Friday, December 12, 2014

U.S. Navy UDT and SEAL history for December

It's December and Santa says it's time for a Navy SEAL history post,

I can't be naughty (well as least on the net)  so I'm posting the below as Santa says!

December's UDT and SEAL history

Check out Dec 10th, and find out that the SEALs are awarded a Nobel Peace Price for Peace Keeping in Beirut.

Dec 1 1983 - SEAL Teams 3 and 8 commissioned

Dec 2, 1988 - 1st SEAL in space Capt William Shepherd - space shuttle mission STS-27

Dec 3.
 1966- SEALs in op Charleston, Vietnam
1968 - SEALs in op Bold Dragon IX- Rut Sat Zone, Vietnam

Dec 6
1968 - SEALs in Op Giant Slingshot, Mekong Vietnam
1992 - SEAL Team 1 recons beaches in Somalia, Op Restore Hope

Dec 7, 

1961 - SEALs officially approved to begin NSW operations

1971- last SEAL platoon departs Vietnam
1992 - SEALs recon harbor Mogadishu, Somalia

Dec 8, 1992 - SEALs scout landing zones for Op Restore Hope, Somalis

Dec 9, 1992 - SEALs with USMC move into Somalia, Op Restore Hope 

Dec 10

1957 - UDTs work on DEW line Support Systems in the Arctic zone
1988 - SEALs awarded Nobel Peace prize for work in Beirut Lebanon, part of Peace Keeping action

Dec 11, 1961 - NCO activates SEAL Team One and Two

Dec 14. 1943 - NCDUs 22 through 27 arrive in Falmouth England for train for Operation Neptune - D- Day

Dec 15

1943 - UDT 1 and 2 commissioned
1990- SEAL Team 6 arrive in Persian Gulf for mission to rescue US ambassador to Kuwait, held by the Iraqis

Dec 16

1965 - UDTSs assist in the recovery of Gemini 6 A crew and capsule
1989 - SEAL Curtis and wife abducted and tortured in Panama resulting in the start of Operation Just Cause

Dec 17

 1992 - SEALs survey harbors in Kismayu. Somalia
1995 - SEALs recon Sava River Croatia

Dec 18

 1914 - DOB Phil Bucklew aka the Father of Naval Special Warfare
1965 - UDTs assist in the recovery of Gemini 7 crew and capsule

Dec 19

 1972 - USTs assist in the recovery of Apollo 17 crew and capsule
1989 - SEALs in 1st mission Op Just Cause, Panama- secure Balboa harbor and canal zone.

Dec 20, 1989 - SEAL Team 4 combat mission at Patilla airfield, Panama - Op Just Cause

Dec 21

1966 - SEALs continue support Op Charleston, Vietnam
1989 - SEALs conduct securtiy Balboa harbor Panama

Dec 23, 1989 - SEALs defend merchant ship Emanual B. , Op Just Cause

Dec 24, 1950 - UDTs demos in Hungnam, Korea port facilities

Dec 25

 1943 - NCDUs 28, 29, and 30 arrive in Scotland, to reassign to Falmouth England for Op Neptune - D-Day
1989 - SEALs seize Noriega house in Panama

Dec 27

1961 - Navy issues directive for SEAL operation in Vietnam
1968 - UDTs assist in recovery of Apollo 8 crew and capsule

Dec 30, 1970 - Bob Hope does Christmas show for Navy at Long Binh, Vietnam

Dec 31, 1992 - SEALs in security mission for POTUS George H Bush's Somalis visit

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Navy SEAL and UDT history for October


It's October.

And time to Jump the Month with a Navy SEAL and UDT history post.

October general information.  

Why General?  Because I don't have the day in October but just information that the event occurred in October,

- 1942 - The  Amphibious Scouts and Raiders commissioned. The Scouts and Raiders mission was to identify and reconnoiter the objective beach, maintain a position on the designated beach prior to a landing and guide the assault waves to the landing beach.  The first group included Phil H, Bucklew aka the Father of Naval Special Warfare. 
-1950- UDTs support mine clearing operations in Wonsan  Harbor Korea 
 -2001- TF K-Bar, Afghanistan carried out over 40 Special Reconnaissance and Dorect Action missions in the South of Afghanistan between October 2001 and March 2002, with SEALs at the forefront of many operations.
-2012- SEAL Team Six aka DevGru name changed to classified name, not released to the public. 

