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First Seals: The Untold Story of the Forging of America's Most Elite Unitby Patrick K. O'donnell
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Beginning in the summer of 1942, an extraordinary group of menand#151;among them a dentist, a Hollywood movie star, an archaeologist, California surfers, and even former enemies of the Alliesand#151;united to form an exceptional unit that would forge the capabilities of the Navyand#8217;s Sea, Air, and Land (SEAL) Teams. Known as the Maritime Unit, it comprised Americaand#8217;s first swimmer-commandos, an elite breed of warrior-spies who were decades ahead of their time when they created the tactics, technology, and philosophy that inspire todayand#8217;s Navy SEALs.
The pioneering men of the Maritime Unit conducted some of the most daring operations behind enemy lines and even survived one of the Third Reichand#8217;s infamous concentration camps. But after the war, their astonishing record of activity and achievement was classified, lost, and largely forgotten...until now. In First SEALs, Patrick K. Oand#8217;Donnell unearths their incredible historyand#151;one of the greatest untold stories of World War II.
From bestselling author Patrick K. O'Donnell, the untold story of World War II's first unit of special operations combat swimmers—precursors of today's US Navy SEALs
From bestselling author Patrick K. Oand#8217;Donnell, the untold story of the origins of the U.S. Navy SEALs
About the Author
Patrick K. O'Donnell is a military historian and the award-winning author of seven books, including the bestseller and William E. Colby Award-winner Beyond Valor, Give Me Tomorrow, and We Were One, the highly acclaimed account of the Battle of Fallujah. He has provided historical consulting for DreamWorks' award-winning miniseries Band of Brothers and for documentaries produced by the BBC, the History Channel, and Fox News. He lives in Austin, Texas. Visit him at www.patrickkodonnell.com and at www.facebook.com/patrickkodonnell.
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