Devil Dog Shirts Team
Our Devil Dog Shirts Team is comprised of several different members operating across the USA.
Devil Dog Shirts CEO
The Marine Corps company Devil Dog Shirts was founded by CEO Derek Frost. Derek has always respected his Grandfather David England, who proudly served with the 1st Marine Division. Devil Dog Shirts is on of the few companies operating together. The sister sites of Devil Dog Shirts‘ include ISIS Hunting Club, Navy Crow, Born Ready Apparel, 10-4 Gear, and Fire-and-Axes. These sites are for Marines, Western Volunteers fighting ISIS, the Navy, the Coast Guard, Police Officers, and Firemen respectively.
Derek Frost got in to the industry of military art and design by following his Grandfather’s footsteps. It was his thirst to immortalize the legacy of our Corps that kept him from turning tail in the midst of adversity. As there is many times much more famine than feast. Yet by the perseverance of both Derek Frost and Todd Gilbert, the company of Devil Dog Shirts was seen to fruition. The next step was building Devil Dog Shirts from the ground up. This required getting a hard-charging Warfighter to man the helm of Devil Dog Shirts. On the month of February 2015, they brought Sgt Wyble to the team. Devil Dog Shirts soon rose from a small community of 1,000 to what it is today.
The success in recent years has allowed Derek to focus on areas to help our fellow Marine families and other military veterans. Most importantly the work to aid ISIS Hunting Club and International Peshmerga Volunteers with medical supplies wouldn’t be possible without the success of Devil Dog Shirts. The importance of the help we were able to provide those battling ISIS halfway across the world also
Devil Dog Shirts CSO
(In his own words) As one of the founders nearly 10 year ago I was originally involved in the design and sale of military patches for all branches of the US Military. A that time I was working for the VA. I saw while working there a definite pride, a focus, a brotherhood long established and the sense of patriotism. All which could be connected with not just our country but the military service of the US Veterans I had the great pleasure of working with. It was then that I realized that participating in a business to support these men and women was so important. As a result and through sheer dumb blind luck Derek and I discovered one another through a mutual friend. We decided to build a business at that time that involved unique military design for units, squadrons, commands, warships and to serve at the request of associations. We also began fund raising committees in the US military to give them highly detailed designs for their shirts and gear.
I served our Corps from the years of 1988-1992. I was in the 6th Engineering Support Battalion. The passion to support my brothers and sisters has always been with me. When Derek and I founded the businesses, it just brought everything together. We never looked back after that. To this day, it has been one of the most rewarding experiences. As an old Salt-Dog I relish every chance I get to work with men and women of uniform! Semper Fi!! God bless the USA!!!
Devil Dog Shirts COO
Sergeant Wyble EAS’d from the Marine Corps after roughly 8 years of Honorable service. He Enlisted in the Marine Corps as an 0811 Artillery Cannoneer. His duty stations included Area 43, Las Pulgas, in Camp Pendleton. He has been been on three deployments overseas. These included the 15th MEU in 2008, Operation Enduring Freedom during 2010, and Operation Western Accord during 2012. WESTPAC 2008, was merely a “booze cruise” that entailed him getting hammered from port to port, chasing skirt, and getting incredibly swoll. OEF in Kajaki, Afghanistan, was by far his most memorable deployment. He deployed with India Battery 3/12.
Kajaki in Sgt Wyble’s Words
During that deployment my unit owned it’s own battle-space in the Kajaki Sufla Region of Helmand Province, Afghanistan. This was at FOB Zebrugge, near the Kajaki Dam. The area of operations was connected to the infamous Route 611, right between Kajaki Sufla and Zimdawar. Before deployment I taught myself Pashto. I was used several times as an interpreter in the region for HET, PMT, and my own squad. We did have interpreters there. However many became injured by IEDs, or just completely worthless because they only spoke Dari (Afghan Persian). During our deployment my unit did a relief-in-place with the 40th Royal Marines, Delta Company. I was amazing to see the US and Royal Marines working side-by-side. We fought with them and even bled with them as my unit took it’s first casualty on our second day in the AO. That was definitely an eye-opener for all of us.