October 1
-1968- SEALs off the coast of Vietnam in Operation Bold Dragon
-1980 - SEAL Team Six commissioned
-1983- SEAL Team Three established at NAB Coronado

October 2
-1945- UDTs buoy channel across Hai-Ho river in Taku, China
          - UDTs recon the Kure-Hiro naval station in West Honsho, Japan, in conjunction with advanced units of the 10th Army Corps and the Senior Beachmasters of Transon 16.
          -UDT 5 decommissioned
-1968- SEALs begin support Operation Bold Dragon conducted along the cost of the Mekong Delta on the South China Sea and on Phu Quoc Island in the Gulf of Thailand
         -SEALs conduct 2 separate operations in the RSSZ, Vietnam
-1969- SEALs and Kit Carsons kill chief tax extortionist off SEA Float, Vietnam

October 3
-1962- UDTs assist in the recovery of Mercury 8
-1966- SEALs in Na Be and Song Dua river operations, Vietnam
-1993- SEAL Team Six operators in the battle of Mogadishu, Somalia

October 4
-1993- SEALS secured Mogadishu, Somalia, pot battle

October 5
-1953- Special Service Unit No 1, the Amphibious Scouts, 7th Amphibious Force reconnaissance Gasmat, New Britain
-1990- SEALS recon beaches for Operation Sea Soldier - Desert Shield

October 6
-1968-SEALs w PRUs free Vietnamese held in POW camps
-1990- SEAL Captain William Shepherd in Space Shuttle Mission STS-41
-2012- newest destroyer type vessel, the USS Michael Murphy commissioned.  It's namesake is SEAL LT Michael Murphy who earned the Medal of Honor in Afghanistan during Operation Red Wings.

October 7
-1945-UDTs recon alternate landing beaches on the SE side of Tsingtao, China
-2001- Operations Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan, begins with air strikes and ship and submarine Tomahawk missile strikes

October 8
-1968- SEALs in start of Operation Sea Lords.  In Operation Sea Lords, the Navy's three major operating forces in Vietnam (TF 115,116, and 117) are brought together for the first time to stop the Vietcong's infiltration deep into South Vietnam's Mekong Delta. 

October 9
-1945- UDTs in Chefoo, China for harbor recon.
           - UDTs in Hakadate, Japan recon harbor.

October 10
-1950-UDTs begin harbor clearing at Wonson, Korea
-1969-Beach Jumper Unit 1 Team 13 deploys tactical deception of airborne drop at Thanh Phu, Vietnam
-Achille Lauro was taken over by renegade Palestinian fighters, Delta Force and SEALs prepare for a rescue attempt, and SEALs participate in the subsequent capture of some of the hijackers

October 11
-1945- UDT 25 assigned to aid Commander Kauffman in establishing the permanent Underwater Demolition Base at Naval Amphibious Base at Coronado, CA.
         - UDTs recon Mitushanna waterfront in Shikoku, Japan
-1969- SEALs in "false extract" op at Nha Be , Vietnam

October 12
-1950- Two U.S. mine demolition ships hit mines and sank. UDTs rescued 25 sailors.  

October 13
-1775- the Continental Congress establishes the Continental Navy which becomes the US Navy.  This date is the birthday of the US Navy. 
-1950- UDT William Gianotti conducts the 1st combat operation using an "aquqlung" when he dove on the USS Pledge (AM-277).
         - UDTs work in minefields, Wonson harbor Korea
-1961- CNO outlines organization of two proposed SEAL teams as the Navy Special Warfare programs begins to develop
-1969- UDTs and Kit Carson sweep Cua Long river near SEA Float, Vietnam

October 16
-1944- UDTs recon south beaches Leyte Gulf Philippines
-1967- SEAL Lt Gallagher injured by new type of weapon- booby trap genade
-1969- UDTs in S&D at Rach Boung River, Vietnam
-1998- NSWG2 dedicates Thomas Norris building. SEAL Norris earned the MOH in Vietnam

October 18
-1944-UDTs action on Leyte beaches, Phillipines in the Leyte Gulf campaign.  UDTs faced under heavy fire during reconnaissance and pre-assualt manuevers.  UDTs 8 sustained six casualties, with remaining members receiving wounds from enemy machine gun fire. All men in this operation receive purple hearts.

October 19
-1944- UDTs continue reconnaissance of Leyte Gulf beaches, Philippines
-1987- SEALs seize Iranian oil platforms in Operation Nimble Archer  

October 20
-1944-UDTs lead in the invasion of Leyte, Philippines.  UDT 10 sees General MacArthur and his staff wade ashore at Palo Beach, Leyte Island Philippines.
-1945- UDT 4, UDT 7, UDT 14, UDT 16, UDT 19, and UDT 30 decommissioned. 

