On Friday, November 6th, the 30th Annual Navy SEAL Muster will kick off a weekend of activities. From demonstrations to a 5k on the beach to special guests speakers.
On 6 June 1943, the Naval Combat Demolition Unit (NCDU) training school was established at Ft. Pierce, Florida and organized by LCDR Draper Kauffman. He assembled volunteers from the Bomb and Mine Disposal School, Washington, DC (which he organized), and the Civil Engineering Corps and Naval Construction Corps (Seabees) School at Camp Peary near Williamsburg, Virginia to fill the first training classes.
Before the base was closed in 1946, some 140,000 men, 3,500 of whom were NCDUs, had seen some sort of training here. After the base was closed, the area returned to normal. With the rapid post World War II growth, there were no signs or anything else to let the tourists and new settlers know that Fort Pierce was once the site of a vital naval base during World War II.
Learn more about our area's contribution to the evolution of today's Navy SEALs. Visit during the Muster or anytime! Visit their website: www.navysealmuseum.org
The Navy SEAL Museum is located at 3300 N. Highway A1A, North Hutchinson Island in Fort Pierce, Florida.
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