Salisbury served as a Navy SEAL for 16 years. His assignments
included OIC, SEAL Team ONE Det Golf in the Rung Sat Special Zone of
South Vietnam (1967), XO SEAL Team TWO (1970), CO UDT ELEVEN (1977 -
79). CDR Salisbury was also a Country and Regional Specialist for
Latin America with duty in Panama (1972), Peru (1973 - 1976) and
CDR Salisbury has written
widely, and two of his articles available on the Internet are of particular
interest to MST-2 and SEAL alums, both of which are about much more than about
“Was Jesse a
SEAL or a UDT Guy?” includes a vivid description of
Captain Phil Bucklew and tells the story of the 7 April 1967 river ambush on the
Sam Sat that cost newly-arrived Det Golf’s Kilo Platoon three men and resulted
in wounds to virtually everyone else in their Mike boat (apparently a South
Vietnamese Navy asset). This tragedy -- along with an earlier ambush of an
LCM carrying SEALs that resulted in many wounded and one dead South Vietnamese
officer -- were a major impetus for the development of the LSSC and MSSC.
“Jesse's Dangerous Game,” includes another story from
the 7 April 1967 ambush -- the sad, slow death of Bobby Neal of Kilo Platoon --
and the most compelling telling of the 4 March 1971 ambush of MST-2 Det Alpha’s
MSSC and the death of X-Ray platoon leader Mike Collins.
Other writings by CDR
Salisbury can be found at
San Diego Reader Online.