Get to Know Museum Executive Director Grant Mann
Meet Navy SEAL Museum Executive Director Grant Mann. From leadership in the Teams, to leadership of the team at the Navy SEAL Museum, Commander Mann, USN (SEAL) Ret. speaks to USA Warrior Stories about his 34 years in service and the transition into his new civilian role in this personal interview.
Museum Chief Operating Officer Rick Kaiser, BUD/S Class 109
Master Chief Rick Kaiser, USN (SEAL), Ret. talks about his time in the Teams. From SEAL Team SIX sniper to Executive Director at the Museum, and now Museum Chief Operating Officer, Rick continues to serve the community and his SEAL community at the helm of the Museum’s Executive Team, as told to USA Warrior Stories.
UDT (Underwater Demolition Teams): The Navy Frogmen 1957 US Navy Training Film
Submarine Trunk Procedures For Combat Swimmers
Alpha: To Vietnam and Back
“We were just the guys who’d do the missions no one else would dare to do.”
This 45-minute documentary is about SEAL Team ONE Alpha Platoon, told with the support of images captured by (then PH1) Chip Muary in December of 1968. Chip’s photos quickly gained attention in the military community for not only their compelling composition, but raw authenticity, including the now renowned “Dirty Dozen” photo of the group displaying a Viet Cong flag.
Alpha set an unprecedented record of conducting 101 operations in only six months. Also unique to the group: nine of the fourteen men had endured 26 weeks of training together in Coronado, California at the time when Navy SEALs were first formed. This tightly-knit bond, in addition to joining a group of several seasoned veterans, made them an “exceptional platoon”–and ultimately very successful in Vietnam.
Here is a rare glimpse into the Brotherhood and service of SEAL Team ONE’s Alpha Platoon. Many thanks to Marie Morrell for directing, producing, editing, and sharing this important piece of SEAL history.
Diversity in the Teams
Largely unrecognized for their contributions until much later, Black men served in some of the most critical areas of combat during the Second World War–only to come home to fight for the same liberties promised to all Americans. This became known as “Double Victory.”
Fred “Tiz” Morrison was among the first of Black servicemen in the Teams. Against all odds and despite discrimination and segregation, Tiz joined the Navy in 1944 to fight for his country during WWII. He was ordered to an all-Black base company of 200 men on Johnson Island in the Pacific, but as the war raged on, an urgent need for Underwater Demolition Team members prompted a call for sailors to UDT. Tiz rose to the challenge. He was one of only six men out of 115 who completed the rigorous training.
In 1948, he was ordered to UDT 1. The Teams were on a 13-month stateside, 6-month deployment in Japan when the Korean War broke out, so Teams were deployed from Japan to Korea. It was during his time in Korea as part of UDT 12 that Tiz earned the Bronze Star for heroism
Tiz served with the Teams from his World War II training at Maui through the Korean War until he retired in 1962. Download article