|Fifties Frogs Magazine||Vol 3|
CAPT David DelGuidice
QM1 Harold Mingus
EN6 Frank Scollise
CAPT David DelGuidice, USN, Class 20, COR 7/58.
Capt DelGuidice entered the Naval Service in July 1954 and served 24 years, retiring in July 1978. He has a BS Degree in Physical Education with a minor in Biology.
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 email@example.com. 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 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).
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.
Photo of Dave DelGuidice & Phil Bucklew
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QM1 Harold Mingus, USN, Class 1 COR 11/50
In his own words:
1943—After graduation from high school in Glendale, California I enlisted in the Navy at age 17. After completing boot camp and Quartermaster School at the Naval Training Center on Point Loma, San Diego, I reported aboard the Aircraft Carrier USS Takanis Bay CVE 89 and served in the Asiatic Pacific Theatre for duration of WWII.
from college and as a member of the Naval Reserve, I was called back for
active duty soon after the Korean War started. I reported in at the
Naval Amphibious Base in Coronado and immediately volunteered at the
Underwater Demolition Training Unit located in Quonsets Huts on the
Strand south of Del Coronado Hotel. Upon completion of UDT Training, we
were deployed to Camp Troy McGill located in Takeyama, Japan and blended
in with the experienced veterans of UDT 3 whose previous actions had
been well chronicled and documented. It was with pride that I was able
to serve with a great group of men while on assignments in Korean and
Japanese waters aboard the USS Begor APD 127, and the USS Weiss APD 135 under LCDR J.
F. Chace. The recons to various bays and harbors in rubber and LCPR's
permitted me to utilize my skills in communications, navigation, chart
maintenance and cartography.
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EN6 Frank Scollise, USN, Class 2 LCK 10/47
Frank "Big Kahuna" joined
the Navy just after the close of WWII in April 1945. He served with the fleet on these ships: USS Midway CCVB-41 as Plankowner, on the USS Leyte CV-32 where he crossed the Equator, then on
the USS Carpellotti APD 139 where he was voted Most Debonair Mustache,
last aboard the USS Plymouth Rock LSD-29. Frank never missed much, he
served in WWII, Korea, and Vietnam.
When we were on the Dewline operation, he started calling me "Hiccups" Why or how I don't know, I never had a case of hiccups or least any I could recall. Sometime after that operation when we were back at Little Creek, he started calling me "Popeye." I didn't mind the Popeye but I hated Hiccups! I know there are a lot of guys out there who have some great stories about Frank. If you can, please send them in for us to enjoy.
Here is a story that Kathy sent in with his bio and photos. I not sure where it came from.
Life and Times in UDT, Frank Scollise, as remembered by Roy Boehm.
About Scollise, I could write a book on him.
There was the time that he cooked all the steak and eggs down in St. Thomas. He couldn't find the cooking oil so he used 2190 oil for the engines!??? Sonofva***** #####!! He had us shitting like a goose for a week.
Then came March 17th, St. Patrick 's Day, he made up a big batch of green dye and dyed himself and all the dogs green. He painted the skipper's jeep green and drove up to the Grand Boca-a Hotel converted from a barracks. A lady came down in all her white finery and Scolliise said: "I am your date!" She said, "Not in your wildest dreams!!" Scollise then picked her up and threw her over his shoulder—with his green hands on one of those see-through dresses with designer holes in it. Anyway, with his hand on her ass, he hopped into the skipper's jeep and went down to the UDT bar and dyed her dress and hat green. I think she said, "Screw it!" and proceeded to drink with Scollise.
This is just a couple of small items. Ask any of the old guys. They all have their own "Scollise" story and they're all true. Oh, you asked if I knew Scollise—Never heard of him!!!!! (Email from Ray to Doc Rio—we couldn't resist.)
Scolllise and Gang
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