SEAL The Unspoken Sacrifice

This original online exhibit features photography, artifacts, rare books, and more about the history and heritage of U.S. Navy SEALs.

This online exhibit is part of the Museum & Library's effort to share the stories of those who serve with citizens and citizen soldiers. SEAL The Unspoken Sacrifice online exhibit takes a distinctive and intimate approach in portraying the experiences of the very private Navy SEAL community and features photography by Stephanie Freid Perenchio.

In addition, images and details about artifacts from the Navy SEAL Museum's collection document SEAL history from World War II to today and feature uniforms, equipment, and keepsakes. The Museum & Library also published The History and Heritage of U.S. Navy SEALs, an original short history of the SEAL program from its inception to 2000 written by Tom Hawkins, former president of the UDT-SEAL Association, available for purchase in association with the exhibit.

Fascinating books pulled from the Museum & Library's Rare Book Room document the history of the U.S. Navy—from its beginnings during an era of masts, sails and pirates to the WWII Underwater Demolition Team Divers and Navy SEALs of today.

Naval Station Great Lakes, the site of Naval Special Warfare Preparatory School (the first stop in SEAL training), contributed a memorial featuring photos of SEALs killed in action or training since September 11, 2001 and these memorials are a part of this online exhibit. 

More than 50 audio clips from SEALs and their families accompany the online exhibit and each clip can be heard online from a computer, tablet or smart phone on exhibit pages featuring the audio icon.

SEAL The Unspoken Sacrifice

Audio Tour Introduction