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BMCM Harry O'Connor (Class 92) was killed while performing an aerial stunt for

the movie XXX (triple X) while on location in Czechoslovakia, Thursday, 4 April 2002. 

It was reported that he was being pulled at high speed on a paraglider that hit a pillar of th

Palacky bridge.  He died on scene from injuries.

Harry served in SEAL Team ONE and THREE, EOD, and on the parachute team (Leap Frogs).

A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday,13 April 2002  at 10:00 AM at the Base Theater on NAB,    Coronado.   His family encourages Harry's friends and Teammates to attend.

Following the service, a remembrance of Harry's life will be hosted at Club Coronado (11:00 AM - 3:00 PM ) .

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SEALs' aim was clear: Put `eyes on target'
The San Diego Union - Tribune; San Diego, Calif.; Dec 21, 2001; James W. Crawley;

Words in Document: 936

Yesterday, two [SEALs] described how they and their colleagues operated in enemy territory, setting the stage for the 420-mile-long helicopter flight of U.S. Marines from ships in the Arabian Sea to establish a forward base dubbed Camp Rhino.

Each man -- the number of SEALs wasn't divulged -- carried 100 pounds of gear. In addition to their M-4 assault rifles, 9mm pistols and long-range sniper rifles -- typical weapons for such troops -- each carried enough water and food to last days.

On the final night, the commandos broke camp and slipped in small groups around the airfield. Several marked a landing zone for the Marines -- something the SEALs have been doing in one form or another since their World War II origins as Navy frogmen. Others prepared to repel any Taliban fighters attracted by the incoming choppers.




HELL WEEKS | A retired SEAL captain chronicles Class 228's harrowing path to graduation
The San Diego Union - Tribune; San Diego, Calif.; Dec 9, 2001; Scott Bernard Nelson;

Words in Document: 719
Now, with near-perfect timing, [Dick Couch], a Vietnam veteran and retired SEAL captain, pulls back the curtain to show how the military molds some of its deadliest clandestine shock troops.

Couch tagged along with 137 of the best and the brightest in the Navy and the Marine Corps, starting in October 1999, as they tried to become SEALs, or sea-air-land commandos. He followed the group through 27 weeks of training, detailing their daily routines and trying to explain why some men (SEAL teams are not yet integrated with women) put up with stunningly high levels of suffering, and how they face up to a career that may include killing without compunction.

Couch's description of the pain the trainees suffer at the hands of their instructors is meticulous, and some readers will revel in this first documentary account of SEAL training. Unfortunately, Couch doesn't get close to any of the trainees, and he stops short of answering the big questions about the U.S. special forces and the men in them. Aside from a few uber-macho and almost cliche observations about "the warrior culture" and trainees wanting to stand shoulder- to-shoulder with the best, the author provides few individual profiles.



  • Published: January 29, 2002 in LOCAL section, page B1
  • Length: 640 words

    Story sample: A former Navy SEAL convicted of trying to make the drug Ecstasy in his oven has now been linked to a trio of suspected Ecstasy dealers arrested two weeks ago.At a federal court hearing Monday during which Daniel Heath Hansen pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute Ecstasy, prosecutors said they learned of Hansen through Gregory F. Fowler, the former SEAL caught trying to bake Ecstasy in his Chesapeake kitchen while his 2-year-old son stood nearby.Hansen, 27, pleaded guilty to






Leon `Pepper' Tagle; triathlete, ex-Navy SEAL, humanitarian
The San Diego Union - Tribune; San Diego, Calif.; Nov 6, 2001; Jack Williams;

Words in Document: 493

From the Ironman Triathlon to overseas missions with the Navy SEALs, [Leon] "Pepper" Tagle always seemed to gravitate to the edge.

A memorial service is scheduled at 10 a.m. Saturday at CISM Field, Coronado Naval Amphibious Base. Donations are suggested to the Leon "Pepper" Tagle Benefit Memorial Fund, 7614 Smiling Wood Lane, Houston, Texas 77086. The fund will benefit the Naval Special Warfare Foundation, the UDT/SEAL Museum and the UDT/SEAL Association.



For the Navy SEALs and their families, this mission was an extra- special op
The San Diego Union - Tribune; San Diego, Calif.; Oct 28, 2001; PETER ROWE;

Words in Document: 608

Because al-Qaeda doesn't have a fleet, the war that broke out Sept. 11 will not feature naval battles, as at Trafalgar. Because Afghanistan is landlocked, there will be no landings on reinforced beaches, as at Normandy. Because the Taliban fields a small army, we will not witness epic battles, as at Waterloo.

If your father is a SEAL, his work is a mystery. At SEAL Pups Camp, though, you gain some clues. You learn that Dad sweated through umpteen push-ups on a plaza guarded by the creature from the black lagoon. The life-size statue wears a knife on his hip and a sign on his scaly chest: "So You Want to be a Frogman?"

You learn that the Mark V resembles a powerboat in the same way that Godzilla resembles a gecko. If the twin 2,285-horsepower engines don't impress you -- unlikely, when the 82-foot vessel is swerving across San Diego Bay at 45 knots -- Senior Chief Jerry Kernan's welcome will.


Web site casts harsh glare on phony SEALs
The San Diego Union - Tribune; San Diego, Calif.; Oct 28, 2001; Mark Sauer;

Words in Document: 1100

[Curtis Williams], a retired commercial diver from Pacific Beach, is part of a nationwide group of former [SEALs] who operate a Web site (http:// on which 700 fake SEALs are exposed on the "Wall of Shame."

"Only a few hundred SEALs ever served in Vietnam, but there's about 5,000 guys now claiming to have been SEALs there," said [Gary McPartlin], himself a former SEAL who saw duty in Vietnam.

1 PIC; Curtis Williams, an ex-Navy SEAL from Pacific Beach, is part of a nationwide group of former SEALs who operate a Web site on which 700 fake SEALs are exposed. (B-4); Credit: Nelvin Cepeda / Union-Tribune


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