In Memoriam

Honoring the Memory of Captain Norman H. Olson

March 14, 1931 – October 29, 2020

Captain (SEAL) Norman Hugo Olson, USN (Retired)

Norm received a BS Degree and Naval Reserve commission from the Merchant Marine Academy, and before Navy active duty he sailed as a Ships Officer in the Merchant Marine.

During 30 years in the Navy he served as the Engineer Officer on board three amphibious ships and held every key position in Naval Special Warfare.

His operational tours included Executive Officer of Underwater Demolition Team 21, Commanding Officer of UDT 11, Officer in Charge of Naval Operations Support Group Western Pacific, Head of the Maritime Operations Group of Special Operations Group Vietnam, and Commodore of Naval Special Warfare Group Two. read more…

The Museum Mourns the Loss of Captain Ron Yeaw

The Museum mourns the passing of Captain Ron Yeaw on June 21, 2021.

A native of Media, Pennsylvania, Captain Yeaw graduated from Penncrest High School in 1961. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree with Honors in Economics from Grove City College in northwest Pennsylvania in1965. His 50-year professional career is highlighted by his 30 years of service in the Navy where he completed three operational platoon combat tours to the Republic of Vietnam with SEAL Team TWO.

He subsequently filled such positions as Chief of Staff of the Joint Special Operations Command in Fort Bragg, NC and Commanding Officer of both Underwater Demolition Team TWENTY ONE and SEAL Team SIX, the world’s premier commando force. He served two tours in the Pentagon on the Special Operations staffs of the Secretary of Defense and the Joint Chiefs of Staff. read more…

The Museum Mourns Bob Gallagher

Fair Winds and Following Seas

Navy SEAL and hero of the Vietnam War, Robert T. Gallagher, famously known as “The Eagle”, passed away at the age of 83 in Vero Beach, Florida. Bob was a legendary member of SEAL Team TWO making five combat tours to Vietnam. He was awarded the Navy Cross, The Silver Star, two Bronze Stars, and five Purple Hearts. His legacy of valor, determination, and dedication to his Teammates exemplifies the SEAL warrior ethos.

Bob was born in Naugatuck, Connecticut in 1938 into a solidly middle-class, Catholic family. He had two sisters and a brother. His mother died when he was young, and he was raised by a kindly aunt.

He was a national-level, competitive swimmer in high school. Intelligent and an excellent student, he was a candidate for a good New England University. read more…