Howard Wasdin experienced a difficult childhood. His father was abusive and his mother soon after remarried someone that made matters even worse. To escape his circumstances he joined the military after graduating high school and eventually achieved SEAL status.
Wasdin was part of a mission to capture Somali warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid during the Battle of Mogadishu and became wounded, nearly losing his leg as a result.
Early Life and Education
Howard Wasdin had an arduous and painful upbringing, yet used it as motivation later in life. Enlisting in the Navy to pay for college tuition fees, and eventually becoming one of their elite SEAL snipers. Serving during Desert Storm as well as participating in Operation Black Hawk Down – where he was wounded during battle operations.
After 12 years of service he retired due to injuries and opened up a chiropractic business in Jesup, Georgia. Since then he has traveled across the nation sharing his inspirational tales on TV programs as well.
He is also an award-winning author, co-authoring his memoirs SEAL Team Six with Stephen Templin. An active leader in his community, his efforts focus on projects which promote children and teen education as well as personal development.
Howard Wasdin attended Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) class 143 before entering the Navy for 12 years as part of SEAL Team Six, playing an instrumental role in Operation Gothic Serpent in Somalia during 1993. For his efforts he received both a Silver Star and Purple Heart from President Clinton.
Wasdin had been suffering from neck pain and insomnia following military service. His wife suggested chiropractic care to him; initially he opposed it at first; however, eventually, this helped him find relief as well as discover a renewed purpose in life.
Now a chiropractor, Wasdin uses his experiences to motivate others and speak about overcoming adversity. Additionally, he gives back to his local community by volunteering at The Boys and Girls Club of Screven Georgia where he serves 150 patients every week while offering motivational, leadership and team building seminars nationwide.
Achievement and Honors
Howard Wasdin is the author of “SEAL Team Six: Memoirs of an Elite Navy Seal Sniper”, which was a New York Times bestseller in 2014. Additionally, co-authoring a young adult version was nominated by Young Adult Library Services Association Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers program in 2013.
Wasdin served with Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron 7 (HS-7) aboard USS John F. Kennedy as both a rescue swimmer and antisubmarine warfare operator. On one mission off Bermuda in 1986, his Sikorsky SH-3 Sea King helicopter lost transmission fluid and crashed in the Atlantic Ocean while tracking K-219, a Soviet submarine; all members of its crew were miraculously saved before it sunk.
He medically retired from the Navy after twelve years of service and now practices chiropractic in Jesup, Georgia as a community leader and chiropractor, emphasizing projects which promote patriotism and strong faith.
After graduating from Basic Underwater Demolition/Selection (BUD/S) training, Wasdin went on to become a Navy SEAL. He quickly rose through the ranks on SEAL Team Six where he served for twelve years – becoming their top sniper and earning numerous awards during that time.
However, military life does not come without its challenges. After returning home he experienced substance abuse issues but eventually found recovery and now shares his message of faith, hope, and love at churches and schools nationwide.
Wasdin speaks at corporate and civic events. Furthermore, he treats a full patient load at his clinic Absolute Precision Chiropractic while serving as a professional speaker. Furthermore, Wasdin is an active leader in his community who focuses on youth education and personal development for which he was recently honored and inducted into The Jeremiah Milbank Society by National Boys and Girls Clubs of America.
Howard Wasdin served twelve years as a Navy SEAL, most notably on SEAL Team Six. A skilled sniper, he took part in the 1993 Battle of Mogadishu (otherwise known as Black Hawk Down). For this service he received both the Silver Star and Purple Heart medals.
Wasdin completed Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) Class 143 before joining Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron 7 (HS-7), where he served as both antisubmarine warfare operator and rescue swimmer. HS-7 deployed aboard USS John F. Kennedy.
Wasdin endured a challenging childhood after his mother abandoned them when he was an infant, working hard to support himself and his mother through tough circumstances. Overcoming abuse and hardship to become a SEAL Team Six warrior.