SEAL Historian/researcher






                                                                                                                                    Al Moreno WIA Panama ST-4


Rick Kaiser Muster 2014


                                   Bill Dawson submitted picture                                     Darryl Young  and  ???


                                 Chris Kyle                                                           The SEAL who killed Osama Bin Laden    DEVGRU 


                                             Moscone                                                                       Don Shipley


                                                                        The Wagner Family          Mark Wagner RIP 14Jan1976




                                                            Chuck Conklin                                                                               Gene Pool class 20 and Dreed


                                                                                       Randy Hatfield



Donald E. Tilton, 86, R.I.P.


The passing of , on 14 November 2014.
Don was a graduate of UDTR Class 11 on 01 October 1953 in Little Creek and served with UDT-2 and UDT-21. Little Creek,Virginia
Donald E. Tilton, 86, passed away on November 13, 2014. He was born on June 18, 1928 to the late Earl F. and Gwendolyn Tilton in Omaha, Nebraska. Mr. Tilton served his country and retired from the US Navy as Chief Warrant Officer after 21 years of service. During his term he was on UDT SEAL Team 21. After retirement from the Navy, he worked Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York in their hyperbaric chamber, and then the Norfolk International Terminals. He was also an active member of Masonic Lodge #25 and #39, and the Shriners with the Khedive Temple of Chesapeake.





Rose Ann and Diana and Steve Elson    




Somebody,  help me with this SEAL's name.   Thank, Rio,  email me please


                                                                                                    UDT 11 Early 1960's


William Francis "OB" O'Brien Obituary 


William Francis "OB" O'Brien Obituary 

"Hoo-Yah !  O.B."

William "OB" Francis O'Brien Jr. 
1927 ~ 2013 William Francis O'Brien, 86, of Weiser, ID, passed away unexpectedly on November 5, 2013 at St. Luke's Hospital in Boise, ID. Bill was born on September 1, 1927 to William and Sarah O'Brien in New York City, NY. 

Bill enlisted in the Navy in 1944 and served aboard destroyers for the first nine years of his service. In 1954, he entered into Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL Training and graduated with CLASS 13. Bill served with UDT in many aspects of service such as command Master Chief, BUD/S training command Chief, and other duties which were imperative to the successful disposition of UDT Team 11. After 33 years of faithful service to the Military, Bill retired in 1976. 

Bill married Rose Mary Cebrat on May 16, 1951. Together, they had four children, Patricia A. (Pete) Bilicki, William F. O'Brien III, Michael S. (Kathy) O'Brien and Helen M. (Bob) Seagle. Bill is survived by two of his four children, Patricia A. O'Brien-Bilicki and Michael S. O'Brien, his six grandchildren and fourteen great grandchildren. 






Words cannot express how much Bill is loved and will be truly missed by his family and friends. May all your days be like yesterday, only easier. HOO-YAH Bill! Memories and condolences may be shared with the family on Bill's memorial webpage at www.summersfuneral.com. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/idahostatesman/obituary.aspx?pid=167908180#sthash.rstGcL9g.dpuf 

Read more here: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/idahostatesman/obituary.aspx?pid=167908180#storylink=cpy


                                                                                                     William Francis O'Brien


                                                Leo Bruning



Jerry Bair

Jerry Bair




Don't Give up the Bones !  DEVGRU:   SEAL photos





Jason R. Freiwald  R.I.P.



10-01-2008, 09:18 PM Source: BILL MCGRAW • FREE PRESS 

First, Jason Freiwald became a member of the U.S. Navy SEALs, one of the world's elite military units. Then, a brother became a SEAL. 

Now, remarkably, yet another brother is training to be SEAL. The Freiwalds of Armada have long been known as an uncommon clan, and friends and neighbors are especially thinking of them today, because family members are burying Chief Special Warfare Operator Jason Freiwald in Arlington National Cemetery. Freiwald died Sept. 11 in Afghanistan. He was 30. 

Another Michigan SEAL, Senior Chief Warfare Operator John Marcum of Flushing Township, died in the same incident. He was buried Sept. 19. Freiwald and Marcum "willingly placed themselves in harm's way to prosecute our enemies to the farthest corners of the Earth," Rear Admiral Ed Winters, commander of the Naval Special Warfare Command, said in a statement. "We owe them and their families an eternal debt of gratitude."

 SEALs are the Navy's special operations force whose famously rigorous training weeds out up to 80% of applicants. As with other elite military units, SEALs have a vibrant esprit de corps, and Freiwald's death was mourned by a large extended family of commandos on the front lines of the war on terror and by people in Macomb County. Ken Keding is among Armada residents who have admired the Freiwalds and the way their sons are serving their country. "That's amazing," Keding said. 

"People don't realize how tough it is to be a SEAL. That family is dedicated and patriotic." Craig Smith, the athletic director at Armada High School, said: "Hard work was a family characteristic." The Navy does not release much information about the SEALs' activities, and a spokeswoman said she could not provide any details of Freiwald's death other than he was "fatally shot" during "a battle with heavily armed militants." 

Since becoming a SEAL, Freiwald had undergone instruction in sniper training, Arabic and tactical rock climbing, among other specialties. He was highly decorated; his official obituary said he had deployed five times for combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2005. Among his many medals are Bronze Stars for valor in combat and a Purple Heart for having been wounded in battle. 

Freiwald graduated from Armada High in 1996. He was widely remembered as skinny and small but tough, and filled with self-confidence. "A pretty strong little kid," said Grant Keding, a fellow student and the son of Ken Keding. Freiwald excelled as a wrestler, and played second base on the baseball team. "When he came out, I didn't think he was going to be a starter," said Mike Thorman, the retired Armada High baseball coach. "He forced me to change my mind. He was a Pete Rose-type player.

