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The US Navy SEALs created a legend that would grow throughout the Vietnam War, earning an enemy bounty to anyone . Captain Robert Gormly's "Combat Swimmer: Memoirs of a Navy SEAL" breaks down this mystique step-by-step without lessening the esteem of SEALs.

The US Navy SEALs created a legend that would grow throughout the Vietnam War, earning an enemy bounty to anyone who could capture or kill one. As leader of the SEALs. Combat Swimmer increases it. Gormly himself is in a unique position to deliver this enlightenment. Having joined the SEALs shortly after their creation (or, more accurately, their evolution from UDTs - the Underwater Demolition Teams of top-notch WWII frogmen).

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Captain Robert Gormly's "Combat Swimmer: Memoirs of a Navy SEAL" breaks down this mystique step-by-step . When they finished playing with us, we hauled ass. The rest of the book keeps the same fresh tone, making for a very enjoyable read

Captain Robert Gormly's "Combat Swimmer: Memoirs of a Navy SEAL" breaks down this mystique step-by-step without lessening the esteem of SEALs. The rest of the book keeps the same fresh tone, making for a very enjoyable read. Gormly talks about his two tours in Vietnam, where the SEALs specialized in "taking the fight to Viet Cong, harassing them beyond the front lines, where they thought they were safe. Interestingly, Gormly notes that the mystique of SEALs worked as much against them as it did in their favor.

Combat Swimmer: Memoirs of a Navy SEAL by Captain Robert Gormly, USN (re. The first ninety-five percent of Robert Gormly's Combat Swimmer is a solid memoir of a United States Navy SEAL. It's interesting, honest, amiable, and told professionally, but otherwise comparable to its peers. Then Gormly throws an epilogue at the reader that, given recent events, absolutely floors them and indicates Gormly possesses a deeper wisdom than the rest of the book indicates.

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Robert A. Gormly, a retired Navy SEAL did an excellent job when writing his book called Combat Swimmer: Memoirs of A Navy SEAL. This book follows Robert, and his team of highly trained Navy SEALs. Robert and his SEALs have trained, faced tough times, and fought side by side for many years. Robert A. Gormly informs us of his career as a Navy SEAL by taking us step by step throughout his training, and his missions as a combat swimmer.

Captain Gormly, USN (Re., a much-decorated, high-ranking SEAL who served for all of 29 years in this elite ., a much-decorated, high-ranking SEAL who served for all of 29 years in this elite, secret arm of the navy, recalls his high-risk tours of duty in Vietnam, Granada, the Persian Gulf, and the suspense-filled mission to capture the hijackers of the Achille Lauro.

Combat Swimmer: Memoirs of a Navy SEAL. For the first time in trade paperback-a classic memoir of Navy SEALs in action. In gripping prose, Captain Robert A. Gormly tells about his days as a leader in the Navy SEALs- taking readers into the night, into the water, and into battle on some of the most hair-raising missions ever assigned.

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Bob Gormly tells his story with remarkable wit, wisdom, drama, and grace. Combat Swimmer is a superb and fascinating story about the . Navy SEALs, from one of the best of the breed. Navy SEALs in Action, and Inside the . Combat Swimmer is a ‘from the ground up’ story, taking the reader from fire ants to firefights, from compelling patriotism to government failures, all told by a survivor of the most dangerous kind of combat. Roger C. Dunham, author of Spy Sub: Top Secret Mission to the Bottom of the Pacific.

For the first time in trade paperback-a classic memoir of Navy SEALs in action. In gripping prose, Captain Robert A. Gormly tells about his days as a leader in the Navy SEALs- taking readers into the night, into the water, and into battle on some of the most hair-raising missions ever assigned. Trained to a fine fighting edge just in time for Vietnam, Gormly served two tours of duty and engaged in top-secret missions in the Persian Gulf. Here, he shares his viewpoint and his experience-including what is perhaps the most graphic description ever of SEAL action in the invasion of Grenada. Gormly takes readers behind the myth of this awesome team, revealing how their lives depend on their unprecedented expertise and unparalleled courage.

