webmaster:      Erasmo "Doc" Riojas    docrio45 [at] gmail  DOT com



Class 51 East





Jim "Spaceman" O'Neill and Col George Paccerelli in Russia      submitted: Apr 30  2017, 

Jim "Spaceman" O'Neill here (UDT-21, SEAL-2, BUD/S 62). 

 Doc,  First;  I have enjoyed your website for years -- thanks for your efforts, much appreciated. Joe Silva and I served in the same platoon when I was in SEAL-2 and although we were not bosom buddies or anything, we were tight. I know you knew him. 

In any event, my friend Harry Butler recently sent you a photo of myself and others preparing for a jump in Russia (I am 2nd from the right) which you posted (Harry and I were in the same platoon in UDT and switched over to the SEALs around the same time). 

I've attached another photo from the Russian trip which you may find of interest. Whether you think it "post worthy" is of course up to you. It is of myself (left) and Col. George Paccerelli (right). I am wearing an East German paratroopers beret I picked up in Berlin on the way, as we we were required to wear covers at times and I had left mine back in the states. 

George was inducted into the "Ranger Hall of Fame" at Ft. Benning in 1993 (the year after this photo was taken). He's wearing a South African jump smock which he acquired in SA when we were there earning our SADF jump wings the previous year -- we were roommates on both trips. He is the only guy I've ever known who was actually bayoneted (during some intense hand-to-hand with VC). 

Col. Paccerelli passed away earlier this year, and the world lost one of its great class acts. An excerpt from his obit is below. He was not, of course, a Team member, but I thought you might enjoy his shared warrior ethos. 

All the best -- fire in the hole! Jim 

From:  Jim O'Neill   May 4  2017


Frank Butler

Doc, I looked through my scanned photos and came up with a couple you may find of interest. 
The one taken on the beach is from 1973, when I was in UDT-21 (I am not in the picture). 
The other one was taken in 1990. It's a shot of myself (far left) and two buddies at a post-jump party after we had earned our South African Defense Force (SADF) jump wings Bloemfontein, South Africa.   I also attached a photo of the old DC-3 (C-47) we jumped out of, courtesy of the "1st Para Battalion" out of Bloemfontein, South Africa.

Godspeed, Jim


Robvert O'Neil


Robert O'Neil


David PaAaina


Don Shipley & Hershel Davis


Ed Hine


Jeff Gonzalez                                                                               Scott Chierepko


Ryan Francis Larkin  R.I.P.  1988 - 2017

     Ryan Francis Larkin, US Navy SEAL, age 29 He was trained as a Special Operations Combat Medic and a Naval Special Warfare Sniper.

Denny Johnson      


 Milton J. Sands



Wiley "Norman" Combs  R.I.P.  
1927 - 2017



Donald D. Griffin R.I.P.


Robert R. Leamer Jr. R.I.P. 
1932 -2017


















CDR Joe De Floria

 From: Joe DeFloria
To: doc Riojas
Sent: Monday, April 20, 2009 
Subject: Picture on page 6 

Doc, the picture’s about a third of the way down on page 6. The photo was taken at Bac Lieu in late 1970. I was Det Golf Cdr. Coordinating a 2 platoon op against a group of VC smuggling weapons in from the coast. 
Thanks for the advice on the platoon photo -- I’ll see what I can do. 

Joe Defloria , U.S. Coast Guard Captain  
100 Ton Master’s Captain License 

Captain Joe DeFloria is a retired U.S. Navy SEAL Commander with multiple direct action combat tours in Vietnam as a SEAL Platoon Commander, and as a SEAL Detachment Commander. During his 27 years in the U.S. Navy, he also served as the Skipper of the SEAL training unit in Coronado, and as the Commanding Officer of Underwater Demolition Team (UDT) 12. Captain Joe has been an active charter boat captain in San Diego for 15 years.




LDNN: maybe Choi (sp), unknown, unknown, isrish flynn, R. Williams, Ron Byrum< Moki Martin, Ron Ostrander, Mitch Bucklew, Apo Gouveia, Joe DeFloria;   ST-1 Alpha Platoon, Tet Offensive 1969, Binh Thuy, RVN

From:Joe DeFloria 
To:    Doc Riojas       date:  29May2015

Subject:  Layton Bassett and Joe DeFloria Snipes on Destroyer in San Diego before becoming Frogmen

Doc, it would be great to see Layton and Vickie Bassett  out here for the August reunion. He and I go back to 1954 when we were both Snipes on a Destroyer out of San Diego. We both live in Navy Housing at the time and our families were close. One of his daughters, Beverly Jo, is named after my first wife and me. Unfortunately I haven’t seen much of him in recent years.          Joe





- January 5th 2015


Here are some pictures of Walter. One is when he was on active duty, one with me in uniform May 2011, one at a HS reunion about Nov 2012, and the last is with our dogs DEC 2014. Hope these are what you are looking for.



Email to:  epgouveia@netzero.net, Apo's wife  Eillen



                                                                                                                                                                                       on Tantalus Dr. on Oahu,
                                                                                                                                                                                     overlooking Honolulu, Waikiki
                                                                                                                                                                                             and Diamond Head




Walter's (APO's) message board 

to:   Doc Riojas, cflynn01, jdefloria, bassettudtseal, mitchBucklew, SprFrog, pdirkx, reis.gouveia, tcflorio, tedcoyle, wal_tak, SUSIERAUCH, jgulick, Jflorio743, Joseph.Florio, DKMSEAL, ibkelleys, retseal, charles.chalde., ronbell619, bsnmate, fwaranch, bulldevine, sealonemaama, clem1103 

Hello everyone! 

Thank you all for coming to Walter's(Apo's) service on Friday. The picture of the white board attached was for his friends and family to write him a message. If you didn't get a chance to write one and would like to, please do so. Type or write you message on a white paper with colored ink, pen or felt tip. Then email me the copy or mail to me at 6891 Estero Blvd. #341, Ft Myers Beach, FL 33931. I would love to fill up all the space on the board with wonderful messages for him. If you weren't at the service please feel free to do so as well. Thank you. God bless! 




From: Philip Martin [mailto:pmartin3 [at] san.rr.com]
Sent: Monday, November 02, 2009 11:05 PM
To: jgulick [at] gulicklaw.com
Cc: Joe Defloria
Subject: ST-1 SEALs, can anyone ID them? thank you


Yes, I  do.  That pix is of  the 1st squad of Alpha Platoon during Tet offensive 1968 on the Bassac River in the Mekong Delta.  This was taken by a Life magazine photographer.
From left to right are:   Joe Defloria, Ron Ostrander?/ Irish Flynn?, Apu Gouveia, Moki, Willy Williams, Mitch Bucklew.  The boat is a ST2 STAB and we wee working with Dick Marchinko’s platoon.



Moki responded earlier to Doc Riojas with the following, and attached here is another photo of the same group with names identified that Doc Rio already has posted on his web site. 


Yes, I  do.  That pix is of  the 1st squad of Alpha Platoon during Tet offensive 1968 on the Bassac River in the Mekong Delta.  This was taken by a Life magazine photographer.
From left to right are:   Joe Defloria, Ron Ostrander?/ Irish Flynn?, Apu Gouveia, Moki, Willy Williams, Mitch Bucklew.  The boat is a ST2 STAB and we were working with Dick Marchinko’s platoon.

Moki Martin

If you get in contact with "Apu" Walter's Hawaiian nickname he could probably fill you in on the others in the photo, as well as an ID on the boat.  Contact Bob Baird rkbaird@cox.net,or Rick Rogers ribbit71@san.rr.com   of "The Old Frogs and SEALs" and they can probably tell you how to contact Govea.  He will be on the roster...........


Standing lt. to rt.:  PK Barnes, KC Scout, Happy Baker, Mike Collins, Thang, Randal Clayton, Jim McCarthy, Chieu Hoa, Mike Capelnor, Lou DiCroce         Kneeling: Allen Vader, Clint Mjors, David Shadnaw

From: Joe DeFloria
'doc rio'
Sent: Thursday, May 28, 2009
Subject: RE: SEAL Team One, X-Ray Platoon

How about putting the photo of X-Ray Platoon and Chief Frank Bomar on page 6, in the area of Alpha Platoon. Maybe I can muster up some other West Coast platoons to add to that page in the future. 
Hope all is well. 
Best Regards, 
Joe DeFloria




Fred "Doc" McCarthy's Photos
"Doc" is a plankowner ST-2

Rio, You said you wanted some pictures.  Will these do?  Plenty more where they came from, but not all have team members in them.  Local color and scenic.   


Platoon "Bravo" Squad (minus Mr. Gormely)  Standing: JTollison, Garrnett, Bump  Kneeling:  McCarty, Birtz 


Evie Barrett



Lowell Gosser



Barret  in the corner "Doc" McCarty yellow shirt, on the USS Wise,


Standing: L to R: Garrnett, Bump, Birtz Seated:  "Doc" McCarty 


Standing:  Birtz, Bruhmueller, Martin, Tollison; Kneeling:  Watson, Finley    at the door "Eagle" Gallagher

Kenny Estok


Fred Toothman


Bruhmueller, Prince, Doc Mc Carthy


JT Tollison,  Fred McCarthy


Lenny Waugh, Jess Tolison, Chuck Detmer


Two ST-2 "Doc's"  Fred McCarthy  & Erasmo Riojas



Friendlies up front our objective in the background.


