I Am a SEAL Team Six Warrior: Memoirs of an American Soldier

I Am a SEAL Team Six Warrior: Memoirs of an American Soldier

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by Howard E. Wasdin, Stephen Templin
     
 

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When the Navy sends their elite, they send the SEALs. When the SEALs send their elite, they send SEAL Team Six—a secret unit made up of the finest soldiers in the country, if not the world. This is the dramatic tale of how Howard Wasdin overcame a tough childhood to live his dream and enter the exciting and dangerous world of Navy SEALS and Special Forces

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When the Navy sends their elite, they send the SEALs. When the SEALs send their elite, they send SEAL Team Six—a secret unit made up of the finest soldiers in the country, if not the world. This is the dramatic tale of how Howard Wasdin overcame a tough childhood to live his dream and enter the exciting and dangerous world of Navy SEALS and Special Forces snipers.

His training began with his selection for 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. But he was driven to be the best of the best—he wanted to join the legendary SEAL Team Six, and at long last he reached his goal and became one of the best snipers on the planet.

Soon he was fighting for his life in Africa, hunting the Somalian warlord Aidid. But the mission fell apart when his small band of soldiers found themselves cut off from help and desperately trying to rescue downed comrades during a routine mission. The Battle of Mogadishu, as it become known, left 18 American soldiers dead and 73 wounded.
This is Howard Wasdin's story of overcoming numerous obstacles to become an elite American warrior.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—This is an adaptation of the author's adult memoir of his time as a U. S. Navy SEAL Team Six sniper, simplified for teen audiences. Wasdin describes in detail his grueling training. As he says, "If I'm able to talk someone out of [becoming a SEAL], I'm just saving them time, because they really don't want it anyway." He also talks about his missions during Desert Storm and Mogadishu, Somalia, where SEALs, Delta Force, and Airforce Rangers were sent to capture the Warlord Aidid. Wasdin was shot three times during this mission and nearly lost his leg. He saw some men die in Somalia and would later fall into a depression that took years to overcome. This is a great book for teens interested in joining the military, adventure fans looking for something meatier, and guys in general. The action will keep all readers turning the pages wanting to see how the missions and training turned out. Wasdin also tells the story from the other side of the press, giving insight into military actions that are often criticized by the media and politicians. The author actually credits the physical abuse he sustained from his stepfather as preparation for his arduous training to become a Navy SEAL.—Erik Carlson, White Plains Public Library, NY
From the Publisher

"This young-readers version of an ex-SEAL sniper's account (SEAL Team Six, 2011) of his training and combat experiences in Operation Desert Storm and the first Battle of Mogadishu makes colorful, often compelling reading."—Kirkus Reviews

Kirkus Reviews
Abridged but not toned down, this young-readers version of an ex-SEAL sniper's account (SEAL Team Six, 2011) of his training and combat experiences in Operation Desert Storm and the first Battle of Mogadishu makes colorful, often compelling reading. "My experiences weren't always enjoyable," Wasdin writes, "but they were always adrenaline-filled!" Not to mention testosterone-fueled. He goes on to ascribe much of his innate toughness to being regularly beaten by his stepfather as a child and punctuates his passage through the notoriously hellacious SEAL training with frequent references to other trainees who fail or drop out. He tears into the Clinton administration (whose "support for our troops had sagged like a sack of turds"), indecisive commanders and corrupt Italian "allies" for making such a hash of the entire Somalian mission. In later chapters he retraces his long, difficult physical and emotional recovery from serious wounds received during the "Black Hawk Down" operation, his increasing focus on faith and family after divorce and remarriage and his second career as a chiropractor. Fans of all things martial will echo his "HOOYAH!"--but the troubled aftermath comes in for some attention too. (acronym/ordinance glossary, adult level reading list) (Memoir. 12-14)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781250017499
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
04/24/2012
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
117,078
File size:
4 MB
Age Range:
12 - 15 Years

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I Am a SEAL Team Six Warrior

Memoirs of an American Soldier
By Howard E. Wasdin

St. Martin's Griffin

Copyright © 2012 Howard E. Wasdin
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9781250016430

1.

