email:   DocRio



Whangarei NZ,, in another yard a rigger is getting her new mast ready.
The plastic tent has been great for working in bad WX.
Didn't plan to be doing this at age 77
when I bought her in 1977 at the Coronado Yacht Club from old George Rush,
BMCS, NCDU / UDT 12ret.She'll live to be 100 now..




















Chris Tolentino and Squad in Afganistan




Bruce Cullen


Sterling Baker  USS Almaack AK-27


August 2017:   Stan Janecka in Pine Key, FL :  Hurricane Irma 


Chad Williams


Chad Williams


Chad Williams

Chad Williams


Bill and Alexa


William & Mark


Howard Bronson


Diane Shipley


Steve Elson


Michael Thornton MOH




UDT SEAL Museum Statues 2017


                                        Seth A. Stone R.I.P.  1947-2017                                                                            

                                                 Mike Faketty   RIP



Mike Faketty   RIP

Eric Davis


Gov MO. Grietens


Job W. Price


Kantor and DEbbert


ST2, La Paz Bolivia


Michael Magaraci




Roy F. Adams  R.I.P.

Many of us younger guys didn't know Roy F. Adams because he moved to Texas about 20 years ago after being very active after retirement in the SD area. I got the following feedback from my email announcing Roy Adams passing. on Roy Adams. 

From Maynard Weyers: Roy was a plank owner of SEAL Team ONE. He was one of the first to do a two-man skyhook pickup (with Jack Macione) on the west coast (Oct 65). He was the top man with his line attached to the main line. The rigging was not as it needed to be so he whipped around the main line thru out the pickup. It really knocked the crap out of him. I included a picture of when the aircraft had snagged the line and just started to lift them. Roy was the consummate operator and he will be sorely missed. 

(Bob's note: Anyone who would volunteer to do a skyhook with Jack Macione had to have cajones the size of Texas) 

From Paul Plumb: Roy was one of the best instructors we had in UDTRA class 44. He was always fair and excellent. I only called him Roy at the reunions. He was always Chief Adams before that. 

From Dick Pearson: Rest In Peace Roy I always will remember your humble attitude, I am honored to have served with you. 

From Carl Swepston: I didn't know Roy Adams personally. I knew Of him as "Animal" Adams. I don't think Roy would have had access to an OF&S coin. We should offer Dennis or Hal the option to give a coin to widow and son. 

From: Scott Howerton Please send my regards to the Roy Adams Family for their loss. 

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Roy F. Adams, 84, of Georgetown, Texas, on 01 February 2017. 

Roy graduated with UDT Training Class 022 on 28 July 1959 in Coronado, and served with UDT-11 and as a Plank Owner with SEAL Team ONE. 

Please click on the Link below for more information: Roy F. Adams 

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RADM Richard "Dick" Lyon
R.I.P. 1925 - 2017




William "Ryan" Owens
R.I.P.  1981 - 2017

What Went Wrong in Yemen:Details On Deadly Raid That Left Navy SEAL Dead 





Guy Purvis R.I.P. 
1924 - 2017







Not Dead Can't Quit (NDCQ)!



Mack is a Member of the GulfCoast SEALs


Richard “Mack” Machowicz, the host of Spike TV’s Deadliest Warrior,  a Navy SEAL.  According to his biography on the Discovery Channel's site,[2] "he participated in numerous tactical operations with SEAL Team ONE and TWO. While operating at SEAL Team TWO, he was a Naval Special Warfare Scout/Sniper, as well as being attached to the training cadre as the Leading Petty Officer of Land, Mountain and Arctic Warfare." 

He also has practiced Muay Thai, Jeet Kune Do, Kickboxing, Aikido, Jujutsu, Savate, Arnis, and Karate for more than twenty years, having received multiple black belts. He was a certified instructor in the Naval Special Warfare Combat Fighting Instructor Course, as well as a Naval Special Warfare Scout/Sniper. He is a qualified expert in all US navy small arms. He founded the Bukido Institute, as well as the Bukido Training System, which "teaches a performance philosophy that uses unarmed combat as a pathway for exploring the dynamics of doubt, hesitation, second-guessing, stress, pain, fatigue and fear." 

