Even before the Navy SEALs: La Plata County native went underwater during World War II

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Even before the Navy SEALs: La Plata County native went underwater during World War II

World War II veteran Cecil Benton wears the Navy uniform he wore while serving in the Navy’s Underwater Demolition Team in the Pacific. In one mission, he helped to blow up underwater railroad tracks the Japanese set up. The tracks could have damaged Allied landing craft.
World War II veteran Cecil Benton – second row, far right, in this photograph of his World War II Underwater Demolition Team – served with the teams in Tarawa and Okinawa. He honed his water skills at a small reservoir near Marvel.

Even before the Navy SEALs: La Plata County native went underwater during World War II

World War II veteran Cecil Benton wears the Navy uniform he wore while serving in the Navy’s Underwater Demolition Team in the Pacific. In one mission, he helped to blow up underwater railroad tracks the Japanese set up. The tracks could have damaged Allied landing craft.
World War II veteran Cecil Benton – second row, far right, in this photograph of his World War II Underwater Demolition Team – served with the teams in Tarawa and Okinawa. He honed his water skills at a small reservoir near Marvel.
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