SEAL Team Six

Howard Wasdin and Stephen Templin

Where You Start Doesn't Determine Where You Finish

Throughout part one of SEAL Team Six, Howard Wasdin describes his rough "start" in life. He illustrates how his childhood was characterized by extreme stress and daily beatings from his abusive stepfather Leon. He recounts how as a child he viewed these beatings as curse and a low point in his life. It wasn't until later in his life when he joined the SEAL forces that he realized his trials as a child had actually had given him an edge over his fellow comrades during the grueling SEAL training. He came to understand that in the end his stepfather wasn't a scourge but rather a blessing in disguise.

History

Howard Wasdin went through multiple levels of the SEAL ranks, until he reached the highest possible unit, SEAL Team Six. This highly confidential and elite team is a force to be reckoned with, and has fought in several historical events, such as the Vietnam war. They are most famous for their capture of Osama Bin Laden in 2011 and continue to execute covert military operations. This team holds a historical significance in both recent years and past wars.

Training Video (2min 40sec)

"Family" means more than just your blood relatives

Another theme that Wasdin emphasized in his memoirs was the fact that he considered the members of his Seal team to be part of his family. He showed how his blood relatives constantly let him down and hurt him (like his stepfather). As he continued to struggle with people who he considered to be his family, his brothers on his Seal team never gave up on him and never let him down. It was through this struggle that he discerned that your blood relatives don't have to be your family, but instead your family is made up of the people who stick with you through both the good and the bad.
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This diagram displays the people Wasdin considers to be his true family. While he has only three blood relatives, he has many more Seal team comrades that he can count on as part of his family.

Quotes

“I wasn’t afraid anymore. Calm down. Stop shaking. It isn’t going to make it any better or any worse. Just take it. I could literally lie there on the bed, close down, and block out the pain. That zombielike state only pissed Leon off more”

Excerpt From: Howard E. Wasdin & Stephen Templin. “SEAL Team Six.” St. Martin’s Press.


This is important because it showed the childhood struggles that Wasdin went through during his childhood. It gives a foundation to show how he persevered later in the book.


“Work was his focus. If I made a mistake or didn’t work hard enough, he beat me”

Excerpt From: Howard E. Wasdin & Stephen Templin. “SEAL Team Six.” St. Martin’s Press.


This shows how although Leon beat him as a kid. His father pushed him to work hard and not give up.


“Slow your breathing. Block the pain; will it away. I could do it as a kid; why isn’t it working yet? I could do it as a kid; why can’t I do it now? It was the same principle I used when I was getting my ass beat as a child:”

Excerpt From: Howard E. Wasdin & Stephen Templin. “SEAL Team Six.” St. Martin’s Press.


This shows how he used his background to his advantage. He surmounted the obstacles that had faced him from his previous experiences.

Citations (Photos/Videos)

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