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A New York Times Best seller!
When the Navy sends their elite, they send the SEALs. When the SEALs send their elite, they send SEAL Team Six.
In this dramatic, behind-the-scenes chronicle, Howard E. Wasdin takes readers deep inside the world of Navy SEALS and Special Forces snipers, beginning with the grueling selection process of Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S)—the toughest and longest military training in the world. After graduating, Wasdin saw combat in Operation Desert Storm as a member of SEAL Team Two. Then the Green Course: the selection process to join the legendary SEAL Team Six--a secret unit tasked with counterterrorism, hostage rescue, and counterinsurgency. As a member of Team Six, sniper school followed and Wasdin became one of the best snipers on the planet.
Soon he was fighting for his life. The mission: capture or kill Somalian warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid. From rooftops, helicopters, and alleys, Wasdin hunted Aidid and killed his men whenever possible. But everything went quickly to hell. The Battle of Mogadishu, as it become known, left eighteen American soldiers dead and seventy-three wounded. Wasdins tale is one of the most thrilling and inspiring military memoirs in years.
About the Author
HOWARD E. WASDIN graduated with BUD/S Class 143. After the Battle of Mogadishu, where he was awarded the Silver Star, Wasdin medically retired from the Navy in November, 1995, after twelve years of service. He lives in Georgia. STEPHEN TEMPLIN completed Hell Week, qualified as a pistol and rifle expert, and blew things up during Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) training. He is now an associate professor at Meio University in Japan.
Table of Contents
Glossary PART ONE
1 Reach Out and Touch Someone
2 One Shot, One Sill? 3 Hell Is for Children
4 Russian Sub and Green Hero
5 The Only Easy Day Was Yesterday
6 SEAL Team Two
7 Desert Storm
8 SEAL Team Six
9 Born-Again Sniper
10 CIA Safe House—Hunting for Aidid
11 Capturing Aidids Evil Genius
12 Eyes over Mogadishu Mission
13 Battle of Mogadishu
14 From the Ashes
15 Ambassador Death Threats 16 Fish out of Water
Special Operations Warrior