Veteran Navy SEAL says publicity seekers broke code
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – On this Veterans Day, two former Navy SEALs are getting more attention than any other vets, not all of it praise for their acts of valor, but for taking credit for killing Osama bin Laden in May of 2011.
The two Navy SEALs have taken credit for killing bin Laden in a raid near Abbottabad, Pakistan, and are now taking criticism from their fellow Navy SEALs, including one local veteran.
It’s the stuff books and movies are made out of, tales of heroism on the field of battle.
None more compelling than the account of SEAL Team Six, the elite fighting force that executed the world’s most notorious terrorist.
As Americans pay tribute to their military veterans, a pair of them are being paid a lot of money to do something many of their comrades in arms are criticizing. They are talking about it.
Matt Bissonnette and Robert O’Neill are appearing on network news programs, and being printed in newspapers and magazines.
They have broken their silence, and at least some of their fellow SEALs are saying they are breaking their sacred oath.
Captain Robert Shoultz served as a SEAL for 30 years, and served all over the world.
He refused to elaborate on what he did as a SEAL, which only demonstrated the point this former warrior wanted to make.
Captain Shoultz’s comments echo the words of a letter issued October 31, 2014, from the Navy SEALs’ Force Master Chief and Commander, which stated:
“In a highly unusual, if not unprecedented, action, M.L. Magariaci and and B.L. Losey implore all current and former Navy SEALs to remember their oath of “quiet professionalism.”
They remind members of the SEAL Ethos which, among other things, declares:
“I do not advertise the nature of my work, nor seek recognition for my actions.”
Shoultz said he reluctantly appeared on camera to explain the vital importance of such strict discipline.
Shoultz said even he would “catch hell” for appearing on KUSI.