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by: Franklin Anderson         From The Blast 3d Quarter 2003


I would like to provide additional information on LCDR JAMES ROY HAZELWOOD. Previously, I had submitted a Wake Island Detachment Photo and Called Chief Hazelwood ‘ROY". That was what be was referred to in UDT-1 1 UNLESS IT WAS CHIEF. I had the pleasure of having Master Chief Hazelwood as my Platoon Chief and as Jim Barnes said "he was a Horse".

When Chief Hazelwood first came to Team 11, his reputation preceded him. He was known; for going shark hunting with "power heads", and was fearless. Another story was that he was diving in the Caribbean and found a Rolex watch that was encrusted with coral. He corresponded with Rolex, thinking they would really jump on the promotion of their product, since it started running as soon as he shook it. Rolex - in a nonchalant way said that "all of our products will perform like that" or something to that effect. As previously stated Chief Hazelwood was in my Platoon and he went with me to do Cable repairs at Wake Island (Photo previously submitted).

Upon our return, the Navy came out with a program for Chiefs with 18 years or more, could apply for a commission. I encouraged "Roy" to apply and also gave him an outstanding endorsement. We submitted the application and then departed for Kwajalein for another Cable Job. While there many incidents happened that I believe you will enjoy. Chief Hazelwood was a Master Diver and a physical Horse—he always ran wherever he went and prided himself in his abilities both mental and physical.

While at Kwajalein Island proper, we worked long hours blowing channels and laying the cable. We also conducted Aqua Lung classes for some of the people with the installation. We had a couple of engineers who were always trying to trip up the Chief (who was our senior Instructor). One evening the Chief was going thru some Diving Physics and equations. These engineers immediately hopped on the Chief about the math portion. "Roy", paused like he was baffled and them slowly and diligently went thru a long formulation and made their jaws pop—Roy was self-educated and was a Whiz at Math, Geometry and Calculus.

Needless to say-from that point on the Class paid close attention and were very grateful for his expertise. There also were a couple more incidents that were memorable—LT ANDERSON (OINC) and LTJG Harry Mackenzie lived in quarters some distance from the men’s barracks and we had a 4X4 for transportation. One morning we went out and all four tires were Flat. Lt Sorenson (cousin to PRESIDENT KENNEDY’S SPEECH WRITER) asked if we would like a ride to the UDT Barracks—We said sure— We rode up and all at once everybody was after SN Gerald Berg and SN Ted Matheson to pay up. It seems that Matheson and Berg had been taking bets that we would walk to work. It was obvious who had let the air out of the tires. I turned to the Chief and said, " I’ll let you handle those energetic Seamen". Chief Hazelwood, found a hand-Tire pump and made them pump up the four tires to 35 lbs. That was quite a chore and a valuable lesson.

The other incident was off the Island of Aniwetoc (not the Atom Bomb Island), and we were laying explosive. The Chief was always a perfectionist and ready to go, his diving partner was James Pahia. Pahia was slower in getting ready and The Chief was already in the water- He submerged and was down just a short duration when he popped to the surface and "Stepped on the Bow of the LCM", He was speechless and looked at Pahia-who was still standing on the ramp. He walked over and punched him in the Arm. After a few minute he compose himself- he explained that he was under the LCM and something bumped him hard on the arm, he thought it was Pahia. It happened again and he turned and saw about a 20 foot Great White Shark.

The Chief received his orders for Knife and Fork school, and had to depart before the job was completed, but he was always impeccable and dedicated to his duties. He received orders to a ship and then to the East Coast.

We were going thin Parachute Training at Fort Benning and Ens. Hazelwood was going thru at the same time—He had to get a waiver because of his age. However, he out performed many of the younger men. James Roy Hazelwood’s brother was going through Jump Training at the same time (Army) and he was going to quit. Roy told him that isn’t the Hazelwood tradition and really chewed him out. They both graduated.