October 21
-1944- UDTs post invasion operations, Leyte Philippines
-1969- UDT 12 demolitions around Sea Float Annex, Vietnam

October 22
-1968- SEALs assist in the recovery of Apollo 7 crew and capsule
-1992- SEAL Captain William Shepherd on Space Shuttle STS-52

October 23
-1983- Four SEALs from SEAL Team Six KIA as Operation Urgent Fury, Grenada, West Indies, begins.
         - SEALs sent to Beirut, Lebanon to provide sniper support to the Marine Corps. They operate in continuous combat conditions for six months. 

October 24
-1962- SEALs in covert ops in Cuban missile crisis
-1983-SEALs recon beaches for pre-invasion of Grenada, West Indies

October 25
-1983- Vice Admiral Lyons proposes Red Cell unit to test Naval security
          - SEALs in missions on Grenada, West Indies

October 26
-1950- UDTs recon Wonson beaches, Korea 
-1969- UDTs demos at Song Ba Ben River, Vietnam
-1983-SEAL Team Six rescues Governor of Grenada

October 27
-1969- SEALs in "stay behind" operation at Bien Hoa River, Vietnam
-1983-SEAL Team Six Operations at radio station Grenada, West Indies
- 2010- SEALs: Kauffman, DelGuidice, and Boesch enrolled in the USSOCOM Hall of Honor 

October 28
-1945-UDTs recon, chart and remove obstructions for occupation forces on Sagami Wan, Aomori, Otaru harbors, Japan.
-1965-SEAL Cmdr Robert Fay is 1st SEAL killed in Vietnam, when his jeep is hit by mortor fie

October 29
-2008- SecNav announces the name of the newest Zumwalt-class Destroyer will be USS Michael Monsoor.  SEAL Monsoor earned the MOH in Iraq. See this link 

October 31
-1943- The first US Naval Combat Demolition Unit arrive in England for Operation Neptune.
-1972- SEAL Michael Thornton earns the MOH for actions in extraction of wounded intelligence patrol squad from enemy-occupied naval river base, Vietnam.  See this link -
-2000- SEAL Captain William Shepherd assumes 1st command of the International Space Station

Monday, September 1, 2014

September Navy SEAL and UDT History


It's September.

And time to Jump the Month with a Navy SEAL and UDT history post.

General September information, because the info I have,  does not have the day of September,  just the month and the year. 

September General Info-
In September 1942, 17 Navy salvage personnel arrived at ATB Little Creek, VA for a one week concentrated course on demolitions, explosives, cable cutting and commando raiding techniques.  On November  10th 1942, this FIRST Combat Demolition Unit succeeded in cutting a cable and net barrier across the Wadi Sebou River during Operation Torch in North Africa.  Their actions enabled the USS Dallas *DD-199) to traverse the river and insert Army Rangers, who proceeded to capture the Port Lyautry aerodrome.

September 1st
-1942- 1st Scout and Raider School classes arrive at Little Creek NAB
-1966- SEAL Teams ambush at Tac Bo River, Vietnam

September 2,
Annually - US remembrance of V-J Day, Victory Over Japan -
In 1945 on September 2nd, Japan signs the surrender document that officially ends WWII.

September 3, 2007 - SEALs guard Air Force One at Al-Asad AFB in Iraq.

September 4, 1945 - UDTs recon the harbors at Yokasuba Japan

September 5th
-1969- SEALs rescue Vietnamese families near Sea Float
-1970- SEALs liberate Vietnamese POWs

September 8, 1945, UDTs reconnaissance operation at Jinsen harbor, Korea.

September 9th
- 1945 - UDTs continue recon of East Coast of Japan from Honshu to Tokyo searching for suicide boats and explosives.
-1990- 2nd SEAL group of NSWG1 arrives in Saudi Arabia for Operation Desert Shield.

September 11th
-1943- September 11- 13th - Second group of Scouts and Raiders, code named Special Service Unit #1, in operations at Finschaffen, New Guinea
-1969- UDTs beach and underwater recon at Thuan Tihn, Island Vietnam

September 12th
-1944 - UDTs pre-invasion recon of beaches at Peleliu, Island, in the Carolina Island group.
-1960- The Unconventional Activities Working Group established by CNO to consider "naval unconventional warfare activity methods and concepts"  to be used against the Soviet Union in the cold war.
-1967- SEALs in Operation Crimson Tide in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam

September 13th-19th, 1945 - UDTs piloted vessels through Jinsen harbor and its' anchorages, Korea.  Vessels were used to remove Japanese after their surrender of Korea.

