I would be very surprised if there’s anyone with a computer or a TV who does not know the story of three SEALs, three pirates, and three well-aimed shots. If you try to do a search on the SEALs it is all you will see, page after page after page.
It is not a surprise, therefore, that the Navy UDT-SEAL Museum is out to get memorabilia from that famous stand-off. And they should; this is a rather important event in SEAL history, something that inspired a lot of people and placed a spotlight on the importance of the SEALs and proved all the more their exceptional skills.
The museum is located near Fort Pierce, and is the only one of its kind dedicated to the SEALs and their unique history. Only recently, they unveiled the Navy SEAL memorial, the first of its kind that is dedicated to the U.S. Navy SEALs.
Navy UDT-SEAL Museum executive director Retired Navy Capt. Michael Howard, himself a former SEAL, says however that there are no guarantees that they will get anything. I am hoping that they do, as there will be no place more appropriate for these things than at the Museum.
The Museum is hoping to get a shell casing from the standoff, one of the weapons that were used as well as some of the captain’s clothing, if at all possible. They have tried to ask Maersk (the shipping line that owns Maersk Alabama) as well as active duty SEAL units for items from the pirate attack.
If the Museum is able to acquire any of these items, they will be an interesting addition to the thousands of SEAL memorabilia that they already have on display, which include more than 2,000 large items, more than 3,000 photographs, as well as more than 2,000 small items such as documents and pins. Having these souvenirs on display in the Museum will ensure that the story and the bravery that happened on that day will live on for future generations to learn from and admire.