This was during the time that President Kennedy was assassinated. They bunched up three classes to make up the delay in the schedule – They had jump with over 20 knots of wind and jumpers scattered all over the place. However, all the Frogs completed the jump without incident. UDT-11 Robbie Robinson was Honor Man of the Class and "Roy Hazelwood received special recognition for being one of the Oldest in the Class.

song: Eye of the Tiger


                     USS Lexington CV2 (Originally CC-1), 1927-1942     


USS Lexington, a 33,000-ton aircraft carrier, was converted while under construction from the battle cruiser of the same name. Built at Quincy, Massachusetts, and commissioned in December 1927, Lexington was one of the U.S. Navy's first two aircraft carriers that were large and fast enough to be capable of serious fleet operations. During the late 1920s, through the 1930s and into the early 1940s, she took an active part in the development of carrier techniques, fleet doctrine and in the operational training of a generation of Naval Aviators.

displacement: 41,000 tons
length: 888 feet
beam: 105½ feet
draft: 32 feet
speed: 34¼ knots
complement: 2,122 crew
armament: 8 eight-inch and 12 five-inch guns
aircraft: 81

My friend and shipmate, Jim Hazelwood was an enlisted man in the U.S. Navy during WWII. He was ship’s company on the USS Lexington when it came under attack attack by several Japanese torpedo bombers as described in the book, "Queen of the Flat-Tops." Jim’s battle station was atop the ship’s island about 60 feet above the flight deck. Around the upper rim of the island was a catwalk with a platforms for machine gun mounts. At 1121 hours the Lex was under attack by torpedo and dive bombers. All of the ship’s batteries were in action and the the blast of the second torpedo that struck Lex on her port side was almost inaudible because of the extreme noise of her weapons.

Jim was manning his 50 cal machine gun when a light bomb hit the Lex’s funnel. It exploded and kills and wounds several men on the catwalk. Moments later, the Zero dive bombers machine guns wounds and kills many more of the men around the catwalk. Jim told me about the sudden moaning eerie wail of the Lex’s steam siren. It seems that a jap bomb struck and kinked the metal tube in which the lanyard, operating the whistle from the bridge was housed. When the tube bent it pulled the lanyard tight causing the whistle to continue to hoot and moan until somebody turned off the steam to it.

The Japanese did not sink the Lex. They damaged her to a degree that secondary internal fires created an inferno that cooked off airplane fuel and some 20,000 pounds of torpedo war-head guncotton. The ship was abandoned because all resources to fight the fires and continue damage control were 100% out of commission. She became an internal infrerno.  One of our Destroyers sank her with two torpedoes.

Jim Hazelwood, also told me that he had to swim away from the Lex which was drifting towards some of the men in the water. She drifted away and floated down wind leaving a stream of swimmers and loaded rafts strung out for nearly 1,000 yards. It is speculated that shark attacks were not reported probably because of the the repeated heavy explosions that may have scared the sharks away and also perhaps of the abundance of fish that were killed great distances from the Lex.

Jim Hazelwood found himself , by the grace of God, alive and swimming among his shipmates whose thoughts were, "we are only a 400 mile swim from Australia." The survivors were rescued by the Carrier and Destroyers that were part of that Task Force and from Australia were shipped back to the States. Jim had met the "White Elephant!" in the Battle of the Coral Sea, 7-8 May 1942.

In early May 1942, Lexington returned to the South Pacific in time to join USS Yorktown (CV-5) in successfully countering the Japanese offensive in the Coral Sea. On 7 and 8 May 1942 her planes helped sink the small Japanese aircraft carrier Shoho and participated in attacks on the large carriers Shokaku and Zuikaku. In turn, however, she was the target of Japanese carrier planes and received two torpedo and three bomb hits. Though initial damage control efforts appeared to be successful, she was racked by gasoline explosions in the early afternoon of 8 May. When the fires raged out of control, Lexington was abandoned by her crew and scuttled, the first U.S. aircraft carrier to be lost in World War II.

Lexington's task force sortie from Pearl Harbor 15 April, rejoiningTF 17 on 1 May 1942. As Japanese fleet concentrations threatening the Coral Sea were observed, Lexington and Yorktown moved into the sea to search for the enemy's force covering a projected troop movement the Japanese must now he blocked in their southward expansion, or sea communication with Australia and New Zealand would be cut, and the dominions threatened with invasion.