September 14th
-1944 - UDTs recon Anguar Island beaches, an island in the the Palau Island Group.
-1945- UDTs recon Urarigi beaches near Sendai, Honshu Island Japan.
-1969- UDTs demos at Song Ong Doc, Vietnam

September 15th
-1944- UDTs post invasion demos, Anguar Island
-1944- UDT 14,  the first all Navy UDT founded
-1945- UDTs recon Yuriage beach, Japan
-1950- UDTs support Operation Chromite, the amphibious landing at Incheon, Korea.  UDT 1 and 3 provided personnel who went in ahead of the landing craft, scouting mud flats, marking low points in the channel, clearing fouled propellers, and searching for mines.  UDTs acted as wave-guides for the Marine landing.
-1966- UDT's assist in the recovery of Gemini 11 crew and capsule
-1969- UDTs demolitions at Song Thu Bon, Vietnam

September 16th
-1952- UDTs in Operation Fishnet, Korea
-1969- SEALs and Kit Carsons operation north of Sea Float, Vietnam
-1994 - SEALs recon invasion site at Cape Haiten, Haiti Operation Uphold Democracy

September 17,1945- UDTs destroy suicide boats and subs at Onahama, Japan

September 18, 2009- SEALs kill AQ group in Somalia - Operation Celestial Balance

September 20th
-1945- UDTS recon Sasebo harbor, Japan
-1962- SEAL MTT 4-63 arrives in Vietnam

September 21st
-1944- UDTs recon Falalop and Asor beaches on Ulithi Island.
-1945 - UDTs recon Aomori and Nagasaki harbors, Japan
-1987- SEALs destroy munitions cache during a VBSS of the Iranian ship Ajir.

September 22, 1945- UDT 6  recon Sakishima Gunto Islands, Japan

September 23, 1945 - UDTs survey bay at WakaYama, Japan, and UDTs search and destroy missions at Chosi Japan

September 24th
-1943- September 24 - Oct 5, Special Service Unit #1, the Amphibious Scouts, 7th Amphibous Forcs recons Cape of Bushing, New Britain.
-1945- UDTs recon Wakanoura Wan Osaki Wan, Japan

September 25
-1945- UDTs lead 1st wave of the 8th Army onto Amori beaches, Japan
-1973- UDTs and SEALs assist in the recovery of SkyLab 3 crew and capsule

September 26, 1944 - UDTs missions on Peleliu and Negesebus Islands and surrounding channels.

September 28th
-1945- UDTs recon at Niigata, Japan
-1968- September 28 - Oct 2, SEALs in Operation Bold Dragon VII and Bold Dragon VIII off the coast of South Vietnam.

September 29
-1945 - UDTs recon for occupation landings at Taku, Port of Tientsin, North China and recon mouth of Peking River.
-2006-  SEAL Michael Monsoor earns Medal of Honor, Ar Ramadi Iraq  see link for his citation -

September 30
-1945 - UDTs in operations at Hokaido Island, Japan.
-1945- UDTs investigate docks at Tientsin, China
-1969- UDTs demolitions at Lang Dong Island, Vietnam

Friday, August 1, 2014

Navy SEAL and UDT History for August

It's August
and Time to Post some August 
U.S. Navy SEAL and UDT history

GENERAL for August - These events are ones  that I can verify the month and year that it happened; but cannot verify the exact day of the month that it happened.
-August 1964- The Navy Demolition Parachute Team starts 
-August 1971 - Last BUD/S class graduates from Little Creek, VA.  BUD/S will continue but only at NAB Coronado, CA.

August 1,2008 - NSW Operational Support Group Commands and SEAL Team Reserves re-designated as NSWG11 and SEAL Team 17 and SEAL Team 18.

August 2nd,
1969- UDT13 demolitions at Troung Giang River, Vietnam
2006 - SEAL Marc Lee is the first SEAL KIA in Iraq

August 3, 1944 - UDTs 12, 13, 14, and 15,  recon beaches at Iwo Jima and Bonin Islands.

