The Lecture Hall Navy SEAL Museum Then & Now

The Lecture Hall Navy SEAL Museum Then & Now


our world is constantly evolving as time
moves forward things change which is why it’s important to stay informed
throughout the year there are dozens of professionals to share their expertise
with community through lectures sponsored by local government agencies
and area not-for-profits and each month SLC TV will feature one of these
visiting professors as they discussed the latest current events so grab a
notebook is pull up a chair because the lecture hall is about to begin Museum almost nine years it’s an honor
to be there are our directors or former seals so for last nine years I’ve been
working for former seals which makes a quite challenging if I have to work for
regular people ever again because a whole different mindset it’s a lot of
fun so I’m gonna show you I have a PowerPoint and a short little video kind
of explains everything what we do at the Museum and then we’ll go into the
PowerPoint then I have a little film afterwards of the memorial to extortion
17 the helicopter that got shot down a few years ago with all those seals on
board said to be a Navy SEAL is teamwork to be prepared to be mentally tough to
always do the right thing to never quit in the best possible shape you can be in
complete the mission and never make excuses the mission of the Navy SEAL museum is
to preserve the history and heritage of the Navy SEALs honor our fallen at the
Navy SEAL memorial and to take care of our families to the Trident House
Charities Program and we do that through this great place and educating the
public the Navy Ceylon museum is unique because
everything that we have inside here whether it be a weapon whether it be a
boat or whatever else you want to talk about is here has been used by Navy
SEALs in combat or training it’s all authentic stuff in addition to honoring
our frogmen history and heritage and honoring the guys at the Navy SEAL
memorial we have tried now charities program which includes the tried nose
the renewal coalition scholarship program and it also includes families
report the Trident house is a respite house
that we use not only for the families of the Fallen but also for guys that are on
active duty that just need a break from combat to reconnect with their family it is a beautiful house on the Indian
River it’s just a relaxing place where people just sit and talk and they
reconnect that’s what the Trident house is for
the renewal coalition with the help in the Navy SEAL museum gets wounded
veterans whatever that family needs to get that
break there were no coalition is one of the few places that can actually get
these guys out of a hospital with this family
the other part of the Trident House Charities program is the scholarship
program where we give scholarships to kids of all special operations forces
not only the Navy but also of the army and help them get a leg up on college
costs family support is being able to help with anything that the guy may need
that he can’t get that help anywhere else whatever program that the guy is
currently in doesn’t cover we will help a memorial wall is a way that we honor
every fragment has died since World War two to the present day we also hold a
service every Veterans Day where we swim the ashes of our fallen frogmen that had
passed that year and it is quite an emotional ordeal not
only for the guys swimming out the ashes but for all the families that are
sitting there on the beaches watching this the Navy SEAL Museum is a 501c3
organization we do not receive federal support whatsoever the museum runs
itself through admissions and store sales but at right now is charities
program is totally on the backs of our donors that want to contribute to our
families that need the assistance and it’s very important for us to keep that
going because our families need the help so thank you very much so that gives you a little just a little
glimpse into what we do besides having the coolest museum on the planet we’re the only museum on the planet
dedicated strictly preserving the history of Naval Special Warfare located
right here in Fort Pierce SEALs and their predecessors now in 1985 it was
open if you’re y’all everyone’s been there right good so I can make stuff up
they might know I’m making stuff up and you on all right so back in 1985 the
only thing on North Hutchinson Island was the neighborhood there by the inlet
one condo and a building called the st. Lucie State Museum you know the little
round building was empty so some frogmen and some seals went there to the county
and said listen if we don’t put something here no one’s ever gonna know
what happened here and in 1985 the museum opened
humbly some of the gentlemen i met that were seal team two guys from vietnam
they brought down whatever they had kept from the navy and put it in there and
that’s how it started as Rick said in a video everything you
see in a museum is authentic it’s been in a battle or a battle or training
there are no replicas so everything in there is real ancient dog here this right here these
are obstacles that were left here these are replicas of the obstacles of
Normandy that were left here after the Navy left because I can’t tell you that
part of the story because it comes later seal believe not some people aren’t sure
what to seal stands for it is the three environments they operate in sea air and
