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C is for Courage

Welcome to Day 3 of the A-Z Blog Challenge.

One of the greatest things about being a writer is that I get to make up stories, like those in my SEAL Brotherhood series, about heroes. Today we toured the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Museum in Fayetteville, North Carolina. There were some true stories of courage plastered all over the walls of the place.

The Museum was first commissioned shortly after JFK launched the directive that created the SEALs we know of today, back in 1962. A fact I learned today was that the first SEAL Team was said to be Team 10, created so our enemies at that time would think that we had another 9 already in action.

Very inspiring to hear tales of what these brave men and women have done in spite of odds that defied logic. One story told of a captured Special Ops soldier who had convinced his captors that he was a lowly procurement officer. But when his picture and military service information was printed in Newsweek Magazine, he was heavily tortured and nearly lost his life. Another was executed because his name was released as an apology by an anti-war group in the U.S.

 I often wonder if I had what it would take to make this kind of sacrifice. I honor and respect those, as well as the families they left behind. We truly have much to be grateful for.

It was a fascinating afternoon spent reading about the past. Free to learn and honored to be able to pass it along to my friends and family.

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julie beasley - April 3, 2013

Im glad you enjoyed your time in the museum. It was nice to know more about the SEALs I love visting museums I went to Check Point Charlie several times when i lived in Berlin.

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    Sharon Hamilton - April 4, 2013

    What an amazing place CPC was. Been there too. Have a piece of the wall in my house…

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Summer Ross - April 3, 2013

Great post and it sounds like you had a lot of fun. Thank you for sharing.
~Summer
My A-Z

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    Sharon Hamilton - April 4, 2013

    Thanks Summer. Will come visit you after we're home.

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Judy - April 3, 2013

What a great visit for you! Wish I'd been there! God bless our SEALs.

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Gayle Latreille - April 3, 2013

I really love this A to Z you have going on, Sharon.

Awesome entertainment <3

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    Sharon Hamilton - April 4, 2013

    Thanks Gayle. Will be back to a more normal schedule after we're home. But I love doing this every year. Last year was 30 days of gratitude.

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Susan Gourley/Kelley - April 4, 2013

A young man, a Navy Seal, from our part of the country recently died in a training accident. It's so sad after all the dangers he survived including the Bin Ladin Raid.

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    Sharon Hamilton - April 4, 2013

    Yes, so sad. They train as hard as they work. My prayers for his family and those he left behind.

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