Our squad got caught out in the open area.  Had to call in air support.  We were recovering from an all night intel, recon mission when all hell broke loose.


View from safe ground.  Recon site in background


Hatien  on the Cambodian border.  Spent three weeks in tents here.


Hatien Rd. sign


"Doc" McCarty and PR2 Steve Dunthorn purifying water buffalo for camp site. H20 came from adjacent swamp.


EM2 Dorian Kaiser


EN2 Al Ebner


SK2 James Dilly


QM3 Larry Simmons 


McRaven Admiral  addresses the University of Texas at Austin Class of 2014




Don Shipley


Bill langley Familia



Commander Robert Andrew “Gus” Kaminski, 39

SAN DIEGO, Calif. -  






Commander Robert Andrew "Gus" Kaminski, 39, of San Diego, Calif., died 

peacefully at his home on May 27, 2011, following a courageous three-year battle with cancer.

He was born Feb. 2, 1972, in Steubenville. A Weirton resident, he graduated from Brooke High School in 1990, and accepted an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.

After graduating from the Academy and being commissioned as an Ensign in May 1994, Gus reported directly to Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL training. He graduated with class 200 in August 1995.

His first assignment was with SEAL Team 3, where he completed three deployments to the Persion Gulf. He was a task-unit assistant, assistant platoon commander, and a platoon commander at ST-3.

Gus's second assignment was at SEAL Team 5 as the operations officer. He was responsible for training and equipping eight SEAL platoons for overseas deployments and maintained six departments: ordnance, diving, training, communications, medical and administrative.

From June 2002-04, Gus served as the Officer in Charge of the U.S. Navy Parachute Team, the Leap Frogs. He commanded a 12-member team and its mission of supporting recruiting goals for Naval Special Warfare.

Following his first Leap Frogs assignment, Gus completed a joint tour at Special Operations Command South in Homestead, Fla. He served at the U.S. Army Centric Command on a U.S. Air Force reserve base as one of three SEALS.

Gus returned to the Leap Frogs in June 2007 for a second tour as OIC. Gus's awards include a Defense Meritorious Service Medal, a Joint Service Achievement Medal, two Navy Commendation Medals, two Navy Achievement medals, and various unit and service awards.




                         Joseph Molina


                                Stacy Virgin                                                                   Doc Riojas      &        Richard Cyrus


          udtclass35.jpg (384000 bytes)                       
      UDT Class 35 E.C.


          Capt Roberts & Don Shiply                         SubBase N.L. Conn. Pistol Team 




   Ty Valkanas  &      Todd                     Adm. Eric OLson                            W.D. Powers    &    Wally  S_______



Capt David Del Giudice will be inducted into the Commando Hall of Honor (CHOH) on 27 October 2010. 

Capt Dave was the first CO of ST-1, below is a statement about his career by Capt Andy (3rd CO of ST-1) 

LTC FARRELL -- It will be a pleasure to bring forth information pertaining to CAPT DEL GIUDICE and his outstanding career in Naval Special Warfare. As stated previously - Dave and I were Both Executive Officers of UDT-12 and UDT-11. The Commodoroe (LCDR MACK BOYNTON) was summoned over the COMPHIBPAC to discuss a TS message pertaining to the formation of a Special Operational Force. We were selected to be on the 'WHAT IF COMMITTEE"= to respond to CNO'S query.

  In December CNO Directed that SEAL'S be established. LCDR BOYNTON selected Dave to be the Commmanding Officer of SEAL TEAM ONE to be effective 1 January l962. Thereby making Dave the FIRST SEAL. SEAL TEAM ONE was composed of Officers and men from UDT-11 and UDT-12. Later that year Naval Operational Support Groups (Atlantic & Pacific) were established. Capt Phil Bucklew became the Commodore and shortly thereafter he and David Del Giudice departed for Vietnam to work on plans and operations. The ensuring works are contained in the Bucklew report. Dave received a high decoration for his part. SEALS were deployed as Mobil Training Teams  (composed from both coasts)in l962 and employed around Da Nang.



            Jesse Ventura: A Mini Biography


                                                                Jesse Ventura  aka:  James Janos      

Governor Jesse Ventura served as the 38th governor of Minnesota from January 4, 1999, to January 6, 2003, but he is more than a politician. In fact, he doesn’t like being referred to as a politician at all. Before entering the world of politics, he served his country as part of a U.S. Navy UDT team (the forerunner of the SEALs), won fame as a professional wrestler, worked as a bodyguard for big-name rock and roll acts like the Rolling Stones, and had roles in major motion pictures, including “The Running Man” and “Predator.”

Governor Ventura first entered the public eye in the mid-1970s as a profession wrestler, gaining fame for his physique and wrestling as Jesse “The Body” Ventura. He wrestled until 1984, when blood clots in his lungs ended his in-ring career. After a failed comeback bid, he worked as a color commentator on television for “All-Star Wrestling” and later “Superstars of Wrestling,” hosted his own talk segment on the WWF’s “Superstars of Wrestling” called “The Body Shop,” and did color commentary on radio for a few National Football League teams (among them, the Minnesota Vikings and Tampa Bay Buccaneers). Ventura most notably co-hosted “Saturday Night’s Main Event” with Vince McMahon and the first six WrestleManias (1985-1990).

Ventura’s acting career was a natural extension of his television work. He appeared in “Predator” (which starred future California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger). He had a starring role in the 1990 sci-fi movie “Abraxas, Guardian of the Universe,” and had supporting roles in “The Running Man,” “Demolition Man,” “Repossessed,” “Ricochet,” “The Master of Disguise” (in which he steals the Liberty Bell), and “Batman & Robin.” Ventura also made a cameo appearance in “Major League II” as “White Lightning” and appeared as a self-help guru (voice only) in “The Ringer” trying to turn Johnny Knoxville into a more confident worker. In addition, Ventura had a cameo in “The X-Files episode” “Jose Chung’s From Outer Space” as a Man in Black alongside fellow ‘MiB’ Alex Trebek.

Ventura ran for governor of Minnesota as the nominee for the Reform Party of Minnesota. His campaign consisted of a combination of aggressive grassroots events and original television spots using the phrase “Don’t vote for politics as usual.” He spent considerably less than his opponents (about $300,000) and was a pioneer in his using the Internet as a medium of reaching out to voters in a political campaign. He won the election narrowly–and unexpectedly–defeating the major-party candidates, Norm Coleman (Republican) and Minnesota Attorney General Hubert H. “Skip” Humphrey III (Democratic-Farmer-Labor).

Deciding not to seek a second term in office, Ventura left the political arena, but continued to speak out about the issues he cares most about. He taught a study group at Harvard University as a visiting fellow at the Kennedy School of Government’s Institute of Politics in which he focused on third party politics, campaign finance, the war on drugs, and other relevant political issues. He has written two books since leaving office, both with Dick Russell, “Don’t Start the Revolution Without Me!” and “American Conspiracies.” He also writes and hosts the television series “Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura,” which airs on TruTV.

http://www.worldnewsinsight.com/jesse-ventura-a-mini-biography/4981/    Tuesday, January 25, 2011


Former Governor Jesse Ventura has filed a lawsuit against the TSA and the Department of Homeland Security in an effort to take on invasive airport pat-downs. [READ LAWSUIT]

Former Governor Jesse Ventura has filed a lawsuit against the TSA and the Department of Homeland Security in an effort to take on invasive airport pat-downs. [READ LAWSUIT]







                             William Hoopes and Tom Norris


                                                                                            UDTs 1965 Santo Domingo USS Boxer LPH 4


                           Brandt Young                                                                         Keith Davids


At McPhee's: Lt - Rt: Mike Mc Quillis, Frank Thornton,  ??,   ??,   Duke Leonard, Chuck Fellers, Chief "patches" Watson


         Mike Thornton & SEAL Admiral ?                                                                          Don Shipley

Top Lt -Rt: Estok, Finley, Bump, Clark, Brumuller, Martin,   ? Fox?    ,Watson, Tollison, Waguh    MIDDLE: Lt - Rt: Mc Carthy, Garnett, Tollison,                Detmer, Birtz       SITTING: Goines, "Big" Rogers  SEAL Team TWO



Lt-Rt: Bill Goines, Fred McCarthy, Lowell Gosser, CHuck Detmer, Frank Thornton, "Pee-Wee" Nealey, Eddie Leisure, Guy Nixon, Tollison  SEAL Team TWO, Little Creek, VA.



Kevin Farrell                                                                      Lon Franklin                Arles "Nasty" Nash


                      Jay Stanley  Ken Ploof  Boob Shouse  Bill Hamilton   Jim Hazelwood




                                                              Michael P. Allen Hell Week

From: Jeffrey O'Konek   

Email: 06/21/2011

Hey Doc,


I was looking through the pictures on your website and on Page Six 


there is a picture entitled “Michael P. Allen Hell Week”. The guy, 


second from the left with the Third Class stripe on his helmet, that 


looks like he’s about to expire is me.


