Jun 222015

Our Navy SEAL authors BattleFrog appearance gave them a chance to meet racers, sign books and pose for photographs.

Navy SEAL authors BattleFrog Photo Album


Bill Dawson and Tom Hawkins at the book signing table at Tri-State BattleFrog


Bill Dawson signing copies of Before They Were SEALs They Were Frogs.


Tom Hawkins talks to two prospective SEAL candidates who raced BattleFrog Tri-State


Tom Hawkins and Bill Dawson at the Old Glory ceremony at BattleFrog Tri-State


Bill Dawson is presented with the folded American flag at the conclusion of the Old Glory ceremony.



BattleFrog racers stopped by for photographs with Bill Dawson


Bill Dawson Receives Proclamation from Old Bridge Mayor Owen Henry


Mayor Henry Owen presenting the proclamation to Bill Dawson


Text of the proclamation presented by Mayor Owen.


Jun 222015

asbury-park-press-bill-dawson The Asbury Park Press  reporter Liz Dennerlein covered Bill Dawson’s appearance at the running of the BattleFrog obstacle race in Englishtown, New Jersey June 20, 2015.

Read the article here: 90-year-old Navy SEAL veteran visits N.J.


Bill Dawson at BattleFrog signed copies of his book and talked to racers.

Bill Dawson at BattleFrog signed copies of his book and posed for pictures with racers and spectators. He was joined by Phoca Press CEO Tom Hawkins, who also signed copies of his book on Navy SEAL history.

Bill Dawson at BattleFrog

See more pictures of Bill Dawson at BattleFrog along with Tom Hawkins here.

Jun 112015

Our authors Bill Dawson and Tom Hawkins will be in New York City for interviews June 19 and then will make a special appearance at the Tri-State BattleFrog race on June 20 in Englishtown, New Jersey.

Download bios here and press photos of Bill Dawson and Tom Hawkins.

BattleFrog Tri-StBattleFrog-Racersate
June 20, 2015 7:00 am
Old Bridge Township Raceway Park Inc
230 Pension Rd
Englishtown, NJ 07726

The BattleFrog is an obstacle race event for the motivated, inspired by the never-quit heart of the Navy SEALs. Our races demand the best from everyone, no matter what age and fitness level. Like the notoriously tough SEAL training, the BattleFrog rewards those who have an uncommon desire to succeed.

Feb 142015

American Legion Post #82 celebrated long-time member Bill Dawson

The American Legion Post #82 in La Plata, MD hosted Bill Dawson and Tom Hawkins at a book signing celebration Saturday afternoon, February 14, 2015.

It was an opportunity for Bill Dawson, a long-time member of Post #82, to meet the local community and share his stories and collection of WWII historical documents. He signed copies of his book Before They Were Frogs They Were SEALs, which launched February 13, 2015.

Bill was joined by Tom Hawkins, author of America’s Hidden Heroes: The History and Evolution of U.S. Navy Frogmen and SEALs, and Norm Olson, the first Executive Director of the National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum, which he helped found in 1985.


Tom Hawkins signed copies of his book America’s Hidden Heroes: The History and Evolution of U.S. Navy Frogmen and SEALs


Bill Dawson and Phoca Press’s Lisa Merriam celebrate the publication of his book.


Bill Dawson and Norm Olson enjoy the American Legion reception

Feb 132015

Bill Dawson presented his book Before They Were SEALs at the Navy SEAL Museum reception

The Navy SEAL Museum’s history and heritage initiative took another step forward with the reception hosted by Phoca Press at the historic Congressional Country Club on February 13, 2015.

The event was held in the club’s Windsor room, which was used as the barracks for OSS trainees during World War II and featured a menu designed around the SEAL theme, with dishes from the sea, air and land.

CAPT (Ret.) Norman Olson, USN (SEAL), as the Navy SEAL Museum’s founding


Norm Olson, the first Executive Director of the National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum, speaking about the importance of history and heritage in the NSW community.

executive director in 1985, opened the event with remarks on the importance of history and heritage to the Naval Special Warfare community. He spoke about culture of continuous learning on the teams that drives their relentless refinement of skills and tactics. Indeed, history and heritage is a foundation for the Navy SEAL Ethos: “Brave men have fought and died building the proud tradition and feared reputation that I am bound to uphold. In the worst of conditions, the legacy of my teammates steadies my resolve and silently guides my every deed. I will not fail.”

Bill Dawson, author of Before They Were SEALs They Were Frogs recounted several stories from the earliest days of Naval Special Warfare. As a member of Class 1, he was among the first to endure “Hell Week,” log PT, and surf passage. He also talked about his experiences at the lead of twelve invasions across Pacific during a two year deployment in WWII.


Author Tom Hawkins celebrates the launch of America’s Hidden Heroes with his family.

Commander (Ret) Tom Hawkins, USN (SEAL) concluded the program with remarks about the evolution of Naval Special Warfare, from the WWII-era legacy organizations to the present day. He is the author of America’s Hidden Heroes: The History and Evolution of U.S. Navy Frogmen and SEALs, which brings together the stories of each organization and how they evolved into today’s Navy SEALs.


Feb 122015
tom hawkins son zach university club military history legion

Author Tom Hawkins was joined by his son Zach at the book signing at the University Club of Washington, DC.

The University Club’s Military History Legion hosted Bill Dawson (Class 1 of the WWII-era Naval Combat Demolition Units that were one of the organizations that evolved into today’s Navy SEALs) and Tom Hawkins (former Navy SEAL, former President of the Navy SEAL Association and current CEO of Phoca Press) for a talk about Naval Special Warfare history.

The event was held February 12, 2015 at the University Club of Washington, DC.

Many thanks to Jeff Gibbs and Brad Elmore for organizing the event.


Jan 222015
No Active Service Bill Dawson

We got the galleys back from the printer today–the book looks beautiful. We thought we would share an interesting page.

Bill Dawson was in Class 1 of Naval Special Warfare Operators in the NCDU, a precursor organization to the Navy SEALs, and endured the most rigorous training the military ever developed. He was in the group that invented “Hell Week.” For two years, he and his team were the first ashore, hours, even days, before the invasion force came in across 12 major Pacific campaigns in WWII.

Bill Dawson’s work was so secret that his discharge papers say that he “performed no active duty during this enlistment.”

No Active Service Bill Dawson


Jan 192015

We are pleased to announce the launch of Phoca Press and our first two titles. We are planning several days of events in addition to the launch reception and will post the details here as plans are finalized.

Thursday February 12, 2015 Author press availability from 3:00 p.m. onward

Meet the Authors at the University Club from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
University Club
1135 16th Street NW
Washington, DC 20005
Contact Lisa@PhocaPress.com if you are not a member of the club, but would like to attend as our guests. There is no charge, other than for any drinks and food you might order.

Friday, February 13, 2015 Author press availability from 5:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Reception at the Congressional Country Club 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
8500 River Road, Bethesda, Maryland
$150 donation for civilians; $125 donation for active duty and veteran military and intelligence personnel
RSVP: https://www.navysealmuseum.org/fund-raiser
Includes copies of both books.

Saturday, February 14, 2015 Celebration for Bill Dawson at the American Legion Post #82, 2:00 p.m. onwards
6330 N. Crain Hwy
La Plata, MD
Open to the public/cash bar
Bill Dawson and Tom Hawkins will be signing books at the event.