On 7 May search planes reported contact with an enemy carrier task force, and Lexington's air group flew an eminently successful mission against it, sinking light carrier Shoho. Later that day, 12 bombers and 15 torpedo planes from still unlocated heavy carriers Shokaku and Zuikoku were intercepted by fighter groups from Lexington and Yorktown, who splashed nine enemy aircraft.

On the morning of the 8th, a Lexington plane located Shoksku group; a strike was immediately launched from the American carriers, and the Japanese ship heavily damaged.

The enemy penetrated to the American carriers at 1100 and 20 minutes later a torpedo to port struck Lexington. Seconds later, a second torpedo hit to port directly abreast the bridge. At the same time, she took three bomb hits from enemy dive-bombers, producing a 7° list to port and several raging fires. By 1300 her skilled damage control parties had brought the fires under control and returned the ship to even keel; making25 knots, she was ready to recover her air group. Then suddenly Lexington was shaken by a tremendous explosion, caused by the ignition of gasoline vapors below, and again fire raged out of control. At 1508 Capt. Frederick C. Sherman, fearing for the safety of men working below, secured salvage operations, and ordered all hands to the flight deck. At 1707, he ordered,"abandon ship!" and the orderly disembarkation began, men going over the side into the warm water, almost immediately to be picked up by nearby cruisers and destroyers. Admiral Fitch and his staff transferred to cruiser Minneapolis, Captain Sherman and his executive officer, CDR. M. T. Seligman insured all their men were safe, then were the last to leave their ship.

Lexington blazed on, flames shooting hundreds of feet into the air. A destroyer closed to 1500 yards and fired two torpedoes into her hull, with one last heavy explosion, the gallant Lexington sank at 1956, in 15°20'S. 1oo°30' E. She was part of the price that was paid to halt the Japanese oversee empire and safeguard Australia and New Zealand, but perhaps an equally great contribution had been her pioneer role in developing the naval aviatorsand the techniques which played so vital a role in ultimate victory in thePacific.

Lexington received two battle stars for World War II service.



  Veteran 'didn't want a lot of hoopla'

By Ron Brown / Lynchburg News & Advance           June 5, 2004

Jim Hazelwood believed that service to his country was a duty. Fanfare was a matter of choice.

So it seems fitting that he will be buried today in a quiet ceremony at the Carwile Family Cemetery in Gladys.

The 85-year-old veteran of three American wars died earlier this week from complications from a stroke.

"He didn’t want a lot of hoopla," said his son, Tom. "He just felt like he was one person among many who have served their country. If there was going to be a fuss over him, he felt that there should be a fuss made over all vets."

That type of humility, coupled with quiet strength, is what endeared him to his family, friends and fellow veterans.

"He was a warrior," his son said.

Hazelwood’s military record reads like a chronicle of distinguished service awards.

He was a survivor of Pearl Harbor and was wounded during the sinking of the aircraft carrier USS Lexington in World War II during the Battle of the Coral Sea.

As a Navy diver, he was wounded while placing two markers on the beach before the Marine landing at Iwo Jima.

He fought again in Korea and Vietnam.

He also served on diving teams that provided splashdown rescue for astronauts on NASA’s Mercury, Gemini and Apollo space missions.

He won the Silver Star and was awarded two Purple Hearts as a result of his combat experiences.

In his own understated way, he once summed up his military record like this:

"My greatest accomplishment is being a survivor of 32 years of hard Navy service."

Terry L. Jamerson, who met him about a decade ago at the Lynchburg Area Detachment Marine Corps League, viewed his record much more generously.

"As part of our ‘Greatest Generation,’ he was a leader among men and a true American hero that may never receive the recognition he deserves from all of us," Jamerson said.

Those who knew him believe Hazelwood wouldn’t have had it any other way.

"He didn’t brag," said Ben Brenneman, who met Hazelwood in the late 1980s as they both rode with the Lynchburg Bicycle Club when Hazelwood was well into his 70s.

Some said Hazelwood was going on 25-mile bicycle rides as he approached the age of 80.

