The US Naval Combat Demolition Units/Scouts & Raiders Monument Park

With profound gratitude for the courageous warriors of June 6, 1944.
With sincere appreciation for the benefactors of the Monument that honors these warriors.
Special thanks to Dave Sirak, Ross Rowlinson, and Rodrigo Gomez for this video.

With special thanks to Navy SEAL Museum volunteer Dave Sirak for this video.

Omaha Beach, Normandy, France

On May 30, 2024, the Naval Combat Demolition Units/Scouts and Raiders Monument Park was dedicated in Normandy. The Monument is significant, as it is the first of its kind to commemorate the deeds of the NCDUs and S&Rs at Omaha Beach, where they took extremely heavy casualties on D-Day.

Watch this video to view its many meaningful components up close.

  • An original hedgehog from D-Day on Omaha Beach, donated by the Overlord Museum.
  • A Living Beach with sand gathered from Omaha Beach and other locations around the world where NCDUs, S&Rs, and today’s SEAL successors have fought, trained, and died.
  • Historic scenes from Omaha Beach on D-Day and NCDU/S&R inscriptions etched onto granite panels in English, French, including QR codes that lead visitors to more information.
  • A map etched in granite orienting visitors to key terrain and reference points on Omaha Beach.
  • An NCDU Demolitioneer in combat gear emerging from a granite pillar sculpture, illustrating how they were liveried on the day of battle.The man selected for the Monument NCDU image, which served as a model for the granite to be carved, is an active duty SEAL Chief, whose father was also a retired UDT Frogman and SEAL.

View a gallery of images below from the Monument Dedication. Images provided by Andrew McLeish.

The US Naval Combat Demolition Units Scouts & Raiders Monument Park
The genesis and purpose of this striking Monument is summarized by two words: courage and sacrifice.

One of the most compelling chapters in the history of Navy SEALs was written in blood on the beaches of Normandy by the men of the Naval Combat Demolition Units (NCDU) and Scouts & Raiders (S&R) on June 6, 1944. This Monument will honor their legacy of courage under fire despite taking extremely heavy losses.

The US Naval Combat Demolition Units/Scouts & Raiders Monument will provide a clear understanding of the events of D-Day and the vital contributions made by the NCDUs and S7rs to the success of the Normandy landings and subsequent liberation of France. Their courage and sacrifice will be the theme of the Monument.

“Courage is rightly considered the foremost of virtues, for upon it, all others depend.” Winston Churchill

Layers of significance have been built into the Monument:

  • History Panels-Scenes from the Omaha Beach on D-Day and NCDU/S&R history inscriptions were laser-etched onto granite panels. The story is told in both English and French, including QR codes leading visitors to more information.
  • The hedgehog obstacle is one of the original obstacles the NCDU/S&Rs destroyed on Normandy beaches, allowing the US Navy and Army landings.
  • The Living Beach contains sand that has been gathered from Omaha Beach and other locations all over the world where NCDUs, S&Rs and their successors, the Navy SEALs, have fought, served, and died.
  • A map etched in the granite orients Monument visitors to key terrain and reference points on Omaha Beach.
  • A NCDU Demolitioneer in combat gear emerges from a granite pillar, illustrating what such a man looked like on the day of battle.
  • Pathways provide full access and connections to existing trails, the beach, and the adjacent parking area.
  • A granite panel will display a list of key monument contributors as part of the Donor Stone.

The Monument will stand proudly for generations overlooking Omaha Beach in Normandy. It is prominently located in the beautiful village of Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer, near the American Cemetery, so visitors from all over the world will learn the history of these courageous men and pay respect to their heritage.

The Monument will stand proudly for generations overlooking Omaha Beach in Normandy. It will be prominently located in the beautiful village of Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer, near the American Cemetery, so visitors from all over the world can learn the history of these courageous men and pay respect to their heritage.
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Naval Combat Demolition Units/Scouts and Raiders Monument Park

Naval Combat Demolition Units / Scouts & Raiders Monument Park Dedication
A dedication ceremony took place on May 30, 2024, the year of the 80th anniversary of D-Day. A visit to the NCDU/S&R Monument is a meaningful way to commemorate the events of that historic day and to teach future generations the value of patriotism, courage, dedication, and sacrifice.

Your Opportunity to Donate to The US Naval Combat Demolition Units Scouts & Raiders Monument Park:

This Monument will not be built without your financial support and donations of any amount are welcome.

All Donors will receive International recognition via or virtual QR code.

Donors of $10,000 or more will have their names laser-etched on the Donor Stone that will stand prominently in the Monument Park.

If you are interested in contributing $50,000 or more, please contact Jim Shafer at the email address below.

Jim Shafer
Vice-Chairman of the National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum
JimS@navysealmuseum.org

Thank you for your interest in making a contribution to our US Naval Combat Demolition Units/Scouts & Raiders Monument Park. Please use any of the following donation methods:

Wire Transfer:
PNC Bank
500 Virginia Avenue
Fort Pierce, FL 34982
R/T: 043000096
Acct: 1246777877

Stock Donations:
Northern Trust
755 Beachland Blvd.
Vero Beach, FL 32963
DTC: 0226
Acct: NT2-124019

Mail Checks:
UDT SEAL Museum Association, Inc.
3300 North Hwy A1A
Fort Pierce, FL 34949
Tax ID: 59-2569073

Contributions from Donor Advised Funds and Corporate Matching Gift Programs are also accepted. Please check with your DAF to make sure we are listed as a charity.