land now the main gallery the Blackhawk helicopter this is an Army helicopter
and the reason we obtained it when just Buchanan and another guy we were
kidnapped and Somalia by the Pirates their job there was to train kids not to
play with landmines the Somalians knew they were they’d been there many times
they decided to kidnap her and try to get some ransom money well I got to the
point where the seals had to go in there and get them out and make quick work of
the Somalians when they flew her out they flew out in that helicopter right
there that’s how we have it there’s only two black hawks and museums and we have
one like I said this is an army helicopter by a group called the night
stalkers and they were formed in 1980 after the collision in the desert when
they tried to wrest the Iranian hostages two things came out of it everybody uses
the same radio and one group of guys fly Special Forces getting the night
stalkers this is the same group that flew the seals have been lodged house everybody saw the movie so the lifeboats
in the movie were replicas reason being is that once these lifeboats get on a
ship they stay on a ship for the life of the ship 20 30 years and not laying
around so Sony Films goes we’d like to use your boat for the movie and we said
you’re not touching that boat for the movie so they came measured took
pictures went went to Sweden had two made for the movie at a hundred thousand
apiece now the part in the movie were captain Phillips and the pyre were
chatting they cut that in half to film it and by the way captain Phillips in
the part and never had the chat that was Hollywood they didn’t speak one word for
four days also if you remember in the movie the guy that said all sites on
target when they got ready to shoot the Pirates that the actual guy was in the
museum being he’s his former SEAL and gave us a whole rundown on what happened Korea now during the Korean War the
frogmen maritime they left their maritime environ and went inland they
blew up bridges worked with the CIA to rescue prisoners of war they also
destroyed a harbor called Hungnam harbor they evacuated all the Marines out of
the Chosun reservoir after that everybody got out the frogmen put 20,000
tons of explosives and leveled the harbor so the Chinese couldn’t use it if
you notice that’s one of the first dry suits 36-degree water okay in 1962 the SEAL Teams were
established they took them all from the ranks of the frogmen the seals were
established to operate in the maritime environment in South Vietnam that the
North Vietnamese would use it against us so we decided well if you’re gonna do
that so are we so there was two SEAL Teams from 1962 to 1983 all the seals
came from the frogmen that’s why the museum is a UDT frogman Museum 200 ish
they said ten platoons 17 17 10 platoon 17 guys of well-tuned that doesn’t count
support group and everything else that goes with it now this particular picture
right here the shotgun right here was owned by gentleman named chief Watson he
was one of the first guys it to help run the museum curator Marauder
and he wrote one of the first books before books became ridiculous that he
didn’t want to write the book but it was in publication for 17 years and was
called point man and he walked point on seal patrols the pointman carried a
shotgun and that has a duck bill on it to shoot the shot this way so they could
cut down trees to not blow a big hole you can’t hardly notice there’s an ak-47
right there there’s holes in that clip there’s holes there’s debts in the clip
and there’s holes in that stock story goes I was out one night the guy had to
drop on me but I got him so the holes the damage the ak-47 came from that
shotgun but why they will by the way his name sweetheart Bella bought her seven Navy SEALs of
Medal of Honor recipients Mike Thornton was at our we have a big
event in November mustard Mike Thornton was our guest speaker that gentleman
right there now Tommy Norris got the Medal of Honor for rescuing the Air
Force pilot and you may have heard his story bat 21
Air Force probably got shot down in Vietnam had too much knowledge for the
get captured by the North Vietnamese he got shot down in the middle of 3,000
North Vietnamese so the Air Force lost three helicopters and twelve guys trying
to get him out they sent Tommy Norris in plucked him right out of there got the
mohel honor later on Fortnum Norris were sent on a mission to recon for an
amphibious assault they got put in the wrong place
they were inserted into another giant camp of North Vietnamese the three South
Vietnamese guys with them decided they were going to start some trouble a big
gunfight broke out they all escaped Tommy got shot in the face he has a
glass eye Fortin rescue them all thou’rt got the Medal of Honor for rescuing
Norris never in the history of the military is one mil of honor guy ever
rescued a note just some more of the displays that you see now so history
goes backwards it starts with current issues current events because people
want to see all that they see on the news they read the books they want to
see that so right now you’re coming from the modern sections of Vietnam to Korea into the world war terror all right so I could I could sneak into
your question a little bit during World War two or no when they get more thin it