 August 4th
1911- date of birth of Draper Kaufman aka "the Father of Underwater Demolition Teams"
1950- UDTs attempt 1st inland covert mission to bomb the railroad at Yosu, Korea

August 5, 1942- the first training class of OSS Maritime Operations begins

August 6th
1950 - Task Force 90 command (Korea)  assigned two USMC companies and a UDT1 detachment and dubbed the joint package -Special Operations Group or SOG.  SOG was composed of 25 UDTs and 16 Marines.  The Marines would provide perimeter security and the UDTs to provide small boat and demolition expertise.
2004- SEA Lt Cmdr John Dolittle swims the English Channel to honor the memory of fallen SEAL teammate -Petty Officer Neil Roberts
2011 -17 SEALs and 12 NSW support personnel and 1 military working dog, KIA in helocopter crash, Afghanistan.  The worst single loss of life in history of SOCOM and NAVSPECWARCOM. On this day 31 of America's bravest warriors gave their lives in defense of our freedom.  To see the list of the fallen, go to this link

August 7th
1969 - UDT 13 demolitions at tip of lang Dong Island, Vietnam
1971- UDTs and SEALs assist in the recovery of Apollo 15 crew and capsule

August 8, 2011 - SEAL Admiral William McRaven assumes command of USSOCOM

August 9- 20, 1944- Five OSS with seven UDT's in the 1st submarine launched series of reconnaissance operations from the USS Burfish.  This operation  was uinque because it involved the only US submarine-lauhed reconnaissance operation conducted by a UDT during the entire period of WWII.  See more at this link

August 10-14th, 1969 - SEALs and Australians in Operation Platypus in the RSSZ, Vietnam
 1990- SOCCENT personnel arrived in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. In it,  is  Naval Special Warfare Task Group One.  This is in preparation for Operation Desert Shield.

August 11th
1960 - UDTs recover a "Discover" satellite capsule, the 1st recovery of an U.S. satellite from orbit.
1969-  UDT 13 demolitions at Cai Nap Canal, Vietnam
1990 - SEALs of NSWTG1 set up base at Dhahran for Operation Desert Shield.

August 12, 1960 - Underwater Demolition Teams and USMC Recon units suggested as resources for the development for Naval Special Warfare.

August 13th
1944 - 3 UDTs are taken prisoner onYap Island and shipped to a Japanese POW camp.  Their remains are never recovered .  See more info at
1950- UDTs with the USMC begin cave demolitions- Korea
2008- SEALs battled terrorists during the filming of an episode of the TV show "24"

August 14, 1992 - SEALs in Operation Restore Hope in Somalia

August 15th
August 15 - Sept 15, 1944-Naval Combat Demolition Units from DDay landings at Utah beach participate in the landing mission in the Operation Dragoon.  Operation  Dragoon is the invasion of Southern France.  These landings were the last amphibious operation in the European Theater of Operations.
1950- 1st of night raids on Korean East Coast by UDTs and USMC
1980- SEAL TEAM Six commissioned

August 16
1954-UDTs in Passage to Freedom Operation.  This operation evacuated from Haiphong an estimated 310,000 anti- Communist Vietnamese civilians, soldiers, and non-Vietnamese members of the French Army from Communist North Vietnam to South Vietnam .  This operation lasted for about 1 year.
1969- SEAL Teams and Kit Carsons take prisoners at VC indoctrination center near SEA Float, Vietnam

August 19
1966- The 1st SEAL KIA - Petty Officer Billy Machen in Vietnam
1969- SEALs and Kit Carsons operation at VC supply route near SEA Float
1990- With Saudi concurrence, SOCCENT's first coalition warfare mission was given to NSWTG1 elements which deployed to the Kuwaiti Saudi Arabian border to provide close air support and to serve as "trip wires" in case of an Iraqi invasion - Operation Desert Shield.

August 21, 1990- SEALs recon beaches - Operation Desert Shield

August 22
1969- UDT13 demolitions at SE Land Dong Island, Vietnam
1970- SEALs free 28 So. Vietnamese POW's

August 24
1968- SEALs with PRUs destroy grenade factory, Vietnam
1982 -SEALs  as part of the Multinational Force sent to Lebanon to over see the withdrawal of the Palestine Liberation Organization. 

August 25
1942 -Scout and Raider School commissioned
1990- The UN authorizes use of SEALs in limited naval enforcement of sanctions in Operation Desert Shield. SEALs begin VBSS missions in the Persian Gulf.

August 26 1944- UDTs conduct pre-assault beach recon for invasion at Luzon in the Philippines.