Just thought you’d like to know.




Jeffrey O’Konek


Webmaster NOTE:       Acturally, the guy with his hands over the log is the one about to croak !




Arturo Farias       Bob Shouse


                            John Roat                                     Fred Keener, Curtis Ashton, Eagle Gallagher, Kelly, Rio


Pat Martin and Erasmo Riojas                                                     Bob "Eagle" Gallagher  &   A.Dee Clark

            Jeffrey O'Konek                                                          Dow Byers

                    Tim Kroeger & Don Shipley                                                        Ron Yeaw



       Eric Greitens Biography

Eric Greitens was born and raised in Missouri, where he was educated in the public schools. He was an Angier B. Duke Scholar at Duke University where he studied ethics, philosophy, and public policy. Selected as a Rhodes and Truman Scholar, he attended the University of Oxford from 1996 through 2000. There he earned a master’s degree in development studies in 1998, and a Ph.D. in politics in 2000.

Eric’s award-winning book of photographs and essays, Strength and Compassion, grew from his humanitarian work. His doctoral thesis, Children First, investigated the ways in which international humanitarian organizations can best serve war-affected children. He has worked as a humanitarian volunteer, documentary photographer, and researcher in Rwanda, Cambodia, Albania, Mexico, India, the Gaza Strip, Croatia, and Bolivia. Strength and Compassion is a collection of striking photographs from each of these countries, combined with bold essays on Strength, Pity, Dignity, Courage, Faith, Time, Hope, and Compassion. Among other accolades, Strength and Compassion has been recognized as ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year and the Grand Prize Winner of the 2009 New York Book Festival.

Eric is also a United States Navy SEAL officer, and he has deployed four times during the Global War on Terrorism: to Iraq, Afghanistan, the Horn of Africa, and Southeast Asia. He has served as the Commander of a Joint Special Operations Task Unit, Commander of a Mark V Special Operations Craft Detachment, and as Commander of an Al Qaeda Targeting Cell. His personal military awards include the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Combat Action Ribbon, the Purple Heart, and the Bronze Star.

In 2005, Eric was appointed by the President to serve as a White House Fellow. The White House Fellowship is a non-partisan, non-political appointment that is considered America’s most prestigious fellowship for leadership and public service.

Eric is a sub-3 hour Marathon runner and the winner of the Shamrock Marathon at Camp Fallujah, Iraq. As a boxer, he won two Oxford Boxing Blues and the Gold Medal at the BUSA National Boxing Championships. Outside Magazine recently named Eric their first ever Reader of the Year.

Eric used his combat pay from Iraq to found The Mission Continues. The Mission Continues empowers wounded and disabled veterans to begin new lives of public service. From May 2007 to May 2009, Eric contributed over 2,750 volunteer hours as a volunteer Chairman and CEO. In October 2008, the President of the United States personally presented Eric with the President’s Volunteer Service Award in recognition of his inspiring national leadership working with wounded and disabled veterans. In June 2009, the Draper Richards Foundation named Eric as a Fellow, recognizing him as one of the leading Social Entrepreneurs in America.

Eric also serves as a Senior Fellow at the Truman School of Public Affairs at the University of Missouri, where he teaches on public service, ethics, and leadership.




Wayne Jacobs: Athlete / Coach / Counselor / Educator


U.S. Navy Special Warfare (Frogmen/SEALs)
Competitive Olympic Style Lifter - PSA/AAU Weight Lifter of Year
Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach - San Diego State Univ.
Strength & Conditioning Coach - University of San Diego
Teacher - Recreation Department
Lecturer (Stress Management) - School of Business
Counselor - Office of Drug & Alcohol
Nutrition Committee Member - Dining Services
Conference Host & Coordinator - National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA)
Founding Board Member - House of Health Research Institute
Commercial & Government Sales - Host Fitness Systems/Fitness Warehouse


                    In the Valley of Death?  Who was the Meanest Muther?  We are U.S.Navy Sailors!  SEALs!   LDNN's   PBRs!    Swift Boats?    Ho Chi Minh?


                                     Click on Image to Enlarge it.

    Mark Divine (SEAL)                       Matthew Axelson    &  Danny Dietz  KIA Afganistan   



J.E. "Older than Dirt" Barnes with Frank Buck hat.

David A. Hansen

Archie Grayson, Joe Silva, Jim Tipton, Bob "Eagle" Gallagher


Archie Grayson

Archie Grayson, Rudy Boesch, Stan Janecka, Eagle Gallagher, Pat Martin,  ??  ,  sitting Skip Isham

Archie Grayson, Sheryl, Doc Cox  ,  Riojas

Archie Grayson, Dante Stephensen, Bill Garrnett

Keep me in you book.
Will be finishing my contract here 10 May and will meet Judy in Calif. for the flight to Fla. look fwd to seeing you at Panama City May 14.

D. Stephson, C. Poulnot, A.D., B.Coulson, D. Swartz and myself are going to Celebrate 50 years since graduation Class 22, we actually completed it Oct "59 , what the hell it's close enough.

Here are some pics. Would be great to be in with John Francis.
I had no problem id:ing this guy, he gets better looking by the day.

Jerry Hammerle
UDTR Class 22 (LC)
oceancap     comcast     net


Larry Bailey, Rudy Boesch,  ??


Cindy & Matthew Axelson

Roy Boehm


           Archie Grayson & Ashbrenner (sp)

Mike Thornton




Navy SEAL Ryan Job

Posted By Froggy

Ryan was the SEAL who was critically wounded preceeding Marc Lee's death in Ramadi on 2 August 06.  Ryan was shot in the face and he has completely lost his right eye and may very well lose his left.  He is recovering at Bethesda Naval Medical Center in Maryland right now.  I had the privilege of speaking with Ryan this afternoon on the phone, and I was struck by the courage and committment of this young man even at what must be his darkest hour. 

Ryan was very grateful for Marc, "shooting for me," while his platoon tried to casevac him from the Ramadi rooftop where he was hit.  Ryan was also grateful that an M1 tank put two 120mm rounds into the building from which he was shot.  He told me that he takes great comfort in the fact that the terrorist who took his right eye won't be around to enjoy it, and I heartily agree with him.  Though he certainly knows that he won't have the chance, he emphasized repeatedly to me that all he wanted to do was to get back into the fight with his platoonmates and that he'd gladly give his left eye for the opportunity.

Where do we get such men?   

I spoke with his mother and brother over beers at world famous McP's Irish Pub in Coronado, CA on Saturday.  They had attended Marc Lee's memorial service.  Ryan has a great family that love him, but like many of our hero's families, they don't have cash sitting around to spend on travel expenses and hotel rooms so they can visit their warriors during their recovery.  I donated to the Naval Special Warfare Foundation so that these needs could be met.  I'd encourage B5 readers to do the same if you are able.

I am trying to set up a fund for Ryan to get a Valour IT laptop which totals out at $800.  I will put down the first $250, and I would ask that readers who feel led, would step up and put up the remaining $550.   

Froggy is back:

I just wanted to report back to the B5 crew about the laptop drive for Navy SEAL Ryan Job at Bethesda.  You may remember that Ryan was shot in the face in Ramadi on August 2nd and lost his right eye.  His platoonmate, Marc Lee, provided the suppressing fire that allowed the platoon to medevac Ryan off of the roof where he was wounded.  Marc's sacrifice of his life to allow Ryan a chance to survive earned him the Silver Star and his rightful place in the pantheon of fallen SEAL Team heroes. 

I spoke to Ryan in the hospital last week and told him that I was going to try to raise money to get him a Valour-IT laptop-which we did here on B5 in EIGHT HOURS!  I asked the Soldier's Angels rep to total up the donations received last week for Ryan and she just wrote me back to say that all told, we raised $2535!  In addition to Ryan's laptop, three more wounded warriors will be getting one as well.  I want to thank the B5 readers for their compassion and for actually putting their money where their heart is. 

I also wanted to give a shout out to Beth, Lynette, Patty, and Adele  from Soldier's Angels for their rapid response to my request for Ryan and for personally ensuring that Ryan received the computer last Saturday morning.  Your efforts are appreciated.  And I don't want to forget the man who started it all-Chuck Z- has been working behind the scenes to oversee the delivery.  HOOYAH Chuck!



Homer and Clara Marshall


David Goggins                                                Carl Swepston & VN BietHai


Alex Verduzco 


           Ann Cooper in center


L.K. williams
H.T. Williams, O'Toole, Roy Boehm,  ??                H.T.


Jim Barnes          H.T.                                 ?,   O'Toole,    L.K. williams



 Riojas, Swede Tornblom and Hoot ANdrews

 Richard Marcinko                                                            Doc Riojas was one of the two qualified
                              SCUBA divers on the ship.  School ran by CPO Bob Sheats at Escape Tank Pearl Harbor territory of Hawaii.