" Freiwald's funeral was Saturday in Virginia Beach, Va., where he lived with his wife, Stacey, and daughter, Jasmine. During the graveside service at Arlington today, seven riflemen will fire three volleys each. "Taps" will be played and pallbearers will crisply fold the American flag into a triangle to present to his family.


JasonFreiwald  R.I.P.






Grenada Article






Robert Andrew "Andy" Willingham Jr. R.I.P.


Ron Rhodes  R.I.P.



Chris Bent

23 Dec 2013
From: Christopher Bent 
To:  Doc Riojas
Subj: Tom Blais
Tom Blais spoke to me On phone.  I spoke to him this morning.  He graduated from both  classes 4 & 16 BUD/s E.C. We prayed together. He was a great instructor. I was 31E. We are friends now. He is weak but spiritually strong. Cool. Who is Doc Riojas? Dios te bendiga.
Christopher Bent

Tom Blais and I go way back in the 1960's at ST-2. Indeed, he is a great Frogman. I fell off a barstool at the CPO club in NhaBe, Vietnam and he sewed my noggin up with plain ole needle and thread. All the East Coast Navy SEALs had to go to one week of Field Medical Service at Camp Lejune , N.C. 
  Tom is an Icon in the teams and loved by all the men that i know from the east coast, Little Creek.
thank You very much

Christopher Bent


Rob O'Neill

http://mtstandard.com/news/ local/thoughts-of-home-retired-navy-seal-draws-on-



Standing: William Bishop, John Jaunzems, Bill McCarthy     KNEEL:Sam Fornier, Bill Langley, White,Doc Long





From: Peter Slempa [mailto:sonny37@]
Sent: Thursday, December 19, 2013
To: Anderson Franklin
Subject: Pland crash into Monkey Mountain Med to Late sixties? 

Requesting info concerning a RVN crew manned C-47 that crashed into Monkey Mountain with a SEAL jumpmaster and a 
load of RVN PRU's.  All on board were killed.  That was the same period that SM1 Dave Wilson was KIA and I ewscorted his
remains back to the states.  I returned to Da Nang three weeks later for an additional 6 months.   I need to know the name of that 
Jumpmaster.  Had I been in Country during that time I would have been the jumpmaster.

Pete Slempa



Eric Prince



The Vindication of Erik Prince 

Erik Dean Prince, BUD/S 188 and ST-8.          NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE                   December 5, 2013 

The former Blackwater CEO releases a new book, Civilian Warriors, to set the record straight. 

By Alec Torres 



Erik Prince now lives in Abu Dhabi. The former Navy SEAL and creator of the military-contracting company Blackwater isn’t even sure he wants to remain an American citizen. 

“Uh . . . for the record, for now I plan on retaining my U.S. citizenship, but I am very, very worried about the direction of America right now,” he told me on November 18, the day before Civilian Warriors, his book about his time at the helm of Blackwater, was released. 

Blackwater was an amazing success story. A company born out of a desire to help America in any way possible, it provided security for diplomats, resupply aid to soldiers, relief to disaster-struck populations, and more. Yet it was ruined by the politics and policies of the government it served. Looking back on the story of Blackwater, Prince worries about the future of the country he had risked his life for and built his company to aid and protect. 

His worry is understandable. Not only were he and his company hounded by the press, sued, badgered by Congress, reviled, and subjected to IRS scrutiny, but his time first in the military and then as a private contractor provided a first-person view of the decline of American influence and prestige abroad as well as the depths of government waste and inefficiency. 

“You can’t spend yourself off a cliff. You can’t make decisions leading almost to self-immolation and expect the country is going to go on the way it always has,” he said. “America is held in lower regard today wherever I go in the world. It’s not respected. It’s not trusted as a partner. The repeated blunderings of the U.S. ever since the Arab Spring have lowered America’s stock.” 

Far more worrisome than America’s standing abroad, says Prince, is the growth of the U.S. government. “I believe unfortunately that the greatest threat to American liberty is becoming the U.S. government,” he told me. “It’s not a foreign enemy any more. It’s the growth and bloat of the U.S. government itself.” 

Having spent years as the object of anti-war anger, forced to keep silent by an agreement with the State Department he was hired to protect, Prince has come out in the open to give his side of the story, telling a tale of bureaucratic waste, government malice, and media deceit. 

But for Prince, it wasn’t always that way. 

He started out with a simple idea: build a world-class one-stop training facility for special-operations personnel, who, at that time, were being shipped to different facilities around the country at the taxpayers’ expense. Financed by the fortune left to him by his late father and informed by his own experiences as a former Navy SEAL, Prince set up shop in 1998 in North Carolina’s Great Dismal Swamp, whose charcoal-colored waters provided the company’s name. 

The years from 1999 to 2006 saw the rapid rise of Prince’s company from a struggling training facility and shooting range to a worldwide, billion-dollar corporation. At each crisis, from the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole to September 11 to America’s response in the form of the War on Terror, Blackwater stepped up to the plate, purchasing new equipment, expanding capabilities, and providing personnel where the government was lacking. Eventually Blackwater had contracts flying supplies into the mountainous regions of Afghanistan, guarding American diplomats in Baghdad, and protecting CIA bases in Kabul and Taliban-held eastern Afghanistan. And while Blackwater earned a profit, it offered its services at a fraction of the cost the government would have incurred performing these functions itself. 

