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Thomas N. Tarbox  R.I.P.

A salute to Tom Tarbox
By Tiffany Strong
The Herald Gazette Reporter

Source: but no longer there:      http://knox.villagesoup.com/print/Print.cfm?StoryID=165266

CAMDEN (June 27): Tom Tarbox, 74, of Camden began training to become a Navy SEAL even before the SEALs were officially formed. Before the present day SEALs there were UDTs, or underwater demolition teams. The UDTs began training in June 1943 in preparation for the D-Day invasion in Normandy, France. Their efforts were originally focused on demolitions and mine disposal.  

 

  Thomas N. Tarbox was born March 7, 1935, in Montana. "My father loved initials," said Tarbox. "The 'N' doesn't stand for anything, he just liked that my initials were TNT. I used to tell people that 'N' stood for 'nothing.'" Tarbox graduated from high school in 1953 and from the University of Colorado in 1957 with a bachelor of arts in geography.

  He then enrolled in Naval Officer Candidate School in Newport, R.I., and started UDT training. At the time there were no careers in UDT, so he left and went back to the University of Colorado and started studying to become a journalist. In the summer of 1962 he got a call from a friend telling him about the SEALs. His friend told him SEAL stood for "sink enemy and leave." 

He left school and enrolled in basic training in Little Creek, Va. Officers and enlisted men train side by side to become SEALs. SEAL actually stands for "sea, air and land," and the training is considered by many military experts to be the toughest training in the world.

At the time basic training lasted for four months. It was very physically demanding, Tarbox said. "We ran everywhere. There was a lot of swimming and the instructors constantly harass you."

The harassment is necessary to see if a man is going to break when things get tough, Tarbox said.

There were 91 men in his class when it started, but only 20 finished. "I was confident I could make it through," said Tarbox. "I would look at the next guy and think if he can make it then so can I."

Tarbox said men who are afraid of the water or heights or who are claustrophobic won't make it. "I'm a strong swimmer, " he said. "I did a lot of swimming with my brother when I was young.

A man may drop out of the course at any time, Tarbox said. To do this a man strikes a brass ship's bell three times and places his helmet down on the ground. Most classes lose about 80 percent of their trainees due to dropouts or injuries. Tarbox said winter dropout rates are higher due to the cold, and he was lucky his class was in the summer.

Tarbox did make it through and was eventually named commander of the Basic Underwater Demolitions/SEAL (BUD/S) instructors.

The only time Tarbox ever lost a man was in May 1965 in a skydiving accident. "When you skydive, a man who is free falling will wave his arms to let other skydivers know that he is going to open his parachute," Tarbox said. For some reason Melvin Melochick, a man in his late 20s, did not do this, Tarbox said. The man above Ochick, Jerry Todd, fell into Ochick's chute, which caused it to malfunction. Ochick died of a broken neck.

"He was my teammate," Tarbox said.

In 1971 Tarbox volunteered for service in Vietnam. The SEALs were initially deployed in and around Da Nang, training and supporting the South Vietnamese in naval special warfare, including reconnaissance and combat diving.

Much of what Tarbox did during his career is still classified, he said. His son Wit, who lives in Tuscon, Ariz., said of his father, "He didn't go into details of what he did or where he was doing it. He's a man of honor and never shared anything that wasn't to be shared."

 

Doc, 

That's a great tribute to TNT!! You said it so well. Jerry (Todd) and Mel were my Teammates and Stan (Janeka) my Chief. We all talked a lot about what went wrong - Stanley the Expert - as you well know. You never know - "The Sky, so much more than the Sea, is terribly less forgiving of even the slightest mistake!" 

Bravo Zulu on your great page honoring SEAL Team TWO Commanding Officer, Tom Tarbox. If you expand the page, I would be most honored to add a short and very humble addendum. Tom Blais, looking down upon all of us mortals from his place in Heaven, would INSIST upon it! 

Again - Bravo Zulu my Friend, 

Frank Cleary


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 From: elsonfamily 
To:  Doc Riojas
Subj:  THE PASSING OF CAPT TNT TAROX. I SHARE THIS WITH MANY WHO NEVER KNEW HIM BUT SHOULD BE SAD THEY DIDN'T Trash     
Date:Nov 8 

Rio,

  YESTERDAY I RECEIVE A NOTE, A VERY SAD NOT FROM ONE OF MY HEROES AND FAVORITE PEOPLE IN THE WORLD, RICK WOOLARD. THERE ARE FEW AROUND LIKE RICK. ONE OF THE BEST TEAM GUYS EVER WHO SHOULD HAVE BEEN THE SENIOR OFFICER IN THE COMMUNITY. HE LOVES THE TEAMS, THE PEOPLE, A MOST LOYAL FRIEND, GREAT FAMILY MAN WHO HAS A WONDERFUL FAMILY. ON 11NOV, VETS DAY, GARY SINISE WILL AIR A SHOW HE PRODUCED, A FACTUAL, NO BS, NO RAH-RAH CRAP ABOUT THE TEAMS AND THEIR HISTORY. RICK WOOLARD WILL APPEAR IN THAT. WE WILL BE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ATLANTIC AND NOT GET TO SEE IT, BUT ILL FIND IT WHEN I GET HOME. 

