With the success of the Navy SEALs in the operation against Osama bin Laden, claims to have been a member of this elite force are on the rise. In an AP article about groups that work to expose these fakers, Steve Waterman of South Thomaston, ME said:
“There were about 500 SEALs that operated in Vietnam, and I’ve met all 20,000 of them.”
Mr. Waterman is a retired Navy diver and underwater photographer who has helped expose over 100 of these wannabes. Though never a SEAL, he participates with www.stolenvalor.com to help expose those who fraudulently claim military honors to which they aren’t entitled.