Then came Nisour Square. On Sunday, September 16, 2007, in western Baghdad, Blackwater troops were clearing the road for a diplomatic convoy. A car approaching from the other direction ignored repeated warnings to stop. Fearing another car-bomb attack, Blackwater’s Paul Slough opened fire on the car, occupied, it was later determined, by an innocent man and his mother. What ensued was a pitched battle, the details of which are still disputed. As Iraqi militants fired on the Blackwater men and they returned fire, more than three dozen Iraqi civilians were shot, and eleven of them died. 


The result was an international outcry. The Iraqi government demanded Blackwater’s removal from the country. American media outlets blared stories of the “Blackwater Massacre” and “Mass Murder in Nisour Square.” The U.S. Justice Department charged five Blackwater agents with a total of 14 counts of voluntary manslaughter, 20 counts of attempted manslaughter, and the use and discharge of a firearm during a violent crime. While individual agents were indicted, Blackwater itself faced no charges. Democrats in Congress became furious that the company remained legally unscathed, and in the 2008 elections, the role of military contractors, with Blackwater as their face, became a campaign issue. 

When I spoke with Prince, I asked him about the aftermath of Nisour Square. He told me it was the first step in the unraveling of his company. “It was the perfect time for the anti-war Left that during the Vietnam War went after the troops. This time, they went after contractors,” Prince said. “Look, I came from a conservative family, I supported conservative causes in the past, I was the sole owner. We were the perfect target for all those folks to say, ‘That’s it.’ It became a campaign talking point for the congressional elections.” 

Prince also thinks the State Department threw Blackwater under the bus, depriving its agents of evidence by barring them from having dashboard cameras in their vehicles, which Prince believes would have exonerated them, and refusing to defend his men, who were acting in defense of American diplomats. “The sad thing is the State Department could have shut down a lot of nonsense with the media by saying, ‘We did an investigation, and this is what it is,’” Prince said. 

Perhaps worse, Prince and his employees were unable to speak to the press and give their account of the events because of a gag rule in their contract with the State Department. 

With the world seemingly against them and no means of defense, Blackwater personnel were targeted as “cowboys” and “war profiteers,” reckless men endangering the lives of innocent people. What followed was years of court proceedings, bad press, and attacks from Washington politicians. Blackwater changed its name to Xe Enterprises in 2009 and eventually Academi in 2010. Prince, for the good of the company, had stepped down in March 2009. 

* * * 



Though Erik Prince finished a draft of Civilian Warriors in 2011, he waited to publish until now, when the final prosecutions against five former executives of his company had finished, the men ultimately exonerated and the case dismissed. Now, with the past behind him, he can take the time to tell his story. 

“I wrote this book just to set the record straight,” Prince told me. “The characterization of being these overly aggressive war profiteers who were running amok was just not the case. I think the book does a pretty good job of taking those arguments apart.” 

To combat the notion that military contractors are a new evil in the modern era performing what ought to be strictly governmental functions, Prince traces the history of military contracting from Columbus — who “with the stroke of Isabella’s pen . . . effectively became a private military contractor,” Prince writes — to Iraq. 

“Contractors are strewn all through American history, from the founding of the country and the original colonists, to the building of the Continental Army, to the privateers of the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812, to the Flying Tigers, you name it,” Prince told me. “Why say, ‘Oh there should never be any fighting contractors?’ because there certainly have been in the past.” 

Throughout the book, Prince details the infuriating and counterproductive policies of central control in Washington, especially the State Department. “It’s the curse of dumb policies set back in Washington that say, ‘You will have a Suburban with running lights and sirens, washed and waxed, and you’re going to run the same route every day,’” Prince said, reflecting on those who claimed his company was dangerously belligerent. “It’s pretty easy for the enemy to play whack-a-mole. So, then, driving aggressively is about the only thing you can do to avoid losing people.” 

In the light of this troubled past with the State Department, I asked him if there is any bad blood. “I try to forget about them as much as I can,” he said with a laugh. “The sad thing is I know that if we had been on the job in Benghazi, the U.S. ambassador would be alive. We had competent people and did something like 100,000 runs in Iraq and Afghanistan, and none of the diplomats we were guarding was ever killed or injured.” 

Despite the way his company was treated by politicians and bureaucracies, Prince still sees an important future for private military contractors, who continue to constitute a large portion of America’s footprint abroad. “In the short term, the key thing is that if we have a competitive contractor system, at least we have a private-sector benchmark as to what things should cost,” Prince said. “The Pentagon budgets $2.1 million a year for every active-duty soldier. So a private contractor can say, ‘That’s bullshit. I can provide a guy with the same qualifications, a 35-year-old man with ten years’ experience, and I can put him in the field for $400,000 a year. That’s one-fifth of what the government spends.’” 

Though the benefits of using private contractors are clear, he offered a warning for American companies in the contracting world. “To have my company wrecked by politics is a sad and hopefully a cautionary tale to the next guy who is dumb enough to run to the sound of an alarm bell,” he told me. His one bit of advice: “Don’t be an American company, because you are automatically subjecting yourself to every parasitic, ambulance-chasing lawyer in America.” 



Today, from Abu Dhabi, Prince is working with a private-equity start-up on mining, agriculture, and energy exploration, development, and logistics in Sub-Saharan Africa. His next project is to build a petroleum refinery in South Sudan to bring affordable energy to a country otherwise dependent on Gulf fuel expensively transported over sea and land. “That’ll be a very satisfying project, I hope,” Prince told me, “and probably the single greatest act of economic development that country has ever seen. Obviously we’re doing it to make money, but bringing usable energy to the people of South Sudan is long overdue.” 