August 27
1944- UDTs recon beaches and lead landings on Luzon Philippines.
1969 - UDT 13 search and destroy missions at SE Lang Dong Island, Vietnam

August 28
1945- UDTs arrive in Tokyo Bay, for month long missions of search and destroy after the surrender of Japan. Missions include checking islands, beaches, and military establishments in the area. UDTs destroy mumerous midget subs, suicide boats, topedoes, large caliber guns, mines, torpedo warheads, depth charges, ammunition, small arms, and large quantities of submarine gear.

August 29
1945- UDT 21 were the first Naval personnel to touch  the Japanese shores at Futtsu, Tokyo Bay when conducting a reconnaissance. They post "Welcome Marines" sign for Marines landing the next day.  The commanding Japanese officer at the fort at the entrance of Tokyo Harbor surrenders to UDT21 commanding officer - Lt. Cmdr Clayton.  Lt Cmdr Clayton accepts sword as sign of total defeat and surrender. 
1965- UDTs assist in the recovery of Gemini 5 crew and capsule

August 30
1945- UDT 21 at Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan  missions to demilitarize enemy vessels and prepare dock space for USS San Diego, aboard which surrender of the naval base would be completed. 
1966- SEAL in first live man pick up in the evaluation of DASH, a drone helicopter

August 31
1945- UDT 21 recon beaches around Tokyo Bay.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

U.S. Navy SEAL and UDT history for July

HooYah !!! 
It's July
Time to Jump the Month with some UDT and Navy SEAL History

Below is what is on my Navy SEAL and UDT history calendar for July.

About General info- These events happened in July, but I could not verify the day that they happened.

General Info
-1943- The first Naval Combat Demolition Units (NCDUs) graduated from the training base located at Ft Pierce, FL.

July 1st
-1945 - UDTs lead the first landing wave on the Klandasan beaches, Balikipapan SE Borneo
-1946- UDT 3 assigned to control and maintenance of the drone boats and to collect water samples in the 2nd nuclear test designated "Operation Crossroads" .  A UDT said "It was not unusual for us to have to strip buck-naked aboard a LCPR Drone before being allowed to re-board the ship, due to our radioactivity, sometimes as often as three times a day." To read more follow this link - Naval  History and Heritage FAQ - Operation Crossroads . 
-1951- UDT3 lands CIA trained North Korean guerillas on North Korean islands.
-1969- UDT demolitions at Hoi Chanh area in Vietnam

July 2nd
-1967- SEALs in Operation Shallow Draft, Vietnam
-2007- Admiral Eric Olsen assumes command of USSOCOM .  He is the 1st SEAL to be appointed 3 and 4 star flag rank, as well as the 1st naval officer to be USSOCOM's combat commander. 

July 4th
-1945- UDTS post invasion demolitions at Burnei Bay, Borneo, and the last combat operation for UDTs in WWII is at Balikipapa Borneo.
-1962- The first time the UDT/SEAL Team jumps  as the  U.S, Navy Parachute Team the -"Leap Frogs" see this link -
-1969-UDT 13 demolitions at New Nam Can, Vietnam

July 6, 1968 - The firstLlight SEAL Support Crafts arrive in Vietnam

July 7th
-1943- 2nd group of Scout & Raiders established and code-named Special Service Unit #1.
-1969- SEALs capture VC tax extortionist near SEA FLOAT Vietnam

July 9 1943 - Scout & Raiders lead US Army ashore at Sicily.

July 10
-1943- Scouts and Raiders post invasion operations at Sicily.
-1944- UDTs recon of Tinian beaches, the Marinas Island chain. The Marinas are made up of : Tinian, Aguijan, Rota, and Guam.  On the Marinas Island chain , the US established airfields.  These airfields on  were used as a bases for  the Philippines and Guam operations. especially Operation Forager., which began on July 13, 1944 and ended August 10, 1944.  UDTs were used in all of the pre-assualt, invasion, and post invasion work in this campaign.
-1969- SEALs in Operation Ranger, free Vietnamese POW camp

July 11, 1960 - Admiral Burke, the Chief Naval Officer directs deputy Chief Naval Officer  Admiral  Beakley, to study the possible contributions by the Navy to unconventional warfare.

July 12, 2010 - The Murdock branch post office in Punta Gorda FL,  is dedicated to SEAL Lt Cmdr Roy Boehm. First Officer in Charge of SEAL Team Two.