India 3/12 was the very first American unit in the AO. The locals didn’t know what to think. Our very first patrols were spent convincing the locals that we were not Russians. The Russians had made a very obvious impression in the area during the war in the 80’s. We deployed as provisional riflemen. Yet we also maintained three M777 Howitzers there to support ourselves. Not just that, we were trained to use the 81mm Mortars, Javelins, APOBs, Barrett .50cal SASR, M-14s, and Claymores which were not organic to an Artillery unit.
Combat in Kajaki
The deployment took a turn for the worst when we lost our first Marine, who was 1-in-5 by deployments end. Not even over that loss and my squad was hit by 100lbs of UBE on the 611. This took a life of another Marine . Patrolling was not the same after that, many of us felt like we were walking on egg-shells every time we left the wire (on foot).
October 5th, 2010, would be the very day that forever changed my life. My squad and another established a position at a patrol base in the heart of Kajaki Sufla, or “the green zone.” We were put under a complex ambush after we received two direct hits from a 73mm Russian SPG-9. This caused a mass casualty with three separate CCPs in the compound. I equate that day to being in the damned Alamo. One of our Marines in the peaks froze and it seemed like forever until we had supporting fire. We received twelve casualties that day. Seven of whom were in critical condition. We pulled our shit together once we found out that the fire-team sent on a satellite patrol was not in our line of fire.
Sgt Christopher Farias, Navy Cross
All hell broke loose after my squad-leader Christopher Farias directed fire from on top of the compound wall. He was injured in the neck and shoulder. One hand on the wound, the other single-handedly loading grenades in his 203 and lobbing them at the tree lines. We were surrounded on two side. The enemy started making their way to surround us and establish a third field of fire. My boy on the M240 went off on the cyclic rate when he spotted several flashlights from the compounds flank. We eventually got everyone into the bird, still taking fire. The bastards in the bird had balls of steel.
As we were still taking fire and dropping JDAMs danger close. During one of my runs to and from the bird evacuating casualties, a JDAM hit. It was so close, I felt like I was punched in the chest and my air was sucked out. We got everyone out, then burned that fucker to the damned ground to prohibit the enemy from collecting any information. My squad leader would receive a Navy Cross that day from his actions on May 18th, 2012.
My Africa deployment merely consisted of training in Thiess, Senegal. It was very uneventful. I deployed with 11th Marines Civil Affairs. Yet, it was very culturally enlightening to say the least. I PCS’d to Twentynine Palms after that. I don’t know what it is, yet Twentynine Palms seems to suck the life out of you. Not to mention the whole damned base smells like shit! (Lake Bandini) I left active service on May, 2014. I did a year in vocational school learning business at UEI. That is how I got connected with Devil Dog Shirts on February, 2015. I was originally hired on to aid in marketing. However I eventually came to take over all other aspects of the company as our community started to grow.
I miss the Marine Corps. I enjoy the fellowship with other Marines. We are a one-of-a-kind group of people. There is no one else like us on the face of the earth. This is why I came to have a deep passion for my work with Devil Dog Shirts. It is an absolute honor to be given the oppurtunity to serve my fellow Marines, their families, and supporters! I literally wake up every day thank God for the opportunities He has granted me with the Marine Corps and with Marines. It has truly been a long road. This concludes my bio. Below I want to pay respect to the Marines I know that have sacrificed their lives for us. To all of them, I say thank you. Until Valhalla Brothers!
SSgt Lydia (K-9)
Sgt Jason Smith (EOD)
GySgt Thomas Sullivan (Chattanooga)
SSgt Louis Cardin (Makhmour, Iraq)
Sean has been in the printing industry for 10 years. He started printing for vision-strike-wear during 2009. This is five years prior to the creation of Devil Dog Shirts. The busiest time is of the year for printing is during the holidays. During this time fulfillment and shipping become very fast-paced. The need to work longer hours soon becomes a necessity. Yet through shrewd management and hard-work Sean and his crew are able to overcome. Sean is a manager that will not sacrifice quality over quantity. He has spent many years upgrading his equipment to provide high-quality gear for the Devil Dog community. He dedicates much of his personal time to stay involved with the welfare of his printers.
In the words of Sean, “I am able to work with a smaller staff because the people I have value the work they do. They know that we will do everything we can to benefit them for their service. The crew is a gang of hard-working perfectionists. At the end of the day, we understand our customers are the military and first responders. So it fills us with a sense of pride in what we are doing.” In his words, you can see his passion for excellence. Sean and his crew have been an essential part of the Devil Dog Shirts Team since day one!
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