MELVIN S DRY
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HONORED ON PANEL 1W, LINE 38 OF THE WALL

MELVIN SPENCE DRY

WALL NAME

MELVIN S DRY

PANEL / LINE

1W/38

DATE OF BIRTH

03/13/1946

CASUALTY PROVINCE

OFFSHORE, PR&MR UNK.

DATE OF CASUALTY

06/06/1972

HOME OF RECORD

KINGS POINT

COUNTY OF RECORD

Nassau County

STATE

NY

BRANCH OF SERVICE

NAVY

RANK

LT

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR MELVIN SPENCE DRY
POSTED ON 6.17.2018
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear Lt Melvin Dry,
Thank you for your service as a Special Warfare Unrestricted Line Officer with Seal Team 1. Today is Fathers Day. Independence Day is approaching, and we remember your sacrifice. We remember all you who gave their all. It has been too long, and it's about time for us all to acknowledge the sacrifices of those like you who answered our nation's call. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage and faithfulness. Rest in peace with the angels.
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POSTED ON 1.2.2018
POSTED BY: Todd G. Westlie

I remember that night

I was standing an Alert 5 Watch on the flight deck of the USS Kitty Hawk when the deck was cleared of all but necessary personnel before the helicopter landed and the corpsmen took LT Dry's body and the injured SEAL below. I did not recognize the significance of the event at that time. Rest in peace, LT Dry.
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POSTED ON 10.5.2017
POSTED BY: wkillian@smjuhsd.org

Final Mission of LT Melvin S. Dry

LT Melvin S. Dry was a Navy SEAL assigned to A Platoon, SEAL Team 1, Pacific Fleet. On June 6, 1972, LT Dry was part of an eight-man team attempting a helicopter-to-submarine transfer during a classified mission near the mouth of the Red River off the coast of North Vietnam. The SEALs were riding in an HH-3 helicopter that was trying to locate the submarine while operating under strict radio silence during limited visibility on a very dark night. Their attempted rendezvous was further complicated by the highly classified nature of their mission, an operation so secret that the submarine had to remain submerged and undetected even by the U.S. Navy’s own Fleet on the water’s surface. Its ships patrolled throughout this area of the Tonkin Gulf and were unaware of any friendly submarines or swimmers operating in their midst. According to one participant, a Navy destroyer had already fired on the submarine–—the USS Grayback—earlier during snorkeling operations. Fortunately, it had missed. When the helo pilot thought he had finally spotted the signal light from Grayback, the SEALs stepped out of the aircraft. The helicopter was too high and moving too fast for safe entry and the jumpers hit the water hard. LT Dry was killed and the others injured. There was no submarine in the immediate vicinity to link up with, so they treaded water until daylight when they were spotted and picked up. During the course of the night, they found Dry’s body and held it for recovery. It was sent to the USS Kitty Hawk with another injured person, and the remaining six were taken to the USS Long Beach. Dry would be the last Navy SEAL to die in Vietnam. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org]
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POSTED ON 6.5.2015
POSTED BY: José Angel Cano

A real gentleman

Spence, good buddy at the USNA.
Your friendship was appreciatte by all of us.
Nice and courageous officer, a real warrior.
Always remember you!!!
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POSTED ON 1.31.2014

If I should die...remembrances for LT Melvin Spence DRY, USN...who made the ultimate vsacrifice!!!!!

If I should die, and leave you here awhile, be not like others, sore undone, who keep long vigils by the silent dust, and weep...for MY sake, turn again to life, and smile...Nerving thy heart, and trembling hand to do something to comfort other hearts than thine...Complete these dear, unfinished tasks of mine...and I, perchance, may therein comfort you.
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