Though he has lived in Abu Dhabi the past three years and is unsure of his future citizenship, his kids attend school in Virginia, and he remains a Virginia resident, taxpayer, and voter. 

Reflecting on what in his view is the greatest threat to America — the size of the government — Prince offered one frank solution: “Cut the whole thing.” “There is a ton of room across the board,” he added. “I could cut 40 percent out of the Pentagon easy.” 

He worries in particular that Republicans don’t understand the gravity of the situation and are letting their love of the military obscure reality. “For Republicans, you need to take away the notion that it’s unpatriotic to cut the defense budget. I love the military, but it needs to be cost-effective, not just effective,” he said. “We’re not endangering America by cutting the defense budget. We’re endangering it by not.” 



Prince is doubtful, though, that politicians will be able to agree on a solution. Instead, he thinks that only crisis — in the form of hyperinflation and budgetary collapse or the next all-out war — will spark reform. 

Regardless, Prince foresees a hard future for America, and he’s not sure he wants to be here when that future comes. 

— Alec Torres is a William F. Buckley Fellow at the National Review Institute.












Eric Prince:   Blackwater CEO


Lucio Aliotti

Lucio Aliotti

From: Lucio Aliotti 
To: Doc Riojas

I don't think we've met. I served during the years 1959 - 1963 in SEALs with both Lenny Waugh and Jim Watson, may he rest in peace. I was an officer in BUD/S class 21 (see picture of the class on my timeline); U.D.T. 21 and Jim worked in Supply with me during a lot of my time. I today live in Milano Italy.





Lucio Aliotti



Bo Reichenbach




Dan Cerrillo


Eric Basu



Lance CUmmings



Rory O'Connor



Mark Divine



Nicholas Bickle



MUSTER, Ft. Pierce FL 2013

Tom Norris and Michael Thornton





Ross Perot,  Mike Thornton, Tom Norris









Mark Owen






Robert B. Guzzo


Mari and Danny Dietz

Maria Dietz Interview; seen dancing with her husband Danny Dietz,  K.I.A.

 Maria Dietz wife of Danny Dietz KIA



VADM Robert Hayward Parachutes into his own retirement 




Jim Bracken

From: Jim Bracken 
To: Doc Riojas
Subj: Nov 2013 Muster

to I just returned from my annual trek to the UDT-SEAL Museum in Fort Pierce, FL. Had a great time as usual. Buzz (BUD/S Class-mate of mine) took us fishing off of Palm Beach. Kristin hooked a 30 inch Mahi-Mahi . . . got it right up to the boat and Buzz cut the line with the gaff hook. . . . But that's NOT why I called. 

The Saturday demo was low-balled, due to the Government budget crunch. St. Lucie County Sheriff's Department pitched-in with a great K-9 demo. Had some Volunteer jumper's . . . low ceiling, so they just did a hop-n-pop. Museum's getting really big with the recent expansion . . . I'm really proud of it, especially knowing it's all done without ANY Government support. 

But . . . . the highlight of the event was a guest speaker, Dr. Dorothy Woods. She is the widow of Ty Woods, the former Navy SEAL/Contractor who was killed when our Embassy was attacked in Benghazi. We had the usual local politicians, and the Democrat Rep. Patrick Murphy, that (Barely) beat-out Col. Allen West at the last election . . . he gave what amounted to a campaign speech. 

When Dr. Woods addressed the crowd, it was the highlight of the whole event. She related her love, respect, and admiration that she felt for Ty . . . how she felt when she found out he's been killed during the embassy attack . . . how she would not have expected anything other than the way he reacted. She paused and said . . . "I don't know what he said when he got word that the embassy was under attack . . . but I guarentee it wasn't . . . 'What difference does it make now?' . . . The crowd exploded into a 10 minute standing ovation . . . if only Secretary of State Hillary had been there!!! Medal of Honor recipients Mike Thornton and Tommy Norris . . . who followed Dr. Woods . . . were basically speechless after that . . . Ross Perot waved to the crowd and didn't speak at all. She was totally awesome . . . I'll never forget it. Wish you all could have been there. 

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Donald L. Zyski


Donald L. Zyski, R.I.P.


It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Donald L. Zyski, 84, of Jenny Lind, CA on 06 November 2013. 
Donald graduated with UDT Training Class 006 on 21 November 1952 in Coronado and served with UDT-1 during the Korean War.
Donald Leonard Zyski of Jenny Lind, CA passed away on November 6, 2013 of natural causes. He was 84. He ser ved his country in the Navy from 1945 to 1955 and was as a membe r of UDT 
1. Following his military service, h e then went on to work for Grey Hound for 24 years. Later in life, Donald was a Past Masters Mason. Donald loved cruising the world with his wife, Mildred. There were only 2 places they hadn't gone, Africa & the Amazon. Donald loved going out golfing alone or with family/friends. He also enjoyed swimming and celebrating with family even if it was just a weekend BBQ. Donald dedicated himself to teaching CPR & First Aid for over 15 years to people all over California. Donald, along wit h his wife, helped with the high school program, Every 15 Minutes (HS Drunk Driving Program). Every time Donald entered a room, it was filled with smiles all around.



webmaster note:  PLease somebody send me pictures of our Frog Brother Donald.  thank you,   Doc Rio




Phudnall on Rt. and Charlie Moser


P. Hudnall talking to Charlie.  Charlie Moser. I served with him at HCU-1 in the late 80s. He was a Senior Chief Hull Tech at the time. I think he was at HCU-1 before they moved it to Hawaii. He is retired, living in Hawaii.




