Navy SEAL team likely honored in secret for raid

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    By JULIE WATSON, Associated Press Julie Watson, Associated Press – Wed May 4, 5:45 am ET

    SAN DIEGO – The highly secretive Navy SEAL team that killed Osama bin Laden will likely be honored in the only way such a covert group can be: in private with nobody but themselves and their commanders in the know.

    Quietly recognizing heroic actions for clandestine operations is not new in the military. Some service members wear war decorations but refuse to talk about how they earned them. Others stash away their medals, either because they've been ordered to hide them or they have chosen to for their own security.

    And there are those heroes who have never lived to see a medal, their families sworn to secrecy until they were honored posthumously. For the elite few who dropped from the sky into the walled compound in Pakistan, they must carry on without breathing a word about their participation in Sunday's spectacular raid that eliminated the world's most-wanted terrorist.

    It is a secret that surely must burn in their souls, but military officials say they have no doubt it will be kept. The stakes are too high.

    The Navy still hasn't confirmed its SEALs carried out the much-lauded, 40-minute operation. But privately, Rear Adm. Edward Winters, at Naval Special Warfare Command in California, sent an email congratulating his forces and reminding them to keep quiet because "the fight is not over."

    Winters is the chief of the elite SEAL unit officially known as Naval Special Warfare Development Group, or "DEVGRU," which is made up of only a few hundred personnel based in Dam Neck, Va. They call themselves "the quiet professionals."

    Navy SEAL team likely honored in secret for raid - Yahoo! News
     
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    I would kiss them all...true American heroes.
     
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    Those men are heroes.:clap2:
     
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    I am sure there will be a few Navy Cross', Distinguished Service Medals, etc. going around. As well as some well-deserved leave and R/R.
     
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    to a man, they each have earned 2 Congressional Medals of Honor apiece....:clap2::clap2::clap2:
     
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    Yes they are, and so are the CIA and other intelligence field operatives who helped develop the intelligence information that mad this possible. Let's drop the politics long enough to honor these dedicated professionals whose work must be done in the shadows.
     
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    I think that group should be given the reward money and split it up. That would be fair.
     
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    I also give props to the Pakistani field agents on the ground who got the license plate of the courier which led to all of this.
     
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    As a vet.. I salute the team... Duty, honor, country.. They deserve accolades... but I am sure the self satisfaction means much more... I know I don't look at my medals, but I feel the impact of the actions behind them continually
     
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