Archive for the ‘Memorial’ Category

SCUBAPRO Sunday – Operations Red Wings

Sunday, June 28th, 2020

On 28 June 2005, U.S. Special Operations suffered our its biggest loss since WWII.  Please take a moment today and think about the fallen and their families.   Long Live the Brotherhood 

SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team One, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.


Lt. (SEAL) Michael P. Murphy, 29, of Patchogue, N.Y.

Sonar Technician (Surface) 2nd Class (SEAL) Matthew G. Axelson, 29, of Cupertino, Calif.

Machinist Mate 2nd Class (SEAL) Eric S. Patton, 22, of Boulder City, Nev.

Senior Chief Information Systems Technician (SEAL) Daniel R. Healy, 36, of Exeter, N.H.

Quartermaster 2nd Class (SEAL) James Suh, 28, of Deerfield Beach, Fla.

SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team Two, Virginia Beach, Va.

Gunner’s Mate 2nd Class (SEAL) Danny P. Dietz, 25, of Littleton, Colo.

SEAL Team Ten, Virginia Beach, Va.

Chief Fire Controlman (SEAL) Jacques J. Fontan, 36, of New Orleans, La.

Lt. Cmdr. (SEAL) Erik S. Kristensen, 33, of San Diego, Calif.

Electronics Technician 1st Class (SEAL) Jeffery A. Lucas, 33, of Corbett, Ore.

Lt. (SEAL) Michael M. McGreevy Jr., 30, of Portville, N.Y.

Hospital Corpsman 1st Class (SEAL) Jeffrey S. Taylor, 30, of Midway, W.Va.

Army Night Stalkers


3rd Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne), Hunter Army Airfield, Ga.

Staff Sgt. Shamus O. Goare, 29, of Danville, Ohio.

Chief Warrant Officer Corey J. Goodnature, 35, of Clarks Grove, Minn.

Sgt. Kip A. Jacoby, 21, of Pompano Beach, Fla.

Sgt. 1st Class Marcus V. Muralles, 33, of Shelbyville, Ind.

Maj. Stephen C. Reich, 34, of Washington Depot, Conn.

Sgt. 1st Class Michael L. Russell, 31, of Stafford, Va.

Chief Warrant Officer Chris J. Scherkenbach, 40, of Jacksonville, Fla.

HQ Company, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne), Fort Campbell, Ky.

Master Sgt. James W. Ponder III, 36, of Franklin, Tenn.

Mr Patriot – A Frank DeSomma Tribute Site

Monday, June 22nd, 2020

POF USA sent out this note earlier today.

Dear POF friends and supporters,
Due to the overwhelming amount of support from our friends, customers, and fans of Frank, we, unfortunately, cannot reach out directly to each one of you. However, we would like to thank everyone who did so. Everyone who wishes to leave a story or comment about Frank for the DeSomma family can do so at the Mr. Patriot website that we created in memory of Frank. The entire POF-USA family would like to thank all of you who have reached out to us to express your condolences, it means a great deal to us. We want to assure everyone that the dream Frank had will not only live on but continue to build upon his legacy and vision that this company was founded on.
-Thank you on behalf of the POF-USA family and team

Please share your stories about Frank DeSomma at

In Memorium – Frank DeSomma

Friday, June 19th, 2020

Patriot Ordnance Factory shared the tragic news today that founder and President Frank DeSomma succumbed to wounds from a traffic accident.

It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should Thank God that such men lived.

-George S. Patton

It is with great sadness that we bring to you, the news that POF-USA’s founder and President, Frank DeSomma, passed away yesterday evening. Thank you to everyone who has been part of Frank’s journey. POF-USA will do everything in our power to build on Frank’s legacy of patriotism, passion, and innovation.

Frank was always a good friend. I was once criticized for talking about how much Frank loved the Second Amendment, but it was true. He lived and breathed gun rights. It was only second to his love of family.