Machowicz also served as a personal protection specialist for many high profile individuals within the political arena, business world and entertainment industry.


Josie, Mandy,Valyn and Richard "Mack" Machowicz




 Richard "Mack" Machowitz talks to Oakland Raiders about Team work.



                        "Mack" resided in Pearland, TX leaving his wife Mandy and two daughters.   He is a member of the GulfCoast SEALs  


Richard "Mack" Machowitz and Damien "Lil Rio" Vasquez at Gulfcoast SEAL party in Pearland TX 2016




Mack being intervied by Don Shipley his SEAL Teamate about different subjects related to SEAL Combat Skills




Machowitz Family


Mandy and Daughers Accepting the USA Flag


Fr. Jim at Saint Helen Catholic CHurch, Pearland, TX.


America, her Mother and Dad,   ??,   Mack



Guest Speaker "Mack" at Ft. Pierce Muster                                                       Richard  "Mack" Machowicz


Richard "Mack" Mackowitz


Gulfcoast SEALs L-R Chris, Dave, Bob, Curt, Mack, Jim,  ??  ,  Pat , Doc Rio and Lil Rio


gulfcoast SEALs  Mack  Chris & Family and Doc Rio


Richard "Mack" Mackowitz   and Damien Rio Vasquez


Lt to Rt: John Cantarella, Kevin Hodge, Chris Nicola, Erasmo Riojas, David Kappus, Mark Bond, Al Hreha, Curt Gibby :  SEAL members of the Texas Gulf Coast Chapter of the UDT-SEAL Assn. attending Richard "Mack" Machowitz funeral at Houston TX VA cemetery   January 2017






Brandon Cruz and Ryan Bates


Craig Sumdmers



Ray "Cash" Care


Robert C. Bell Jr. R.I.P. 
1925 - 2017




GunnyTime w Sawman & the Stoner 63 Machinegun Craig Sawyer Craig Sawyer 








Morris Lee Barber   R.I.P.    1926 - 2016

passing of Morris Lee Barber, 91, of Severna Park, Maryland, on 27 December 2016. 
It is sad to report the passing of our Shipmate Morris "Lee" Barber 
Lee served as a member of UDT-11, UDT-3, UDT-1, UDT-12, and eventually as a UDT and Underwater Swimmer School Instructor. Lee Barber was awarded a Purple Heart with Valor and a Presidential Unit Citation for duties performed during the Battle of Balikpanpan, Borneo during WWII

U.S. Navy SEAL Widows


Robert Bruce Donegan Jr.       1956 - 2016

Robert Bruce Donegan Jr. August 19, 1956 - December 27, 2016 



Mike and Joyce Wood Retirement


Jill Kelley JSOC                                              SEAL Emblem Carving



Tom Norris, MOH, Vietnam


Edward T. Bigham Jr. 
   1924 - 2016

Edward T. Bigham Jr.


Kiet Nugyen LDNN (V.N. SEAL), Bat 21 Hero awarded USNavy CROSS


Robert B. Donegan Jr. R.I.P.  1956 - 2016                                                           Class 36 E.C.



 Devon J. Grube  R.I.P.       19   -  2016

The Coast Guard says rescue crews launched at 9:22 a.m. Devon Grube was found unconscious around 11 a.m. He was taken to the hospital, where he died Thursday, according to Navy officials.   CAPE CHARLES, Va. (WAVY) — Missing kayaker who was found Wednesday morning off of the Cherrystone Inlet, near Cape Charles, has died.


