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Captain Ronald Everest Yeaw

November 11, 1943 ~ June 21, 2021

Ronald Everest Yeaw, 77, died on June 21, 2021.

The only child of Arthur S. and Grace E. Yeaw, Ron was born and raised in Media, PA.  Following graduation from Penncrest High School, Grove City College, US Navy Officer’s Candidate School, and Underwater Demolition Team (UDT)/SEAL training, Ron spent 30 years in the UDT/SEAL community. Captain Yeaw retired in 1995 after having served 3 combat tours in Vietnam with the SEALs and having served as the Commanding Officer of an Underwater Demolition Team and SEAL Team SIX. During his career, he was awarded a total of 45 medals and ribbons, including 9 medals with the combat V (indicating valor in combat) including 4 bronze stars, and the Purple Heart. He received a Master of Arts Degree from the Navy Postgraduate School, attended the Navy War College, and was president of the 1993 class of the National War College. Following his Navy career, he served 6 years in such positions as Program Manager, Director of the Marketing Department, and Division Vice President with the Research Planning Inc. professional services firm in Falls Church, VA.  Following his relocation to Florida, he served 14 years with the Wackenhut/G4S Professional Armed Security Corporation.       

Survivors include his wife Shelley A. Shipe and his twin children Ron Jr. and Donna.

A memorial service will be scheduled at the Middletown Presbyterian Church in Media where his father was an elder. Burial will take place immediately following at the family plot at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to the UDT/SEAL Association, 619 D Street, Building 5326, Virginia Beach, VA 23459.



Peter Weeks

June 24, 2021, 8:41 pm

I am saddened to see that Ron Yeaw has passed. It was my honor to serve with him at JSOC and I chose him to pin on my Navy/MC jump wings, a highlight of my career. Fair winds and following seas, and my heartfelt condolences to the family.

J. Saywell U.S.N. (Retired)

June 25, 2021, 6:33 pm

Fair Winds And Following Seas. Rest In Peace. God Bless you. We Have The Watch.

Laurie Curtis

June 25, 2021, 9:49 pm

Shelley, our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. All our Love- Laurie and Trudie

Reynaldo Maduro

June 26, 2021, 8:37 pm

Ron was a partner at Research Planning Inc. It was an honor to have been able to share some of the high lights of my life.Shelley, I know you were able to have had some great times with Ron, so I am happy about that. He gave all to his country, Reset In Peace, my friend up stairs.Rey Maduro

Gordy Boyce

June 27, 2021, 1:15 pm

Ron and I went through Navy OCS and BUDS training together. That is a bond that will last forever and I will cherish every memory. Gordy Boyce


June 28, 2021, 12:53 am

I am sorry to see Capt Yeaw pass. He was my commanding office at SEAL Team Six. What a great commanding Officer and Friend. Fair Winds and Following Seas. Rest in Pease. My condolence to his family. I am very sad.

Stan G

June 28, 2021, 3:52 am

Fair winds and your shore leave in the great Team mates Hall of all who have gone ahead, it has now commenced, it was great to have known you shipmate, May the seas of clouds flow in the direction you hoped for.

Chuck Pfarrer

July 1, 2021, 3:12 pm

I can remember reporting to UDT21 as a freshly minted Ensign, straight out of BUD/S and jump school. As another UDT 21 junior officer said, going into the skipper’s office tended to put us in a state of awe. He was an operator’s operator, and a loved and respected CO. It was an honor to serve with him. Fair winds and following seas shipmate. You were an example to us all.

Emilie Branham

August 13, 2021, 3:32 pm

Rest in Peace Captain Yeaw, thank you for your amazing service to America. I wish I had had the great privilege of meeting you but am so glad my son did. My love and prayers to your wife, your daughter and our dear friend Ron, Jr. With deepest sympathy for the tragic loss of a great American hero. May you all find comfort in your memories of such a wonderful man and true Patriot.

Erasmo Riojas

February 14, 2022, 5:15 am

I shall always remember you “Mi Capitan!” Especially in the Vietnam war games when you got your going home purple heart. We will miss you at Fort Pierce Reunions. Erasmo “Doc” Riojas USN Ret at SEAL Team TWO 1970

John Cosat

September 19, 2023, 10:05 pm

My heartfelt condolences to a great man, leader and boss Thank you for your many years of service to this great country.

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