The Teams: An Oral History of the U.S. Navy Seals

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They were selected for their commitment and uncommon bravery, and for skills that far surpassed those of ordinary soldiers. They operated in "Teams' of up to 200 officers and men, taking the firefight to the enemy's most fiercely protected strongholds -- winning the battles only they could win. They earned the eternal respect of a nation, and they recall with pride their remarkable exploits in a war lesser men would sooner forget. THE TEAMS is an explosive account of the SEALs in action -- told in the words of the men whose awesome courage under fire and breathtakingly unconventional combat techniques changed the way ground war will forever be waged. Detailed and blisteringly authentic, here are unforgettable first-hand stories of everything from BUD/S training to "black ops," related with remarkable candor by six fighting men who helped write the glorious legend in blood and fire...and who were then, and will always be, proud to be call SEALs!

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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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An oral history of US Navy SEALs, arguably the best elite warriors in the world and trained to fight at sea, in the air, and on land. Editors Dockery and Fawcett (the latter wrote Hunters and Shooters, 1995, a record of SEAL combat in Vietnam) record the hectic ``living on the edge'' experiences of six former SEALs who operated in ``Teams'' of up to 200 officers and men while earning fearsome combat reputations in the jungles and swamps of Vietnam, carrying guerrilla warfare home to the Viet Cong. They penetrated deep into enemy territory, usually at night, with few operations exceeding more than 125 men, yet their missions resulted in a disproportionate number of the highest military decorations and citations given in the war. Evolved from the Under Water Demolition Teams of WW II (the frogmen), the SEALs concentrated on destroying enemy strong points with devastating firepower, shuttling in and out of the lines on hit-and-run missions during the Korean War, and reaching their peak performances (and strength) in Vietnam. The various stories related here stress the incredibly tough and semisecret regimen that eliminates all but a few of the hardiest candidates who sign up for SEAL training. In fact, when not in ``ops'' (combat), SEALs are in constant training, including daily punishing fitness activities. They're expected to master a variety of special skills: jumping, arctic and jungle survival, martial arts, scuba diving, and working with demolitions. These accounts of training and combat show the fierce pride and brotherhood among the SEALs and demonstrate their loyalty to the service. ``You can leave the Navy,'' one says, ``but you can never really leave the Teams.'' A worthy addition to the growing treasury of SEAL lore. -- Copyright ©1998, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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