Master Chief Special Warfare Operator (SEAL) Edward J. Hertzog III retired from the U.S. Naval Special Warfare Command on July 12.
Hertzog was raised in San Jose and attended South Tahoe High School from 1984-86 before graduating from Willow Glen High School in 1988. Upon graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He graduated SEAL Delivery Vehicle school in Coronado, Calif., as an underwater submersible pilot/navigator in December 1990 and was assigned to SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team Two in Little Creek, Va. Hertzog spent five years with the team, which completed three deployment to Europe and the Middle East. He became an accomplished SDV operator and completed some of the most arduous dive profiles in the U.S. Navy, with more than 500 hours of mixed gas dives, according to the retirement program. Throughout his career, he also served as a primary jumpmaster and parachute rigger on the U.S. Navy Parachute Team; worked on SEAL Teams Three and Four; was a member of the Naval Special Warfare Development Group; was assigned to Naval Special Warfare Group One; and served in WARCOM.
During his career, Hertzog has earned multiple awards, including five Bronze Star Medals, four with Combat Distinguishing Device; a Joint Commendation Medal; two Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medals; a Joint Achievement Medal; a Navy Achievement Medal; two Combat Action Ribbons and the Afghanistan and Iraq Campaign Medals. His unit awards include two Presidential Unit Citations, a Joint Unit Citation, a Navy Unit Citation and two Military Unit Citations.
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