          Riojas,        Osborne,          Lynch





Erasmo Riojas   and "Rip" after we shipped for six.  

Boynton,Constance,Riojas, Ashton, Matthews, Rowell; 7th platoon ST-2 guys on Mike boat by the USS Benehwa

Eddie O'toole, Callahan ,  Roy Boehm



 Sam Orr, LouLou Tolentino, Linda Ball & son Wiley


Doc Riojas, LouLou Tolentino, Sam Orr                         

Jack Saunders and wife


Frank Scolise   

from Bill Langley

PS- About 1/4 the way down is Frank Scolice in his cooking pot.  During Operation Flintlock in about 1965 on Normandy Beach.  

 Frank was our cook for two or three weeks.  He ran out of coffee filters so he took off his boot, pulled his sock off and poured coffee into it.  He made coffee, and each time someone told him how good it was he would grin, laugh and thank them. 

 Since I didn't drink coffee, he let me in on the prank.  No one knew what he did.  There was no lack of excitement or humor on that trip.



Scottie Lyons & Tom Keith

                      Scottie Slaughter "Shark Hunter Extraordinaire" , Human being extraordinaire !

Muster Ft. Pierce, the ole Scouts and Raiders:  God Bless them all !




           Per Erik Tornblom                         Ev Barrett, Pete Wikul  and Timmy McTrusty 



Tom Keith, Bob Barth, Erasmo Doc Riojas                    
                                                                                                                       West Coast Frogmen


Bill Brumuller & Fred Miller



Susan and Roy Boehm

Peggy & Tom Shoulders,  Notice Houston Oilers Glass in his hand?





From:Frank J. Sparks sealpup121  [at]  udtseals DOT org
To: Doc Riojas docrio45 [at] gmail  DOT com
Subj: My picture from the movie JAWS
to me Doc here is the long promised Jaws pic for your site. A correction for you. I was Never at training in Florida. Sorry I don't know where you got that info but it was never me you are thinking of at uwss 

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Frank"Sparkie"Sparks  is the SCUBA diver in the movie "JAWS."    Sparks, a USNavy SEAL
and another of the Frog Family turned movie star.  Good luck to you "Sparkie" and God Bless you!



Per Erik Tornblom's Swedish family   taken ~1989


taken from The Blast Magazine, West Coast SEAL reunion  ~2000 yr.


Tom Norris & Bob Kerry

Bob Kerry

Senator Kerry




                                   Moleda   ST-4 WIA Panama Fiasco    

                                           Mike Mc Quillis


Lt.to rt:   Rudy Boesch, Everett Barrett, Ed Surko, and Bob Butler



                                                  Christopher L. Zevallos




                  lt to rt:  GEORGE DORAN,  Frank Scolise, Pat Patterson.

Clarence T. Risher III Tom Keith with Stoner Machine gun


Clarence Risher III


John Roat



Chris Bent

Doc McCarthy,Rio,Rabbitt,Bob Moore


John Francis Rabbitt

Viola Rabbitt & Johnny

                                 Erasmo "Doc" Riojas                          Bubba Brewton


DaiWee Richard Kuhn LDNN , ST-2 OinC Advisor & Erasmo "Doc" Riojas HMC  ST-2
DOc Riojas painted the sign and he brought back the wood gold wings from Olongapo P.I.


Rick Anderson (SEAL),    his son  an FMF Corpsman HM3 was  KIA Iraq

C. A.Anderson family


?? Bill Brumuller & Jim Tipton & CO ST2 Mr. Callahan and his wife ??

Bill Brumuller and Prince SEAL Dog                  Eric Prince CEO Blackwater


Harry Humphries, Ray Tullas, Tom Hawkins, Gene Cahill


PeeWee Nealy &   somebody's wife?


    Chomi Nash                                          Joseph "Red" Coyle & JoAnn Coyle


David "Big Bird" Hyde


Chuck Jessie and Erasmo "Doc" Riojas WIA


   RVN Working where the Army would not go ! "Butch" Ashton was KIA 2nd Tour 


Boynton,Constance,Riojas,Ashton, Matthews, Rowell



----- Original Message ----- 
 From: Ken & Melba Delfino 
To: Doc Riojas 
Sent: Monday, November 12, 2007 10:02 PM 
Subject: Cupertino Veterans Memorial Dedication 

Set III: Photo 1 SECNAV Winter and Hawaii team          Photo 2: Sheriff Dept bagpiper in rear; Axelson's brother on right wearing blue tie        Photo 3: Wreath from Gamewardens of Vietnam Association, Inc. (River Patrol Forces' Black Berets)               Photo 5: Donna and Corky Axelson with team.    They are in front of the SEAL depicted to be their son.

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       Adm. Joe Kernan                    SEAL Officer                        Ryand T.  Young  



                               Harry Constance

Doc McCarthy,Rio,Rabbitt,Bob Moore


John Francis Rabbitt

Viola Rabbitt & Johnny

                                 Erasmo "Doc" Riojas                          Bubba Brewton


DaiWee Richard Kuhn LDNN , ST-2 OinC Advisor & Erasmo "Doc" Riojas HMC  ST-2
DOc Riojas painted the sign and he brought back the wood gold wings from Olongapo P.I.


Rick Anderson (SEAL),    his son  an FMF Corpsman HM3 was  KIA Iraq

C. A.Anderson family


?? Bill Brumuller & Jim Tipton & CO ST2 Mr. Callahan and his wife ??

Bill Brumuller and Prince SEAL Dog                  Eric Prince CEO Blackwater


Harry Humphries, Ray Tullas, Tom Hawkins, Gene Cahill


PeeWee Nealy &   somebody's wife?


    Chomi Nash                                          Joseph "Red" Coyle & JoAnn Coyle


David "Big Bird" Hyde


Chuck Jessie and Erasmo "Doc" Riojas WIA


   RVN Working where the Army would not go ! "Butch" Ashton was KIA 2nd Tour 


Boynton,Constance,Riojas,Ashton, Matthews, Rowell



----- Original Message ----- 
 From: Ken & Melba Delfino 
To: Doc Riojas 
Sent: Monday, November 12, 2007 10:02 PM 
Subject: Cupertino Veterans Memorial Dedication 

Set III: Photo 1 SECNAV Winter and Hawaii team          Photo 2: Sheriff Dept bagpiper in rear; Axelson's brother on right wearing blue tie        Photo 3: Wreath from Gamewardens of Vietnam Association, Inc. (River Patrol Forces' Black Berets)               Photo 5: Donna and Corky Axelson with team.    They are in front of the SEAL depicted to be their son.

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       Adm. Joe Kernan                    SEAL Officer                        Ryand T.  Young  



                               Harry Constance

Doc McCarthy,Rio,Rabbitt,Bob Moore


John Francis Rabbitt

Viola Rabbitt & Johnny

                                 Erasmo "Doc" Riojas                          Bubba Brewton


DaiWee Richard Kuhn LDNN , ST-2 OinC Advisor & Erasmo "Doc" Riojas HMC  ST-2
DOc Riojas painted the sign and he brought back the wood gold wings from Olongapo P.I.


Rick Anderson (SEAL),    his son  an FMF Corpsman HM3 was  KIA Iraq

C. A.Anderson family


?? Bill Brumuller & Jim Tipton & CO ST2 Mr. Callahan and his wife ??

Bill Brumuller and Prince SEAL Dog                  Eric Prince CEO Blackwater


Harry Humphries, Ray Tullas, Tom Hawkins, Gene Cahill


PeeWee Nealy &   somebody's wife?


    Chomi Nash                                          Joseph "Red" Coyle & JoAnn Coyle



David "Big Bird" Hyde, ST-2 (retired) and below his son at Ft. Pierce with his father's ashes 2016

David "Big Bird" Hyde


Chuck Jessie and Erasmo "Doc" Riojas WIA


   RVN Working where the Army would not go ! "Butch" Ashton was KIA 2nd Tour 


Boynton,Constance,Riojas,Ashton, Matthews, Rowell



----- Original Message ----- 
 From: Ken & Melba Delfino 
To: Doc Riojas 
Sent: Monday, November 12, 2007 10:02 PM 
Subject: Cupertino Veterans Memorial Dedication 

Set III: Photo 1 SECNAV Winter and Hawaii team          Photo 2: Sheriff Dept bagpiper in rear; Axelson's brother on right wearing blue tie        Photo 3: Wreath from Gamewardens of Vietnam Association, Inc. (River Patrol Forces' Black Berets)               Photo 5: Donna and Corky Axelson with team.    They are in front of the SEAL depicted to be their son.

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       Adm. Joe Kernan                    SEAL Officer                        Ryand T.  Young  



                               Harry Constance

Doc McCarthy,Rio,Rabbitt,Bob Moore


John Francis Rabbitt

Viola Rabbitt & Johnny

                                 Erasmo "Doc" Riojas                          Bubba Brewton


DaiWee Richard Kuhn LDNN , ST-2 OinC Advisor & Erasmo "Doc" Riojas HMC  ST-2
DOc Riojas painted the sign and he brought back the wood gold wings from Olongapo P.I.


