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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?
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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, 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.
Larry Bailey, Rudy Boesch, ??
Cindy & Matthew Axelson
Archie Grayson & Ashbrenner (sp)
Navy SEAL Ryan Job
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
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
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 ??
Tom Keith, Bob Barth, Erasmo Doc Riojas
West Coast Frogmen
Susan and Roy Boehm
Peggy & Tom Shoulders, Notice Houston Oilers Glass in his hand?
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.
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
Philip Martin [mailto:pmartin3 [at] san.rr.com]
Yes, I do. That pix is of the 1st squad of Alpha Platoon during Tet offensive 1968 on the
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org,or Rick Rogers email@example.com of "The Old Frogs and SEALs" and they can probably tell you how to contact Govea. He will be on the roster...........
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.
Frank"Sparkie"Sparks is the SCUBA diver in the movie "JAWS." He remembered Doc Riojas from his
tour of duty as a student at UWSS Key West FL. back in the 60's. 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
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.
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
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.
06/10/2010 Email from R. D. Russell, SEAL archieves
roster for graduates of Class 019ec is as follows:
John William Jr
William Edward Sr
Clayton Charles Jr
Joseph E. Jr
Devereaux “Bull” C.
Maurice “Mo” P.
Norman James Jr
Richard “Pee Wee” C.
Charles “Chuck” A.
William Hugh Jr
Wagner, James Edward
Rich "Doc" Williams RIP with wife Tillie
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I see a lot of beautiful women and quite a few UGLY men! They look like FROGs!
"Woody" Woodward's Photos
Barry Enock & Robert Smith
John Friesch & Robert Smith
Mickey the cave VungTau 1968
Rocky & Robert Smith
|From: Dante Stevensen,
the JFK foto near the bottom of your long page:
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.
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.
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
Jason & Son
Dan Healy Bob Kerrey
Herlinda Dealy & Daughter
Nathan Hardy & Son Parker
Marc Alan Lee
SEAL KIA's Russ Geraldi & BrainMulholland
Ryan Job sight
Ryan Job WIA blinded Ryan & Kelly Rob
SEAL Team FOUR platoon, Operation Just Cause
Nick Rocha Tom Norris & Mike Thornton
BUD/S Class 236
W.C. Reunion 75 photo by Lou Boyles
----- Original Message -----
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.
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.
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