Saturday, June 4, 2011

Before there was a SEAL Team SIX

(Navy SEAL Lieutenant Roy Boehm)

Navy SEAL Roy Boehm, enlisted as a Navy diver at age 17 and served in almost every major battle of the Pacific theater during World War II.  Roy Boehm later designed and led a commando unit that became the Navy SEALs.  He was the first officer in charge of SEAL Team TWO.

“In his efforts to get his men the equipment they needed, Boehm was nearly court-martialed at one point for modifying official gear and buying the weapons from commercial sources.  White House intervention helped keep him out of jail."

In 1962, Boehm was called to Washington to brief President John F. Kennedy on the progress of the Navy's new commando unit. When President Kennedy walked in, the first thing Boehm said was, ‘Well, Mr. President, I didn't vote for you, but I'd die for you.’ And after a long pause, Kennedy said, ‘Well, we need more guys like that.’"  And, the Navy has them.  We still call them SEALS.

Roy Boehm passed away quietly on December 30, 2008.  He was 84.

Not satisfied with that Navy Achievement Medal you got? Roy Boehm designed and implemented the Navy's first counterinsurgency course. He was awarded the Navy Achievement Medal for his efforts.  Match that before you complain again.


Anonymous said...

Remains of ‘first Navy Seals’ lie in Tripoli

The Washington Post
© June 1, 2011
By Simon Denyer


In an unmarked grave in a corner of Tripoli's Green Square, where supporters of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi stage daily rallies to denounce NATO and the West, lie the remains of eight American sailors who died here more than 200 years ago.

See the rest of the story here:


MCPO said...

Your BEST post yet!! Thanks for Anchoring Up!

General Quarters said...

USS Roy Boehm. He is worthy.

CTM4eva said...

+1 to MCPO, that was a great post.

Anonymous said...

In the words of Admiral Eric Olson, Commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command, “No one can deny Roy Boehm his place in history as an original, and perhaps the original SEAL.”

USNI Proceedings said...

Roy Boehm is full of crap.

A popular 1990s book propagated dubious assertions about the birth of the Navy SEALs. Here’s the true story.
Some damaging mythologies have become common in discussions, articles, books, and speeches regarding the conceptualization, formation, and establishment of the U.S. Navy’s SEAL teams. Among those myths is one put forth by Lieutenant Commander Roy Boehm in his 1997 book First SEAL. In it, Boehm suggests that he was the Navy’s first SEAL, and a man fighting alone against a Navy command structure unwilling to recognize the value of naval special warfare. He would have us believe that, through the force of his own ideas and persona, he created the SEALs, handpicked the personnel, and secretly trained them. He further claims that SEAL Team Two was the first team established in the Navy, and that he was its first commanding officer or “officer-in charge.” These claims are demonstrably false.