Rick Anderson (SEAL),    his son  an FMF Corpsman HM3 was  KIA Iraq

C. A.Anderson family


?? Bill Brumuller & Jim Tipton & CO ST2 Mr. Callahan and his wife ??

Bill Brumuller and Prince SEAL Dog                  Eric Prince CEO Blackwater


Harry Humphries, Ray Tullas, Tom Hawkins, Gene Cahill


PeeWee Nealy &   somebody's wife?


    Chomi Nash                                          Joseph "Red" Coyle & JoAnn Coyle


David "Big Bird" Hyde


Chuck Jessie and Erasmo "Doc" Riojas WIA


   RVN Working where the Army would not go ! "Butch" Ashton was KIA 2nd Tour 


Boynton,Constance,Riojas,Ashton, Matthews, Rowell



----- Original Message ----- 
 From: Ken & Melba Delfino 
To: Doc Riojas 
Sent: Monday, November 12, 2007 10:02 PM 
Subject: Cupertino Veterans Memorial Dedication 

Set III: Photo 1 SECNAV Winter and Hawaii team          Photo 2: Sheriff Dept bagpiper in rear; Axelson's brother on right wearing blue tie        Photo 3: Wreath from Gamewardens of Vietnam Association, Inc. (River Patrol Forces' Black Berets)               Photo 5: Donna and Corky Axelson with team.    They are in front of the SEAL depicted to be their son.

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       Adm. Joe Kernan                    SEAL Officer                        Ryand T.  Young  



                               Harry Constance


E.C. Class 19  
P.A. Violich Lt. USNR [ret]
 was Honor Man

    Erasmo "Doc" Riojas   is Honorary Member of CLass-19 E.C.


Doc, a little sea story:

You're putting me on!  At that juncture I had been in the Navy for only one year but I am pleased that I looked like a CO albeit with a single stripe. I must have been smiling because I had orders to go to Greenland for the summer with Ernie Ols, John Dearman, Nummy Johnson and my good pal the Swede.  We had a great time with a girl behind every tree [18" high] and the Eskimo mothers wanting Swede and me to ping ping their daughters to get fair skinned kids.  


Joe Heinlein told us at the last reunion that Ramos had died.  He was with us at our 40th but missed the 50th last year.  Good man. Had to bail him out of the Norfolk jail for fornicating in public.  In the back of a car with a married juvenile who he met that night. Her husband had to pick her up from the court.  What a mess. 



Hey Doc, That smiling face is of your's truly. Could not be Dante as "Shapes" is only about 5'8" and I was one of the taller guys in my class. I had to stand next to the Adm. as part of the punishment of being the Honor man. Notice that all the rest of the 0-1 and 0-2's are in the front row.


Hooyah,  Vultch    


                                                                                                                      Class 19 E.C. top row: Per-Erik Tornblom, Ray Ramos, Marslr, Ken Gless, CHuck Newell, Lynch, Doc Riojas(honorary member), Billy Burbank, Hiline, Pat Martin


On Sun, May 15, 2011 at 9:08 PM,
Joseph Heinlein  email:  j3heinlein  [at]  bellsouth  DOT  net   
Sad to report that William “Bill” Smith of class 19 is deceased. Contrary to the false reports of his death years ago, this report is true as confirmed by his former wife, Lorraine who I know you remember.

Bill died in December 2009 of bone cancer. He and Lorraine had four children. He also had a lucrative mutual fund business in the Boston area.



05/08/2017   Email from R. D. Russell, SEAL archieves

Swede, Rio,

The roster for graduates of Class 019ec is as follows:

Alexander, John William Jr

Burbank, William Edward Sr

Foster, Clarence Eugene

Gay, Joseph Atlee

Gless, Kenneth E.

Grady, Clayton Charles Jr

Hammond, Arthur G.

Heinlein, Joseph E. Jr

Knox, Devereaux “Bull” C.

Lynch, Maurice “Mo” P.

Marsh, Norman James Jr

Martin, Pat Glenn

Mimbs, Norman E.


Nealy, Richard “Pee Wee” C.

Newell, Charles “Chuck” A.

Palmer, Frederick M.

Papadokos, Takis  

Ramos, Perfecto

Smith, Larry J.

Smith, William Hugh Jr

Stern, Gene D.

Tarbox, Tom N.

Thompson, Josiah D.J.

Tornblom, Per-Erik “Swede”

Violich, Paul

Vogel, Joseph Edward

Vogel, Lowell E

Wagner, James Edward


Rich "Doc" Williams RIP with wife Tillie

Homer "Doc" Marshall,  "Doc" Williams,  Ted Kassa   ST1

From: Franklin Anderson 
To: thkassa30  [at] verizon.net 
Sent: Monday, January 21, 2008 7:17 AM 

Subject: Richard Williams (Doc) 

I am sorry to inform you of the passing of one of SEALS outstanding (Vietnam era) Corpsman. DOC passed away at 1502 on 20 January. He was very active in the Teams and made several tours to Vietnam. He helped treat LTJG Hendrickson and Rusty Campbell when they were exposed to White Phosphorus and the Doctor was unfamiliar with the procedures. With Detachment Bravo he cared for the Teammates for many of the medical problems associated with the RSSZ. Saving Raymond Abreu's life when he checked on him in Vung Tau and found him in serious condition and immediately got him shipped back to the States. Abe-- had dysentery and had lost over 20 lbs. 

Doc was a Jack of all Trades-and was actively involved in fabricating the "MIGHTY MOE"; he performed much of the welding when installing the armor plating--He and Roger Moscone worked well together to get Seals a boat that they could use in the rivers and waterways.. 

Doc is survived by his wife of 52 years and 3 Sons. 5 Grand Children and 4 Great Grand Children. Doc retired from the Navy after a very colorful career. He then went into law enforcement for 32 Years, 12 of which were as sheriff. The cause of death was congestive Heart Failure, which plagued him for an extended period of time. More information will be provided as it becomes available.. Ted Kassa is helping with the Military Services. If any of you have some stories or other information to contribute -please send it to Franklin Anderson or to Ted Kassa. 

Maynard, Bruce and Frank - would you disseminate this info to your emailing list-- Thanks - Franklin

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                              click on photo to enlarge                                     Olivera

        I see a lot of beautiful women and quite a few UGLY men!        They look like FROGs!


               William "Woody" Woodward's Photos

                                         Gunner "Woody" Woodward  

             Gunner William "Woody" Woodward    and    Hoi

   Gunner William "Woody" Woodward                 


                   John Wilkin & Gunner "Woody" Woodward



                             "Woody"   &   Marcus "Doc" Luttrell


                         Gunny Carlos Hathcock.  He died a year or so later.  He had trained most of those guys  in thispicture;  along with a hell of a bunch of young SEALs. 


Woody, newly licensed pilot @ Cubi Pt.


                                  Barry Enock & Robert Smith

                                                                       John Friesch &  Robert Smith

      Mickey the cave VungTau 1968


                                                                              Robert Smith 

                                                     Rocky & Robert Smith                                        


                                                              Stan Janeka




From:   Dante Stevensen,

Doc ,

 Re the JFK foto near the bottom of your long page:

The foto was taken in early cold 1962 was of my assault group. Also shown on the foto nest to Stan Janecka on his left is Green and then Kucinski.

To his right, but not shown was RA Tolison. To the left of JFK was his chief-of-staff and to that man’s left was our skipper, John Callahan. I was standing to the left of Callahan. It was damn cold outside that day.

 AD Clark was in a room elsewhere with Roy Boehm where AD demonstrated our newest weapon, the AR 15. The conversation AD had with JFK, who within days supplied his secret service with AR 15s, got Roy Boehm, our then XO, released from an impending court martial.

 Roy ordered those weapons without supposed proper permission, and the powers that did not want the navy to have a unit of anti terrorism came down  hard on Roy.

AC Clark and I were 2 of the 11 that graduated        class 22 (east). Claus Kratky and Bill Daugherty were injured during our class and were rolled back to and graduated class 23.



                                                     Carl Swepston Plane

 Brown and Turner

Chuck Pfarrer

                          Jason                              Jason

                                                         Jason & Son

      Dan Healy                                             Bob Kerrey
                     Lance Vaccaro

                         Herlinda Dealy & Daughter

                                                Nathan Hardy & Son Parker

Mike  Monsoor

                Marc Alan Lee

                                    Thomas Valentine


Michael Howard

            SEAL KIA's                                              Russ Geraldi & BrainMulholland


                                                    Jesse Ventura

          Ryan  Job sight    

             Ryan Job WIA blinded               Ryan & Kelly Rob

                                SEAL Team FOUR platoon, Operation Just Cause


        Nick Rocha                                                           Tom Norris & Mike Thornton

                                KIA SEALs

                                  BUD/S Class 236

Klassic Koverage LCDR Erik Kristensen SEAL

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W.C. Reunion 75 photo   by Lou Boyles

----- Original Message -----
From: Lou Boyles
To: Doc Rio
Sent: Thursday, August 20, 2009 6:45 PM
Subject: WC Reunion 75 photo 

Hey Doc,
Here is a classic for you. I think I counted 18 Guys in this photo that have gone on up to the big 'DZ' in sky. I'm not sure about a couple. There may be more. I took a large copy to the Reunion last week and caused quite a stir.

