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“The mission is planned. The target is detected. Our objective is clear.”
I was just one of the 23 Seals on board. We were heading to Abbottabad, a small Afghan town in the heart of the run down country. For years now our country and many others have known the power of the terrorist group known as Al Qaeda, and ever since September 11, 2001, our nation has stood our ground, but now it’s our turn to attack. Our target is the leader of Al Qaeda himself, Osama Bin Laden.
My name is Jason but my team calls me Hammerhead. The rest of my team consists of Iceman, Maverick, Tank, Beauty, Blood, Butch, Crow, Eagle, Lucky, Axle, Lieutenant Moore, and my best buddy Cyclone. Us and 12 others are what is known as Seal Team 6, the most elite military group in the world. My 2 years of training for Seal Team 6 made my basic army training look like a playground. From suicide diving to tree curls, from holding my breath for two full minutes without releasing a bubble to skydiving into a random desert, nothing is as brutal.
I was chosen by the military to try out for Team 6, and no one knew about my selection, not my former commander, not even the president. It was a six month training course and 9 out of ten troops dropped out, and the remaining 1/10 turn into the most fit and built men in the world. Though, that is not what matters. 90% of being in the Seals is about your mental strength, and this mission will test us to our full ability.
We were boarding the Blackhawk that would take us to the compound where Osama was when we got a call from the president saying “Boys I just wanted to wish you luck and remember, your mission is to kill not to capture.” On our way to Abbottabad, the boys were loading their guns and adjusting their night vision goggles. As we saw a spotlight, we ducked into a tall and rigid valley. In exactly forty minutes, we would be at the compound. At this point we were all cracking jokes because Lt. Moore always told us that a good mind set is the best way to go into a mission. For the last month or so, we were told Osama was going to have a group of 10 year olds on his hands, and at this point, I totally agree.
Thirty minutes later, the compound was in sight. We packed our weapons, readied our gear, and prepared for landing. A few minutes later, we were dropping down the rope when we heard a thunderous noise behind us. The other Blackhawk had crashed. Everyone on board was safe except for Rags, the pilot.
Even though we had lost a soldier, our attack squad was still at full force. Team two stayed behind and surrounded the house to prevent an escape. We scaled the 18 foot wall and stormed the three story compound. We went up the stairs in leapfrog form, moving the man from the back to the front so our back is watched at all times. We only ran into three soldiers and with one bullet into each, they dropped.
On the third and final floor, Osama and his son Khalid scamper into a room, and locked the door. We were forced to plant a charge on the door and blow it open. Inside the room, Osama, Khalid, and several women were in the room. One of the women was being held I front of Osama with a shotgun. I fired two bullets and Cyclone fired one. The woman who was one of Osama’s many wives, was dead. The others were captured. Finally, me, lieutenant Moore, Cyclone, and Axle examined the remaining body which had a been hit in the center of the skull and directly through the heart. He was dead. More than ten years of terrorism were over. Osama Bin laden was no more.
Our nation and many others celebrated the very next day, everyone except the 24 men involved. We were aboard the USS Carl Vinson for Osama’s burial at sea. Me and my entire squad, including President Barack Obama, stood on the deck of that ship to watch in utter silence as the head of Al Qaeda was lowered into the North Arabian Sea.
No one won the Medal of Honor that day, but we won something bigger. We won the safety and unity of our nation, and that is what we will continue to do.



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Caesar123This teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jan. 5 at 8:57 pm:
I thought it was good, but maybe could’ve been a bit longer. Just my personal opinion. It had a strong prose, and what made it cut even deeper is the fact that it’s a true story. Keep up the good work!
 
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kaidro said...
Mar. 27, 2012 at 4:02 pm:
Wow! Great story! It flowed well and it was descriptive. Great job!!
 
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MCRfan1 said...
Mar. 24, 2012 at 8:27 am:
Great job Kev! Never knew you could write so well!
 
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BrianaK said...
Mar. 23, 2012 at 7:36 am:
This is really good. Good Job!
 
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shoe 123 said...
Mar. 21, 2012 at 1:17 pm:
i liked it it was really interesting i couldn't stop reasding make a sequel pleeze.
 
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MW2poner said...
Mar. 21, 2012 at 1:14 pm:
That was AMAZING!!! i love war games and books and this is a book i would definetly read ar a game i would play if i could rate this it would be 5 out of 5 stars!!
 
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calmoo said...
Mar. 21, 2012 at 1:13 pm:
I liked how this story was in first person and involved a lot of the Navy Seals team
 
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Ivaland(; said...
Mar. 21, 2012 at 1:13 pm:
I really liked that you took us to the sight and it really felt like we were him and that this was happening right now. I really liked it.
 
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book lover said...
Mar. 21, 2012 at 1:12 pm:
This book is amazing and i hope that you will keep making books like this. Incredible job on making it!
 
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Conmoo said...
Mar. 21, 2012 at 1:11 pm:
This was amazing it was like you were actually there nice job kev
 
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Jordan said...
Mar. 21, 2012 at 1:11 pm:
This was good! Good job!!
 
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Sobie9 said...
Mar. 21, 2012 at 1:08 pm:
Wow this is a great story. The details are immense. It made me feel like i was actually there. Great Job. :)
 
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kiwi said...
Mar. 21, 2012 at 12:33 pm:
This is a really intresting and really great story because you added alot of details about the time when Osama Bin Laden and you made it sound like it was a real story that you wrote.
 
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Krissy F. said...
Mar. 21, 2012 at 12:29 pm:
This was a really good story!! It gives an inside look on what really happened that day. It had great word choice too.
 
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MustardvsSalsa67 said...
Mar. 21, 2012 at 12:27 pm:

My favorate part was the ending. That was a boss story and keep up the good work.(:

 

 

 
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Latrel_750 said...
Mar. 21, 2012 at 12:26 pm:
that was just an amazing all-around story nice job!
 
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Mikayla said...
Mar. 21, 2012 at 12:24 pm:
This is really good! I could see it all play in my head with all the details which were really discriptive.
 
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Paul B!! said...
Mar. 21, 2012 at 12:24 pm:
I loved the detail it gave and it made me feel like I was there with them doing the mission!
 
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Mrs. U said...
Mar. 21, 2012 at 12:20 pm:
I am sooooo proud of you Kevin. Fantastic story! Happy writing;-)
 
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