This is a list of notable current and former members of the
United States Navy SEALs and Underwater Demolition Teams. Founded in 1962, the SEALs are the U.S. Navy's principal special operations force. The name "SEALs" represents the environments in which they operate: sea, air and land. Navy SEALs are trained and have been deployed in a wide variety of missions, including direct action, special reconnaissance, unconventional warfare, foreign internal defense, hostage rescue, counter-terrorism, and other missions.
Matthew Axelson – Navy Cross recipient, famously kept firing his pistol after being hit by an RPG during Operation Red Wings, in which he lost his life. BUD/S Class 237.
Christopher Beck - Former DEVGRU member. After retiring Beck came out as a transgender woman in 2013, changed her name to Kristen and authored Warrior Princess.
Matt Bissonnette - Former DEVGRU and Team 5 member. Authored No Easy Day.
Roy Boehm – WWII veteran of Coral Sea, Bougainville, Truk, Green Island, Emeru, Saipan, Tinian and Guam. First commanding officer of SEAL Team Two (1962), considered godfather of all SEALs. Class 13 EC.
Rudy Boesch – founding member of SEAL Team 2 in 1962 & Vietnam veteran. He was a competitor in the TV reality shows and Survivor , and host of the reality series Survivor: All-Stars . Former "Bullfrog" or longest-serving active-duty Navy SEAL member. Class 6 EC. Combat Missions
Phil H. Bucklew – first commanding officer, Naval Operations Support Group 1 (later renamed Naval Special Warfare Group 1), twice awarded the Navy Cross and considered the "Father of Modern SPECWAR".
James F. Cahill – first person to scuba dive in New England waters, founder of first retail scuba diving chain, one of the first UDT members.
Albert Calland – Former commanding officer, SEAL Team One (1992–1995) and Naval Special Warfare Development Group (1997–1999), Commander, Naval Special Warfare Command (2002–2004) and Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Graduate of the US Naval Academy (Class of 1974). BUD/S Class 82.
Christopher Cassidy – NASA Astronaut, SEAL Platoon Commander at SEAL Team 3 & SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team 2. Graduate of the US Naval Academy (Class of 1993). BUD/S Class 192.
Cade Courtley – Actor, contestant on the reality series , and host of Combat Missions Spike's . BUD/S Class 202. Surviving Disaster
Dennis Chalker – Retired Navy Master Chief & founding member of SEAL Team SIX and Red Cell. BUD/S Class 101.
Al Clark – Assisted fellow Navy SEAL Erik Prince in founding the private security firm Xe.
Dick Couch – Author of several books on the Navy SEALs including The Warrior Elite: Forging of SEAL Class 228, The Finishing School, and Down Range: Navy SEALs in the War on Terrorism. Couch is a graduate of the US Naval Academy (Class of 1967) and BUD/S Class 45 (1969).
Roger Crossland – BUD/S Class 58, SEAL Team 1, UDT 12; entitled to wear the Presidential Unit Commendation ribbon for service in Vietnam; started and commanded Naval Reserve SEAL Team 2; recruited to the SEAL's by Richard Marcinko; a Naval War College graduate who has written internationally on the subject of maritime unconventional warfare including the U. S. Naval Institute Proceedings [1 ] and the New York Times; author of [2 ] Red Ice, [3 ] The Jade Rooster, and several related published and internet articles [4 ] [5 ] [6 ] [7 ] [8 ] [9 ]
Danny Dietz – Navy Cross recipient, one of the three members killed during Operation Red Wings. BUD/S Class 232.
Eric Greitens – Chairman and CEO of The Mission Continues, Rhodes Scholar, Public Speaker, and Senior Fellow at the University of Missouri's Truman School of Public Affairs. BUD/S Class 237.
Scott Helvenston – Youngest SEAL in history to complete BUD/S; worked as private military contractor in Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was killed during an ambush in Fallujah, Iraq in March 2004. BUD/S Class 122. [10 ]
Harry Humphries – Silver Star recipient, Vietnam veteran, Hollywood actor and technical advisor for films. Class 29 EC.
Larsen Jensen – a former American freestyle swimmer and two-time Olympic medalist.
Joseph D. Kernan – Former commanding officer, SEAL Team 2, United States Naval Special Warfare Development Group and Naval Special Warfare Command. Graduate of the US Naval Academy (Class of 1977). BUD/S Class 117.
Chris Kyle - Deadliest Marksman in American Military History. Claimed 255 kills with 160 confirmed. Former member of SEAL team 3.
Bob Kerrey – Medal of Honor recipient; Democratic U.S. Senator from Nebraska (1989–2001); and president of The New School since 2001. BUD/S Class 42.
