Bill Salisbury

Salisbury is an ex-SEAL who wrote for the Reader from the early 1990s to 2005.

Articles by Bill Salisbury

Best Reader stories from 1995

Prince of Peace Abbey, Perry Mason, Crawdaddy's daddy, Pat Welsh, Asian gangs, Eckankar, SEALS spy for Koch, Kate Sessions, Carlsbad flower fields

I've got Perry Mason on board! In early 1960, the man who created Perry Mason was introduced to an Imperial Beach resident named Francisco Muñoz. Erle Stanley Gardner had many friends, and he particularly liked ...

Bucolic Bonita

Boredom, Sweetwater Trail, Canary Island palms, Welcome to Bonita sign

Not so pretty: Bonita’s sign replacement cost Though Bonita's welcome mat has been pulled, the South Bay community is hardly discouraging people from coming by. The “Welcome to Bonita” sign, designed to convey a warm ...

Bill Salisbury and the Reader

Desert Storm, Jesse Ventura, America's Cup spying, Panama, Grenada, Vietnam

Bill Salisbury an ex-SEAL, wrote for the Reader from 1990 to 2000. Editor's picks of Salisbury stories: Bull Frog Ed Bowen takes command of Navy BUDS on heels of 1999 disaster If you like your ...

We Did the Dirty Work

Plumbers, Spooks, the Boys in the Band, the Boys Up the River, the Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight. Or, as former SEAL Dan Cerrillo referred to them when he testified recently at SEAL Lieutenant Andrew ...

Nobody Talks, Everybody Walks

SEALs take bloody revenge

All the recent commotion about U.S. atrocities at Abu Ghraib Prison and elsewhere got me thinking about Ka-Bar knives, which in turn got me thinking about former senator and now member of the 9/11 Commission ...

Bonita

Bucolic Bonita first bloomed in my experience during a 1965 visit to the shallow valley scooped out across millennia by the Sweetwater River on its run to the Pacific. Even in the mid-’60s the lemon ...

Desert Storm SEALs recall our first go at Saddam.

Hardcore combat

17 January has come and gone and with it the 12th anniversary of the brutish, nasty, and short Gulf War. With Gulf War II looming, the media has sought out veterans of Gulf War I ...

Why (and How?) Did a Navy SEAL Die in Afghanistan?

Perhaps the Pentagon didn’t tell the whole story.

Another incomplete version of Roberts’s last moments emerged in a New York Times article on March 7 under the headline “Combat Mystery: Last Moments of Navy Man Still a Puzzle.”

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