U.S. Navy Beach Jumpers
US Navy Beach Jumpers were highly classified units that existed initially during World War II. These units were tasked with tactical cover and deception and the concept for these units came about as a result of then Lieutenant Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Hollywood actor turned Naval Officer, having been assigned to duty with the British Combined Operations Commandos in England. The units were deactivated after the war but were again activated in 1951 until 1972. Beach Jumpers served on the ground during the Viet Nam War in classified operations, many of which remain classified to this day. The Beach Jumpers Association was formed, officially in 2003. Annual reunions are held for all Beach Jumper members. The association has also helped our members with verification of assignment which is provided to the VA when it relates to health issues. Over the years many members have been reunited with fellow shipmates with whom contact had been lost after release from active duty.