AS I SAID, I GOT A NOTE FROM RICK, WHICH HE SENT TO MANY OTHERS ANNOUNCING THE PASSING OF CAPT TNT (TARBOX). SINCE THEY ARE OF SIMILAR CHARACTER AND TOP QUALITY, IT WAS APPROPRIATE AND APPRECIATED TO HAVE RECEIVED THE NEWS FROM RICK. 

CAPT TARBOX, WHOSE NAME IS TOM TARBOX, BUT HAD THE N ADDED SO HE COULD BE TNT WAS AN ABSOLUTELY AMAZING MAN. OLD, OLD TEAM GUY WITH MANY COMMANDS UNDER HIS BELT. I THINK HIS LAST TOUR WAS AS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE JCS. NO MAN LOVED THE TEAMS AND TEAM GUYS ANYMORE THAN CAPT TARBOX. I FIRST MET HIM AFTER VN AND I WENT BACK INTO THE TEAMS AND TO BUD/S. HE WAS THE DIRECTOR/CO. I HAD PULLED A TENDON OFF MY RIGHT FOOT THURSDAY OF HELL WEEK BUT I FINISHED WHINIG A LOT. 

GOT INTO BUD/S FOR PT ON MONDAY MORNING I WHINED ABOUT MY FOOT AND THE INSTRUCTORS TOLD ME TO SHUT UP AND GO BACK TO PT. I GUESS THE CRYING AND DANCING ON ONE FOOT FORCED THEM TO SEND ME TO BALBOA NAVAL HOSPITAL WHERE I WAS DIAGNOSED AND PUT IN A CAST. THANK GOD, NO MORE COLD WATER FOR A WHILE. I WENT BACK TO BUD/S AND WAS SITTING OUT FRONT WITH MY WIFE. FINALLY THIS SHORT, POWERFUL, POWDERKEG CAPT WALKED BYE. HE LOOKED AT ROSEANNE AND THEN ME. WITHOUT A CHANGE OF EXPRESSION, HE SAID, NO ONE LIKES A GIMP, MR ELSON AND WALKED OFF. 

WE DID NOT CROSS PATHS TILL NEAR THE END OF MY CAREER. I WAS OPS OFFICER OF THE NAVY RED TEAM AND WE LOST OUR CO TO ANOTHER JOB. CAPT TARBOX CAME OFF OF RETIREMENT TO TAKE THE POSITION AND I FLEETED UP TO XO. ONE OF THE BEST THINGS TO HAPPEN TO ME. NO ONE WAS BETTER TO WORK FOR AND NO ONE HAD A BIGGER HEART. SMART, TRUSTING, AND A WONDERFUL LEADER AND PERSON, IT WAS ONE HELL OF AN EXPERIENCE. I CAME TO LOVE AND ADMIRE HIM MORE EVERY DAY AND WHEN WE RETIRED STAYED CLOSE FRIENDS HE WAS TRULY A GENTLE SOUL, EXCEPT WHEN DRIVING. ID BE DRIVING DOWN THE INDIAN HEAD HIGHWAY AND ID SEE THIS LITTLE BROWN CAR COMING BEHIND ME DARTING IN AND OUT OF LANES AND THEN GO ZOOMING BY ME. ALL I COULD SEE WAS THIS HEAD WITH SHORTCUT HAIRCUT. HE WAS A DEMON ON THE ROADS. SO WHEN WE ALL WENT OVER TO BSR IN W. VA. FOR ANTI-TERRORISM DRIVING, THE INSTRUCTORS PUT US INTO A CAR TOGETHER. THEY QUICKLY REGRETTED IT. WE HAD MORE FUN, DOING J-TURNS AND BOOTLEGS, AND KNOCKING OTHER CARS OFF THE TRACK. 

AT THE END HE AND HIS WIFE, ALSO A RETIRED NAVY CAPT, SORT OF WITHDREW FROM THE COMMUNITY UP TO MAINE AND BECAME SOMEWHAT RECLUSIVE. I KEPT SAYING ID GIVE HIM A CALL SOON, BUT ONCE AGAIN, DIDNT. WE HAVE LOST SOME GREAT EARLY TEAM GUYS THIS YEAR MY VN PLATOON CHIEF MASTER CHIEF TOM BLAIS AND NOW CAPT TARBOX. THESE ARE REAL MEN, HEROES, WHO SERVED WELL AND DID A LOT FOR THEIR COUNTRY. OUR COUNTRY AND OUR MILITARY IS BETTER FOR THEM HAVING LIVED. I MISS THEM BOTH AND SO DO ALL WHO KNEW THEM.

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