Irishman Dies from Stubbornness

 As much as people knew hanging out with him would end in a night in jail or a killer screwdriver hangover, he was the type of man that people would drive 16 hours at the drop of a dime to come see. He lived 1000 years in the 67 calendar years we had with him because he attacked life; he grabbed it by the lapels, kissed it, and swung it back onto the dance floor. 

At the age of 26 he planned to circumnavigate the world - instead, he ended up spending 40 hours on a life raft off the coast of Panama. In 1974, he founded the Quincy Rugby Club. In his thirties, he sustained a knife wound after saving a woman from being mugged in New York City.

 He didn't slow down: at age 64, he climbed to the base camp of Mount Everest. Throughout his life, he was an accomplished hunter and birth control device tester (with some failures, notably Caitlin Connors, 33; Chris Connors, 11; and Liam Connors, 8).

Cliff Hollenbeck 12/23/16  wrote to Doc Rio:  
 The true warrior prefers to make love, not war. But make no mistake, if you are his enemy or his lover you will get fucked.

 Jim Bomar, 1945-1966, UDT 12 



Ryan Zinke





Joseph "Joe" Churchill  ST-1


Bio for Adm. McRaven

Admiral Mc Raven

Navy SEAL Coronado Veterans Day San Diego Naked Warrior



William H. Hamilton, Jr.  R.I.P.
1927 - 2016




GunnyTime w Sawman & the Stoner 63 Machinegun Craig Sawyer Craig Sawyer 




Radm Dick Lyon 
R.I.P. 1923 - 2017

We lost Dick Lyon today - a great friend, one of the early and long-standing leaders in our community. He was one of our few remaining Scouts and Raiders and WW2 vets. Dick was always there at our Old Frogs and SEALs gatherings and came to every SQT graduation to cheer on the new generation of SEALs while so well representing the old. Always a smile, always upbeat, always supporting the NSW community in any way he could. Always a joy. 
Garry Bonelli and Carl Swepston are in touch with Dick's wife Cindy and she is looking at next weekend for memorial and internment services. Naturally, nothing has been firmed up yet. I will keep you informed as plans come together. 
I wrote a little piece a couple of years ago that retold Dick's amazing story of being one of the first Americans to set foot on Japanese soil after WW2.

Richard Lyon Born Dick Lyonn the summer of 1923, Dick Lyon was destined to become an extraordinary waterman. Initially, while only a junior in high school, he became the #1 nationally ranked swimmer in the 50- and 100-yard freestyle. In 1940, Dick made the US national Olympic team. Mentored by the formidable Yale coach Bob Kiphuth, it’s no surprise that Dick entered Yale in the fall of 1941.






Stephen A. Nave R.I.P. 
1961- 2016



Greg Burnham


Lt-Rt:  Mike Gold Chuck,  Theiss, Erasmo "Doc" Riojas



Solomon Atkinson from Metlakatla, AK.

Greg Burham  Navy SEAL Vietnam Vet. One Step at a Time is the story of Greg Burham’s
journey,Greg Burham, a Navy SEAL Vietnam combat One Step at a Time is the story of Greg Burham’s journey, tracing his walk of almost 4,000 miles from Alaska to Mexico
tracing his walk of almost 4,000 miles from Alaska to Mexico


Charlotte M. (Alander) Flockton
R.I.P. 1941 - 2016

Ronald T. Flockton







"Andy" Anderson, the Last C.O. of the UWSS, Key West FL.  Andy closed that school.


Anthony Almon                                                    Dow Byers,    Solomon Atkinson    John Hobbs


Fred Miller  Admiral Stevens and "Lil Rio" Vasquez


What Went Wrong? Inside the Yemen SEAL Raid 


I concur. Just let the compound disappear. 


An excellent response from a colleague of mine who spent a lot of time in a certain SF organization. Lots of Middle East experience. 


Feb 04, 2017:    Webmaster's note:   "When will they ever learn?"


