SO2 Clark Schwedler, ST-4, KIA on 5 April 2007
in Anbar, Iraq, photo taken from the BLAST 1st 1/4 2007
T. Hall Photos
Lt. 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.
We have 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 death.
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 from overseas
" 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 hungry.
Jim Barnes "Old as dirt"
F.R.O.G. = Fully Rely on God .
Thank you God for our "Vida Loca" as U.S. Navy
No, I was not with Edward Leo Wisniewski in this article http://www.delmarvanow.com/article/20090724/OBITUARIES/907240317.
I know it is a fact. I did not receive an award because I servd
in the Pacific S&R . We did the first NSW recons in the Pacific
along with UDT's one and two. Not too many people know about us.
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 Volunteer
L.to 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.
Faces at the UWSS reunion 2006
1964, with UDT -21-2; L.to R: Ralph Diebold, Ed Leasure, Bob Harraback, Bill
Brian J. Ouellette KIA Afgan.
The 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 Doctor.
Dante 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.
Erasmo "Doc" Riojas & John Friesch
"Hoot" ANdrews and 3d wife
H.T. & wife
James M. "Jim" Hawes
Kathy & Jim Lampman
Joe "Doc" D'ANgelo
A.D. Clark, Bill Holton, Joe Silva, Dave "Little Fat
Lt. to Rt.: Bob Holmes,
Richard "Doc" Martin & Hoss Kucinski
Mike Mc QUillis & Shadow
lt to rt: Dee Clark, Doc Riojas, Fred Miller,
"Fly" Fallon, Rudy Boesch
Nicola Brothers, Mark & CHris There are three of them
that are US Navy SEAL here in Houston TX
Captain Norm Olson "Sky
Captain Norm Olson "Sky Fossil"
Pee Wee Nealey
Hook Tuure, Pete Peterson,
Mike Boynton & Roy Dean Matthews
Bob Reeves, ??, Pat Badger
E. "Doc" Riojas, Rudy Boesch, Marge Bush
BACK 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.
Bill Goines, Per Erik Tornblom,
SAS Gym England: John"Fly" Fallon, Rudy Boesch,
Bill Brumuller, Callahan, Eddie
Leisure, Doc Riojas, Fred Keener,
Tornblom, Joe Silva, Jerry Waters
Lt to Rt: ??, ??, Brumuller, ?? , ROy Boehm, ??
Sitting: Billy Burbank, Dante Stephensen, Rudy Boesch
Shamberger KIA Grenada
Lt.toRt: Joe Stubbs, Clark "Doc" Long, John Violette Record diver
to 1100 ft.
Top Row; lt to Rt: Dickerson (Coach), Ledbetter, Price, Tindall, Smith,
Robinson, W.L. Thede, Atkinson, Huey BOTTOM ROW: Carroll, Ducharme,
Adams, Beaver, McDonald, Smith, Juric
Sam Ciechon also Navy Frogman
Per-Erik Tornblom, USNavy SEAL, Class 19
Per-Erik Tornblom, USNavy SEAL, Class 19 E.C.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
LOL great OLD DAYS!
Per Eric Tornblom getting drummed out of the Navy
Per Eric Tornblom BMCS
Mark L. DONALD
The 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.
"Tiger" & "Hoss" Kucinski & ??
Sam Orr, E. "Doc" Riojas, Ty Zellers, A.Dee Clark
SEALs KIA in Afghanistan 2005
July 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 Our thoughts and prayers go out to the
families of these men during this very difficult time.
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
Jacques is survived by his wife, Charissa.
LCDR Erik S. Kristensen, 33, Class 233, of California]
Erik is survived by his parents R Edward Kristensen and Suzanne
Petty Officer 1st Class Jeffery A. Lucas 33, Class 191, of
Arial">Oregon Jeff is survived by his wife of 12 years, Rhonda, and
theiryear-old son, Seth.
LT Michael M. McGreevy, Jr, 30, Class 230, of New York
Mike is survived by his wife, Laura, and their 1-year-old daughter,
Petty Officer 1st Class Jeffrey S. Taylor 30, Class
229, of Midway, West Virginia Jeff is survived by his wife, The SEAL
from SDV Team TWO is: Petty Office 2nd Class Danny P. Dietz, Class 232,
Colorado Dan is survived by his wife Marie. In Hawaii memorial
service will be held Monday, July 11, 2005 at the National Cemetery
Honolulu for the four members of SDV Team ONE who also perished in
The uniform for active duty Navy
is Summer White. The four SEALs lost from SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team ONE
Senior Chief Petty Officer Daniel R. Healy, 36, Class
176, of Exeter New Hampshire Dan is survived by his wife Normida four children
from his former wives and three stepchildren.
