Seal Warrior: The Only Easy Day Was Yesterday

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During the Vietnam era, many of the U.S. Navy SEALs (SEa, Air, Land commandos) never filed for a Purple Heart unless they were severely wounded. Thomas H. Keith, Master Chief, SEAL Team 2, is living proof. He carries a piece of shrapnel behind one lung, a reminder of the day he called in 40 mm mortar fire on the enemy that was trying to catch up to his crew as the crew hauled ass out of the bush. Not only did he never report it, it was never removed---it just wasn't serious ...

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SEAL Warrior: Death in the Dark: Vietnam 1968--1972

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Overview

During the Vietnam era, many of the U.S. Navy SEALs (SEa, Air, Land commandos) never filed for a Purple Heart unless they were severely wounded. Thomas H. Keith, Master Chief, SEAL Team 2, is living proof. He carries a piece of shrapnel behind one lung, a reminder of the day he called in 40 mm mortar fire on the enemy that was trying to catch up to his crew as the crew hauled ass out of the bush. Not only did he never report it, it was never removed---it just wasn't serious enough.

SEAL Warrior is the vivid, gritty, transporting memoir of a man destined for combat, a third-generation soldier for whom serving his country was not only an honor, it was tradition. While his grandfathers fought in France, and his father's position as a U.S. Navy Chief took him all around the world, Tom Keith fought his first war in the jungles of Vietnam.

Fighting a guerilla war on foreign soil for the first time in American history, the SEALS found that there were no front lines; the enemy was an integral part of the entire society. This atypical form of warfare demanded that new tactics, new strategic applications of force, and a new understanding of a complex social and cultural enmity be found.

SEAL Warrior goes beyond the horror and bravado of battle to offer a deeper insight into the ways in which the SEALs fought, learned, reacted, and expanded their understanding of guerilla warfare during the Vietnam War. It's also a personal, riveting account of how one young American survived, and, over time, grew to trust and revere many of those who once had been his enemy.

With America again deeply involved in guerilla warfare, there is no better time to honor the unique abilities, understanding, and courage of these warriors who sacrificed it all to fight for nothing less than peace.

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Editorial Reviews

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Praise for Thomas H. Keith and SEAL Warrior

“The author delivers a superb, nuts-and-bolts account of the weapons, gear, preparation, and tactics his unit employed; he includes frustrations along with triumphs. . . . This is an excellent chronicle of superbly skilled warriors at work.” —Publishers Weekly

“We are fortunate that America still has volunteers like Thomas Keith willing to venture into harm’s way to do what used to be called their duty.” —The Washington Times

“Master Chief Thomas Keith . . . has written what is considered by many to be the greatest memoir ever written by a Navy SEAL . . . [It] reads like an epic novel and a warfare manual at the same time.” —USNavySEALS.com

Praise for Thomas H. Keith, Master Chief, SEAL Team 2, USN (Ret.)

“Tom Keith was, in a phrase, a phenomenon of understatement and overachievement. He was the ‘go-to guy’ within the East Coast SEAL community, and he continues to be ‘gone to’ wherever he hangs his hat or docks his boat. Tom Keith is the man I wish I were.” —Larry Bailey, Captain, USN (Ret.)

“It is a very special breed that can work and function effectively in the most dangerous environments on the planet. Three tours in Vietnam and many other locations around the globe, including Afghanistan and Iraq, and being held in the highest esteem by the guys that were his brothers in arms more than qualifies him as a national hero. It is my privilege to call Tom Keith my friend.” —Steve Schwarzer, master bladesmith

“From his first day in training until his retirement, Tom Keith always put the team first. As a warrior there were a few men that were his equal, but none that worked harder. Tom always let his actions speak for him, and his actions, on and off the field of battle, spoke volumes. Tom never gave anything less than his best, and his best was as good as it gets.” —Rudy Boesch, Command Master Chief, USN (Ret.)

“It has been my pleasure to know and have associated with Thomas Keith for well over forty years. He has been a good friend and steadfast teammate. I say, in his case, ‘still water runs very deep.’ His quiet, calm demeanor works well for him. He participated in and led many dangerous diving missions from Underwater Demolitions Team 21. He did three action-packed six-month SEAL tours in the Rung Sat, Vietnam. He spent perilous years in Afghanistan and Iraq fighting for their freedom. As always, he is the strong leader who commands the utmost respect. As always, he receives admiration while smiling in the face of adversity. As always, he’s the consummate warrior committed to doing the impossible. And, as always, he is quite a professional.” —Tom Blais, Command Master Chief, USN (Ret.)

