The US Navy SEAL is one of the best Special Forces in the world. The men behind the masks and camouflage paint are real even though their identities in civilian world are almost non-existent. Off late, more and more information is available regarding Navy SEALs through interviews and news articles related to SEALs and the covert operations they handle. There are several interviews with ex-Navy SEALs and serving officers available over the internet. Here is a synopsis of some of the interviews:
Interview with an ex-Navy SEAL Retired Lt. Cmdr. Mike Walsh; Lt. Cmdr. Walsh had participated in the Vietnam War. The interview throws light on what Navy SEALs really do and the nature of their missions in Vietnam. In the interview Lt. Cmdr. Walsh talks about why he joined SEALs and about his book “SEAL!,” about physical breakdown and mastering surf passage, and of course about “Hell Week.” During the interview, Walsh talks about his inspiration – Lieutenant Pechacek and how several SEALs opted for the Phoenix Program operated by CIA.
You can read more about his interview here.
Interview with Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell, the lone survivor of Operation Red Wing! SEAL TEAM 10 comprising of Lt. Michael P. Murphy, Petty Officer 2nd Class Danny Dietz, Sonar Technician (Surface) 2nd Class Matthew Gene Axelson, and Petty Officer 1st Class Marcus Luttrell were sent on a mission (Operation Red Wing) to capture or kill Ahmad Shah, a high ranking Taliban Leader. Unfortunately their position was compromised by Taliban sympathizers and Luttrell’s SEAL teammates were killed. Luttrell was badly wounded but crawled 7 miles to evade capture. He was rescued by American Forces after 6 days. Luttrell was awarded the Navy Cross for his actions during Operation Red Wing. The Interview talks about the decisions made by his team on that fateful day, the heroism of his SEAL mates, the death of other SEAL members, his survival, and about his book: “Lone Survivor: An Eye Witness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10.”
“I died on that mountain too, sir,” Luttrell said. “I left a part of myself up there. I think about it every day. There’s not a day that goes by ….” Click Here to read more.
Interview with ex-Navy SEAL and NASA Astronaut Christopher Cassidy who graduated from the BUD/S class of 192 and was deployed in Afghanistan after Sep 11, 2001 is worth a read. He served with SBT 20 (Special Boat Team) and was the SEAL platoon commander of ST3. He was selected in May 2004 for NASA and spent 15 days, 16 hours and 45minutes during mission STS-127. The interview with Chris Cassidy throws light on the STS-127 mission, his SEAL training, about his job in a SEAL unit, his daily life as a SEAL, about his hometown, and the key objectives of his STS-127 mission. He speaks about the details of each flight day right from boarding the Endeavour to scheduled spacewalks, robotic ops, temporary installation, and basically enjoying his stay in space!
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This Article is written by James Kara Murat