Special Operation, especially the SEALS, need to Shut the FVCK UP! Mission? What Mission? Don’t talk about missions. Don’t talk about successes and certainly don’t discuss failures. It is hard to be slick twice – the enemy is not stupid and they will continue to adapt to our tactics and techniques. 

The last time we went on one of these major snatch & grabs, the SEALS encountered barking dogs, fighting women, non-combatants and a heavily guarded compound that was ready to fight. You think maybe they learned something from Operation Geronimo and our previous ops against Bin Laden? Damned right they did. They saw the same political nitpicking, wailing and hand-wringing about ‘civilian casualties’ and children being killed, etc. So expect it, and expect that it will get even worse. 

Expect that your next main targets will probably be located directly in a highly populated area; inside a large multi-building family compound; every a-hole will have their family and a multitude of children with them, and the place will be crawling with dogs. Every a-hole in that compound will have a dog to bark when the SEALS come. And they will be armed to the teeth – ready to fight. Do they care about their families and civilian casualties? NO. They want them to win the propaganda battle against the Americans. They may even turn on their own folks to make it even worse – the Americans will be blamed. 

Do not go after them in the compounds. Go after them when they move, when they travel, when they relocate, when they go to meetings. Cut off their power, cut off their water, spoil their food. Make a reason why they have to come out of that compound and go elsewhere. And then go after them. Otherwise, put a cruise missile into the compound – reduce it to rubble, and then go and exploit what is left. 

We cannot play the economics game with these ass-wipes and win. We cannot afford to lose one highly trained operator and four others wounded along with a $70M bird for 14 goatherders – no matter how dangerous they are. Killing these guys is like the Hydra – another two heads rise up to replace the one you cut off. In the balance, a $1M Tomahawk would have been a bargain. It is like Vietnam all over again. You cannot win, and you certainly cannot afford to trade a jet fighter, etc., to blow down a bamboo bridge that is rebuilt and operational four days later. 

That, and this sounds like a joint SEAL – Emirati operation. Guaranteed that the damned Emiratis were on their radios or comms running their mouths, with poor light and noise discipline. Typical stumble fvck Arabs wandering around the desert trying to be Rambo. I know. I used to train the Saudi Arabian SANG and they were noisy, stupid, useless shits who were the best in Saudi Arabia. Our nickname for them was “DUNE COONS.” Some guys even called them “Sandy Nixxers!” I expect nothing different from the Emirates. 

Emirates and barking dogs – a guarantee for an abortion.              Cheers!          Hank.

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David George Sutherland  R.I.P. 
1943 - 2016


It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of David G. Sutherland, 73, of Virginia Beach, Virginia on 29 December 2016. 
Dave graduated with UDTR Training Class 028 on 07 January 1963 at Little Creek and served with UDT-21, SEAL Teams TWO and ONE, Underwater Swim School (UWSS), and was a member of the Gemini 6 and 7 Recovery Teams. 
Dave's wife, Cheryl, has expressed to us, that Dave's ashes will be swum out to sea at the 2017 Sunrise Service Memorial Ceremony during next year's UDT-SEAL Museum Muster at Fort Pierce, Florida.


Dave "Lil Fat Rat" Sutherland Memorial 

Dave "Lil Fat Rat" Sutherland Memorial I met Diamond Dave in 1993 at Lil Fat Rats house on Hannibal street in Virginia Beach at the 50th aniversary of NAVSPECWAR at Little Creek. I remember this fellow with a funny laugh that made me laugh just by hearing it.

 Later that year I bumped into him at the UDT/SEAL Museum in Ft.Pierce. I remember asking Bill why he was called Diamond Dave. He said if you ever party with him you will know why. Well at the big party at the old Holiday Inn hotel before Little Jims Bridge parties after the Museum muster. He showed up in this white tuxedo suit like you would wear while yachting on a sail boat. With matching white english driving hat. 

