SEAL Team Six: Memoirs of an Elite Navy SEAL Sniper

Paperback | April 24, 2012

byHoward E. Wasdin, Stephen Templin

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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. Wasdin's tale is one of the most thrilling and inspiring military memoirs in years.

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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 ...

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...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 8.2 × 5.48 × 0.99 inPublished:April 24, 2012Publisher:St. Martin's PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1250006953

ISBN - 13:9781250006950


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Delightful Loved reading this book because it covered everything from his youth to his chiropractor clinic. I loved the honesty and humor in this book. I highly recommend it
Date published: 2015-06-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Seal Team Six Enjoyed this book. I have read other sniper books, but liked this one the most. I liked the fact that it delved into Howards personal life.
Date published: 2014-12-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read. Enjoyed this book... Gives in depth look at what it takes to be a Seal.
Date published: 2014-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Memoirs of an Elite Navy SEAL Sniper Howard Wasdin's biography "SEAL Team Six: Memoirs of an Elite Navy SEAL Sniper" is one of the most interesting and down to earth perspectives of military special forces I've read to date.
Date published: 2013-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Seal Team Six Really enjoyed this book. Well written, & fast paced For anyone who admires the work of Special Forces guys, this will take you right into harm's way while in the comfort & safety of your home. I highly recomend this book, and am sure you will be amazed, impressed and in awe of the dedication shown.
Date published: 2013-03-14
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Ok not great Not exactly what I expected. Writing tended to be lifeless
Date published: 2013-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Takes a Certain Kind This book gives us a sense of the dedication, the work ethic and the extraordinary skills required to become a Seal Team member, it also highlights the constant struggle to remain an intricate part of an Elite group. It starts with Mr. Wasdin story on how he grew up to become the top sniper in the military's most elite and respected group. His father was a disciplinarian who was especially hard on him and demanded perfection. This tough sometime cruel upbringing laid the ground work for the extreme tests the rest of his life had in store for him. In his military training he describes the grueling selection process, Hell Week, boot camp and later on Sniper School where he was thought that the more you train, the less chance you will bleed in war. All through the pages he often describes his childhood memories and the lessons he has learned. In retrospect he has become a well discipline perfectionist who embraces his vocation extremely seriously. As a Team Six member he took part in Operation Desert Strom and on another mission the team took on a rebellious and out of control village, their objective was to capture or kill Somalia warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid. It is during this mission we learn how important intense training can affect results. When taken by surprise they still preformed a heroic rescue of downed pilots even though some including Mr. Wasdin received life threatening wounds. He was later awarded the Silver Star for his actions. Skilled surgeons saved his leg and with extensive rehabilitation he returned to active duty but it soon became clear to him his performance was compromised so he eventually took medical retirement and went back to school to become a Chiropractic Doctor. This is an exciting book that kept my attention to the last page. Mr. Wasdin tells his memoirs with a deeply poignant perspective and an honest point of view from his painful troubled childhood, his demanding career in the navy right up to his present day life as a Doctor. I read this book after watching TV programs relating to Seal Team training and exploits, the background helped me visualise and understand the black and white text in a more intense manner. I was pumped reading the words of Mr. Wasdin and I can only imagine what it is like for these Elite Groups: endless training and living life on the edge….
Date published: 2012-07-28

Extra Content

Table of Contents

Author's Note
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 Aidid's Evil Genius
12 Eyes over Mogadishu Mission
13 Battle of Mogadishu
14 From the Ashes
15 Ambassador Death Threats
16 Fish out of Water
17 Healing
Special Operations Warrior

Editorial Reviews

"As action packed as a Tom Clancy thriller.harrowing...adrenaline-laced." -Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times"SEAL Team Six pulses with the grit of a Jerry Bruckheimer production...On his journey to becoming a member of the Navy's best of the best, Wasdin proved his mettle in Operation Desert Storm and endured training that would break the back of most mortal men." -The Washington Post"Describes the harrowing ops he undertook as part of the elite Seal Team Six squadron, including the 1993 Battle of Mogadishu that almost killed him....reveals an intimate look at the rigorous training and perilous missions of the best of the Navy's best." -Time"SEAL Team Six is a masterful blend of one man's--Waz-Man's--journey from hard knocks to hard corps. Even better, Waz-Man and Templin can actually write as good as they can shoot. They capture your attention at every turn." -Dalton Fury, former Delta Force Commander and New York Times bestselling author of Black Site and Kill Bin Laden"Wasdin is a true warrior and real hero. SEAL Team Six is a must-read." -Gunnery Sgt. Jack Coughlin, USMC, bestselling author of Shooter