One of the things I love about the SOFREP community is that we get to archive historical content. There’s so much in the way of rich history that doesn’t get captured in the few (relatively speaking) books that do get written. This is especially true when it comes to wars like WWI, WWII, and Korea.  Enjoy this interview I dug up and thanks for all your support.

Brandon, Editor-in-Chief


David Heward was a Navy SEAL before there was such a thing as Navy SEALs.

About Navy SEALs – elite Navy fighters that engage in special operations on sea, air, and land – were not officially organized until 1961. During World War II and the Korean War, units that did the sorts of things SEALs do were called Amphibious Scouts and Raiders and Naval Combat Demolition Units. Often, they were referred to as frogmen. That’s what Heward was.

Heward now lives at the Maine Veterans Home in Paris. At age 95, he is clear-headed and articulate, though some details from his war experiences 65 years earlier he is reluctant to talk about.

“I don’t want anything put in [this article] that builds me up. There’s nothing I did that the other guys didn’t do. What I was doing was the same as everybody else. We were at a certain place at a certain time. We did what we had to do and we hope it was the right thing.”


Born in 1916 at Yarmouth, Maine, Heward was the middle of three children. After high school, he lived at home and worked in an A&P store and later, in Northern Maine with the Civilian Conservation Corps [CCC].