The family of Howard Wasdin, the author of SEAL Team Six: Memoirs of an Elite Navy SEAL Sniper has reached out to share their side of the story.
According to the several members of the Wasdin family the book published by Howard should be classified as fiction instead of non-fiction, because so many of the facts in the book appear to be made up.
The family recently has launched a campaign to clear the reputation of the authors deceased father Leon Wasdin.
“We are extremely dissapointed in Howard’s book” said Ron Wasdin, the brother of Leon Wasdin and the authors uncle. “Howard has lost respect with many people especially from his mother, sisters and all relatives.”
According to family members of Wasdin, many of the other facts in the book were made up and they are willing to stand together as a family to prove it. Here are some thoughts from the Wasdin family members:
Millie Wasdin (Howard’s Mother)
Howard weighed 5 pounds 4 ounces not 3 pounds and he did not come home in a shoe box. Not even a free clinic would allow that. Howard was not even born in a free clinic. I would never allow anyone to abuse my children even my soul mate; I would never allowed Leon to abuse my children.
Howard also did not attend kindergarten as he stated in his book. Leon took Howard in as his own child. He loved and raised his as his own. Leon always said, “The only steps in this family are at the front door.” Leon was always there for Howard and even served as his best man at his wedding to Michele.
Tammy (Howard’s Sister)
When I read the inserts of Howard E. Wasdin’s first memories of a child in chapter three, I was physically ill. We must not have grown up in the same house. My father instilled good values in me that I still carry today. He met all my needs, he provided for me physically and spiritually. I never went without anything. There was food on the table and there were always clothes to wear. I could always count on my father when I was in trouble. He loved me even when I didn’t do the right things.
Becky (Howard’s Younger Sister)
My memories of my daddy were when he took us in and adopted us, he treated us as equals. He was so proud. I remember my dad’s hands were firm when needed to be, but Howard did get away with more because he was the only boy.
I remember him doing things with us as a family. He took us to the park, and fishing and camping. He took us out to eat when we could afford going to restaurants. When I wasn’t close to home or couldn’t come home, I would call and he was the only one to talk me out of doing something stupid. Me and and my son Jeremy do love and miss him very much and I wish people that want to degrade him would just leave him alone and let him rest high on that mountain.
Steve (Howard’s Cousin)
I’ve only seen Howard get whipped once and it was for shooting someone with a BB gun, which he did deserve. The police officer actually told Uncle Leon to beat Howard for that. I never remember Uncle Leon being mean or abusive to Howard.
He would make you work, but it was not abusive. I don’t even remember seeing Uncle Leon drinking or even look at alcohol. Uncle Leon would go clip the watermelons and then we would go pick them up. Howard and I used to go swimming after working at the market. I remember getting paid for all the work we did with Uncle Leon. They would feed us while we were working too. I thought I had a good childhood with Uncle Leon.
Sue Wasdin (Howard’s Sister)
The book should be characterized as fiction. Several accounts about his childhood cannot be verified through anyone that was there at that time.
In Chp 3 he states his first memory was being four years old when his “Step Father” would come into the room after being on on a date with Howard’s mother. Smelling like alcohol, he pulled him out of bed and beat him until he tasted his own blood. This account is not substantiated by his mother, his other sister. and his Uncle Coy Kirkman and Aunt Louise Kirkman whom he lived with at the time. I can verify that I have never witnessed my father abuse anyone since the day I was born.
Leon, worked hard all his life to provide for his family. He was a modest God fearing man and lived for his family. He was brought up in a time where children learned values and respected their elders. He tried to teach these values to his children as well. He would give you the shirt off his back, but he expected his children to be respectful, responsible and work to their full potential.
My memories of the watermelon fields and having to pick up pecans are different from Howard’s. I remember he expected us to work but I also remember many jokes he would played on us and taking us to the open branch café. Afterwards we would go to the river to swim. I never remember Daddy getting a belt to us because we missed one pecan or if we didn’t work hard enough in the watermelon fields. I remember him telling us to go do it again and teaching us the right way to do a job, but he wasn’t abusive.
My father loved holidays and time together as a family. Daddy would surprise us when we were young by stopping by amusement parks and taking us to the Alligator Farm. I remember numerous camping trips, fishing trips and just drives down a dirt road. His smile and his jokes made the worst days bearable.
As a little girl I would go everywhere with him and sit on his tractor while he plowed and planted the fields. I remember as he walked and left foot prints in the sand I would jump to try to walk in his footsteps. This is still true today; I hope to be just half the parent he was. He taught me so much and always helped me when I was down. If it hadn’t been for his love and support, I don’t know if I would be here today.
These are some of the memories that differ from the book. There are also numerous others I could discredit in Howard’s book regarding his childhood. If you were to investigate you would find other information about Howard’s life that doesn’t add up. The real reason why he was asked to retire from the Seal Team and other accounts about his dishonesty and why he isn’t allowed back in Cambell County, Tenn. I am not here to bash him but I do want everyone to realize that this book is not nonfiction and should be classified as fiction.
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