Denny has walked a long and complicated road since serving his four tours as a Navy SEAL during the Vietnam War.
Adjusting to life back in the states after eight years of combat in a foreign jungle was difficult enough, but the challenges were heightened by the poor treatment returning veterans received from many of their countrymen after the unpopular war ended.
“It was hard getting back on my feet in civilian life,” said Denny, who did not want to use his last name.
From another local rag, just the other day;
Back in the 1960s, the US Navy began one of its premiere special ops programs, the Navy Seals.
The Navy was looking for a unique combination of skills and personality to make up those first Seal Teams. The Vietnam War was about to begin, unconventional warfare was the name of the game, and the now 67-year-old Denny Enyeart fit the bill.
“I was a young man when I became a Seal. I was 19-years-old,” said Enyeart.
Enyeart who was a 1st Class Petty Officer was a member of the second group of Navy Seals this country had ever trained, and that was 1961. “In my time as a Seal we were trained specifically just to kill – that was the job,” said Enyeart.
For generations, his family had served in the military. Enyeart was raised to do the same, but also said Seals had a unique mind set. “War was glorious. You gotta be a soldier to be a hero and the only way you can do that is to get into a battle and win. And that was our collective attitude.”
Enyeart’s records are sealed, to this day. As for the war parapharnelia… the medals, dog tags, uniforms and photographs… they no longer exist because of his homeless status for mulitple years.
Yeah, if by SEAL you mean firefighter and if by “foreign jungle” you mean “never left the deck of his ship” you’d be totally correct, according to his military records;
It looks like, from his records he was in the waters off of the coast of Vietnam, since he has the two medals for service there, but I can’t imagine a fireman leaving the ship to patrol the “foreign jungles”. I wonder how Denny feels about telling his story while he’s in a house built for homeless veterans named after two actual Vietnam combat veterans who were killed in action. Even a little bit of shame, there, fella? The first article is from December, 2011, and the second was published last week.
Category: Phony soldiers