 Some great Guys in there. I took it at the Coronado Women's Club in 75. That was the only year that we were there. I don't think they wanted us back. Don't know why. I just got some of the Guys together and climbed up on the roof to grab a shot. Had a great time at the Reunion last weekend as always.

 They said it was confirmed that the Leap Frogs were to be disbanded. That is sad, especially for me. I was in the jump team for 11 years and was the one who came up with the name 'Leap Frogs'. 

Jack wants me to do a story on it for the Blast. I'll work on it. 

Take care my Friend, 

Lou Boyles





Capt David Garner Wilbourne, USN (Ret ) passed away on January 18, 2010 in Corpus Christi, TX.  He was born April 29, 1942 in Harrisonburg, VA.   His life had been dedicated to his country with his 26 year naval career as a Senior Naval Officer obtaining significant combat experience in Naval Special Warfare (UDT/SEAL) serving three tours in Vietnam.

He was a thoughtful and caring man whom will always be honored and respected for his achievements and contributions to the UDT/SEAL and  Intelligence communities. 

Capt Wilbourne's ashes will be scattered at sea by fellow SEAL's at sunrise on Sunday November 7, 2010 during Veterans Day services off the shore of the UDT/SEAL Museum located in Ft. Pierce, Florida.   For his family and those who truly knew him he will be loved and dearly missed forever.

    is your photo missing?       send it       to Rio at       docrio45    gmail.com



"Curtis Ashton(KIA), Roberto Ramos(KIA), and Jerry Waters (Killed in Training)

Jerry Sweezy  R.I.P.
U.S. Navy SEAL

picture taken Nov1997 by Doc Riojas

IN MEMORY OF JERRY SWEEZY SEAL Team TWO Jerry Sweezy dies at the Highland Hospital in Shreveport LA. after a long illness. May he Rest in Peace. Jerry Sweezy was admitted on ~March 23, 1998 and was on total life support equipment for many weeks. He died on May 4th, 1998. Jerry died of after a long battle with Respiratory & Cardiac Failure. Jerry was out of bed doing PT , eating, and markedly inproving when on this date he complained of chest pain and collapsed as related to Jerry Jr. by his nurses. Please mail your condolences to: C. Jerry Sweezy Jr., His Son.   Subject: Re: Jerry's Religious Service Sat 9th, 1998 Date: Sun, 10 May 1998 14:50:18 +0000 From: seige73@mercury.shreve.net To: Erasmo Riojas  CC: Tom Blais  Doc, thanks friend, dad will truly be missed, yet i know hes still here....with us,our thoughts and memories.   We were lucky, fate has its way with us, we met some people that helped with dads arrangements, on the day he died....my wife was helping them with their insurance. The total cost of every thing was about 950.00. Which was great, dad had 1300.00 in his account.  These people have been wonderful, the services we had SAT were FREE....Yes they did it for FREE!!!  The man and his wife understood, and Dad being a Vet and SEAL had a special place in their hearts, he had been in the NAVY and served in Vietnam too. We had the Flag ,i put all his medals ,and recent pictures by his side. We had a good turn out ,about 10-15 people!    That was dad, touch people the minute they met him.     Any way thanks for everything and please let everyone know he was happy, and was truly loved by all!!                Clayton J Sweesy  Jr  and Rita Shawan Sweesy  

"Any man who may be asked in this century what he did to make his life worthwhile . . . can respond with a good deal of pride and satisfaction, 'I served in the United States Navy'." President John F. Kennedy 1963 Annapolis MD 

Dennis "Rud" Rutherford
Date: Wed, 29 Jul 1998     21:26:02 -0600
From: Darryl Young 
 Organization: M@RSWeb/ISM
To: Ken Gless 
CC: Doc Riojas  , Gary Stubblefield  , Ty Zellers  , "Vistica, Greg"     
  Teammates... Another Teammate is now gone...
"Rud" called my Friend/Teammate Pierre Remillard, Class 42, Sunday evening from a cell phone while sittin out on a tree limb with a noose around his neck... He talked for 45 minutes, telling Remi he loved him & all his Teammates... He then hung up the phone & jumped... I may be down for a couple of days till this shit wears off... Another reason to hammer these freakin wannabe's till the day I die!!!
the D.D.

  • Go U. S. Navy! HooYah!

      picture courtesy of Fred Miller.
    Jocko died in a fire at one of the ST-2 guys home in Little Creek VA.


  • We Erase all"WANNABEs" SEAL? Wannabe's are a disgrace to the Human Race and to their families! Wannabe's are:YELLOW Phony COWARDS!

    Mikey Boynton  R.I.P. 

    Navy SEAL
    Team TWO
    My Friend and Teamate Robert "The Eagle" Gallagher has been keeping me up to date on Mikey's death. We were all in the origional 7th platoon back in 1966-67 , SEAL Team TWO.  





1931 - 1990


In 1990, after we attended Rudy Boesch's retirement ceremony, and a tour of Disney World, Lourdes, Mandy (grandaughter) and I visited the Byers in Brooksville FL (please see color picture of us.) Dow looked great, seemed very very happy and was spending much of his time painting, and tending to his horses at his ranch. We talked about old times at UWSS, and at Little Creek. Dow was retired from US Navy, and also from Old Dominion University where he was the Chief of the Security Department. He employed several retired SEALs and had a successful second career there. He was living with Annise (wife), Terry(daughter), David (his son), and Bevin Richards (his grandaughter) in Brooksville when he met his untimely demise. He was found many hours after his fatal CVA by his children. He was cremated and his ashes were scattered over the ocean by his son David Byers. Attending his family gathering after his death were his sole survirors: Marijeane Buers-Perry, Dan Perry and Kristen Perry Terry Anne Byers-Richards, Dennis Richards, and Bevin Richards Becky Byers-Menendez, CDR Jack Menendez, Velika, and Jamie. David Byers, Cheryl Byers, Christopher Byers, and Jennifer Byers Guests were: John Francis Rabbitt Erasmo "Doc" Riojas and Lourdes Tolentino CPO (Ret) his friend from Old Dominion came with Johnny Rabbitt, sorry, his name escapes my memory. Annice B. Byers resides with her daughter Marijeane Perry in Pride, LA. 70770   "Doc "Joe Curchill



A U.S.Navy SEAL: HospitalCorpsman

Joseph "Doc" Churchill   R.I.P.

"Doc" Churchill entered the Navy at age 17, trained as a Hospital Corpsman, and became a Fleet Marine Force Corpsman during WWII and later served in the Korean Conflict, and was awarded a Bronze Star for valor. This medal was to be upgraded 35 years later to the Navy Cross. After Korea he became a member of Underwater Demoliton and later became a Navy SEAL. He spent seven six month tours in Vietnam as a Navy SEAL with SEAL Team ONE. He was seriously wounded by the VietCong and was awarded a Silver Star for heroism. He was cited by the Chief Of Naval Operations as showing inspiring leadership, sense of responsibility, for courage under fire and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Navy. Senior Chief Hospital Corpsman Churchill retired from the Navy in 1970 after 25 years of active duty. His awards include the Navy Cross, Seven Purple Hearts, Silver Star, Bronze Star, Navy Commendation Medal (four awards), three Presidental Unit Citations, Navy Unit Commendation, and many others After retirement from the Navy "Doc" went on to graduate from the Med-X program at the U.of Wash as a Physician Assistant. He worked at his profession for one year. He then enrolled as a KCSO road deputy which was under the sheriff's office for ten years. During this time he completed his studies in law and justice and graduated from CWU with a BS in Law & Justice. In 1982 he passed a state qualifying exam for lay district court judges. He defeated an incumbent judge to win his first term on the bench. Close friends of Joe said that Klickitat County has enjoyed the services of a full time district judge for a partime salary. He was able to devote more time to it than a part-time attorney. "Doc" Churchill was not satisfied to stand still from bettering his position. He then graduated at the top of his classes in many intensive judicial courses, and was one of the 35 non-attorney judges selected from across the US to attend a one year pilot program at the National Judicial College in Reno, NV. This was to promote higher learning within the non-lawyer community who served on the bench. "Doc" earned a Master Degree in Judicial Administration for non-attorneys. He completed his two-week residency before Christmas.The Professors said he was one of the finest students they have ever taught. His friend Ralph Nickerson noted. "The Professors were going to use several of his test answers as examples." He worked like a Trojan, " Nicerson said. "Doc was never satisfied with what he knew." Judge Joe "Doc" Churchill won his third term to the East District COurt bench in December of 1990 and he and his wife Suzanne left for Tuscon, AZ to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary. On New YEar's day in 1991, "Doc" became ill and was diagnosed as having inoperable pancreatic and liver cancer. He died on Thursday, February 7th 1991 at the age of 64. JUDGE CHURCHILL: 'ABOVE AND BEYONDTHE CALL TO DUTY' IN LIFE AND IN COURT. The Glendale Sentinal 2-14-91 "Doc" Churchill was an active member of the ASR/ARS Association  

Editor's Comment: I had the pleasure of knowing and working with "Doc" Churchill in Vietnam. He was a Corpsmans' Corpsman, tough, strong willed, and extremely pleasant man to work alongside. "Doc" Churchill was a man who's name will live forever in the Teams. Erasmo "Doc Rio" Riojas, 

IN MEMORY OF     Lloyd Cobb (SEAL)  R.I.P.