Jim Dixon



Chuck Jessie

An original Navy SEAL, Chuck Jesse, recounts experiences November 12, 2013



Lt. to Rt:  Doc RIojas, Vanessa Theodine, Larry Theodine, and Fred Miller




Captain Bob Peterson



Asami, Doc Riojas, and Glen Grinnage getting married



Waldo "Wallyi" Scheid


SEALs from ST-1 



Robert B. CLine




SEAL Mike Boat

SEAL Mike Boat in 'nam





Robert W. "BOB/Chris" Christensen

xRobert W. "Bob / Chris" Christensen





 Bob p assed away quietly at home on 10/23/13.

 He was born in Bakersfield in 1928 and moved to Santa Barbara as a teenager. He graduated from Santa Barbara High School and obtained a BS in Pharmacology from USC.

 He enlisted in the Navy after graduation, attended Officer Candidate school and was assigned to Underwater Demolition Team Eleven as a n Ensign . 

After discharge from active duty he briefly worked as a Pharmacist but quit in 196 to to pursue a commercial diving career. He was instrumental in the formation of Santa Barbara City College's Marine Diving Technician Program where he taught for 16 years.

He retired from teaching in 1985 and after several years of retirement joined Kirby Morgan Diving Systems where he worked until this year. Bob was a pioneer in the diving industry as well as an avid fisherman, backpacker, gardener and cook.


                                                                                                              Robert W. "Bob / Chris" Christensen



William F. "O.B." O'Brien R.I.P

Steve Robinson on: William Francis "O.B." O'Brien, R.I.P.



I was very deeply saddened to learn that Chief William Francis "O.B." O'Brien has passed away 5 Nov 2013, due to complication from surgery. OB was the Senior Instructor at BUD/S while I was there Sep 1970-Feb 1971, and I spoke with him often in my efforts to learn how to be an effective Petty Officer. 

I reconnected with OB a couple of years ago, enrolling him in a SEAL-eyes-only Online Discussion Forum which I hosted, and aiding him with computer problems from time to time. He confided in me that he was always concerned when people called him a "SEAL" because he had never actually served anywhere but with UDTs.

 I assured him that with all his knowledge and abilities - skills which echoed through our rigorous training - that he was fully qualified for the title. He remained humble and self-deprecating through it all... insisting that he was first, last, and always "A FROGMAN"! 

Fair winds and following seas, old friend. You trained so very many men to be the best our nation could offer at a time when they were sorely needed

. You did your job exceptionally well. We will meet again on the far shore... at Fiddler's Green. 

Until then I raise my hand in a sad and solemn salute of profound respect. 

HOOYAH OB... you were, and always will be, one damned fine FROGMAN!

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MasterCHief Bill O'Brien (OB) Passed Away Inbox x Roland Gerson 

to me Doc, I don't know if you knew OB, class 27EC (I Think) and attached to UDT11 WC (again, I think), then training in BUD's, but he passed away last tuesday and I just found out. He's been my friend for 18yrs, but due to being on the out's with is controlling daughter, I didn't find out till tonight. I don't keep in contact with many Teammates, so if you would, pass the word out to the original "old guys",
I'm 2nd tier, ony 64. 

Thanx. Roland





Pinche green go steel hour sign in Puerto Rico, AY que BANDIDO !  Don Shipley,  but wee forgif heem !



James Watson R.I.P.

In Memorium to James "Jimbo  & Patches" Watson 

May he Rest in Eternal Peace








On Death
 Kahlil Gibran

You would know the secret of death.
But how shall you find it unless you seek it in the heart of life?
The owl whose night-bound eyes are blind unto the day cannot unveil the mystery of light.
If you would indeed behold the spirit of death, open your heart wide unto the body of life.
For life and death are one, even as the river and the sea are one.

In the depth of your hopes and desires lies your silent knowledge of the beyond;
And like seeds dreaming beneath the snow your heart dreams of spring.
Trust the dreams, for in them is hidden the gate to eternity.
Your fear of death is but the trembling of the shepherd when he stands before the king whose hand is to be laid upon him in honour.
Is the shepherd not joyful beneath his trembling, that he shall wear the mark of the king?
Yet is he not more mindful of his trembling?

For what is it to die but to stand naked in the wind and to melt into the sun?
And what is it to cease breathing, but to free the breath from its restless tides, that it may rise and expand and seek God unencumbered?

Only when you drink from the river of silence shall you indeed sing.
And when you have reached the mountain top, then you shall begin to climb.
And when the earth shall claim your limbs, then shall you truly dance.




Rich Beauregard



Rich Beauregard  QM2/SS on the USS John Marshall SSN-611

Rich Beauregard  QM2/SS on the USS John Marshall SSN-611
Mon, Oct 21, 2013

to me I was a QM2/SS on the USS John Marshall SSN-611 around 88-89 and my collateral duty was ship's photographer. I have a few photos from when we surfaced in the Med in 1989.

 I will attach the photos and a letter sent to the Sub's Crew for our duties during that time frame. Note: The mention of "Contingency Operations in August", This was when we added a few more SEAL TEAM members to the SEALs that were already onboard. 

I do remember in one photo, they said they were the SDV TEAM (Swimmer Delivery Vehicle). Again, I do not remember their names and I was only a member of the Ship's Crew. I believe these guys were Spec War Group Two, SEAL TEAM 2 from Little Creek, VA.

 I really enjoyed these exciting times and hope these guys are still around. 

Last photo was me on the scope. You can post these to your website if you like and I hope some of these guys get to look back at them. 

Thank you, 

Rich Beauregard of Johnstown, Pa.


A few of the guys using up some old ammo topside. Spec war Group Two SEAL TEAM 2 on the back of the USS John Marshall SSN-611 while surfaced in the Med. 1989. 