Reach Out and Touch Someone
 

When the U.S. Navy sends their elite, they send the SEALs. When the SEALs send their elite, they send SEAL Team Six. It’s the navy’s equivalent to the army’s Delta Force. Its job is to fight terrorism and armed rebellion, often secretly.
I was a sniper for SEAL Team Six.
This is the first time a SEAL Team Six sniper’s story has been told. My story.
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In the morning darkness of September 18, 1993, in Mogadishu, Somalia, another SEAL and I crept over a wall and up to the top of a six-story tower. Below us, people were waking up. Men, women, and children relieved themselves in the streets. I smelled the morning fires, fueled by dried animal dung. The fires heated the little food the Somalis had. The warlord who ruled this part of the city, Mohamed Farah Aidid, controlled the population by controlling the food supply. Every time I saw a starving child, I blamed Aidid.
Although the middle of a city may not seem the logical place for navy commandos, SEALs are trained to fight anywhere. That’s where the name comes from: SEa, Air and Land. On many operations, we were in all three: We’d parachute in, complete our task on land, and make our way back on water.
From the tower we watched what looked like a large garage with no roof. It was a vehicle body shop. Surrounding it was a city of despair. Somalis trudged along with their heads and shoulders lowered. Helplessness dimmed their faces, and starvation pulled the skin tight across their bones. This “better” part of town had multilevel, concrete buildings instead of the tin and wooden lean-to sheds that dominated most of the city and countryside. Nevertheless, the smell of human waste and death filled the air.
I played different scenarios over in my mind: one enemy popping out at one location, then another popping up at another location, and so on. I would acquire, aim, and even do a simulated trigger pull, going through my rehearsed breathing and follow-through routine while picturing the actual engagement. Then I simulated reloading and getting back into position looking through my scope, continuing to scan for more “booger-eaters”—the SEAL term for bad guys.
I had done this dry firing and actual firing thousands of times—wet, dry, muddy, snowbound, from a dug-in hole in the ground, from the window of a tall building, and nearly every which way imaginable. The words drilled into our heads since SEAL training were, “The more you sweat in peacetime, the less you bleed in war.” This particular day, I was charged with making sure none of my Delta Force buddies sprang a leak as I covered their insertion into the garage. That was every bit as important as my not bleeding.
Our target for this mission was Osman Ali Atto—warlord Aidid’s main financier. Atto and his boss had killed hundreds of thousands of Somalis. I felt that if we could kill Atto and Aidid, we could stop the fighting, get the food to the people quickly, and go home in one piece. But the goal of this mission was just to capture Atto, not kill him.
Around 0815 our “asset”—our informer—gave the predetermined signal that Atto was there. My SEAL teammate and I launched the “full package.” Little Bird and Black Hawk helicopters filled the sky.
Delta Force operators fast-roped into the roofless garage, dropping lines from the helicopter and sliding right to the ground. Rangers fast-roped around the outside of it. Little Birds flew overhead with Delta snipers to protect the assault force.
Atto’s people scattered like rats. Enemy militia shot at the helicopters.
In this environment, an enemy could appear from anywhere, dressed the same as a civilian. Even if he appeared with a gun, there was a chance he was part of a clan on our side. We had to wait until the person pointed the weapon at us. Then we would ensure the enemy ceased to exist. There was no time for makeup or second shots.
Like my SEAL teammate—his nickname was Casanova—I wielded .300 Win Mag sniper rifle. Through my scope, I saw a militiaman 500 yards away firing through an open window at the helos. I made a mental note to keep my heart rate down and centered the crosshairs on him as my muscle memory took over—stock firmly into the shoulder, cheek positioned behind the scope, eye focused on the center of the crosshairs rather than the enemy, and steady trigger squeezing. I felt the gratifying recoil of my rifle. The round hit him in the side of the chest. He convulsed and buckled, falling backward into the building—permanently.
I quickly got back into my scope and scanned my sector. Game on now. All other thoughts departed my mind. Casanova scanned his sector, too.
Another Aidid militiaman carrying an AK-47 came out a fire escape door on the side of a building 300 yards away from me and aimed his rifle at the Delta operators assaulting the garage. From his position, I’m sure he thought he was safe from the assaulters, and he probably was. He was not safe from me—300 yards wasn’t even a challenge. I shot him through his left side, and the round exited his right. He slumped down onto the fire escape landing, never knowing what hit him. His AK-47 lay silent next to him. Someone tried to reach out and retrieve the weapon. One round from my Win Mag put a stop to that.
Each time I made a shot, I immediately forgot about that target and scanned for another.
Chaos erupted inside and outside of the garage. People ran everywhere. Little Birds and Black Hawks filled the skies with deafening rotor blasts. I was in my own little world, though. Nothing existed outside my scope and my mission. Let the Unit guys handle their business in the garage. My business was reaching out and touching the enemy.
A few minutes passed as I continued scanning. More than 800 yards away, a guy popped up with an RPG launcher on his shoulder, preparing to fire at the helicopters.
If I took him out, it would be the longest killing shot of my career. If I failed …

 
Copyright © 2012 by Howard E. Wasdin and Stephen Templin


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Meet the Author

HOWARD E. WASDIN graduated with BUD/S Class 143. He was awarded the Silver Star in the Battle of Mogadishu. He is the author of the bestseller SEAL TEAM SIX. STEPHEN TEMPLIN completed Hell Week, qualified as a pistol and rifle expert, and blew up things during Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) training. He is now an associate professor at Meio University in Japan and co-author of SEAL TEAM SIX.