July 13, 1944- Operation Forager begins in the Pacific.  See this link -

July 14th
- 1944 - UDTs recon  beaches on Guam.  Place "Welcome Marines" sign for the landing USMC landings - see my post -  
-1969- SEALs call for the 1st Skyhook extraction in Vietnam.

July 15th
-1958- In response to the request by the President of Lebanon, the Sixth Fleet lands 1,800 Marines at Beirut to support the Lebanese against Communist rebels.  UDTs recon beach and blast sandbars at Beirut.
-1969- UDT S&D missions on Barrier Island, Vietnam
-2009- NASA astronaut SEAL Commander Christopher Cassidy is the 2nd SEAL in space for STS-127 mission.
-2010- Naval Special Warfare Heritage Building at Little Creek, VA dedicated .

July 16th
-1944- UDTS pre-assault recon of Yellow Beach 2 on Guam and diversionary recon operation on Tumon, Bay Guam.
-2013- On a spacewalk, SEAL astronaut Chris Cassidy helps fellow astronaut Luca Parmitano return to the International Space Station, when Parmitano's helmet filled with water.

July 17th
-1944- UDTs removed of obstacles on Asan Beaches, Guam.
-1969- UDTs demolitions at Rach Buong, Vietnam

July 18th
-1944- UDTs continue pre-assault work of clearing beaches on Guam.UDT 4 places "Welcome Marines" sign that would later become infamous as a UDT trademark.
-1969- UDTs plant "duffel bag" sensor at Thu Beb River, Vietnam

July 19th
-1944- UDT 3 continue pre-assault clearing of  Asan beaches, Guam.
-1945- UDT 30 formally commissioned. 
-1962- The Navy establishes the Counterinsurgency Education and Training Program, This major Naval school provided orientation courses in the military, economic, political, social, and psychological aspects of Communist revolutionary warfare,  SEAL and STAT units, and selective fleet staff officers begin training in this program.
-1996- DEVGRU  in Atalanta, as part of security detail for the Centennial Olympics

July 20th
-1944- UDT3 continues removal of obstacles for Guam landings. As recognition for their work, which was vital to the success of the Guam landings each man in UDT3 was awarded the Bronze Star and each officer a Silver Star Medal.
-1967- SEALs kill VC Liaison Unit Leader in the RSZ, Vietnam 
-1968- SEALs catch tax extortionist at My Tho, Vietnam

July 21st
-1944- UDTs in UDT boats guide landings of LCM's and LCTs  over barrier reefs, Guam. 
-1966- UDTs assist in the recovery of Gemini 10 crew and capsule.
-1969- UDTs demolitions at Song Dong Cung, Vietnam

July 23, 1944- UDTs in diversionary daylight reconnaissance of a barrier reef  and   pre-assault  reconnaissance of beach landing zones. on Tinian, in the Marinas Island chain,

July 24,
-1944- UDTs lead Naval Task Forces and Marines on Tinian, Marinas Islands and commence post assault work
-1969- SEALs and UDT assist in the recovery of Apollo 11 crew and capsule- see this link for more on them -
-1975- UDT 12 assists in the recovery of Apollo-Soyuz Test Project crew and capsule

July 26, 1951 - Beach Jumper Unit 1 commissioned for the Korean War

July 27
-1950- COMNAVFE directed start of harassment and demolition raids by CTF-190, utilizing UDTs and Marine reconnaissance personnel against North Korean military objectives in the Korean War.
-1966- 3 SEAL squads in the RSSZ launch the largest combined SEAL operation on a VC camp near Can Gio village in Vietnam.

July 31st
-1964- SOG/SES Vietnamese gunboats carry out covert OPLAN 34A attackon two North Vietnamese coastal bases
-1967- SEALs raid VC bas on Ilo Ilo Island.
-1968- SEALs in mission near Cambodia, 1 SEAL KIA and 1 SEAL WIA


Saturday, July 20, 2013

Jump the Hump Day Navy SEAL Post- Raising the Bar Funds

It's Wednesday!
Time to Jump the Hump with a Navy SEAL Thing

The Oldest FrogHog on the Web (said only in the nicest way of course) just made it back from the SWAMP.

I was there for another meeting of the Tadpoles aka Wannabee FrogHogs in Training.

And I tell you the "kids" were really cooking. They found a way to raise some badly needed funds to visit their favorite SEAL-owned bar- Badfrogs.

I know that many of the Tadpoles were once in the Frog Scouts. So I know that no challenge is too difficult for them, especially if it involved obtaining alcoholic beverages.

