Artifacts from America’s War on Terrorism are on display at the National UDT Navy SEAL Museum in Fort Pierce, Fla., home to the National Navy SEALs monument.
The most-viewed item at this time is the authentic orange lifeboat in which Maersk Alabama cargo ship Captain Richard Phillips was held captive by Somalian pirates as they attempted to gain ransom while a team of Navy SEALs plotted against them. The ordeal ended with a swift Navy SEAL action that took out all three pirates in one second. Some of the windows in the round barrel-shaped vessel are missing from the actual event that inspired the 2013 movie, Captain Phillips, starring Tom Hanks.
Also on display are two scale models of the Abbottabad, Pakistan mansion, “Waziristan Haveli,” in which Osama bin Laden hid until his death. The models were donated to the museum by CBS 60 Minutes, and show the iconic image of the Navy Seal helicopter crashed on a rock wall surrounding the compound. A second model is a close-up of the mansion, with a figure lying alongside a bed, a small round circle of crimson around its head.
Near the museum entrance, situated along with other historic relics, is a piece of the terrorist-destroyed World Trade Center Tower II, onto which a small steel cross had been welded, assembled with a part of itself.
Also on display is a striking oil painting: Two handsome and smiling men dressed in combat fatigues, holding military rifles–each wearing an American flag applique. They are former Navy SEALs, CIA contractors Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods, who were killed during the attacks made on the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11, 2012. The men were close friends who lost their lives together, defending each other, in an act to defend our country.
Overall, the museum tells the story of the Underwater Demolition Team’s (UDTs) beginning, during the World War II era, at the Oceanside site where the earliest the team members participated in amphibious training. The UDTs later became the valorous Navy SEALs. Inside displays feature vintage photos and relics from the team’s training. In some of the photos are combat relics which stand today on the museum’s grounds. Other displays are boat models, a space capsule from which SEALs help astronauts return home, and a Sea Eagle drone.
The National UDT Navy Seal Museum is located at: 3300 N. Highway A1A, North Hutchinson Island, in Fort Pierce. Call 772-595-5845. Admission is $8. Parking is free.
A visit to this museum will support its efforts to preserve the history of a group of the bravest men in the world. You will take home a feeling of patriotism for America.