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SHOCK: Jesse Ventura LIED About Being a SEAL Says Navy SEAL Commander!

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A Navy Seal has challenged Jesse Ventura to produce his discharge papers he says would prove once and for all that Jesse Ventura is NOT a Navy Seal!  A member of UDT (Underwater Demolition Team) is NOT the same as a SEAL.  Jesse has claimed to have hunted men in Vietnam but one of Jesse’s commanding officers says he was never in combat!  He did however play a lot of basketball for the UDT basketball team in Subic Bay (photo above – Jesse on Left)


Here’s the information from a Navy Seal that proves Jesse has lied and being a SEAL!


Jesse’s Dangerous Game

A former Navy SEAL commander questions Ventura’s claim that he hunted man in Vietnam.

by Bill Salisbury


POSTED MAY 8, 2001— MINNEAPOLIS– A few weeks before the revelation that ex-Navy SEAL Bob Kerrey was involved in the death of civilians during the Vietnam War, Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura had ignited a controversy of his own by boasting in aconfrontational interview with a Minneapolis Star Tribune columnist that he had “hunted man” as a Navy SEAL in Vietnam.


Initial press coverage focused on how Ventura’s assertion that “until you hunted man, you haven’t hunted yet,” had riled many Minnesotans who hunt only non-human game.  But more importantly, Ventura’s claim invites a revisiting of long-standing questions about his military service, as it raises new ones about what the governor did, or didn’t do, in Vietnam.  In December, 1999, I wrote an article for the San Diego Reader titled, “Jesse (The Great Pretender) Ventura.”The article challenged Ventura’s claim that as James Janos he’d been a SEAL in Vietnam. I wrote that Janos had not been a SEAL but merely a member of Underwater Demolition Team (UDT) 12 who had been stationed in the Philippines and not Vietnam.

The article relied on several interviews with real SEALS who had been in Nam and UDT men who had served with Janos. I also drew on my 16 years as a SEAL, that included a combat tour as officer-in-charge of SEAL Team 1, Detachment Golf, duty as executive officer of SEAL Team 2 during the war, and a stint as commanding officer of UDT 11 after the war.

Before going to press I asked Ventura’s spokesman, John Wodele, for the governor’s comment. “We will have no comment on something so obviously false,” said Wodele in an indignant, imperial tone. (In fairness to Wodele, I didn’t tell him of my own SEAL and UDT credentials, but left him to assume I was just some West Coast “jackal” whining and snapping at his boss’s heels.)  Ventura continued to hide behind Wodele and his stone wall when I appeared on the Fox News Channel program “Hannity and Colmes” a few days after the Reader article appeared. When Fox asked Ventura to respond, Wodele wrote: “The only thing we have ever said is that the UDT and SEAL designation is interchangeable and we don’t have any further comment.”


Why would Ventura – who loves to run his mouth about having been a SEAL - suddenly clam up when I publicly stated in so many words that he was, as my grandma used to say, full of more crap than a Christmas turkey? The governor could have silenced me and his growing pack of critics by simply producing his discharge certificate from active duty, called a DD 214. If he’d been one of America’s roughest, toughest, meanest mothers, then that document would list the qualification for all the world to see. And if the SEAL/UDT designation were truly interchangeable, the form would reflect that. But I know it doesn’t without even looking at it. The UDT designation, or Navy Enlisted Classification (NEC) – was 5321/22 and the SEAL designation was 5326.

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Was Jesse Ventura a SEAL or a UDT Guy?




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