Comments: (7)

Kezan
What can you say??!! Robert Gormly is "The Man"! Been there from the start. Done it all. If you like reading about real life warriors don't pass on this book. It is one of the few "SEAL/Spec Forces" books written by someone who became a senior officer in that specialty. I read it twice and will most likely drag it out in a year or two for a third read.
SING
When I ordered this book for my Husband, I saw the excitement in his eyes. As he read it, he laughed, and got serious. My Stepfather is good friends with Richard Marcinko, and as Steve read this book, he kept saying that "Your dad will NOT like this book". That is fine with Steve, he is not a Marcinko fan, He read me a few passages, I found myself almost laughing. I will say, my Husband Steve really enjoyed reading this book.
Xava
Good book it reminded me of rogue warrior
Kelerana
Good book. Not quite as action-packed as some. But very well written and a great history of the early days of the SEAL Teams and insight into the author. Recommended.
Kikora
There's a definite mystique unique to Navy SEALs. The Marine's Force Recon and the Air Force's PJs don't have it. US Army Rangers have a part of it, but only within the military community. It is a universally recognized fact that SEALs are King Badasses. The Britons know this, as do the Israelis, Russians, Congolese and everyone else.

(Ret.) Captain Robert Gormly's "Combat Swimmer: Memoirs of a Navy SEAL" breaks down this mystique step-by-step without lessening the esteem of SEALs. Combat Swimmer increases it. Gormly himself is in a unique position to deliver this enlightenment. Having joined the SEALs shortly after their creation (or, more accurately, their evolution from UDTs - the Underwater Demolition Teams of top-notch WWII frogmen). Like most books on SEALs, Gormly begins his book with the rigorously infamous training of SEALs wannabes, taking the reader through Hell week. One page reads:

Waddell stormed out of the instructor's hut and yelled "Class, ten hut." We snapped to attention. "Hit the deck." Sixty bodies slammed onto the wet asphalt, IBLs [bulky, heavy inflatable boats] crashing down on top of us. "Lean and rest." Sixty bodies pushed themselves (and the IBLs) up to the beginning position for push-ups: arms extended and locked under your chest, feet straight out behind you. I thought we we going to do push-ups until Instructor Waddell got tired-which might be a long time, since he'd been off all day resting. "Bernie," Blas said, "what are you doing? I'm in charge of this evolution. You can't just come out here and start giving my men orders." "Tom, you're being to easy on these pukes." "Bernie, these guys are tired-they've been working aaaaalll day." As the two instructors went on and on, my arms started quivering. The boat got heavier. And heavier. They did the good-guy-bad-guy routine for what seemed like an hour and was probably no more than three minutes. Finally: "Okay, Tom, I guess you're right. They do look tired. Class, on your feet," roared Instructor Waddell. I pulled my feet up under me, urging my men not to drop the boat. The instructors had already warned us to "take care of your equipment-it will take care of you." We struggled to attention. "Hit the deck, lean and rest," Blais yelled. "I'm in charge of you people, *I* give the orders." And so it went until they got tired. It was great to see the two instructors working in unison. We all appreciated the lesson in teamwork. When they finished playing with us, we hauled ass.

The rest of the book keeps the same fresh tone, making for a very enjoyable read. Gormly talks about his two tours in Vietnam, where the SEALs specialized in "taking the fight to Viet Cong, harassing them beyond the front lines, where they thought they were safe." Interestingly, Gormly notes that the mystique of SEALs worked as much against them as it did in their favor. The North Vietnamese had offered a $10,000 bounty for any SEAL, dead or alive, but Gormly's own superior officers had very little understanding of how make best use of SEAL capabilities. In most cases, they were simply told to kill as many enemies as possible and were given carte blanch to do it. Keeping in standard military memoir format, Gormly does talk a little about what went wrong with the war he fought in, liking Vietnamese situation to fighting with a giant lizard - the tail (soldiers) we kept cutting off (killing) kept growing back (new recruits). What we shouldn've done was lop off the head (concentrate on killing the top generals and political liaisons to China). Gormly finishes with his time in the Pentagon, working to combat drug lords between missions like Urgent Fury (the effort to free US hostages in Grenada) and Gulf War I.