Jamerson said that persona fits with the aura of a Navy Seal, which Jamerson said is among America’s fighting elite.

"Most Marines look up to Navy Seals as being tougher than we are," Jamerson said.

But it was on the home front where Hazelwood’s toughness shone through as he helped his wife of 59 years, Della, fight the ravages of Alzheimer’s disease.

It was in that battle that Hazelwood consummated his reputation as a warrior and the embodiment of the Marine’s motto.

"Semper Fi," Jamerson said. "Always faithful."

» Contact Ron Brown at or (434) 385-5542.

Doc Riojas NOTE:   I spoke with my Friend, Tom Hazelwood, Jim's son about obtaining a picture of Jim in USNAvy Dress uniform.  I never got it, but that's OK.

Tom said that Jim had a stroke, was taken to the hospital and the next day he died.   Della, Jim's wife suffers from the advanced stages of Alzheimer's Disease and he was her primary care giver.  I understand their daughter will continue taking care of her mother Della.

I last sat and chatted with Jim at the UWSS reunion at Little Creek Va. May 2002.  He looked great. He said he was still doing a little P.T. every morning.





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                                           Per Eric "Swede" Tornblom

                       Admiral Eric Olson                                                                             Alden Mills



barbara preston; kelly chotte;  rick nirkj ; enn mc collum;  mike talleda; nick  rocha   

                        Benjamin A. Oleson & CNO                                         Denny "The Snake"  Chalker


can somebody ID these guys?


           Scott Helvenston KIA,Fallujah                                    Stewart K. Kerr MD



What exactly happened that day in Fallujah



                     Tom Rancich                                       Alex Ghane, Killed in live fire training Feb 2008


                        Richard Machowicz   of  Discovery TV Channel


“Richard “Mack” Machowicz’s expertise with soldier craft and military hardware comes from his experience as a 10-year veteran of the U.S. Navy SEALs. During his service tenure, he participated in numerous tactical operations with SEAL Team ONE and TWO. While at SEAL Team TWO he was attached to the training cadre as the Leading Petty Officer of Land, Mountain and Arctic Warfare.

“Mack has over 20 years experience in the martial arts, studying such systems as muay thai boxing, Jeet Kune Do, kickboxing, aikido, jujitsu, savate, arnis and karate. He was a certified instructor in the Naval Special Warfare Combat Fighting Instructor Course, a Naval Special Warfare Scout/Sniper and has received multiple black belts. Machowicz also served as a personal protection specialist for many high profile individuals within the political arena, business world and entertainment industry.

“As founder of the Bukido Institute and creator of the Bukido Training System, Machowicz teaches a performance philosophy that uses unarmed combat as a pathway for exploring the dynamics of doubt, hesitation, second-guessing, stress, pain, fatigue and fear. Bukido shows clients — including professional athletes and entertainment industry executives — how to maximize their ability to focus in any environment.”



                      C.J. Caracci                                                     John Doolittle

                                  C.J. Caracci    go HERE for his Bio


                          David A. Hansen                                                                              Mark Waddell


    ]Howard V. Wasdin                                       Jeff Gonzales                                          Jhil and Joe


                         Jim Watson                                                                  Kevin R. Murphy


Erasmo "Doc" Riojas after being thrown into the water as part of my initiation on becoming member of  ST-2


                        Leapfrogs                                                                               Mark Colburn




                                                   Matt Bissonnette

                Alfredo Moreno; he was severly WIA panama fiasco                        Paul Basal

                             Paul ?                                                              Pete Farmer MD                       


                                                                                           Robert Harward


                                   Denny"The Snake" Chalker


                Chuck  Bravedy      




He is the last USNavy SEAL that died in Vietnam

LT - O3 - Navy - Regular

Length of service 4 years
Casualty was on Jun 6, 1972
Body was recovered
Panel 01W - Line 38

Anyone out there have a photo of LT Dry?   please email it to Doc Riojas, thanks.


Leslie Harold FUNK Jr.