Erik S. Kristensen – Graduate of the US Naval Academy (Class of 1995), killed during rescue mission as part of Operation Red Wings. BUD/S Class 233.
Kaj Larsen - retired Navy SEAL lieutenant and journalist formerly of CNN, CurrentTV, and Current's Emmy-winning investigative journalism series . Vanguard
Michael D. Lumpkin – BUD/S Class 162, retired Navy SEAL Commander. Appointed by the President as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations/Low Intensity Conflict In April 2011. Previously he served as Senior Advisor to the Secretary at the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Marcus Luttrell – Navy Cross recipient for heroism, sole survivor of Operation Red Wings. BUD/S Class 228.
Richard 'Dick' Lyon - Bullfrog 1
Richard Machowicz – aka "Mack," former Navy SEAL and founder of Bukido training system and host of Discovery Channel's and is a co-host on Spike's Futureweapons . BUD/S Class 136. Deadliest Warrior
Joseph Maguire – Former commanding officer, SEAL Team 2 and commanding officer at Naval Special Warfare Center. Served in UDT 21, SEAL Team 2, SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team 2 & United States Naval Special Warfare Development Group. BUD/S Class 93.
Richard Marcinko – Served two combat tours in Vietnam before serving as commanding officer of SEAL Team TWO (1974–1976). First commanding officer of SEAL Team SIX and Red Cell; and co-author of New York Times bestseller . BUD/S Class 26. Rogue Warrior
Donald L. McFaul – Killed in action during Operation Just Cause and posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for heroism. BUD/S Class 95.
William H. McRaven – Former commanding officer of SEAL Team 3 and commander of the Joint Special Operations Command. Current commander of U.S. Special Operations Command.
Michael A. Monsoor – Posthumous Medal of Honor recipient for jumping on an enemy hand grenade during a firefight in Iraq to save fellow Navy SEALs. BUD/S Class 250.
Michael P. Murphy – Medal of Honor recipient, exposed himself to fire while calling in support during Operation Red Wings in Operation Enduring Freedom. BUD/S Class 236.
Thomas R. Norris – Vietnam veteran, Medal of Honor recipient and retired FBI agent. BUD/S Class 45.
Eric T. Olson – veteran of The First Battle of Mogadishu, Silver Star recipient, commanding officer of United States Naval Special Warfare Development Group & commander, Naval Special Warfare Command. First Navy SEAL to achieve the rank of vice admiral and four-star admiral; the first Navy officer to command U.S. Special Operations Command. BUD/S Class 76.
Chuck Pfarrer – SEAL Team 4 and SEAL Team SIX operator; screenwriter with credits including , The Jackal , Darkman , Red Planet , Virus , Hard Target ; and author of the New York Times bestseller SEAL Target Geronimo, Inside The Mission to Kill Osama Bin Laden], Navy SEALs and the reality-thriller Warrior Soul . BUD/S Class 114. Killing Ché
Erik Prince – Founder, former CEO, and current Chairman of the Board of Xe, formerly known as Blackwater, a private military contractor. BUD/S Class 188.
Neil C. Roberts – First Navy SEAL killed during Operation Anaconda in 2002. BUD/S Class 184.
Theodore Roosevelt IV – Vietnam-era UDT and great-grandson of President Theodore Roosevelt, BUD/s class 36.
Craig Sawyer aka "Sawman," grew up near Houston, TX and got his tactical start in the U.S. Marine Corps. He transitioned to the Navy to pursue Special Operations as a U.S. Navy SEAL. He served at SEAL Team ONE, Sniper
William M. Shepherd – First Navy SEAL in Space, first American commander of the International Space Station. BUD/S Class 64.
Don Shipley- Former Navy SEAL, retired in 2003. Served in SEAL teams 1 and 2. Former BUD/S and NSW Demolitions instructor. Graduated BUD/S Class 131 in 1984.
Michael E. Thornton – Medal of Honor recipient from the Vietnam War, founding member of SEAL Team Six.
Mike Troy – Two-time Olympic gold medalist and former world record-holder. Received Silver Star in Vietnam.
Howard E. Wasdin - author of Seal Team Six: Memoirs of an Elite Navy Sniper and former member of Seal Team Six.
Jesse Ventura – BUD/S class 58, served on UDT 12 and Reserve SEAL Team 1. Former pro wrestler, governor of Minnesota. Currently hosts Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura
Brandon Wolff – American mixed martial artist and former Navy SEAL.
Brandon Webb – Former Navy SEAL Team Three and SEAL Sniper Head Instructor.
Ryan Zinke – Former DEVGRU (Team Six), currently Republican member of the Montana Senate.
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