Lieutenant Commander Roy H. Boehm staff and field sword
Wars and Conflicts:
Korean War, Vietnam War, World War II
H x W: 6 in. / 36 in.
Gift of John Weisman
Ballroom Hallway, Second Floor
From 2010: The Army and Navy Club, gift of John Weisman, Club Member
This sword was presented to Lieutenant Commander Roy H. Boehm, USN, by his mentor Vice Admiral E.B. Taylor when Boehm completed Officer training and was commissioned an Ensign. Roy Boehm (1924-2008) was a veteran of 30 years of military service in the Navy. A “mustang” who rose from the enlisted ranks, Boehm served in World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and on numerous clandestine operations as a Navy diver and UDT. In 1961, Boehm was directed to develop, assess, and train the special operations unit that would become the Navy SEALs. He was the first commander of SEAL Team Two.
The Library Trust also has in its collection Boehm’s personal archive, acquired in 2010, which chronicles more than half a century of Boehm’s military career and later civilian life (see it here).