Located in Fort Pierce, Florida the ground upon which The National Navy SEAL Museum and Memorial stands is recognized as the birthplace of the U. S. Navy Frogmen. The origins of Navy SEALs actually began with these specially organized maritime Frogmen commando units during World War II, where legacy capabilities were adopted and remain embodied in today’s SEAL Teams.
It was along the historic beaches of Fort Pierce where the first volunteers for Naval Combat Demolition Units and Underwater Demolition Teams trained to assault the beaches of Normandy, Southern France and numerous islands throughout the Pacific.
On 6 June 1943, the Naval Combat Demolition Unit (NCDU) training school was established at Ft. Pierce and organized by LCDR Draper Kauffman. He assembled volunteers from the Bomb and Mine Disposal School in Washington, D.C. and the Civil Engineering Corps and Naval Construction Corps (Seabees) School at Camp Peary near Williamsburg, Virginia to fill the first training classes to prepare for the invasion of Europe and Japan during World War II.
LCDR Kauffman is given credit for instituting the infamous “Hell Week,” a period of intense instruction that remains a fundamental component in modern-day Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) training program.
The National Navy SEAL Museum and Memorial is the only museum dedicated solely to preserving the history of the Navy SEALs and their Frogmen forefathers, including the Underwater Demolition Teams, Naval Combat Demolition Units, Office of Strategic Services Maritime Units and Amphibious Scouts and Raiders.
Devoted to their SEAL brothers and Frogmen forefathers’ heritage, the Mission of the Museum is to preserve the legacy of these “Teams” by honoring our fallen and caring for those warriors’ families through scholarship funds, dire-needs support and a safe haven at the Trident House.
It is along these same lines of dedication, the Legends Invitational is committed to raising funds for the Navy UDT-Seal Museum and Memorial. We invite you to join us in our sponsorship and donations efforts to become a part of the Navy SEAL history.