The Washington Times

"We are fortunate that America still has volunteers like Thomas Keith willing to venture into harm's way to do what used to be called their duty."
USNavySEALS.com

"Master Chief Thomas Keith . . . has written what is considered by many to be the greatest memoir ever written by a Navy SEAL . . . [It] reads like an epic novel and a warfare manual at the same time."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312628031
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 7/6/2010
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 597,371
  • Product dimensions: 6.22 (w) x 9.08 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

THOMAS H. KEITH retired as a Command Master Chief with 31 years service in the U.S. Navy, twenty nine years with the Navy's Underwater Demolition Teams and Seal Team Two. During his three tours of duty in the Republic of Vietnam with Seal Team Two, he received two Purple Hearts, three Bronze Stars with combat V for valor, two Navy Commendation medals with combat V for valor, one Navy Achievement metal with combat V for valor, two Presidential Unit Citations and two Navy Unit Citations among his many awards. He devoted 29 years of service to Naval Special Warfare and is still involved in active special operations in Iraq and Afghanistan as a civilian contractor.

J. TERRY RIEBLING has been a shooter and hunter for over forty years and a competitive shooter for over twenty years. He is the winner of the Erskine Caldwell Award in Short Fiction and the author of "Sniper's Eyes." His articles have appeared in numerous firearms and hunting publications.

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  • Posted July 22, 2009

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    Authentic Hero's

    SEAL WARRIOR is a crystal clear, sometimes frightening and sometimes funny, first-hand account of how the US Navy SEALs survived and redefined the meaning of guerilla warfare. Written by Master Chief Tom Keith, one of the most decorated Navy SEALs, and J. Terry Riebling, the book is a riveting narrative of both deadly warfare and the recreational activities of some of the most honored warriors in US military history. This is the story of the men who trained, fought, bled, learned, and made the SEALs what they have become today.

    The Foreward, by Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Michael Thornton sets the stage for a deeper understanding of the early teams. Thornton's characterization of Keith as "one of the warriors that made the SEALs what they became: the most deadly, unconventional group of warriors who have ever existed," assures the reader that the book is well worth price and that action will soon follow. SEAL WARRIOR put me inside the SEAL mentality and gave me a clear understanding of what the words duty, honor, country, and brother, mean. Today it seems the media is ready to call almost anyone "hero." SEAL WARRIOR is about authentic hero's. Tom Keith and the men with whom he served are the real deal.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 14, 2009

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    SEAL Warrior - A Must Have Book

    SEAL Warrior takes the reader through the life of a highly decorated member of the Navy SEAL Teams. Tom Keith tells his story in a way that no others have, with behind the scene antics and in your face battle scenes. This book is entertaining from the opening pages and full of thrills to the end. The forward is written by Medal of Honor winner and fellow friend and SEAL, Mike Thornton. Tom is respected by all who know him and once you read this book you will know why and join the ranks with the others. Do yourself a favor and get this book today.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

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    Excellent and well written.

    I enjoyed this book very much and recommend it to anyone with an interest in knowing what it was like for the brave men fighting in the jungles of Vietnam.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 31, 2009

    Great read. Lots of action, detail and insight.

    A salute to a very brave, competent and decorated Navy SEAL named Thomas Keith and the Navy SEALs in general.
    The SEALs work in the very difficult and dangerous combat environment called Vietnam is described here in a way that weaves together both technical and human sides of the conflict from the perspective of a SEAL who was there for three tours of duty.
    One would hope that our politicians/bureaucrats would be as diligent, meticulous and competent in their strategic planning as the Navy SEALs are in their tactical planning and operations.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2012

    Awesoom book

    I read th sample and i am getting it today and it is an awesome book love it full of action and nicely written great figurative language and great authors craft and i think it is one of the greatest book i have ever read :-)

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  • Posted March 7, 2012

    Well written; great stories

    It is said that all war stories can only be told from the point of view of the individual warrior. That is certainly true here, since Mr. Keith only tells of some of the missions in which he took part. This isn't a definitive history of the Vietnam War nor does it purport to be. But it is a great history of one of the earliest SeAL warrior's experiences in the war that shaped the training and fighting skills of our most flexible fighting force. Well worth the money and time.

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