well look at that why is it in four pairs well glad you asked during World
War two the whole state of Florida has training throughout as people weren’t
living here in the 40s like today it’s a swamp
there’s no mosquito control we all know good nothing comes from no air
conditioning so the Navy came at her and straight across the river right there
they built a twenty thousand acre and fitness training base starting with the
invasion normally fought by the rest of the war 130,000 guys went to that
facility they chose to put the base here in Fort Pierce because it had two Inlet
only a population of 8,000 which was a building boom because World War one the
population was 4,000 so the first group to arrive were called Scouts our Raiders
finished reconnaissance group they operated in Europe Pacific rice paddy
Navy and China these guys have already seen combat North Africa Sicily and
Italy and they came here now the gentleman that started this whole thing
happened to be the guy that started the bomb disposal school so he couldn’t blow
up anything on his way down here he was ordered to come to Fort Pierce to clear
Hitler’s beaches he stopped in Williamsburg Virginia at a CBE base camp
Perry and got Seabees who could blow up everything and they showed up so the
first group to arrive were called Scouts and Raiders like I told you have you
heard of hell week for you to be a Navy SEAL today you in your fourth week in
training over there 26 weeks of basic training you get a week where they give
you four hours of sleep and the reason you get four is three could kill you
so when the scouts or Raiders arrived Draper was getting ready for war he goes
listen we’re in a little bit of a hurry can you get your PT done in one week the
guys that was called orientation week the guys changed the name to hell week
and it’s stuck that picture right there was taken in front of the inlet Bar and
Grill so hell week started right across it on southwestern Iowa
training’s as they do in present day actually hell week is kind of pretty
much the same as it was then today well to see if you can make it so sometimes
like my boss is in a 24 hour gun battle 24 hours that’s like from 3:30 to 3:30
tomorrow so it’s just to see if you can put up with a stress and in combat so
and physically and mentally alright so the next few to reform here NCD you
naval combat demolition units those are the guys that clear the obstacles at
Normandy they like everyone else to the beating 52% casualty rate still the
largest loss in Naval Special Warfare today now as you can tell they weren’t
swimming at Normandy they paddle up in rubber boats they only got half their
lanes cleared they were supposed to clear 16 you only got 8 was enough to
get the invasion over if you saw the movie Saving Private Ryan in the
beginning scenes I used to work with the gentleman that lived through that and
said that scene was pretty accurate our guys were hiding behind the obstacles
that are already taught so do we get shot so now the marines invade taro are the
first Japanese fortified island old maps from the British pictures of beachy
periscopes of submarines they missed a few things the first few waves came in
and tracked vehicles any low spots at hot spots in a reef they drive right
over the fourth wave came in and landing craft the tide had dropped they hit the
reef 500 offshore dropped their ramps Marines charged out 40% of the way
perished so right that it said okay tactics must change as the naval combat
demolition units paddle boats Normandy the coast of France you cannot paddle
boats around the reefs in the Pacific so in the water you go
the underwater demolition teams known as a frogmen were created 30 teams trained
right here in Fort Pierce and what’s the Pacific and we’re very successful all right and also North Hutchinson
Island is the birthplace of Naval Special Warfare volunteer only they
really didn’t know what they’re getting in for I’ve heard stories if you hate
your job in the Navy you want to go to Daytona and get on the train and get in
and get on the trade to Daytona here’s the thing a train never stopped in
Daytona came right to Fort Pierce and what they did it with was a pack of
explosives face mask fins and a knife now was it the greatest generation well
I’ve heard stories that have you lived at Fort Pierce during World War two is
constant explosions and you cannot go to the beach no beach for you because we’re
the museum sets so everybody lived on to that island no one lived on North Island
so where the museum sits approximately they built a giant compound over there
and from 10 miles north down to the st. Lucie Inlet is where the demolition gods
did their work for their seals or frogs this particular picture one time the
frogmen decided to do a recon off a submarine on the island of Yap well they
didn’t do well they got captured and it appeared to be executed they want to do
it again today because it’s way too dangerous one day I got a guy my age
walked in there with that picture on his phone he goes this guy’s my dad I said
well how could he be he got killed he goes no he was waiting in the boat for
them to come back there you go there’s your hell week
again they will combat demolition now that particular group there is called
Anderson’s Avengers because the commander the lieutenant was named
Anderson that all these guys had their own names for their teams it’s in the
