|Fifties Frogs Magazine
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CAPT David DelGuidice, USN, Class 20, COR 7/58.
In civilian life he spent 22 years as a consultant and rancher. Married 41 years, he is a widower. He has three sons, Michael, James, and John. His email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Tel: 540-338-3151. FAX: 540-338-9698.
Here is his biographical sketch in his own words.
Captain David DelGuidice entered the Navy in July 1954.
After completing Basic and Advanced Air Intelligence and Photo Interpretation Schools, he was assigned as Officer in Charge, Commander Fleet
Air Philippines Detachment Guam.
On 1 January 1962 he took command of SEAL Team One, the first SEAL Team to be established in the Navy. Ten days later he was sent to Vietnam to survey the situation to determine possible utilization for Seal Teams in country. As a direct result of that trip, two programs were immediately undertaken. The first was establishment of a base in conjunction with the CIA at Danang to train selected personnel in covert maritime operations for action against North Vietnam. This program became the maritime component under MACSOG's OP-34A
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at the end of 1963. The second program was establishment to train Vietnamese Coastal Force personnel in reconnaissance and guerilla warfare and to prepare them to instruct succeeding classes of the Biet Hai Commandos. During the Cuban Missile Crises, SEAL Team One was deployed as a command for the first time in support of potential operations. While still Commanding Officer SEAL Team One he became a member of the Vietnam Delta Infiltration Study Group (later known as the Bucklew Report).
Captain DelGuidice was then assigned
to the newly established Naval Operation Support Group Pacific
(forerunner to Naval Special Warfare Group) as the first operations
officer. In this capacity he became responsible for the
establishment of Naval Operation Support Group Western Pacific
Detachment and became its first Officer-in-Charge. The detachment
not only provided support to units deployed to WESTPAC but also
directly supported COM- SEVENTHFLT and the Amphibious Readiness
Group in developing contingency plans utilizing capabilities of
Naval Special Warfare Units.
Following OPNAV duty, he attended the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. Upon completion of his studies Captain DelGuidice became the Commanding Officer of the Naval Amphibious Base at Coronado, California. He retired from active duty in July 1978.
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