We sat laughing and bullshitting while Bud Thrift played auctioneer auctioning off stuff brought in to be sold to raise money for the museum. There were these hand made frog hand puppets. Dave bid on the first and won it for about 10 bucks. Bud Thrift auctioned a few other things and then brought up the second Frog hand puppet. Dave bid $10 and then this older lady with the WW2 UDT Vets bid $15. It got all the way up to $75 with Bud Thrift looking at Diamond Dave to up the bid to $80 said Come on Dave give me $80! The lady was thinking holy shit I'm at $75 hope he bids $80.

 Dave sat back in the chair and said. No I already have one. Leaving the older lady holding the bag at $75 bucks. He put his hand inside the frog puppet and made it come alive. Then someone yelled. Hey Dave what are you gonna do with that puppet? He calmly said while making its mouth open and close. I'm going to take it home and Fuck it!

 Laughter erupted from all. Then Bud Thrift auctioned off the walking stick made from a bulls penis. But that's another story. Meeting Diamond Dave was only one of the perks of knowing his big brother Fat Rat. 

David George Sutherland




                                                                           Bill and Dave Sutherland



Bill "Big Fat Rat" Sutherland  

Bill Sutherland


William "Big Fat Rat" Sutherland




Carlos Flanagan      



Charles S. Cattell  R.I.P. 
1942 - 2016

Charles S. Cattell


E. C. SEAL Reunion 2016 from the BLAST


E.C. SEAL Reunion 2016 from the BLAST



John "Fly" Fallon and Pee Wee Nealy


Erasmo Riojas SEAL Team TWO




John "Fly" Fallon & Pee Wee Nealy


Erasmo Riojas


Erasmo Riojas Frumentarious SEAL


Erasmo Riojas and Richard Cyrus


Capt. Ryan McCombie                                                                               Daniel O'Shea


Michael Murphy


Alpha Squad of SEAL Team TWO's Third Platoon  Rick Woolards squad
     Front L-R: Tony Mihalic, Mike Kelley, Chief Ba (Vietnamese SEAL), Dennis Johnson (later ST6 CMC Denny Johnson) Rear L-R: Fred Keener, Jack Schultz (USN SEAL Advisor to Vietnamese SEALs), Bill McCarthy, LTJG Rick Woolard

This is ALFA (correct spelling) Squad of 3rd Platoon, SEAL Team TWO on 10 December 1969 at the Advanced Tactical Support Base (ATSB) moored at the mouth of the Song Ong Doc river in An Xuyen Province, South Vietnam. This was just south of the U Minh Forest, a large Viet Cong stronghold. 

I went through my SPOTREPS (after action reports) and found the one describing what happened before the photo was taken: 

ALFA Squad of 3rd Platoon, SEAL Team TWO with LTJG Woolard as Patrol Leader departed the ATSB onboard an LCM (Landing Craft Medium) operated by the Mobile Support Team detachment assigned to 3rd Platoon. It motored up the Song Ong Doc river and into a canal where the squad embarked on a Whaler with a sampan in tow. The squad continued up the canal in the Whaler and when the canal narrowed, got into the sampan to move deeper into enemy territory. They inserted onto land, patrolled a short distance and got into a small firefight with a Viet Cong force of unknown size. They wounded one VC and the others fled. The squad extracted by Whaler, moved downstream and linked up with the LCM, then returned to base with all SEALs safe. 


Erasmo Riojas and Tom Blais


Va. Beach, VA Frogman Statue.  7decVaBch.pdf contains all the details, Email Rick or Doc Rio


Frank Butler


Bill Langley and Rex Davis


Bill Langley, Rudy and David PaAaina

Harry Bologna


Scott Moore (SEAL) and Frank K. Butler


Eric Greitens


Brian Hoke


Erasmo "Doc" Riojas 1967, Carter Hotel Vietnam


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Riojas and "Eagle" Gallagher 2016 Lil Jim's Bait Shop


Linda and Fred Miller & Doc Riojas


Rick Vader Gordy Xray Platoon