I Am a SEAL Team Six Warrior: Memoirs of an American SoliderHot
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. I Am a SEAL Team Six Warrior is the dramatic tale of how Howard Wasdin overcame a tough childhood to live his dream and enter the exciting and dangerous world of U.S. 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 The Battle of Mogadishu. This is Howard Wasdin's story of overcoming abuse and beating the odds to become an elite American warrior.
Wasdin overcame a rough childhood. Nothing that would be described as idyllic. What is most inspiring is the fact that Wasdin places no blame the adults in his childhood. There were obstacles, he overcame them, they made him the man he is today. He truly is an inspiration.
To me is is a great message not only to young adults but for any reader. Life isn't always what you want in to be, but every experience, ever obstacle can help you overcome others in your future. As Wasdin says, his " father's harshness to me as a child had prepared me for difficulties like this." Readers will relive those difficulties with Wasdin and see exactly what it took for him to overcome them.
I Am a SEAL Team Six Warrior, makes the life of a Navy SEAL accessible to young readers. It doesn't gloss over the horrors of war, but presents it in a way that is appropriate for younger readers. Wasdin tells about his experiences in Desert Storm,Somalia, and Mogadishu. He also writes about the importance of not becoming blind to the humanity of what the media/society calls "the other side."
What truly makes a warrior? Wasdin goes through a difficult journey to find out his personal answer. What is yours? Read I Am a Seal Team Six Warrior to find out.
Best for middle school readers and up. Great read for any reader interested in what it takes to become a Navy SEAL.