 GEORGE WILLIAM HOHNHAUS    R.I. P.   June 10, 1921 - April 6, 1998 George William Hohnhaus was a decorated Navy veteran of World War 11 and the Korean War and a long-time employee of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD, La Jolla. His stature and achievements were legendary. Almost every senior scientist at SIO has a story about "Big George," his activities and the many ways that he made the field operations successful. George was usually a gentle giant though wrathful when the occasion demanded. And when Big George began a task it was always done right and on time. George joined the Navy in 1940 and became one of the first Navy frogmen as a member of UDT 1. He loved the Navy and the water. For action at Inchon, he was awarded the Bronze Star with V. George ultimately received a Medical Discharge from the Navy after fourteen years of service. But his injury didn't slow him down. His accomplishments at Scripps ranged from diving and personally pulling and redirecting the course of the submerged Cousteau Diving Saucer (Soucoupe) to the narrow rim of Scripps Submarine Canyon for its first successful deep dive in that canyon, to the numerous Scripps cruises and expeditions where his tasks ranged from explosives "shooter" to the successful retrieval of samples from the deep sea floor. Big George served on every major Scripps Expedition from 1954 until his retirement in 1975. These expeditions included the Acapulco Trench (1954), Downwind (1957), and Moho (1962-67). On one of the early expeditions he received a special commendation from US Navy Task Force VII for meritorious service during the first underwater atomic test known as WIGWAM conducted at Bikini Atoll in May 1955. During an expedition aboard the Horizon a new seamount was discovered and named Hohnhaus Seamount in his honor by Chief Scientists Bill Menard and Harmond Craig. Let the Team Log note, he will be missed. HOOYAH,GEORGE! 


                                     A dredge haul on R/V Horizon during Nova Expedition, 1967. C.E. Alison, Baron E. Thomas, David A. Johnson, George Hohnhaus


 Keith Kimura  R.I.P.

This is a re-print of a letter from the Blast. On January 11th, I lost my only brother and best friend. It seemed like a bad dream that I wasn't waking up from. The night before I had received the dreaded phone call. Keith had been in some kind of accident in the dive tower at BUD/S. He was unconscious and hooked up to a respirator. It didn't seem possible. He had just called me minutes before he had to go up in the tower. We were planning a trip to Colorado for his birthday next month. When I heard what had happened, I immediately jumped on the next plane to San Diego. I only purchased a one way ticket. I figured he would probably need my help around the house while he was recuperating, but when I stepped off the plane I learned that my brother was already dead. I couldn't believe what had happened. Keith was in the prime of is life. How could this have happened to him? Keith had graduated as Honorman of BUD/S Class 177. He spent five years at SDVT-2, where he did everything from his regular corpsman duties to becoming a sniper instructor. Last October, Keith left Virginia Beach for Coronado, where he had become a Dive Phase instructor. Keith was extremely talented. He was an incredible artist, and his art work meant everything to him. He was dedicated to his job and always challenged himself to be the best at everything he did. He was a perfectionist. He set goals for himself that other deemed impossible, but somehow he always succeeded. He always finished everything he set out to do. One of the last goals Keith had set for himself was to summit Mt. McKinley in the Spring of 1998. He never got to accomplish this, but we're trying to make his last wish come true. We're planning an expedition to McKinley in the Spring of 1998. This expedition will include Keith's closest friends, frogmen from both the East and West coasts, as well as myself. We plan to reach the summit of the mountain and spread some of his ashes on top. To finance this trip, we have set up a memorial fund in Keith's name. We will be selling prints and T-Shirts featuring his artwork, as well as accepting donations. The money will go to outfitting the climb, as well as projects that meant a great deal to Keith. All inquiries and contributions may be sent to: The Keith Kimura Memorial Fund Virginia Beach, VA 23450-0296 please inquire about his artwork. 

An interesting sidebar: Doug Young, retired HMCS and formerly of ST-2, ST-3, and NSW Det Kodiak, organized the climb.  He was unable to participate due to business but provided much of the expertise which allowed this team to go forward.  Doug organized a team and led an ascent of Denali several years ago.  He turned back just short of the summit because one of the pairs split up [in violation of his standing order] several hundred feet below the summit when one climber grew weak.  The healthier of the pair told his buddy to sit down and he would link up with him on the way back down.  Doug encountered the man left behind and sacrificed his opportunity to summit to insure the man's safety.  The window closed because the next day the team had to begin their return trip. The man who left his buddy summitted [he was not a SEAL] but Doug demonstrated the true strength of character and integrity which far surpasses that climber's accomplishment. Doug intends to on day summit Denali. Well wishes to all. Dan'l Steward 5/1/98 

Contributions to the on going memorial for fallen SEALs No sacrifice is too small! For information Please Email: udtseal@infi.net or go to: http://www.udt-seal.org/ 



MAY 23, 1933 - JAN 3, 1998

Johnny's Auto Plate

   "They shall not grow old as we that are left to grow old. Age shall not weary them, nor shall the years condemn At the going down of the sun and in the morning. We shall remember them." ----Laurence Binyon


John Francis Rabbitt, an East Coast legend in his own mind. He retired from his last good deal, rent-a-cop job at NSWDG on May 23, 1996. He thrilled his shipmates with his speech.

"I'd like to first thank all of you for attending this ceremony, and especially CAPT Olson and CDR McTigue, and everyone else responsible for making this ceremony a reality.

After spending eight uneventful years as an Airdale, in 1959, I was stationed at one of the best liberty ports on the East Coast (Argentina, New Foundland). It came to my attention from a notice in the Plan of the Day that volunteers were wanted for UDT. I was in good shape, (played handball once or twice a week), so I volunteered.

I arrived at the Main Gate at Little Creek in late June and requested transportation to the UDT Training Area. The Marine asked if I was sure about this and I answered, "Right, I deserve it as a First Class Petty Officer." He called and was told to have me stand by as someone would be right there with a jeep. One hour later I asked directions to the area and started hoofing it. I had made my first mistake in UDT, and hadn't even checked in yet.

After doing a half hour of PT inside the instructor's hut, I was thrown out and pointed to my barracks, which was a World War II butler hut. After a shower, I was getting my seabag squared away when Second Class Shipfitter Anderson came up and ask me if I wanted to go jogging. I looked at him like he had lost his marbles, and told him training started Monday and I was going ashore. As he jogged away I heard him mutter, "You'll never make it." Second mistake at UDT!

I was hauled back to the base late Sunday night by the shore patrol without my I.D. card, which they turned over to the O.O.D. The next morning at 9: A.M. my presence was requested at the Training Officer's office. Mr. Wilson (Jim), later known as the "Little Brown Nut", asked me for the details. I told him seeing as I wouldn't be going on liberty again for 16 weeks, I had overreated. He said he did the same thing only he didn't get caught. He flipped my I.D. card back to me and said, "No problem here, you'll never make it anyway."

Sixteen weeks later, minus 88 people, ten others and myself were standing before an Admiral receiving our graduation diplomas. The Admiral's comment to me was, "My, you're an old one!" I was 26, and the oldest guy in the class.

I spent four good years at UDT-21. Got married in '60 to a beautiful girl named Viola, had twin boys in '62, and was still on my honeymoon after four years, being gone most of the time in the Med, Caribbean, and assorted schools. I put in for shore duty at Key West and transferred in '67.

Four years later and two more additions to my family, Margaret and Patricia, I was asked by the Commanding Officer where I wanted to go. UDT personnel had the choice of East Coast, West Coast, and UDT or SEAL. Well, I wasn't about to become a West Coast puke, which was what us superior East Coast FROGS called them. I'd already done the UDT bit, so I asked for and got SEAL 2 on the East Coast.

As I checked into SEAL Team, I was greeted by Rudy Boesch, who told me in this order: "Get a haircut, you've got the weekend duty, and don't unpack your seabag-you're going to Ranger School on Monday." It was Friday afternoon. "By the way, welcome back", he said.

I did four more good years in SEAL Team, and as I was getting kind of long in the tooth, I decided to retire on my 38th birthday. May 23rd was a Sunday, so I retired on the 24th, 25 years ago tomorrow.

The late Dow Byers, retired Senior Chief, came to my rescue and got me a job at Old Dominion University, where I stayed for 14 years. We both rose from the ranks. I made Sergeant. Dow made Chief of Police. During this time, Viola and I put the four siblings through O.D.U. (Old Dominion University), at one time having two seniors, a sophomore, and a freshman all living at home. Dow retired, and I decided to become a mailman. Wrong career move; it was on the same level of Ranger School in my memories. Billy Coulson, my former UDT classmate, notified me of an opening out here at Dam Neck, and I quit the Post Office five minutes later. Which brings me to the present.

