From September 11, 1969 to September 10, 1975 Jesse Ventura served in
the USN attached to UDT 12, an underwater demolition team. UDT 12
existed at the same time the SEALS existed. The UDTs were later broken
up and some of the frogmen as they were called got additional training
and became SEALS, some became SDVT and others became NDU and Navy
Salvage Divers; but that was in 1983, 8 and a half years after Jesse
Ventura, (then Jim Janos) left the US Navy.
CONSTANTLY claims to be a SEAL, a real SEAL Commander Bill Salisbury, a
16 year SEAL team veteran and San Diego attorney wrote an article for
the San Diego Reader that basically called him a liar and a phony.
Here's the original article:
got reporters asking questions that Ventura tried to brush off or
stonewall, finally, on a Minnesota public radio interview on December
14, 1999 Governor Venturas spokesman confirmed that Ventura was never a
member of the Navy SEALs and his stated that the "Governor has never
tried to convince people otherwise".
that didn't stop Jesse. Oh no. After going on and on about how he had
"hunted men" in Vietnam when he was a SEAL a TV station got a hold of a
copy of his dd-214 discharge papers and noticed that he didn't have a
combat action ribbon which was awarded to "those involved in a
firefight or who went on clandestine or special operations where the
risk of enemy fire was great or expected". The transcript is here:
FINALLY, in January 2002, Ventura ADMITTED to the Pioneer Press and the Minnesota Star Tribune that he did not see combat:
he is back to ranting about his non existent SEAL service like nothing
ever happened. Why is this important? Because during the time Jesse
Ventura was in UDT 12 SEAL team one lost 34 men to combat in Vietnam.
UDT 12 lost 1 man to a training accident in the Philippines.