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May 26, 2011 | By Meg James, Los Angeles Times
Faced with a public relations firestorm, Walt Disney Co. said it had withdrawn its application to trademark the moniker "SEAL Team 6" for use on games, snow globes and TV shows. Two days after the Navy's elite SEAL Team 6 swooped into Osama bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, killing the Al Qaeda leader, an attorney for the Burbank-based entertainment giant filed an application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for use of the term "SEAL Team 6. " Last week, the Navy countered by filing two trademark applications of its own for the names "Navy SEALS" and "SEAL Team.
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November 1, 2013 | By John Horn
Writer-director Pete Berg considered putting his "Lone Survivor" cast - led by Mark Wahlberg - through the hard-core Navy SEAL training, not only to get his actors in the best fighting shape possible for a film set in the war in Afghanistan but also to shoot their efforts for the movie's opening scenes. But the filmmaker ultimately decided that the real person who needed to embed was himself, so Berg deployed in early 2010 with a SEAL platoon in Iraq near Syria's border. Berg's experience proved influential in shaping his adaptation of Marcus Luttrell's memoir, "Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10. " While Luttrell persuasively recounts the schooling of the U.S. military's elite soldiers and recounts in vivid detail his small band's harrowing and disastrous firefight against the Taliban in 2005, Berg's monthlong sequestration showed him how the Navy commandos behave when they're away from action.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 25, 1986 | MIKE APAN, Times Staff Writer
Police arrested a member of a local Navy Sea Air Land (SEAL) team early Wednesday on suspicion of possession of a destructive device after explosives were found in the man's apartment. Detective Denis Love of the Metro Arson Strike Team said police responded to a call about a family scuffle at the Morena Boulevard apartment of Bruce Russell, 22, and began a search after a member of the Russell's family told police about the explosives.
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March 30, 2013 | By Paloma Esquivel
A Navy SEAL who died in a free-fall parachuting accident this week during training exercises in Arizona was identified as Brett David Shadle of Elizabethville, Pa. The accident happened on Thursday near the Pinal Airpark in Marana, Ariz., where military training is frequently conducted. It sent another sailor to the hospital where he remains in stable condition, officials said. Shadle, 31, enlisted in the Navy in 2000 and completed his SEAL training one year later. He was assigned to the Navy's East Coast Special Warfare Unit, according to information provided by Naval Special Warfare Command.
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February 11, 2001 | SUSAN VAUGHN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Discipline, perseverance and peak mental and physical fitness are assets for any line of work. But a few specialty careers demand these in extreme measures. In June, Aaron Henderson, 20, will enter what some call the world's toughest military school: the Navy's Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL, or BUD/S, program in Coronado, Calif. Since his junior year in high school, Henderson's goal has been to become a Navy SEAL. "But right now, I just want to get through the training," he said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 9, 2011 | By Maria L. La Ganga, Los Angeles Times
When he was in kindergarten, he would answer only to the name John Wayne. After high school, he battled wildfires in the rugged mountains of Northern California. And as an elite Navy SEAL, he went on nighttime raids in Afghanistan, missions both dangerous and top secret. Equal parts daring, determined and goofy, Jesse Pittman was as renowned for his practical jokes — often elaborate and largely unprintable — as he was for his bravery and discipline. Pittman, who spent most of his life in the small Mendocino County town of Willits , died Aug. 6 in Taliban territory when the Chinook helicopter that carried him and 29 other American troops was shot down.
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January 26, 1990 | JOHN M. BRODER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The former commander of the Navy's elite counterterrorism unit, SEAL Team Six, was convicted Wednesday of conspiracy to defraud the government for his part in a $113,000 kickback scheme on a hand grenade contract. Retired Navy Cmdr. Richard Marcincko, 48, a highly decorated Vietnam combat veteran, faces five years in prison and $50,000 in fines following his conviction in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Va. The jury acquitted him on a separate bribery count after a week of testimony.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 31, 2004 | From Times Staff Reports
A member of an elite Navy SEAL team pleaded guilty Friday to brutalizing prisoners in Iraq. The member, whose name was not released, said he and other SEALs punched, kicked and broke the fingers of prisoners at the Abu Ghraib prison. Seven members of the Coronado-based Seal Team 7 were initially charged. Charges against one of them were dropped after a hearing. As part of a plea bargain, the member who pleaded guilty agreed to testify against the others.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 5, 2005 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
The music was loud and the beer was flowing, but there was an undercurrent of sadness this weekend at McP's, a legendary hangout for Navy SEALs. One of the U.S. military's smallest and most secretive combat units, the SEALs had just suffered the worst one-day death toll in the group's history. Eight SEALs were killed last week in the crash of a Chinook helicopter in the mountains of Afghanistan while on a rescue mission. But the news may get worse.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 18, 2004 | From Times Wire Services
A Navy admiral Wednesday ordered that a member of an elite SEAL team be court-martialed on charges of brutalizing prisoners at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. The decision followed an Article 32 hearing, akin to a grand jury proceeding. The SEAL is accused of assault, dereliction of duty and maltreatment of prisoners. Three other SEALs are scheduled for such hearings. SEALs worked with the CIA to capture Iraqis suspected of terrorism and to bring them to the prison for questioning.
