Travel Treasures: Navy Seal Museum

by Tom Reed
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Story filed May 3, 2011

Americans are rejoicing in the killing of Osama Bin Laden by a team of Navy SEALS. There’s a museum in Fort Pierce, Florida, that tells the story of the SEALS that’s guaranteed to give you an appreciation of the training and the courage of this elite group of warriors.

The full name of the institution is the Navy UDT-SEAL Museum. UDT stands for Underwater Demolition Team, and SEAL is an acronym for Sea-Air-Land. The unit was formed in this Florida coastal city in 1943 to train for the Normandy invasion and the war in the Pacific. It traces the history of the Navy “Frogmen” from World War II to the present day.

The museum is wasting no time in trying to obtain some artifacts of the raid in Pakistan. The website of Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers quotes the museum’s executive director as saying “wheels are already turning to see what we can get.” Mementos from the Osama Bin Laden raid would be timely, since the museum is in the midst of an expansion project that should be open within a few months. The 8,400-square-foot expansion will give the museum an opportunity to display many items that it possesses but doesn’t have room to exhibit.

On the museum grounds, you’ll find an assortment of vessels and vehicles used by the Seals in every war.

For more information and a virtual tour, visit the website: www.NavySealMuseum.com




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