Before there were Navy
ATB Ft. Pierce, 1944 Matt Komorowski (Kaye) second from left
The first ten volunteers for S & R were big, athletic men from the Navy's Physical Training Program headed up by Commander Gene Tunney. Among them was Phil H. Bucklew who would earn two Navy Crosses and go on to become the recognized 'father of U S Naval Special Warfare'. Another S & R veteran, Richard Lyon, would become Rear Admiral and the first designated Special Warfare Officer to attain flag rank. Today Admiral Lyon is mayor of Oceanside, California.
After North Africa, the Scouts and Raiders participated in landings in Sicily, Salerno, Anzio, the Adriatic, Normandy, and Southern France. They also served in the Pacific on a variety of assignments, as Beachmasters, UDTs, and even helped train Nationalist Chinese guerrillas for operations against Japanese forces.
l-to-r, John T. Buchanan, Tom Berkowitz, Silver Star recipient Ray B. King
By the time World War Two ended in September 1945, over 1200 men trained and
operated as Scouts and Raiders. After the war they were disbanded with some of
the men joining UDT.
The men who were Scouts and Raiders were well educated (Class 8 was made up of 52 Ensigns!), exceptionally athletic, adventuresome trailblazers. Some gave their lives to the war effort; others have succumbed to life's natural conclusion. There are many former Scouts and Raiders who are alive and well and stay in touch with one another regularly, thanks to the efforts of their teammate, N. Joe Lee, Jr., Class 7 graduate. Joe produces a newsletter and maintains a current directory.
l-to-r, front row-Allen McGuire, John Wise, Ed Merrill, Paul Taylor, back row-Robert Baker and Joe Lee
"definitive" book about the Scouts and Raiders, read John B. Dwyer's,
To find your S & R teammates or join their organization, contact:
Jim E. Barnes at firstname.lastname@example.org