In summation, the book is a rollicking, good, and quick read. Because of it's relative obscurity, it can be found for astounding value (I purchased mine used from Amazon for $1.84). I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed the passage above.
kolos
I'm just happy the quality I received the book. Can't wait to read! Huge military fan. God bless our brave disciples of War.
Syleazahad
If you like books on U. S. Special Operations you will like this book. It is a good mix of some historical perspective on the SEALS and a look at some of the things they did in the writer's time. I have read a number of books on the SEALS and would recommend this to anyone.
At first this was a bit of a tough one to get into. Gromly's style of writing is a matter of fact recitation of what he remembered happening. Although this is great from a factual standpoint for memoirs and history, this doesn't make for much of an engrossing read. In fact I was a little bored and wasn't caring about Gormly's account as a SEAL at all, just waiting to be done. But Gormly's memoir slowly grew on me and I am now a huge fan.

One of the reasons I couldn't become as involved is because we don't see too much of how Gormly got into UDT and then the SEALs. He tells us briefly of some of what the training and testing he went through for UDT, but nothing to really show what the process was like, such as Haney's Delta experience in Inside Delta Force, or Marcinko and Pfarrer's accounts of their testing and training for SEALs (Rogue Warrior and Warrior Soul, respectively). In fact, there was absolutely none of the famously tough strength and endurance testing that the SEALs had to go through as Gormly was given a pass on the training and allowed straight in because of his UDT training.

From there Gormly went straight into his Vietnam tours, which, arguably, he performed quite well. But again, his matter of fact way of telling a story (such as something like, we waded in and setup an ambush. We waited around a few hours and when nothing happened we called it a day and went back to base) didn't lend well. We never really quite got the feel for the excitement and rush that would invariably be there when moving into enemy territory to hunt something that could kill you just the same. Where this is a slight drawback to a potentially great story about his experience in Vietnam, it soon became his saving grace as you began to realize that Gormly is not embellishing his story to make for a better read and sell more books. He is stating it as it is and giving a true insight into the daily life of a SEAL in combat. We see more of this when Gormly was the CO of SEAL Team during Urgent Fury (Grenada).

As a side note it is interesting seeing the two sides of a story between Marcinko and Gormly. Marcinko really disliked Gormly, and it wasn't until Gormly discovered Marcinko's political machinations against Gormly did he begin to realize that an old SEAL acquaintance from Vietnam and before was closer to an enemy than a friend. I tend to lend a lot more credit to Gormly's account because he did tell the story as it was, with no embellishing, whereas Marcinko's account was a rip roaring read that was probably embellished quite a bit, although certainly based on truth. Of course Marcinko going to prison doesn't help his story much, so Gormly's account of what really happened rings quite a bit closer to the truth.

All in all I was very happy to have stuck through the slower beginning and come through with a much more balanced and enriching account of Navy SEAL commanding officer. We learn quite a bit about the formation of SEALs after its inception and to what it is today. I wish we would have seen more on the operational missions that the SEALs went through, really only seeing Vietnam and Agent Fury as the major action of the book, but the story is still nonetheless an informative read and one that any SEAL or military forces enthusiasts should considering reading. The only reason this isn't a 5 star is because it is a slow read. A would recommend.

4 stars.
Combat Swimmer: Memoirs of a Navy SEAL download epub
Leaders & Notable People
Author: Robert A. Gormly
ISBN: 0451230140
Category: Biographies & Memoris
Subcategory: Leaders & Notable People
Language: English
Publisher: Dutton Caliber; Reprint edition (August 3, 2010)
Pages: 336 pages