One other sea story and I'll quit. I'd just like to state that I was never arrested with Fox, Owl, Byrd, and Lyons. It was just Fox and me at the Wingding in Ocean View doing some male bonding at 2 A.M. When we didn't depart the premises quickly enough for the Proprietor, we found ourselves handcuffed in the back seat of a patrol car with one officer asking us our names. I piped up wisely telling him he wouldn't believe us if I told him, and he said, "Try me!" I said, "O.K., mine's Jack Rabbitt and his is Jim Fox." He said, "O.K. wise guy, we'll find out your names once we get to the station." Needless to say, we couldn't get our I.D. cards out fast enough. They shook their heads and called the UDT O.O.D. to come pick us up. The next day we both paid $25 bucks and that was it.

Finally, I again would like to thank my wife, Viola, for putting up with me these past 36 years. I know I couldn't have done it without her. Thanks again for attending.

John Francis Rabbitt and Viola 

Augie Maynard  R.I.P.

  After a long battle with cancer, has found everlasting peace. Our most sincere condolences to his widow and family. 230 Laurel Creek Road Statesville, NC 28677 The UDT-SEAL Assn informed me today Sep 1, 1998. We regret to inform the Membership that Chief Petty Officer (Retired) Augie Maynard of the East Coast UDTs passed away this morning. 

Bill 'Red' Fisher  R.I.P.

( In 1957, Bill graduated in Class 19.)
(see class 19 reunion picture underSEAL Reunion Bash 1998) Date: Thursday, September 10, 1998 7:56 PM  We have another Team Mate who has gone on to that 'Big DZ in the sky'. Bill 'Red' Fisher died yesterday. They had turned his ventilator off as they could do no more for him. He had been suffering from a brain tumor for a long time. it has been shutting down parts of his body over a period of time.  Then a few weeks ago his house burned. He was able to get out and went to the burn center. He talked all the way to the center but never was able to speak again. He finally had congestive heart failure and they turned off his support.  The viewing will be tomorrow and the Funeral will be at 1400 Sat. (29th) in Silver Point, TN. He will be remembered by all who knew him. If you knew, him you could not forget him. Hey, we don't forget Team Mates anyway.  I'll add his Wife's address at the end. Please pass this on to all your Team Mates by e-mail. Thanks. Joyce Fisher 4418 Fisher Road Silver Point, TN 38582 tel: 931-858-4261   931-858-4261 Lou Boyles   boylesl@netw.com  Navy Military Funerals Navy military funerals are based on a few simple customs and traditions. Such funerals are open recognition of the Nation's debt for the services and sacrifices of its Navy men and women. The ceremonial customs comprising the elements of a naval funeral are rooted in ancient naval and military usage. Based on expedients used on the battlefield, these customs have come to assume a deeper significance than that of mere expediency. The flag that covers the casket today symbolized the services of the deceased in the armed forces of the United States; the Nation regards the burying of its military dead as a solemn and sacred obligation. The tree volleys that are fired, accoring to ancient belief, were to scare away evil spirits. It is appropriate that taps be played over the grave to make the beginning of the last, long sleep, and to express hope and confidence in an ultimate reveille to come. The reversal of rank at funerals is an acknowledgment that at death all persons are equal. This is signified by positioning the honorary pallbearers, and all other mourners, if practicable, in reverse order of rank. 
   Erasmo"DocRio" Riojas .

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Morning Folks,
Doc Riojas, if you want to publish it on your website, here’s a humorous trailer for you of my next book. IF not, enjoy the read.... Later, Carl 

Howdy men, I hope everybody is impatiently awaiting the arrival of the third installment in The Indomitable Patriot series. The book takes us back to 1943 and the submarine USS Great White (SS-299), commanded by LCDR Marcus Spencer. You will recall the Great White and Captain Spencer from the first book, FERTIG, along with Evelyn “Pinky” Pinkert and LCDR (detailed OSS) David Meyers from both FERTIG and book two, DEAN. The Great White is at Mare Island for overhaul and installation of some OSS communications gear. After attending meetings at OSS headquarters, Spencer, Meyers and Pinky drive the the OSS training academy, the former Congressional County Club. All right, here’s a short, humorous trailer from book three.... 

The meeting continued for a couple more hours before breaking. Meyers, Captain Spencer and Pinky drove to the Country Club to spend the night with Pinky in the guesthouse. The following morning they would fly to Fort Monmouth in Pinky’s Staggerwing Beechcraft. 

~~~ ~~~

“It never fails to amaze me, whenever I come down here,” Meyers said as they parked in front of the administration building. “I’ll never forget the first two weeks of the academy when Pinky shared a bunk in a dormitory with twenty-three other men.” 

“That’s all right, Mister Meyers,” Pinky said, ice in her voice. “We can save that story for another time!” 

“Now my interest is peaked,” Spencer replied. 

“Later, sir,” Pinky replied as she deeply blushed. “Only after a martini will I be able to tell that story.” 

“My humble command,” Pinky said when Meyers and Spencer stopped and stared at the barbed-wire encased Quonset huts. “Come inside administration for a moment and I will introduce you to Colonel Godfrey, our administrator. Not even the Colonel has clearance to enter the barbed wire. After meeting the Colonel, David and I will give you a tour of the facility.” 

As they drove around the complex, David and Pinky explained the training program for OSS Special Agents. They were parked at one of the five-hundred yard ranges when Spencer asked, “You went through all this firearms training, Pinky?” 

“Captain Spencer,” Meyers answered, “Pinky is a distinguished master with a rifle. She can outshoot me.” 

Spencer glanced at Pinky. “My COB, or Chief Of the Boat on the Great White is a thin, wiry fellow. Almost soft-spoken, but get under his skin or fail to obey a command, he instantly becomes a grizzly bear. I suspect, ma’am, the two of you are not that different.” 

Pinky started up and then abruptly stopped their Jeep. “You see that man out there, Captain, the one leading that squad. He will be going to Tinian with you. His name is Carlos Hathcock, Senior. He can outshoot all of our firearms instructors. He can hit bull’s eyes at a thousand yards with an iron-sighted rifle.” 

Spencer slowly shook his head as Pinky started up again. “Such young men we produce, to go in harm’s way,” he muttered under his breath. 

~~~ ~~~
Captain Spencer, David and I ate in the cadet’s mess. The food service was very good for cafeteria-style service. Afterward, we adjourned to the recreation room where I fixed martinis for the three of us. David brought up the subject of the academy again… to my great embarrassment. 

“You delight in forcing me to tell that story, don’t you, Mister Meyers,” Pinky said as she broke out in laughter. 

“Marcus (Spencer had told them to dispense with the Captain Spencer routine), my family owns this place, the former Congressional Country Club. I lived in the guesthouse when they leased it to the OSS for the duration of the war, under the condition I continue residing in the guesthouse. My uncles didn’t want me moving back to Chicago where I would be too close to them. The OSS hired me, and I applied for special agent training. David and I were in the first academy class.” 

“For the first two weeks of physical, as well as stress training, everybody lived in open barracks. If you survived that period, you moved into individual rooms for the remainder of the training. Their theory, the enemy would neither discriminate nor go easy on a female, so they lumped everybody together.” 

“Sunday afternoon, the day before the training officially began; I’m arranging my uniforms and gear in my locker… in an open bay with twenty-three other guys.” 

Marcus began to chuckle and then laugh aloud. “Excuse me, Pinky, I’m picturing you bunking in the crew quarters on a sub and being with eighty men who have not bathed in a week or two. It gets pretty foul at times on a boat!” 

“We are all tending to our gear while our drill instructor marches up and down the aisle, screaming ‘The enemy intends to kill you, pretty women as quickly as big, tough men,’ and all that.” 

“And then Gunny stops at my bunk. I come to attention. The rim of his Smokey Bear hat a fraction of an inch from my forehead. ‘Pinkert, you get one privilege,’ he screams… spittle landing all over my face. ‘There is one stall in the head with a curtain. That stall is yours alone. In exchange for that privilege, you shall not use the men’s urinal. Do you understand that?’” 

“Sir, yes sir,” I screamed in Gunny’s face, biting my tongue to keep from laughing. Then Gunny screams, “Men, you will report immediately if you catch Pinkert using your urinal. Do you understand that?” 

“A chorus of ‘Sir, yes sir,’ rang throughout the barracks. By now I’m about to explode with laughter.” 

“It got worse when Gunny yelled at us about one shower for everybody,” David interrupted. “I’ll save Pinky further embarrassment and leave that to your imagination.” 

“Pinky, water is in such short supply on a sub that bathing usually amounts to a gallon of water, once a week if you’re lucky,” Marcus replied. “There is an officer’s head on board, but it’s usually crammed full of supplies for most of a patrol. Everybody uses one head in the after torpedo room. That, too, becomes pretty foul after weeks at sea.” 

Carl McLelland


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.