Eclipse Magazine - Produced by NABVETS 2015 First Edition | Page 32

NABVETS is Honored to Pay Tribute to Those that Came Beffore... The Trailblazers that Paved the Way EN2 Fred Morrison As part of the U.S. Navy’s underwater demoliton teams, which were a precursor to the current U.S. Navy SEAL Teams, Fred “Tiz” Morrison was the first African-American Navy SEAL/Frogman. Morrison was awarded the Bronze Star for his heroics in the Korean War as part of UDT Team 12. Morrison was known as an expert in underwater demolitions. He was a veteran of World War II and was part of UDT Team 1 in 1948. His official rank is U.S. Navy Engineman 2nd Class. Nicknamed “The Real Tarzan,” there is little information on the life of Tiz Morrison. He has since passed on, but will always be remembered as the Navy’s first African American Navy SEAL. Courtesy U.S. Navy “All Hands” & Willie Kendrick III, Defense Media Activity