- I grew up traveling and never having a place to call home. So I really didn’t want to see the world, but I wanted to serve.
- I was told the reserve unit near my house accepted grunts, but what they didn’t tell me is that they didn’t do grunt things, so I was assigned to go out on the front lines in a mortuary affairs unit, find the guys that got killed, recover their remains, and bring them back.
- A 22mm mortar picked me up and threw me off the road and destroyed the radio I was carrying. As a result, I got an ice cream scoop taken – “a shark bite” – out of my calf.
- I still have a piece of shrapnel near my femoral artery.
- Family was always big, but now, family is everything. I want to be there as a good father.
- Even the mightiest of mountains will eventually tumble into the sea.
- If you let the waves hit you every day, eventually it will knock you down.
- It takes a village to welcome back the warriors. My book reminds people that the guys that are killed on the battlefield are just the beginning of the sacrifice.
- The guys that go to war are real people with real aspirations.
- Soldiers put their families on hold, everything on hold – to do a job that the American people asked them to do. That’s sacrifice.
- When we heard there were SEALS operating in our area, we thought “Holy cow, we must be high on the totem pole.”
- I still remember the razor burns to keep a good seal on our gas masks.
- We were training with World War II manuals and making things up on the fly.
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