Bill Salisbury

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

Articles by Bill Salisbury

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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 ...


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.”

No One Knew I Had a Knife in My Pocket

Former SEALs square off on airport security

Elson maintained that “The most important issue is not Flynn: it’s the terrible state of civil aviation security. It’s just a matter of time before we have another catastrophic terrorist attack like Pan Am 103.”

Never Say Retreat

The Chosin Few reunite. MacArthur would not be happy.

"It was during this last week in November and the first two weeks in December that MacArthur nearly lost his entire force out of arrogance, out of a refusal to believe the enemy was truly there, out of blind ambition."

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