Fort Pierce inlet there’s your frogman these pictures back from World War two
note all the obstacles finally about five years ago they got the last
obstacle out of the water that’s how long it’s taking to get them all out there you go there’s 1985 there’s the
building not much on experience huge growth so in 1993 they
built this middle section right here and it’s at like that till 2011 so we are
nonprofit as it was stated we don’t get federal funding so we raised all the
money ourselves and built this building in 2011 I think it’ll be four or five
years the next month we open that building as you see it today and then we
open the middle section a year after that and World War two a year after that
right now we get between 62 and 70 thousand people now this particular The
Naked War was modeled by a frogman who was retired in River County Sheriff
and being now that we have that mold from our statue
we built put one into Oahu at Wyman aaalac is one of when the frogman left
Fort Pierce I went to Waimanalo for some more training they got deployed
in Pacific so we put one there Coronado is where the seals trained do you know
the basic training today and our last one is at a memorial in Virginia Beach
on 38th Street off in this mold from the statue at the Museum here anybody interested course you are doesn’t sound bad swim 500 yards 510 you
can rest for 10 minutes minimum 50 pushups 2 minutes
sit-ups 52 minutes rest pull-ups 10 I can do that
not after doing all that and then run rest ten minutes and run 1.5 miles me
tonight got it buds basically going to order demolition school this is where
two out of ten guys make it to be a seal there’s 80 percent dropout rate I’m sure
that water delaying is ice cold ice cold and I guarantee those guys are soaking
wet doing that there’s probably a minimally in the water and roll in santa
called wet and Sandy sugar cookies so but anyway the objective museums and
range promotion to public education for the seals and the seal memoria and our
charities so I when we built that memorial all the current guys I’ve done
we do edgings for the family rubbings on there and I’d do them all and I tell you
what I mean it’s been some pretty rough moments up there with the mothers of the
seals Memorial 301 names on their Trident House Charities so that house has seldom empty of gold
star families or seals that need to reconnect like Rick said Nvidia it was
donated to us by a couple up in Sebastian scholarship fund everyone’s favorite our new canine
project so Raven is our dog museum dog right there he’s a Belgian Malinois he’s
trained in protection bomb detection and tracking we made a relationship with a
group out of Canada called bad canine it just kind of happened and things have
progressed to the point now that we donate dogs to they through our program
they donate dogs to veterans that need a dog so I have to so the veteran will
have a dog to help him we’ve given away three already you have Ravens the star of the show I’m
gonna tell you right now he’s ridiculous he’s very opportunistic males male male
Hua’s are definitely more troublemakers are out looking for a fight than females
then that’s our handlers daughter so just go to show they have the switch
then not your house pet but if you give them the right commands better look out
alright we have a few events we have our annual muster which is we do sealed
demos we have guest speakers we have music food and adult beverages it honors
the anniversary of the museum next year I’ll be number 34 back in the olden days
we can do it in the backyard but we’ve expanded we have to do it in the field
north of us and put all the food trucks in the backyard we’ll get around 8,000
people Traven again so we do we do a takedown
with actually these are the guys that we got our dog from so they dresses
terrorists and write bad things on the car and then we put the dogs on them
it’s pretty cool when that dog sees a bite suit the goddess wearing
there’s no New England fans here is it because he’s wearing a Tom Brady Jersey thank you thank you anyway being rabies
he’s a byte CD we turned he turns of the fur missile so one day I was at an event
actually I was at party in the park when I screw the Conservation Alliance from
the celebrates the anniversary of North Beach north the Park on North Beach that
was going to be condos in a marina until the cost of relation conservation lines
got enough signatures together in the state bought it made a part so I knew
these guys called the integral wood cars so hey man I hear you make canes from
Purple Heart veterans because we do I said well how do you get them out he
goes well we go to their house or maybe we do it at them loose that’s when we
tried the museum to see what happens so we did now we get 500 people and they do
sixty canes every year be careful what you wish for and I’ll tell you what some
of the guys there’s some pretty cool Memorial Day each Memorial Day if we
have to add names to the wall we do and then we unveil them they’re not sure how
many we have this year it’s and the the criteria for that wall is combat in
combat training so right now no seals have been killed in combat up to this
point this year training items that may have taken place in the past they debate
about it whether it’s you know fits criteria we get about 500 people for
that there you go

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