Published on April 12th, 2013 | by Chris Hagerman

The Green Faces – SEALs Of The Vietnam War

In 1962, President Kennedy established SEAL Teams ONE and TWO from the existing UDT Teams to develop a Navy Unconventional Warfare capability. The Navy SEAL Teams were designed as the maritime counterpart to the Army Special Forces “Green Berets.” They deployed immediately to Vietnam to operate in the deltas and thousands of rivers and canals in Vietnam, and effectively disrupted the enemy’s maritime lines of communication.

The SEAL Teams’ mission was to conduct counter guerilla warfare and clandestine maritime operations. Initially, SEALs advised and trained Vietnamese forces, such as the LDNN (Vietnamese SEALs). Later in the war, SEALs conducted nighttime Direct Action missions such as ambushes and raids to capture prisoners of high intelligence value.

The SEALs were so effective that the enemy named them, “the men with the green faces.” At the war’s height, eight SEAL platoons were in Vietnam on a continuing rotational basis. The last SEAL platoon departed Vietnam in 1971, and the last SEAL advisor in 1973.

About the Author

Chris is a former U.S. Navy SEAL, 18-Delta Combat Medic, and SEAL Sniper. His career included tours with SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team Two and SEAL Team Two in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. You can follow him on Twitter @Chris_Hagerman.


Well, my neighbor from down the street is older, but he looks a lot the same. Had to email his wife with the link she could see him going through the O course.

Here's to you, boys. All of you. Thank you for your service, sacrifice, dedication, honor, and valor. Thank you for paving the way for all the future Frogmen. Thank you for doing your duty to God and country when so many fled from it. Thank you for having the courage of your convictions. Then, and now.

Thank you, Michael. Thank you so much for honoring these men. The 15-year old and I will be making cookies tomorrow. He deserves them. As does his wife, who stood by him from the day he enlisted, to now. And is planning on eternity.


All Vietnam veterans hold a special place in my heart for the stuff they had to deal with- both fighting overseas in an unpopular war to having ungrateful civilians and draft dodgers look down on their service. God bless those men and others like them.


I always enjoyed reading about the SEALs in Vietnam.

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