I Am a SEAL Team Six Warrior: Memoirs of an American Soldier

// February 21st, 2014 // Book Reviews

Title: I Am a SEAL Team Six Warrior: Memoirs of an American Soldier

Author: Howard Wasdin and Stephen Templin

Synopsis:

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.

My Book Review:

I got this book at my school’s Scholastic book fair, thinking, “Well, it’s a war book that has to do with the government’s elite forces, so it’s probably a cool book!” And I was not wrong.

This book is an autobiography about Howard E. Wasdin. Howard was first part of the U.S. Navy, then moved up to Seal Team Two, then finally to the elite Seal Team Six. Howard was a sniper. He battled in the Persian Gulf War and the Battle of Mogadishu.

Howard had an abusive childhood. His step-dad was very mean to him. Then when he joined the navy, the training was abusive. His abusive childhood made the abusive training seem less painful and difficult, and helped him through the military. As sad as it is, the navy probably felt like a vacation to him compared to his abusive childhood.

This book is very interesting, because it is the story of a real person, and all of the information in the story is true. Howard goes through some hardships of losing friends in the war, but loss in a soldier’s perspective is unique, even though it’s sad. It’s almost like it’s part of the job, like it’s expected but not expected.

It’s actually fascinating to hear the entire story in Howard’s perspective. He had to follow commands from his general, even though he didn’t agree with some of them. He was a very good sniper, and made some pretty amazing shots, too. He did get shot a couple of times, and him describing his pain and panic was riveting. Him describing an entire battle (The Battle of Mogadishu) and actually being there was interesting, too.

All in all, I found this book very captivating. Books like this can sometimes be boring and tedious, but Howard wrote in a way where it was neither boring or tedious. I rate this book 10 out of 10 stars. Fans of Bomb and other historical or war narratives will probably enjoy this book.

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