Date of Death


P. of birth





Gia Dinh , S. Vietnam

Town of




Death Code

Non-Hostile, Died Missing; Ground Casualty; Drowned



service #



27EAST - 59  







Tour Date



Book: "Death in the Jungle; Diary of a Navy SEAL"
Seal Team-1



Weatherwax High School , Aberdeen WA , 1964

Leslie Funk Dies in Vietnam
Leslie Harold Funk, 22, a former Aberdeen resident, and a frogman in the Navy in Vietnam, was found dead Sunday morning in the Dong Tau River, seven miles southeast of Nha Be, Vietnam. He was born 27 Jul 1945, in Aberdeen , and was graduated from Weatherwax High School with the class of 1964. He entered the Navy almost immediately after he graduated. He was on the Aberdeen Swimming team for four years and won a trophy and several ribbons for diving. He had begun swimming on teams in the eighth grade at Miller Junior High School . He also attended McDermoth and Robert Gray Schools .
While on Mission Funk died while on a mission in the battle areas of Vietnam . He is survived by his mother, Mrs. Eleanor Louise Funk of 3000 Morris Place, Reedsport OR, a brother Richard A. Funk of Hoquiam; a sister, Charlotte Elaine Edwards of Reedsport; a niece, Karen L. Edwards of Reedsport; and three cousins, Mrs. Fred Bird and Mrs. Donald Caldwell of Aberdeen, and Mrs. Clifford Edwards of Hoquiam. Funeral arrangements are pending. (The Aberdeen Daily World, Aberdeen 11 Oct 1967)



Lieutenant Dan Burke, U.S. Navy SEAL Teams (Ret.)
Dan Burke is a combat veteran of U.S. Navy SEAL Teams, a prior enlisted "mustang" who retired after a combined eight years of active duty and 12 years of US Navy Reserves duty. Dan earned his B.A. in the Science of Creative Intelligence and M.A. in Professional Writing at Maharishi University of Management. He has organized introductory lectures on the applied benefits of Invincible Defense Technology for several US military commands and he co-authored the article "Invincible Defense A New "Secret Weapon!" published by the Canadian Centres for Teaching Peace.

Created by former Navy SEAL Alden Mills, BodyRev is a new cardio weight system designed to elevate heart rate and tone muscle simultaneously. You hold it like a medicine ball while doing squats and lunges. (It has removable weights in the center.)

   Ryan Brandt Young
Ryan Brandt Young, of San Diego, is shown in an undated photo provided by his family. Young, a former Navy SEAL performing diplomatic security in southern Iraq, died Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2005, when a bomb destroyed his armored vehicle. A native of Halfway, Md., Young, 32, served in the U.S. Navy for more than 13 years, including stints as a Navy SEAL and SEAL instructor, said his father, Greg Young.
Published: 11/02/05


* Navy SEAL/Chief Warrant Officer Retired.* Active duty Aug 1977 - May 1998.Learn more about Don Mann at

Don Mann, CEO, Primal Quest(Course Director, PQ 2006) Don Mann, CEO, Primal Quest(Course Director, PQ 2006)

A retired Navy SEAL, American Adventure Racing Pioneer, co-founder of Odyssey Adventure Racing.

Special Skills & Qualifications:     Decorated Combat Veteran; Corpsman, EMT, paramedic; personal trainer; SEAL Special Operations Technician; Special Forces Medical Laboratory graduate; static line, high altitude free-fall and advance free-fall parachutist; open circuit, closed circuit oxygen and air scuba diver, diving supervisor; jungle survival, desert survival and arctic survival instructor; small boat operator for craft up to 65 feet; technical rock climbing, mountaineering; small arms weapons instructor, foreign weapons instructor, armed and unarmed defense tactics, advanced hand-to-hand combat; photo intelligence; Survival, Evade, Resistance and Escape Instructor; B.S. International Relations, B.S. Liberal Science, and Masters in Management.


History of the USS Tautog 

The USS Tautog was christened by Mrs. Albert Gore of Tennessee on March 15, 1967. Once construction and outfitting was complete, TAUTOG sailed to Pearl Harbor, where she was assigned tothe Seventh Fleet (WESTPAC). Early in 1970, she made port calls in the Philippines, Hong Kong, Okinawa, Japan and Korea. Upon return to Pearl Harbor, the Terrible "T" was presented the Meritorious Unit Commendation for operations conducted during that deployment.