NATIONAL
February 12, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
The American raid to kill Osama bin Laden may be the most famous top-secret mission of all time, and the latest petal of secrecy was peeled away by Bin Laden's killer himself. On Monday, Esquire and the Center for Investigative Reporting co-released a gloomy profile of the unidentified Navy SEAL who says he killed Bin Laden with two shots to the forehead during the May 2011 raid in Abbottabad, Pakistan. Now, the SEAL is struggling to adjust to civilian life. The story, written by Phil Bronstein, recounts that the SEAL he calls "the Shooter" has survived a stretch of suicidal thinking, seen his marriage fall apart and his family live in fear since the White House identified SEAL Team 6 as the team that killed Bin Laden.
NATIONAL
February 3, 2013 | By Matt Pearce and Molly Hennessy-Fiske
A killer and a survivor, Chris Kyle had left the dust-worn places where he had to worry about enemy fire -- or even friendly fire. Kyle, 38, an author and former Navy SEAL sniper, was shot dead Saturday in Texas by an unemployed, 25-year-old Marine veteran, officials said Sunday afternoon. Another man, Chad Littlefield, 35, was also killed. The suspect, Eddie Ray Routh, used a semiautomatic handgun to shoot Kyle and Littlefield multiple times at a secluded gun range at the Rough Creek Lodge southwest of Ft. Worth, investigators said at a televised news conference.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 17, 2012 | By T.L. Stanley
Is David Lyle, chief executive of National Geographic Channels, being coy when he says he didn't expect a major dust-up over his decision to air the movie "SEAL Team Six: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden" a few days ahead of the hotly contested U.S. presidential election? Or is he just crafty, using a film that quickly became a political football as an attention-grabbing centerpiece of his fall schedule? Despite some critics' charge that the film could give President Obama an unfair boost, Lyle said he had no second thoughts about showing it on a Sunday night two days before Americans were to go to the polls.
NATIONAL
November 9, 2012 | By David S. Cloud, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON — Seven Navy SEALs, including one involved in the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, have been reprimanded for divulging classified information to the maker of a video game, Pentagon officials said Thursday. The seven received letters of reprimand and forfeited half of their pay for two months after a Navy investigation found they had served as paid consultants to the designers of "Medal of Honor Warfighter," one official said. All are members of Seal Team 6, the secretive commando unit based in Virginia.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 3, 2012 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Some fuss was recently made over the role President Obama plays in "SEAL Team Six: The Raid on Osama bin Laden," a docu-drama premiering on National Geographic Channel on Sunday. There were accusations that the timing - days before the election - and the late-hour insertion of additional footage of the president, including a voice-over describing the decision-making process, were designed to boost Obama's reelection bid. Despite subsequent protests from the network and the filmmakers, the partisan kerfuffle can work only to their advantage; no doubt more people will watch "SEAL Team Six" in light of the mild controversy.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 2, 2012 | By Matthew Cooper
Click here to download TV listings for the week Nov. 4 - 10 in PDF format This week's TV Movies     SUNDAY From Washington, D.C., to a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, the new docudrama "SEAL Team Six: The Raid on Osama bin Laden" details the effort to track down and take out the world's most-wanted terrorist. (National Geographic, 8 and 11 p.m.) MONDAY Have camera, will travel: "Witness," a new docu-series from filmmaker Michael Mann and commercial director David Frankham, follows photojournalists as they ply their trade in such strife-torn locales as Mexico, Brazil, Libya and South Sudan.
NATIONAL
October 12, 2007 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
A Navy SEAL killed in Afghanistan will be awarded the Medal of Honor, the first such award for troops serving in Afghanistan and the first for a SEAL since the war in Vietnam, the White House announced Thursday. Lt. Michael P. Murphy, 29, who had SEAL training here and was assigned to a SEAL team in Hawaii, was killed in June 2005 during a mission in the Hindu Kush mountains to find a key Taliban leader.
NATIONAL
March 30, 2013 | By Paloma Esquivel
A Navy SEAL who died in a free-fall parachuting accident this week during training exercises in Arizona was identified as Brett David Shadle of Elizabethville, Pa. The accident happened on Thursday near the Pinal Airpark in Marana, Ariz., where military training is frequently conducted. It sent another sailor to the hospital where he remains in stable condition, officials said. Shadle, 31, enlisted in the Navy in 2000 and completed his SEAL training one year later. He was assigned to the Navy's East Coast Special Warfare Unit, according to information provided by Naval Special Warfare Command.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 30, 2012 | By Scott Collins, Ben Fritz and Rebecca Keegan
Steven Spielberg knows the dust that can be kicked up when Hollywood takes up political themes in the weeks before a closely contested presidential election. So the veteran director didn't take any chances with his new "Lincoln" movie, pushing back the release until the weekend after the Tuesday election. "The movie coming out after the election gives the film at least a chance to stand on its own," Spielberg said in an interview. The filmmaker said he wanted the historical drama to be viewed in the context of its own time, not the present.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 5, 2012 | Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
No Easy Day The Firsthand Account of the Mission that Killed Osama bin Laden Mark Owen with Kevin Maurer Dutton: 315 pp., $26.95 Former Navy SEAL Matt Bissonnette did not put the first slug into Osama bin Laden when SEALs raided the terrorist's lair in Pakistan last year in May. But he fired follow-up shots quickly and without remorse, as he describes in vivid, gruesome detail in "No Easy Day," written under the pseudonym Mark...
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