DR. 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 12 years of service. He lives in Georgia. He is the co-author of Seal Team Six, with Stephen Templin.
STEPHEN TEMPLIN completed Hell Week, qualified as a pistol and rifle expert, and blew up things during Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) training. He is now an associate professor at Meio University in Japan. He is the co-author of Seal Team Six, with Dr. Howard E. Wasdin.

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I Am a SEAL Team Six Warrior: Memoirs of an American Soldier 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Action packed and moving!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am 14 years old and I don't like to read very much. This book was exciting. it started out talking about his childhood and went to navy seal, seal team 2, seal team 6, and sniper school. I really enjoyed this book. I would read it again if I could. This would be a great book for anyone who is interested in the military.
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
Many aspects of this book were absolutely fascinating. I enjoyed (in a better-you-than-me-but-holy-cow-that's-impressive kind of way) reading about all the training that Howard went through, from joining the Navy through becoming a SEAL and then later a sniper. Learning some of the history of the SEALs was neat too. Seeing the events of the movie Black Hawk Down (yes, I'm sure the book was better and more accurate--I'm planning on reading it too--soon) from another perspective was really interesting as well. And I just can't get past the fact that the author met Rudy from Survivor; I had no idea that Rudy Boesch was such a well-known individual in the military world. I shared quite a bit of this book with others while I was reading it; I just couldn't help myself. There were many times that I didn't want to put this book down, and I'd already purchased a print copy for my classroom library before I was even halfway done with my digital one. The authors did a decent job of taking what must be a challenging adult book and making it more accessible to a younger audience. At times narrative transitions were less than smooth, because it appeared that a larger chunk of information must have been pared out of this version. The end result was a bit of choppiness in the tale, but overall it doesn't really detract from the narrative. I think readers from middle school on up can find a lot to relate to in many parts of this memoir, and in fact I have read parts of it out loud to my classes already. If the grown up version happened to cross my path, I definitely wouldn't be adverse to reading it as well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book ever! Everybody has to read. I mean it so dearly and it will tell you what a person in the army has to go through every day. It is like the book American Sniper!
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Very exciting detailed funny touching sad intense and completely awsome bossness
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book I AM A SEAL TEAM SIX WARRIOR  by Howard  E .Wasdin, Stephen Templin it is a good book. The book has exciting times and then boring times. The book is for boys and girls that like reading about war.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The title of my book is I Am A SEAL Team Six Warrior. The author is Howard E. Wasdin. I thought the book was real nice and it kept me want to read it on. It had me hooked.  I liked the stories of the missions that he has been in. They were very detailed. He was a sniper and with his skill, he saved a lot of his friends lives. He also finished off a lot of the enemy, or “booger-eaters” the way he referred to them. I would rate this book a 4. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book. If you like the navy seals an those type of things, this is the book for you.
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It was such a good book I read it two times
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The best book i have ever read.
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The book I Am a SEAL Team Six Warrior written by Howard E. Wasdin is a great book for people who enjoy military things.  The book is a memoir about a former SEAL. He talks about the things he had to go through and how his life was before he was a SEAL.  His life was pretty bad because his dad ran off with another women and his mom was dating a guy who beat Howard when he was a kid.  He was then forced to say he wanted him to be his dad and then he was working at a watermelon farm with his step-dad. The only people who were nice to him were his Uncle Carroll, who is Leon’s brother. Then there was Father Ron who helped them one time because Howard got in a fight with a kid then there family’s hated each other, but Ron fixed it by making them apologize.  Later on he went to high school and signed up for the navy. When he had to go to the navy ball he asked Debra to go with him and they got married . They kids, one boy and one girl. Later on he joined the SEALS, he was never home. She left him for another guy. He would see the kids when he would come back for a while to catch up with them. After a while he joins the SEAL Team Six and they were able to grow out their hair and grow beards.  But when it came to the training it was the worst thing ever. They do this thing called hell week, and it is brutal, they have strip down to their underwear, and if they were not wearing underwear, then they went naked.  They sat on a cold floor while being sprayed on with hoses during the coldest week of the month.  Then they had to go and jump in the freezing water then lie on the dock and get sprayed on again by hoses and sometimes people would get frost bite. If they wanted to leave they had to ring a bell and get in the ambulance and put on their clothes and drink hot chocolate and be warm, but the people who stayed moved on to becoming a seal. I would recommend this book to adults or teens. The book has a great action scene in Somalia where these guys are just in a major firefight. The book is serious, sad, and funny.  It is a Great book to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best books i ever read