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Air Capabilities of the U.S. Navy SEALs A History of Innovation in Parachuting, Helicopters, Space and More

This book is the first of a three-volume set that will take a deep dive into the history and lore behind Naval Special Operations capabilities in each of these three environments. Written by three subject matter experts, these books will provide non-classified insight into how SEALs operate any time and any where.

Air Capabilities of the U.S. Navy SEALS tells the story of individual initiative, personal daring, clever innovation—and a few calamities along the way. Every page is richly illustrated, many with never‑before published images. Learn More>>



America’s Hidden Heroes–The History and Evolution of U.S. Navy Frogmen and SEALs

By Tom Hawkins, USN (SEAL), Ret.

Noted SEAL historian and retired Navy SEAL Commander Tom Hawkins recounts how today’s Navy SEALs can trace their capabilities and origins back to four formidable legacy units formed during World War II. For the first time in one volume are the stories of the Amphibious Scouts and Raiders (S&R), Naval Combat Demolition Units (NCDUs), Underwater Demolition Teams (UDTs) and the Office of Strategic Services Maritime Unit (OSS MU).


Before They Were SEALs They Were Frogs

By William “Bill” Dawson, USN, NCDU with Tom Hawkins, USN (SEAL), Ret. and Lisa Merriam

Bill Dawson, the last living member from the first class of Naval Special Warfare operators, then known as as Naval Combat Demolition Units, one of the predecessor groups that evolved into the modern day Navy SEALs. This fascinating first person account provides a rare first person look into the training, personalities, and  non-classified activities of his unit in the Pacific Theater of Operations from 1943 until the end of his service after the  Japanese surrender. The book reproduces photographs Bill took during his service, vintage clippings and rare examples of Japanese propaganda. Retired Navy SEAL Commander and noted Naval Special Warfare historian Tom Hawkins adds historic perspective and detail.


One Step at a Time

Navy SEAL Vietnam combat veteran Greg Burham tells the story of his journey home from the jungles of Southeast Asia.  After serving as one of the feared “Men with Green Faces” in Vietnam, Greg returned to an ungrateful nation and the scorn of his peers, as he struggled with what we now know to be Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Greg embarked on a journey of discovery that began with a hike from Alaska to Mexico on foot, a trip that restored his sense of self and redefined who he was to others. That epic hike put Greg on a path to his life’s work, helping veterans deal with PTSD–including veterans of the North Vietnamese Army! His work has played a role in removing the stigma that has prevented SEALs from getting help in the past and  that is putting an end to the emotional pain our nation’s hero veterans too often suffer.

The History and Evolution of Special Boats in Naval Special Warfare

By Tom Hawkins, USN (SEAL), Ret.

This book will chronicle the story of special boats involved in maritime special operations from World War II into the modern day. The narrative will focus on events leading to establishment of the U.S. Navy’s Special Warfare Combatant-Craft Crewmen (SWCC) warfare area specialty, the SWCC breast insignia, and the Special Boat Operator (SB) rating. SWCCs and their family of combatant craft provide vital operational capabilities as a supporting component of Naval Special Warfare and the U.S. Special Operations Command. Though SEALs get much of the glory, they could not operate effectively in the riverine and littoral environments without the NSW Special Boat Teams and SWCC operators. Like the SEALs, their training is intense, their capabilities are considerable, and their heritage is rich and compelling. Tom Hawkins, author of America’s Hidden Heroes, is completing a chronology of special boats as a companion volume to honor these special warriors.

Publication date: 2018.