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B.J.B. and LeMoyne

  B.J.B. and LeMoyne4 Navy SEALs

 LeMoyne wearing socks under his generic booties   Lt. Barbata, Lcdr LeMoyhne and CDR shaul Ziv of Shayetet 13 (Israeli SEALs)

From:Brian Barbata  
To :   Erasmo "Doc" Riojas 
Subj: www.sealtwo.org

I love looking at your photo collection. So random, yet so cool. 

Here is a photo for your site ... 

1973 ! i was in college. Dig that 1/4 inch sharkskin wetsuit !   i bet it was t...  to me  Yes, those were thick suits for spending hours in the SDV. They were custom made by Hot Water Suits and Systems in San Diego. I still have mine. When we got them with our names stenciled on the inside, we thought that was really hot shit. 

 Brian Barbata 


From: Brian Barbata 
To:  doc Riojas
Subj:  Posting Brian's Emails on www.sealtwo.org

Sure, post it. I think others will be interested because of LeMoyne and the Israelis (some very cool guys!). We trained about 8 of them. Every one was a pilot and picked up flying the SDV like nothing. And could they shoot…OMG! 

So we're having a briefing one afternoon for a night op and I draw two lines on the board, naming one country "Orange" and the other "Blue". 

I get into the scenario a little and Shaul waves me off and says, "My guys won't get this. Let me do it." So he erases the board and starts over, drawing the same two lines. "OK, this is Saudi Arabia and this is the Red Sea and this is Egypt". Turns out these were the guys who had raided a jetty in the Red Sea and stolen top secret radar equipment the Russians had given the Egyptians. 

The CIA had never seen it before and was able to analyze its capabilities. Shaul and his boys had many other missions that would make any SEAL drool. I heard he died a couple of years ago in his kibbutz.

Brian Barbata 


From: Brian Barbata 
to:   Doc Riojas

You combined a couple of e-mails under the pic, making sound like I was in college in 1973, not you!

 Hard to be in college and be in the ST! Maybe you can fix? 

I graduated college in 1968, went in to the Navy and graduated BUD/S Class 52 in August 1969. 

Such great stuff on your site! 



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Doc Riojas Response:  I'll correct that today Friday 25Oct2013


Doc Riojas,

That's LeMoyne with the socks! I guess that's how he made Admiral. 

Right after this, I lost my Team Rolex. Bought another one in St. Thomas for $125 and kept it when I got out. 

I was in a shop in London a few months ago and the guy offered me $24,000 for it. 

Turns out antique Rolex's are a big deal today! Wouldn't sell it for any amount. Been all over the world with that watch. Hundreds of feet down and thousands of feet up.


Doc Riojas Response:  thousands of feet up? 




William McRaven, seen as a senior, attended Roosevelt High School
in San Antonio
Commander in Bin Laden mission was schooled in S.A. Admiral RAVEN graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1973

 William McRaven



Ed Chisasson, Gerry Woolf, Jim Jones


                                 Ed Chiasson,  Gerry Woolf,  Tim Jones

1:29 PM (3 hours ago) 

to edudt22, me, frogfather 

Hi Tim Thanks for sending along Doc,s picture of you me & Woolfe 3 good lookin Frogs, Huh? Thanks Bud see ya at the Creek in July... Ed I now remember you at the Reunion, Remember we sat together, We both have changed, I recognize the gold chain and wanted one. Doc Ed Chaisson is the frog on the left and was in class 32 with me. I am ready for the home for the mentally challenged, Ed who is Woolfe ? ( full name) please. Doc is determined to identify all three of us, See you at the 50th reunion. Your friend and classmate. Tim 

From:  Frog21 [at] aol  DOT  com
To:   me, edudt22, deepdivebob 

I won't forget you. See you at the 50th reunion. Why did't you go to the 40th? Thanks for the Info,

 Regards Tim. 

From: edudt22  [at] comcast  DOT net
To: Frog2
Sent: 10/12/2013 
Subj: Re: 3 frogs Ed Chaisson, Tom Wolf, and Tim Jones 

T J,  Tim,  that's Gerry Woolf in the middle.  I think Gerry came thru class30/  He was in team 21.  Finest kind we've been in touch lota yr's.  Stay thirsty my friend. 

Ed Chiasson PS 

don't you ever forget me again******** 

From: Frog21@aol.com
To: docrio45[at] gmail DOT com;  edudt22 [at] comcast  DOT net;  deepdivebob [at] yahoo  DOT com;  frog21  [at] aol  DOT com
Sent: Saturday, October 12, 2013
Subject: 3 frogs Ed Chaisson, Tom Wolf, and Tim Jones

 Tim, The person in the middle is Tom Wolf.    I think.
Bob Holmes



         Exclusive: What it means to be a Warrior

Author: Mark D. Divine
Source: The Family Security Foundation, Inc.
Date: September 5, 2006