Aside from that, Frank always wanted to build the most reliable guns he could. I always felt he over engineered, but the man could always explain why he made the material and design choices he did.

He leaves a legacy of excellence behind. His shoes won’t easily be filled. He will be missed by many.

May he Rest In Peace.

-Eric Graves

Happy Birthday US Army

Sunday, June 14th, 2020

Frogman Down – Memorial Toast to Fallen Frogmen

Monday, May 25th, 2020

Yesterday, Navy SEALs Fund – Brotherhood Beyond Battlefield presented Frogman Down, an extension of program support provided by Navy SEALs Fund to all generations of UDT/SEALs. Strengthening the bonds between Brothers builds strong families and strong communities.

This National Toast to Remember their Brothers who we have lost is held every Memorial Day weekend at select locations across the United States and via live broadcast on the internet.

This year’s co-hosting partners are:

A Solemn and Introsprective Memorial Day to You

Monday, May 25th, 2020

Memorial Day traces its roots to the post Civil War period. Originally known as Decoration Day, Veterans chose 30 May because it was not the anniversary of any battle.

Over time the holiday transformed to the last Monday in May and changed names, but it wasn’t recognized as an official national holiday until 1967. While the implementation of the holiday has changed somewhat as well, its intent has not; it’s about the fallen.

Please remember, earlier generations sacrificed in other ways, and those members of your family who didn’t fight the Axis on the battlefield probably served in their own fashion.

And as we’ve leaned, some wounds take years to kill you. So take some time today and consider what you and yours have done for America. This is a solemn occasion, I just don’t feel that “Happy Memorial Day” is a proper term.

ANZAC Day 2020

Saturday, April 25th, 2020

This year’s ANZAC Day will be a solemn one indeed. Normally there are parades and ceremonies, but this year is one for introspection.

I’ll tip back a pint this evening in memory of all the ANZAC troops, from World War One’s Battle of Gallipoli to the battle fought today. I’ll think of friends in both the Australian and New Zealand militaries and good times deployed to bad places.

In Memoriam – SMSgt Ron Kellerman (USAF, Ret)

Monday, March 30th, 2020

We just received this tragic news from our friends in the Grey Beret Association. What a senseless loss of a great man who served for many years in the Special Tactics community. He will always stand as a shining example for present and future members of Air Force Special Warfare.

May He Rest In Peace

Brothers & Sisters ~

With great sadness I am informing all of you about the recent death of our Special Tactics/SOWT Friend, Teammate, Mentor, Leader and true BROTHER

Ron Kellerman – RHK

RHK was killed on 29 March 2020 at his home on Roatan island in Honduras – Details are still being compiled

Ron was a key leader in SOWT for many years, serving at Fort Bragg, Rhein-Main, and Hurlburt Field. He was a Master Parachutist, Military Freefall Jumpmaster, and recognized communications expert. He was a plank holder Detachment and Team NCOIC with the 10th Combat Weather Squadron, and later served at both the 720th Special Tactics Group and HQ AFSOC. Following a full and illustrious military career, he transitioned to a civilian GS position at AVTEG and served the nation in a highly critical role there for over 15 years until recent retirement just a few months ago.

It’s fair to say he directly influenced everyone in the SOWT specialty. The tributes we are seeing to him are overwhelming. The word “Mentor” is woven in to nearly every single post. I’ve known him since 1986 and I have never heard even one negative word said about him. He was one of the nicest guys you’d ever meet and was loved by all who knew him.

Ron’s influence and expertise extended far beyond the borders of the SOWT community, and his significant accomplishments and contributions to Air Force Special Operations as a whole were recognized in 2005 when he was inducted into the Air Commando Hall of Fame.

His wife Maria is currently in Spain with her Mother – Efforts are in progress to get all the pieces and parts squared away with her movement, security of their house, etc. I have spoken with Maria, and I let her know we loved Ron and we love her – And will do everything we can to assist her however possible.

More to follow as we learn it – This is a very sad day for all of us.

-USAF Grey Beret Association