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Navy SEALs - Their Untold Story

U.S. Navy SEALs
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Airs Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV

U.S. Armed Services’ Highest Honor

The following Navy SEALs have received the Congressional Medal of Honor:

LT Thomas Norris – Vietnam

LT j.g. Joseph R. Kerrey – Vietnam

EN2 (SEAL) Michael Edwin Thornton – Vietnam

LT Michael P. Murphy – Afghanistan

MA2 (SEAL) Michael A. Monsoor – Iraq

Film Quotes

“'Navy SEALs - Their Untold Story' revisits the most riveting missions of each era, and PBS is pleased to tell the story of how the SEALs changed the nature of the Navy’s special operations,” says Bill Gardner, Vice President, Programming and Development, PBS. “As part of the PBS Stories of Service initiative, this film will provide a deeper understanding of our nation’s military history through the eyes of those who have served our country.”

“We are told that this is the first time Naval Special Warfare has assisted with the research of a documentary about the teams and their forefathers,” says filmmaker Carol L. Fleisher. “We believe this is the first time a documentary has framed the history of the world through the lens of firsthand SEAL reports and missions – some of which have only recently been declassified."

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Get the DVD and watch the firsthand accounts and never-before-seen footage that tell how the U.S. Navy SEALs became the renowned warriors of today. A companion book is also available. Your purchase supports PBS and helps make our programming possible.

Narrated by actor and humanitarian Gary Sinise, "Navy SEALs - Their Untold Story" premiered on Veterans Day, Tuesday, November 11, 2014. Despite the widespread attention paid to the SEALs (Sea, Air and Land) since they eliminated Osama bin Laden, the story of how these clandestine commandos evolved in response to changing threats — from WWII to the War on Terror — and how their extraordinary abilities shaped U.S. and world history, has remained untold. Few people know the unheralded tales of the first frogmen who dared to face almost certain death with little training, scant equipment and untested tactics.

The Navy’s first Special Warfare Units go back to World War II, and, without them, many of the chapters of that conflict — including the invasion of Normandy and in subsequent conflicts in Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq — might have been written with different outcomes.


"Navy SEALs - Their Untold Story" recounts the ticking-clock missions of the “Commandos of the Deep” through firsthand accounts — including that of a D-Day demolition team member — and through never-before-seen footage, home movies and personal mementos. Admirals, master chiefs, clandestine operators, demolitioneers and snipers reveal how US Navy SEALs morphed into the world's most admired commandos.

For over thirty years, Gary Sinise has stood as an advocate of America’s servicemen and women. In 2011, to expand upon his individual efforts, Sinise established the Gary Sinise Foundation with the mission to serve our nation by honoring and supporting our active duty defenders, our wounded, our veterans, first responders, their families, and those in need.

From New York Times bestselling authors Dick Couch (a retired SEAL) and William Doyle comes a new book entitled "Navy SEALS: Their Untold Story," the first complete history of the U.S. Navy SEALs, starting with their roots in World War II to their celebrated efforts in the Global War on Terror. William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, is releasing "Navy SEALs" on November 11, 2014.

Corporate funding for "Navy SEALs - Their Untold Story" is made possible by the United States Automobile Association (USAA) and Anheuser Busch, with additional funding from PBS and public television viewers. "Navy SEALs - Their Untold Story" is produced by fleisherfilm in association with Oregon Public Broadcasting.



"Despite the widespread attention paid to the Navy SEALs since they killed Osama bin Laden