On another occasion some Navy SEALS got into a bit of trouble when they used her as a surfboard! According to "Surfer Magazine", this was "the hottest surfboard in the world".  This picture shows a SEAL standing on top of the TAUTOG's sail while it is just a few inches under the water.  The picture was taken from the SEAL's rubber boat.

She continued to serve for a total of 11 WESTPAC deployments. The boat was officially decommissioned on March 31, 1997.


Hidden Battles In Afghanistan

Lara Logan Enters Into Combat With U.S. Navy SEALs    Dec. 29, 2004


Navy Chief Petty Officer Mark T. Carter, 27, Fallbrook

SEAL dies in combat on mission in Iraq




      Melvin Spence Dry*, class of 1968.

If the Navy was ever going to select a SEAL admiral from the class of ‘68, it would have been Melvin Spence Dry, hands down.  At the Naval Academy he had a superior academic record, a great sense of humor, and was well liked by his classmates.      He was smart, articulate and a natural combat leader.    Lots of SEAL photos on this LINK !          ,13190,NI_0705_Seal-P1,00.html




Billy Machen

Gilmer's Billy Machen was the first U.S. Navy Seal killed in action in Vietnam. He was 26 years old. Navy Frogmen are legend for their fierce hand to hand combat and their heroics.A Seal Training Base in California now bears the name, Camp Billy Machen, in honor of this Gilmer High School graduate - a brave soldier, and a great American.

                                                              Chief Thomas J. Valentine (SEAL)

Fourth Platoon

OIC LT William (Bill) Gardner
AOIC Lt Ace Sarich
 Plt Chief DMCS Thomas Blais
BM 1 Pat Martin,
EM 1 Kenneth Mac Donald
AE1 Curtis Ashton
                 (PRU Advisor)(KIA)
PR1 Steven Dunthorn, 
HM2 Stephen Elson
GMG2 Daniel Olsen
MR2 Ronnie Rogers

RM2 James Burison
PR 3 Gregory Frisch
BM3 William Bibby
QM3 Richard Peters
David Suthurland   



                                      MCPO Thomas E. Bais


----- Original Message ----- 
From: Thomas Blais 
To: doc rio 
Sent: Friday, July 31, 2009 10:04 PM 
Subject: guys who went through BUD/s twice? 

Rio, Nothing from your buddy Rich Young aka: Nightscribe: so I am sending this info to you! Thank you, Tom Blais

Regarding Rich's question : 

I am, Retired Master Chief Blais and I have successfully completed two BUD/S classes. 

Classes "FOUR" and "SIXTEEN". Both were winter classes conducted at Little Creek Amphibious Base, Norfolk Virginia. Class Four began in January 1949. Class SIXTEEN began in January 1956. Classes were 16 weeks in duration. 

Master Chief Blais retired December 1975 from SEAL TEAM TWO, Little Creek, Norfolk, Virginia. 28 years service. As far as other men successfully completing BUD/S Training twice, I have no clear idea. 

There was an Irishman, Gunner's Mate 1st class, in class SIXTEEN, I think, might have finished successfully. 
A photo of Class 16 does not show him as far I can discern. I seem to remember he also may have gone through training at Fort Pierce, Fla. Prior to / or during WWII. But, the memory of him is vague. He was struggling and I don't remember him running or on swims in Puerto Rico. But, that was a long time ago. 

Respectfully to you Rio, 


                     Frank Sparks                        Robert A. Gormly                                    Chris Cassidy

                                     "Big Al" Ashton                      Tom Keith  "SEAL WARRIOR" his book


                                                            L to R:        ??  ;        Tom Keith

                                               Jerry Hammerle                      Tom Keith                   Bai   


       Don Shipley speaking of the web site POW.COM                                        Dave "Doc" Hammer


from LCDR Naus


           Tom Rancich

Ty                                               ?                                Zellers and Gene Warta



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