I mentioned that they should have all waited until they finished earning their FrogHog Navy Pride tattoos
(not to be confused with a rivals group's Navy Pride Badge. ).

But, NOOOOOooo. They jumped right into it.

They called the op- Raising the Bar
(not to be confused with a rivals group's Operation thin mint)

I made them give a complete sitrep to earn their FrogHog Navy Pride tattoo session. And they also did a" dirt dive" to add ways to improve things.

See the op sitrep video below.

It was taken using their official FrogHog Oakley Sunglass-cams.

It is
only the daylight part of the op. The night part of the video was mysteriously erased, (so they told me.)

Here's the op report


Thursday, June 6, 2013

Frogs on the Beach In Operation OverLord- Navy SEAL Post

It's Wednesday!
Time to Jump the Hump with a
Navy SEAL Post!!

the Oldest FrogHog on the Web (said only in the nicest way, of course!) has been doing a little reading about Frogmen on the beach during WWII.

Back then they were not known as Frogman. That moniker came later. During the war, these warriors went by the names of: the Naval Combat Demolition Units or (NCDUs), Underwater Demolition Teams (UDTs) and Scouts and Raiders.

Below is something that I remember reading regarding the historic day in June 1944- D-Day and Operation Overlord. It is totally appropriate to remember them today, on June 6th, D-Day Remembrance Day.

From the Book "The U.S. Navy SEALs- From Vietnam to Finding Bin Laden" by David Jordan.

"While the UDTs were training for their operations in the Pacific, 6 men from the 11th NCDU were sent to Britain in November 1943 to prepare for the invasion. A few weeks later, the Scouts and Raiders appeared, including Phil Bucklew, ( Bucklew is known as the Father of Naval Special Warfare) and began to conduct reconnaissance missions. Bucklew and his men took depth soundings of the planned invasion beaches. On one occasion Bucklew crawled ashore, filled a bucket with sand, and took it back to England to allow experts to test its load-bearing capacity so they could judge how well the sand on the landing beaches would be able to take the weight of tanks and other heavy vehicles.

The Germans had not been idle in preparing defenses to meet the Allied invaders, and the NCDU men grappled with the question of how they would breach some of the formidable beach obstacles, particularly a huge iron and steel construction know as the "Belgian Gate". The NCDUs needed to be able to blow the obstacle down without sending massive amounts of shrapnel fling through the air to endanger both the demolition parties and any nearby troops. The solution to the problem was discovered by Lt jg Carl P. Hagensen. He filled waterproof canvas bags with C-2 plastic explosive and then fitted the pack with a cord at one end and a hook at the other. This enabled it to be attached precisely to an obstacle. Tests on a mock-up of a Belgian Gate demonstrated that the pack worked perfectly. Sixteen such packs were fitted to the critical points of the Belgian Gate and then detonated. The Gate fell flat, just as required. The next problem was one of manpower. Six men were obviously not going to be enough and in the weeks before D-Day every available man at Ft Pierce was sent to Britain. By the end of May, 16 teams, each 13-men strong, had been trained to enable them to breach the 8 gaps in the obstacles planned for Omaha Beach and the 8 for Utah Beach.

Early in the morning of June 6, 1944, Operation Overlord began.

Phil Bucklew was one of the early participants, bobbing around in a small boat as he led the troops in toward the landing zone on Omaha Beach. Once again, Bucklew led the invasion force in (earning a Gold Star in lieu of a 2nd Navy Cross in the process) but their troubles had only just begun. The current had ensured that several of the gap assault teams had drifted off course and landed in the wrong place. Some of them found that they were the 1st men on the beach, instead of the tanks and infantry, and were cut down by defensive fire as they attempted to land. While the other teams set about destroying obstacles, some of the blasts had to be delayed as frightened soldiers attempted to take cover behind the sturdy beach defenses.

The demolition men solved this problem by setting fuses and telling the sheltering GIs that their cover would blow up in 2 minutes. This did the trick and the obstacles were removed. Other difficulties came from the loss of explosives and the NCDU men were forced to salvage German mines and add their explosives power to the C-2 that they had available. By the end of the day, 52% of NCDU men had been killed or wounded. It was the worst day in the history of naval special warfare. Despite the high cost, they had done their job well. "

Here is a link to the top secret Naval Combat Demolition Group Assignments atm Omaha Beach on that day-

Also here's a link to NCDU on D-day post,  on the Fallen SEALs Facebook page