Seals in Action

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Warriors of the Trident

From the bullet-swept beaches of Normandy to the streets of Panama...From the rugged Korean coast and the jungles of Vietnam to the tiny, troubled island of Granada. For half a century, whenever and wherever America's military was called into action, the SEALs were there.

Here is the riveting and complete true story of the U.S. Navy's remarkable Sea Air Land commandos — their evolution ...

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Warriors of the Trident

From the bullet-swept beaches of Normandy to the streets of Panama...From the rugged Korean coast and the jungles of Vietnam to the tiny, troubled island of Granada. For half a century, whenever and wherever America's military was called into action, the SEALs were there.

Here is the riveting and complete true story of the U.S. Navy's remarkable Sea Air Land commandos — their evolution from World War II underwater demolition teams to the awesome counterguerrilla/counterterrorist strike force in operation today.

Now the SEALs' most memorable engagements are brought to vivid, explosive life through breathtaking eyewitness accounts and afteraction reports — PLUS an unforgettable inside look at their training, organization, equipment...and the fighting men who, with skill, dedication, and extraordinary courage, have earned the right to proudly wear the Trident insignia.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780380758869
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/1/1991
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 4.18 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Meet the Author

Kevin Dockery is the military historian and field curator for the UDT/SEAL Museum in Fort Pierce, Florida. He lives in Michigan.

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Chapter One

The Trident

The Special Warfare insignia -- or Trident, as it is known among its wearers -- is the only outward sign that an individual Navy man is a SEAL - Authorized by the Department of the Navy in 1970 for wear on the service dress uniform, the Trident is a gold metal pin for dress wear and a patch of black embroidery on a green background for wear on subdued (camouflage or fatigue) uniforms. The insignia is normally worn on the left breast of the uniform above any service ribbons or other decorations.

The symbolism of the insignia represents the three mediums in which the SEALS operate as well as their branch of the services. The central part of the insignia is an anchor, I arly identifying the branch of service as the Navy. Behind and above the anchor is an eagle -- with its wings out-spread -- representing the air medium as well as the strength and courage of the SEALs. Each of the eagle's talons is reaching around and in front of the anchor. The eagle's right talon is holding a trident, representing the sea -- the trident being symbolic of Neptune, the Roman god of the sea who used a trident as his scepter. In front of the trident, the eagle's left talon is holding a cocked flintlock pistol by the barrel. The pistol represents the land on which the SEALs operate and the fact that it is cocked indicates the SEALs' constant state of readiness for action. Only when an indi- 'f vidual has successfully completed the Basic Underwater Demolition/Seals (BUD/S) course as well as six months of probation and training with a team is he authorized to wear the Trident, indicating his place in the Special WarfareCommunity.

The SEALs are part of a naval tradition that began during World War 11. In many ways today's SEALs are part of an unbroken tradition born in the desperate battle to defeat the Axis powers. From the beginning, the SEALs have shown the courage, verve, and initiative that continue to be an integral part of the profile of all the Navy Special Forces.

Seals In Action. Copyright © by Kevin Dockery. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2001

    Great book

    First off i'm not a SEAL and don't claim to be i just enjoy reading about them and hope to become on after college. this book is a very detailed account of the SEALs from the begining up today's SEALs. this is one of the best SEAL books i've read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2001

    Very Detailed

    I have a vast library of SEAL literature and Dockery's account of SEALs from Scouts and Raiders to UDT to current SEALS is very detailed and covers all the bases. Outstanding book!

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