What it means to be a Warrior
Mark D. Divine
WARRIOR: These days we hear the term used frequently – all too often, loosely – to describe a broad range of people from members of the military to tribal warlords, corporate leaders, vocal peacemakers, and martial artists. But are all such men and women truly deserving of the title? Or is a warrior, in the purest sense of the word, something different? Is a true warrior a type of person we have forgotten about in our unintentional dilution of the word, and in our quest to ensure that all are equal?
Surely there is something beyond special, perhaps even transcendent, that makes someone what we in the 21st century have come to define as a warrior.
My dictionary defines a warrior as a: “a person engaged or experienced in warfare; soldier…” and “a person who shows or has shown great vigor, courage, or aggressiveness, as in politics or athletics.”
But based on those definitions, nearly all members of the armed forces might be warriors. Though the question that continues coming back to me is, do all military members exhibit “great vigor, courage and aggressiveness” in their duties and overall service? Of course, military service alone may qualify as the service of “warriors,” at least in some quarters (relative to other professionals). And all service to country is certainly noble.
But then there are those very few within the military who go above-and-beyond service to country. For them, service is far more than a commitment to duty and the fulfillment of a voluntary obligation.
Those few I speak of are the true warriors, the soldiers and sailors who – in my estimation – time-and-again perform decisively, courageously, selflessly: In short, in a manner that whether in peace or in war, they place the mission and lives of their teammates above their own. It is an almost spiritual approach to duty. This is where the line is drawn separating the true warriors from professional soldiers. 
Fortunately for us all, America continues to produce such warriors: Good men who not only have demonstrated – what might seem to lesser men – an almost superhuman athleticism, a seemingly impossible courage, and whose legacies are far-too-often written in blood. 
U.S. Navy SEAL Marc Lee was – and will forever be – one such warrior. 
Marc was a member of the Navy’s elite SEAL commando force serving in Iraq. He and his SEAL teammates were supporting an Iraqi and U.S. Army unit during intense combat operations to remove insurgent elements from Ramadi, the provincial capital of the al Anbar province in western Iraq.
According to Marc’s Silver Star citation:
“During the operation, one element member was wounded by enemy fire. The element completed the casualty evacuation, regrouped and returned onto the battlefield to continue the fight. Petty Officer Lee and his SEAL element maneuvered to assault an unidentified enemy position. He, his teammates, Bradley Fighting Vehicles and Abrams tanks engaged enemy positions with suppressive fire from an adjacent building to the north. To protect the lives of his teammates, he fearlessly exposed himself to direct enemy fire by engaging the enemy with his machine gun and was mortally wounded in the engagement. His brave actions in the line of fire saved the lives of many of his teammates.”
In addition to his posthumous Silver Star, Marc was awarded a Bronze Star (with combat “V”) and the Purple Heart.
Marc put the lives of his teammates above his own, and he died the most honorable death a warrior might hope for. 
I did not personally know Marc, but I have corresponded with several of his teammates. And I know beyond the shadow of a doubt that they loved and respected Marc as only warriors can love and respect one another. The intensity of the emotions caused by the loss of their teammate, and their understandable concern for his family are powerful testaments to Marc’s honor, his life, and what it means to be a SEAL.
These men are not alone: America has lost scores of such men in Iraq, Afghanistan, and throughout the world: fighting for their country and their teammates.
The love of one’s teammate is a bond that separates warriors from ordinary men and women. That love is what Marc Lee and his teammates in Ramadi demonstrated for each other.
Though I have never tasted the horror and incomprehensible sadness of sitting beside a dying teammate; I have experienced the bond formed by self-sacrificing teammates while an active duty SEAL in the 1990’s. It has not only defined me as a man. But it has given me a sincere appreciation for what it means to be a warrior: An understanding that not all men are warriors. And why America owes so much to its cardinal warriors like Marc Lee and the men who served – and continue to serve – on his left and his right.
— Mark D. Divine served for eight years on active duty with the U.S. Navy SEALs, and is a currently a Reserve Commander.
If you are a reporter or producer who is interested in receiving more information about this writer or this article, please email your request to Miramx1@aol.com.


Mark A. Divine


Edwin D. "Digger" O'Toole



Capt. Simmons, & Doc Riojas                                          Louis Boisivert


David PaAaina and Damien Rio Vaquez



Bill Daugherty,  his girlfriend, and Rudy Boesch





John T. Boyd



LDNNs at Camp CamRanBay 'nam


Mike Thornton MOH


"Pete" Peterson, Karen Peterson, Vicki and Jim McCutchan


Richard A. Pearson


ST-1 SEALs in Nam


Navy SEALs ?Alaska?


Sterling Baker and Doc RIojas


Coronado CA. SEAL reunion 2013



Petition to Oust Jesse Ventura from UDT SEAL Assn



This petition has my full support also. James Janos has been nothing but an embarrassment to Naval Special Warfare. His lawsuit against Chris Kyle shows his real character which is to dishonor the brotherhood we share as Navy SEALs. To continue a lawsuit against Chris Kyle's family when Chris can no longer protect and defend his family is something only James Janos would do to a fellow brother Navy SEAL. Janos is a disgrace to the UDT/SEAL Association! Remove him from our association! 

Jim LaVore class 49 wc, ST-1.

From: "Michael P. Macready" <cruiser_49>
Date: July 29, 2013, 
To: Jim LaVore <jmlavore>
Subject: Petition 


This is something you may be interested in putting your name to. If you agree to it there is a link to a Brother who's heading it up and his name is "Drago". You can respond him with your approval to include your name. 

Link to open petition: http:// maritimetacticalsecurity.com/ documents/petition_to_udt- seal_association.pdf 



From: JAMES LAVORE <jmlavore> Date: July 29, 2013,
To: Association UDT-SEAL <executivedirector>, "Macready Michael P." <cruiser_49>

Subject: Fwd: Petition 

From: "Michael P. Macready" <cruiser_49> Date: July 29, 2013,
To: Jim LaVore <jmlavore>
Subject: Petition 
This is something you may be interested in putting your name to. If you agree to it there is a link to a Brother who's heading it up and his name is "Drago". You can respond him with your approval to include your name. 

Link to open petition: http:// maritimetacticalsecurity.com/ documents/petition_to_udt- seal_association.pdf 





Chris Kyle R.I.P. 



