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Navy SEALs' history began in a Washington, DC hotel

The Office of Strategic Services, a precursor to the CIA, began what is now considered the United States Navy SEALs at the Omni Shoreham in Washington, D.C. in 1942. Christian Lambertsen is credited with developing an underwater breathing apparatus, which is now scuba gear, and it was tested at the hotel's pool.
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By KEN-YON HARDY | Stars and Stripes | Published: January 6, 2018

The Office of Strategic Services, a precursor to the CIA, began what is now considered the United States Navy SEALs at the Omni Shoreham in Washington, D.C. in 1942.

Christian Lambertsen is credited with developing an underwater breathing apparatus, which is now scuba gear.

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