Sunday, June 16, 2013

Happy Father's Day To An Old U.S. Navy Frogman

On Father's Day my thoughts are of my late father, Edward M. Davis, who died of cancer in 1976. He was only 57.

I'm proud of my father, who served as a U.S. Navy frogman in World War II.

My father (seen in the below photos) was a Chief Petty Officer with Underwater Demolition Team (UDT) 5.

UDT 5 saw fierce combat against the Imperial Japanese on Tinian, Saipan and Letye Gulf in the Pacific.

To honor my father and his teammates, I wrote a magazine piece that looked back at the World War II frogmen, who were the forerunners of the modern day U.S. Navy SEALs.

I wrote briefly about my father and I interviewed several former UDT frogmen, including my father's former team leader, Commander Robert Marshall, USN (Ret).

 You can read the Counterterrorism magazine piece via the below links:

Happy Father's Day to all dads.   

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