Stew Smith


SEALs KIA in Bengazi  Tyrone S. Woods, Glen Doherty, 

                                SEALs KIA & Passings                                                    

   Fall Winter 2012-13

8/16/12               Patrick D. Feeks, 28                         Afghanistan        ST3

8/16/12               David J. Warsen, 27                        Afghanistan        ST3

8/16/12               PO1 Sean P. Carson                         Afghanistan        NSW Support

9/11/12               Tyrone S Woods, 41                        Benghazi              Doing what he enjoyed doing.

9/11/12               Glen A. Doherty, 42                         Benghazi              Doing what he enjoyed doing.

10/04/12             Kevin C. Shanahan, 61                    NJ                          UDTR -51 EC-ST2

10/15/12             Andrew C. Hayden, 75                    CA                         UDTR-35 EC-ST2

10/28/12             Ramon S. Vandawalker, 90s          MO                       NCDU 216

11/1/12               Matthew G. Kantor, 22                  Zabul, AFG           BUD/S 280         

11/12/12             Robert Bryan Guzzo, 33                 CA CONUS           BUD/S 251-ST5

11/14/12             Duncan Winkler, 66                         CA                         BUD/S 41-NSWG1

11/24/12             Kevin R. Ebbert, 32                          Afghanistan        BUD/S 265-NSWG2

12/08/12             Nicolas D. Checque, 28                  Afghanistan        BUD/S 247-ST10-NSWDG

12/15/12             Paul Burkley                                     OR                         UDTR 28-UDT-21


12/22/12             CDR Job Price, 42                            Afghanistan        BUD/S 193-ST4

12/22/12             Duane McDonald, 77                      ID                          UDTR16

12/24/12             Skip Connor, 50                                OK                         BUD/S 143-ST4

12/25/12             Barry Enoch, 76                               TN                         UDTR24-UDT12-ST1

12/30/12             Kenneth Lange, 85                          NC                         UDTR16

1/7/13                  Matthew P. White, 31                    RI-CONUS           BUD/S 253-ST10

1/10/13               C. Gardner Sullivan II, 82                AZ                          UDTR16

1/30/13               Mark L. Shaw, 66                             CA                         BUD/S 70-ST1

1/27/2013          Ronald David Dean, 66                  WA                       UDTR 38-ST1


2/2/13                  Chris Kyle, 38                                    TX                          “American Sniper” BUD/S 233-ST3

2/17/2013          Robert Lewis Billinger, 65             CO                         UDTR 42-UDT11

2/19/13               SO1 Matthew J. Leathers, 33  HI-CONUS (MIT)    BUD/S 245-SDVT-1



K.I.A. SEALs in Afganistan



Brett D. Shadle


Chad M. Burkhart


John T. Qirk


Lance Vaccaro


Mario G. Maestas


Paul P. Kelly Sr.


Peter G. Oswald

Rock E. Blasis


Shapoor A. Ghane


Theodore M. Moreland 


Tom Carlin




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THE INDOMITABLE PATRIOT  Fertig, The Guerrilla General

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

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

The book is available from Amazon in either print or Kindle versions, or by special order from almost any book retailer.
(He’s not Tom Clancy yet. They don’t stock his books but they can order them). These links will take you to the Amazon listings. If you look at the Kindle listing there is a Look Inside feature that lets you read through the first chapter. 


About the Author     Carl’s professional career began as an Army and then FAA air traffic controller. He advanced from a small radar van in the Central Highlands of Vietnam to the TRACON in one of our nation’s busiest airports. He also became a commercial pilot and flight instructor, retiring after thirty-nine years of flying. By 1986 he was experiencing severe burnout. He put himself through the police academy, resigned from the FAA and became a deputy Sheriff in Reno, Nevada. He retired after a distinguished career on the street. Not only the cop on the beat, Carl became a renowned traffic accident reconstructionist on his departments Major Accident Investigation Team, as well as a highly acclaimed crime scene investigator. Throughout his life Carl has been a student of the paranormal and often experienced the effects of the supernatural in his personal life. In 2012 he became involved in the saga of the haunted Allen House in Monticello, Arkansas and its resident spirit, Ladell Allen Bonner. The result of dozens upon dozens of paranormal interactions with Ladell led Carl to write his first book about Ladell’s life and death. Writing that first book sparked a latent avocation in his life: writing. Carl has always been a connoisseur of military history, and that interest began a new direction for his writing. This latest book is the story of Wendell Fertig, and the beginning of a thrilling new series, 'Behind The Lines.' While the stories are fictionalized, they are all based upon factual military history. Join in with Carl and enjoy his books as you gain an interesting new insight in what war is all about.

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

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

 THE INDOMITABLE PATRIOT  Fertig, The Guerrilla General

Doc Riojas Comment:  Once i started reading this book, i have find myself hard to putting it down! because of my very old age (84 yr old eyes and at the end of being able to correct my vision) I find that the way  the paragraphs are other important text are spaced to be extremly easy to read.

Having retired from the Navy and traveled to that part of the orient reminds me of my days as a guerrilla combatant as part of the Navy SPecial Warfare serving as a Navy SEAL in the Jungles of Vietnam.

The author is equally as good a military writter as Tom Clancy.  This story may possibly be material for a great movie similar to the the movie produced about the POW rescue in WWII by Filipino Guerilla fighters and the U.S. Army Rangers.  "The Great Raid"

Do not wait to buy it tomorrow, order it today !  It was recommended to me by CDR R.D. Thomas (recommended for the Medal of Honor by the US Army, but our politically correct US Navy downgraded it to a Navy Cross. SHame on them !