LT Michael P. Murphy, 29, Class 236, of Medford. Mike
is survived by his parents Dan and Maureen Murphy.
Petty Officer 2nd Class Eric S. Patton, 22, Class 239, of
Boulder City Eric is survived by his Navy SEAL father James Patton.
Petty Officer 2nd Class
James Suh, 28, Class 237, of Deerfield Beach James is survived his father
Navy SEAL Killed in
By NSWG-2 PAO (LT John Perkins, USN
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As we do every year, some of the GulfCoast SEALs pay their respects to Ike
Rodriguez at Houston Nat.Cemetery.
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 Website Houston National Cemetery
Cemetery Phone 281-447-8686 Record Citation US Veterans Grave Records
US Veterans Grave Records. Record count: 7,019,528. data.gov.
Apollo Recovery Team
Apollo Recovery Team
Red Fane "Underwater Warrior"
the book and later the movie "Frogman"
Powell & Knipp
Clark "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 Coast 1964-1965):
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
Two SEALs from Dam Neck killed
Fournier ST-2 'nam
I know so well and I am blocking out ! HELP ! is it Davis?
LT. 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.
whole story on this link.
Hero’s Legacy... 30 Years in the Making
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.
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.
graduation 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, Spencerelieved 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
Upon reflection,we also
made a general nuisance of ourselves at
San Diego’s local watering holes. SEALs,Marines
and naval aviators wouldcompete 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 feature filmTop Gun 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
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 Vietnam.
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 debriefing.
Dry (in center holding paper) briefs his SEAL Platoon
“Alpha” on the deck of the submarine GRAYBACK. Photo
courtesy of Timothy R. Reeves
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 his Alpha
Platoon return to GRAYBACK following a training exercise
prior to Operation Thunderhead. Photo
Timothy R. Reeves
ST-1 C.O. promoting Slattery & Dry; note the UDT gold emblem on
Slattery's lt. breast !
One's commanding officer promotes Slattery (right)
and Dry (center) to lieutenant in 1971 during
a ceremony at the team’s compound in Coronado, CA. U.S.
Navy Photo courtesy of
Michael G. Slattery ’68, USN (Ret.) A
Tribute to a Classmate and SEAL Teammate
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.
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 theSEAL 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
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 fire.
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 longhours 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.
mission uncertainties of SEAL operations
go with the territory. Throughout
the entire rescue attempt, Spence’s
team needed to remainundetected—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 or two.a
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.
Lt - 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.).
Michael G. Slattery LT. & M. Spence
(junior grade) Michael G. Slattery
(left) and M. Spence Dry following the
completion of "Hell Week" during Basic UDT/SEAL
(BUD/S) Training. Photo
courtesy of Robert
Dry May 2008 27 Photo
by Spence Cadden
Group - Mike Johnson
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 photos:
playing Theodore Roosevelt for the History Channel. “TR and American
at Baghdad Fire Department
McCauley (Deceased) former classmate, teammate and best friend
Have a great New Year!
G. Mike Johnson,
President & CEO
Group, Inc. - "Mission Critical Communications
Thank you 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 KIT.
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.
Curle click on name
Someone here has the helo story mixed up... There
were five Teammates from SEAL Team Onethat were lost on that helo,
BM3 James R. Gore ST-1 23 Jun 70 Can Tho;
MM2 Richard J. Solano ST-1 23 Jun 70 Can
Tho; Helo crash
SM3 John S. Durlin ST-1 23 Jun 70 Can
Tho; Helo crash
RMSN John J. Donnelly ST-1 23 Jun 70 Can
Tho; Helo crash
FN Toby A. Thomas ST-1 23 Jun 70 Can
Tho; Helo crash
This crash happened the day before I arived in Vietnam on my first
tour with Team 1... The helo was not a jolly green but an army slick
that had just been shot up on a SEAL op & wasn't shut down at SeaFloat
to check out the damage before heading back to Bhin Thuy...
Doc Riojas' note: I was sent by
SPECWARGRU Vietnam to see if i could ID some these SEALs at Morgue
Registration TonSonNhut Air field. These men were not found for
days after the helo crash and their bodies were very bloated almost at the point of
exploding in size and unable to ID them. Sad scene !
BUD/S Class 182
Elbert TIllman Jr.
Adm. Duncan Smith & SEALs
photo by: Dean Cummings
John B. MacLaren
Robert W. "Pete" Peterson
Erasmo "Doc" Riojas & Korean Houseboy