By Mark L. Donald
A memoir from a SEAL and medic within which he explores his 25-year occupation in harmful strive against missions and the post-traumatic pressure illness that constructed at home.
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It was the way she solved all her problems: Honestly explain the situation to those in the community and then ask for help. “Marky,” she’d say, “don’t be afraid to ask for help. People want to help. ” This lesson would resonate throughout my life. I started many school days in that diner even when the season had ended. Those drives with Mom taught me a lot about personal pride and the differences between self-esteem and arrogance, and the interaction with diner staff taught me about the inherent goodness in people.
Needless to say, there wasn’t much for a young marine to do, especially without any personal transportation, so I devoted my off-duty time to conquering one of my greatest fears, the fear of drowning. The outdoor pool was huge and intimidating, much larger to me than the one at MCRD, but that was a mental hurdle I had to set aside. I passed the basic swim test at boot camp, but just barely, and that wasn’t good enough. I recalled a story Coach Sparago told us about a wrestling champion who won his title by continually practicing each move that had defeated him until his weaknesses became his strengths.
Neither Top nor any of the other marines in the battalion were bitter about my transfer; actually it was quite the opposite. I had more support than I could have imagined. Maybe it would have been different if I picked another service or perhaps a different occupation, but I was going to be a corpsman, and marines share a bond with navy corpsmen like few others on the face of this earth. Top’s apprehension was based on his experiences over his decades of service. First and foremost, rules had been put in place by the Pentagon to prevent service members from surfing between branches.
Battle ready : memoir of a SEAL warrior medic by Mark L. Donald