Only one Navy man I have more respect than any 10 SEAL Operators.
Navy Corpman. I've seen first hand the work of these bullet proof, high speed low drag squids. While in the sand I had a Corpman look me in the eyes and say, "Time to go to work Cpl".
We where taking coverfire from 3 different directions (killbox). Most of the bad guys where Palestinians trained in the Gaza, and West Bank and who knew how to street fight. While covering the doc he sprinted out to retrieve one of the Marines who went down. Doc comes back to the building and says, "I figure that should get me my hazard duty pay for today".
Incidentally our team was sent into this shitestorm because a SEAL team was compromised the night before.
I've worked operations with Team 4, 6 and 7 in Africa. You can HALO, Kick in doors, snoop and poop all day long. But nothing, and I mean nothing in this world is more bass ass (as someone put it) then a Navy Corpman doing his job.
Sorry to have shifted this appreciation thread from SEAL to Corpman, but I feel its important to note. I wouldn't be hear if it wasn't for guys like Doc Bayless.