For Corporate Matching Gift Programs, the Navy SEAL Museum partners with Frontdoor, Cybergrants, Bank of America, Benevity, YourCause, Goldman Sachs, Delta Airlines and many, many others.

For any donation questions, please contact Lisa Fulton at 772.595.5845 x 204 or Lisa@NavySEALMuseum.org.

The Navy SEAL Museum is a 501(c)(3) organization. Your gift may be partially or fully tax deductible.

 

Donor Levels

Trident Sponsor
$500,000.00
  • Commemorative Challenge Coin
  • Donor Stone Recognition
  • International QR Code Recognition
  • Listing in Commemorative Dedication Program
  • Website Recognition
  • Time Capsule
  • Commemorative Gift
  • Five Nights Accommodations, Three Days Tours, Airport Bus Transfers, Attendance to All VIP Functions for Eight
  • VIP Dedication Invitation
Legacy Sponsor
$250,000.00
  • Commemorative Challenge Coin
  • Donor Stone Recognition
  • International QR Code Recognition
  • Listing in Commemorative Dedication Program
  • Website Recognition
  • Time Capsule
  • Commemorative Gift
  • Five Nights Accommodations, Three Days Tours, Airport Bus Transfers, Attendance to All VIP Functions for Six
  • VIP Dedication Invitation
Eagle Sponsor
$100,000.00
  • Commemorative Challenge Coin
  • Donor Stone Recognition
  • International QR Code Recognition
  • Listing in Commemorative Dedication Program
  • Website Recognition
  • Commemorative Gift
  • Five Nights Accommodations, Three Days Tours, Airport Bus Transfers, Attendance to All VIP Functions for Four
  • VIP Dedication Invitation
Patriot Sponsor
$50,000.00
  • Commemorative Challenge Coin
  • Donor Stone Recognition
  • International QR Code Recognition
  • Listing in Commemorative Dedication Program
  • Website Recognition
  • Commemorative Gift
  • Five Nights Accommodations, Three Days Tours, Airport Bus Transfers, Attendance to All VIP Functions for Two
  • VIP Dedication Invitation
Frogman Sponsor
$25,000.00
  • Commemorative Challenge Coin
  • Donor Stone Recognition
  • International QR Code Recognition
  • Listing in Commemorative Dedication Program
  • Website Recognition
  • VIP Dedication Invitation
Donate Now
Shipmate Sponsor
$10,000.00
  • Commemorative Challenge Coin
  • Donor Stone Recognition
  • International QR Code Recognition
  • Listing in Commemorative Dedication Program
  • Website Recognition
  • VIP Dedication invitation
Donate Now
Swim Buddy Sponsor
$9,999.00 and less
  • International QR Code Recognition
  • Website Recognition
  • VIP Dedication Invitation
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With Gratitude to Our Donors

TRIDENT

WILLIAM P. SCULLY AND FAMILY

LEGACY

SWIM WITH A MISSION

EAGLE

BOB AND KATHLEEN HUGIN
FRANCIS LINK
E. REED MACK III FAMILY
MILTON “BUD” PEVONKA
MARLA AND MITCHELL WILNEFF

PATRIOT

COLORADO THIRTY GROUP
BRAD COOPER, SEAL
BRIAN COOPER, SEAL
DIVE RESCUE INTERNATIONAL
PATTY AND PETER GARVY
KAREN AND ELLIOT HERSHBERG
LIEUTENANT ERNEST LEE JAHNCKE, UDT-13
NAVY SEAL FOUNDATION IN TRIBUTE TO ALFREDO M. PALACIOS
COMMANDER PAUL D. PLUMB, UDT-13, ST-1
WELSH FAMILY FOUNDATION

FROGMAN

THE BERESFORD TRUST
HOBART BUPPERT
CAROL AND THOMAS
CORR FAMILY FOUNDATION
ROSEMARY AND MICHAEL GILLET
SUSAN AND DAVID PYLES
WARREN SCHWERIN
DR. AND MRS. STUART JAMES SHAFER
DACE AND KING STUBBS
METFUND, RAINEY AND MIKE THORNTON
THE VENTIMIGLIA FAMILY

SHIPMATE

SUSAN AND BEN BAILEY IN TRIBUTE TO RANDY BARTON
THE CARLEY FAMILY
JOHN H. CURLEY
SHERRY ANN AND EDWARD DAYTON
COMMANDER CHRIS AND RACHEL DOMINIC
GUY DOVE
TATE FOSTER
CROCE GIAMBANCO
DANA GUZZO
HANSEN FAMILY FOUNDATION
NELLANN AND JEFF HIATT
DIANE AND JOHN HOPPER
JOHN AND MARY LEE
DANNY MARSHALL
J.D. MAXWELL, MD, SEAL
ADMIRAL WILLIAM AND GEORGEANN McRAVEN
McMANUS FAMILY
JUDITH AND STEPHAN NEWHOUSE
KATHY AND JAMES O’CONNELL
SABRA AND ALEX OLIVER, VHP
ERIC PRINCE, LT, SEAL
BOB SANZ, SEAL
GM SCULLY FAMILY
THE SEXTON FAMILY FOUNDATION
MR. AND MRS. CHARLES A. SULLIVAN, JR.
MARY THOMAS
UDT-SEAL ASSOCIATION
CWO3 KEN VIERA, SEAL – RANGER
JOCKO WILLINK, SEAL
SANDRA AND RICK (SEAL) WOOLARD, PARENTS
JOHN PAUL WOOLARD (SEAL), SON

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