Above is a graduation picture from 3rd phase BUD/S (Scuba School for the Norton CCT) at Coronado. Circa 1973. The 3 guys in the dark helmets (stripes are Officers) are soon to be Seal Team/UDT. There were only 4 left in this class, 2 Officers and 2 Enlisted (one taking the picture), at this stage of their training – each was absolutely the “six-million dollar” man. The white helmets are Corpsmen assigned to the teams. The others are Recon Marines who were also getting their Scuba Training through this phase of the BUD/S course. In those days It was the final phase, I think that has changed.
The CCT are: Col. Dave Hughes (then Major), Davie Gfeller, Tom Watson, Bob Haverty, Lt. Bob Edmisten and Charlie McCarthy.
As you can see we had on field jackets, its cold in San Diego in February and March. And, we were training in San Diego Harbor and off Point Loma (cooold) without wet suits. It was during this training that my rather ample “tool” shrunk to a mere 8 inches!
A name that you will recognize, our class Proctor (Navy for Ass-Kicker) was a guy named Denahey (spelling?). I think he had a brother on 6 during our days on the hill.
The Young Officer running the program was a Lt. Richard. I believe he later was an Admiral.