Release: Phoca Press Launches Two New Navy SEAL Books


Washington, DC (February 9, 2015) – Phoca Press, the Naval Special Warfare specialist publisher, celebrates the launch of the imprint’s first two Navy SEAL books at the Congressional Country Club February 13:

Two New Navy SEAL books:

Before They Were SEALs They Were Frogs, by Bill Dawson. The first person account of the last living member of the very first Navy commando Class 1 trained during WWII for the Normandy and Pacific Theater invasions.

America’s Hidden Heroes–The History and Evolution of U.S. Navy Frogmen and SEALs by Tom Hawkins. For the first time in one volume are the stories of SEAL precursors: the Amphibious Scouts and Raiders, Naval Combat Demolition Units, Underwater Demolition Teams and the Office of Strategic Services Maritime Unit.

Tom Hawkins, author, retired Navy SEAL Commander, and CEO of Phoca Press said, “We selected Congressional for our launch of these two new Navy SEAL booksbecause of the role it played in the history of clandestine operations and the OSS contribution to the capabilities of today’s Navy SEALs.”

The reception benefits the The National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum, home to priceless artifacts and records. History is core to the Navy SEAL culture of applying past learning to hone and perfect skills and methods.

Upholding the legacy of “the brave men who have fought and died building the proud tradition” of Naval Special Warfare is a formal part of the Navy SEAL Ethos. Rick Kaiser, a retired SEAL and Museum Executive Director said, “It is only fitting that our nation’s newest SEALs come to know their legacy, which is why we are giving a copy of America’s Hidden Heroes to every graduate of SEAL training.”

About Phoca Press

Phoca Press publishes works by, for, and about the Naval Special Warfare community. Our mission is to enhance the public’s appreciation and understanding of the contributions of Naval Special Warfare through history up to today. Our works cover current and legacy Navy SEAL, SWCC, UDT, NCDU, S&R, and OSS-MU topics.

About The National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum

The National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum is the only museum dedicated solely to preserving the history of Naval Special Warfare. Located in Fort Pierce, FL – the birthplace of the Navy Frogman – the Museum promotes public education by providing the opportunity to explore the history of the Navy SEALs in an atmosphere of respect and honor.

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Lisa Merriam