Navy SEALs Hall of Fame: Most famous SEALs through history

Chris Kyle Navy Seal Sniper dubbed as Devil of Ramadi, the Legend and the Myth
Chris Kyle became the most lethal sniper in US military history over four tours in Iraq as a Navy SEAL (Photo: XY)

Navy SEALs Hall of Fame represents the list of the famous SEALs publicly know and whose contributions were remarkable. Those who become very popular and well-known in society are featured on this list.

It was hard to compile the list of the most famous SEALs through history because there were thousands of Americans, known and unknown who fought everywhere where American interests were at stake. Being a Navy SEAL is about pride and honor and for years that tradition lives.

Many famous U.S. Navy SEALs became well-known through combat operations, while many others have also gone on to successful careers in politics, entertainment, and even space exploration after they have finished their military careers.

Among the most respected and feared warriors on the planet in the modern era, Navy SEALs are trained for the Sea, Air, and Land operations. Just to become a Navy SEAL, you need to complete what is widely considered as the toughest military training in the world.

John Gretton Willink – Jocko Willink

Navy SEALs Hall of Fame: SEAL Jocko Willink in Iraq
Navy SEALs Hall of Fame: SEAL Jocko Willink in Iraq (Photo: Jocko Willink)

John Gretton “Jocko” Willink is a former U.S. Navy Seals operator who served 20 years in most elite Navy units. He is famous for writing a few bestseller leadership books. He coaches his leadership styles through his company. Currently, he is one of the most famous SEALs.

Jocko Willink’s military service saw combat actions in the war in Iraq, where he eventually commanded the SEAL Team 3’s Task Unit Bruiser that fought in the bloody battle in Ramadi. The unit has become the most highly decorated unit in the Iraqi War. Jocko Willink himself was honored with the Silver Star and Bronze Star for his service. Jocko Willink also served as a Navy SEAL instructor during his career. He retired at the rank of Lieutenant Commander.

His TED talk has garnered millions of views which granted him the status of one of the most famous Navy SEALs in history.

BUD/s Class: not known (1990)

Eric T. Olson

Eric T. Olson one of the most famous Navy SEALs
Eric T. Olson – the first Navy SEAL to be appointed to three-star and four-star flag rank, as well as the first naval officer to be USSOCOM’s combatant commander.

He was the first Navy SEAL to be appointed to three-star and four-star flag rank, as well as the first naval officer to be USSOCOM’s combatant commander. Admiral Eric Thor Olson was in charge of the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) from 2007 to 2011.

Olson graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1973 and qualified as a Naval Special Warfare (SEAL) officer in 1974. He graduated in BUD/S Class 76. He has served operationally in an Underwater Demolition Team, SEAL Team, SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team, Special Boat Squadron, and at the Naval Special Warfare Development Group. He has commanded at every level.

Eric T. Olson retired from active duty on August 22, 2011, after he spent more than 38 years in service.

BUD/S Class: 76

Michael A. Monsoor

Navy SEALs Hall of Fame: Michael A. Monsoor
Navy SEALs Hall of Fame: Michael A. Monsoor (Photo: U.S. Navy)

Michael A. Monsoor is the American hero and a Navy SEAL who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his ultimate sacrifice in Ramadi, Iraq. Monsoor used his own body to shield his fellow soldiers from a hand grenade thrown by an insurgent in a 2006 combat engagement.

He enlisted in the US Navy in 2001 and graduated from Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL training BUD/S class 250 in 2004. After further training, he was assigned to Delta Platoon, SEAL Team 3.

BUD/S class: 250

Scott Helvenston

Scott Helvenston Navy Seal
Scott Helvenston joined the United States Navy at 17 and became the youngest person to complete Navy SEAL training

He joined the United States Navy at 17 and became the youngest person to complete Navy SEAL training. Working in the private sector, he appeared on a variety of reality TV programs and was a personal trainer for Hollywood celebrities such as Demi Moore (for G.I. Jane).

Scott Helvenston was also featured in the reality shows Combat Missions and Man vs. Beast (in the latter, he completed an obstacle course faster than a chimpanzee). He also starred in a reality series called Extreme Expeditions: Model Behavior months before he left for Iraq.

Helvenston was killed in Fallujah, Iraq along with squad members Jerry “Jerko” Zovko, Wesley Batalona, and Michael Teague while working as a security contractor for Blackwater. His death was part of the infamous incident in 2004 which sparked international shock and outrage.

BUD/S class: not known (1982)

Chuck Pfarrer

Chuck Pfarrer
Navy SEALs Hall of Fame: Charles Patrick “Chuck” Pfarrer, III is a former U.S. Navy SEAL from Biloxi, Mississippi, USA

Charles Patrick “Chuck” Pfarrer, III is a former U.S. Navy SEAL from Biloxi, Mississippi, USA. He became an author, novelist, and screenwriter after he left the Navy. Some of his screenwriting credits include Darkman, Hard Target, Red Planet, and, of course, Navy SEALs.

He spent 8 years in Navy SEALs and ended his service as Assault Element Commander at the United States Naval Special Warfare Development Group (DEVGRU), formerly known as SEAL Team 6.

BUD/S class: not known (1981)

William H. McRaven

William H. McRaven Navy Seal
Navy SEAL William H. McRaven served as Commander of the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM)

From 2011 to 2014, Navy SEAL William H. McRaven served as Commander of the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), which oversees the Special Operations of the Army, Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps.

The most recognizable operation of his career probably was Operation Neptune Spear. He is credited with organizing and overseeing the execution of the operation, the special ops raid that led to the death of Osama bin Laden on May 2, 2011.

Admiral McRaven retired from the Navy on August 28, 2014, after more than 37 years of service. Today, he is recognized for his motivational speeches and he is a notable member of the community.

BUD/S class: not known (1977)

Marcus Luttrell

Lone Survivor: Marcus Luttrell - Operation Red Wings
Navy SEALs Hall of Fame: Marcus Luttrell – one of the most famous SEALs (Photo: XY)

Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell was the only man to survive from the four-man Special Reconnaissance element with SDV-1 in Operation Red Wing in June 2005. He detailed his harrowing Afghanistan combat experience in the best-selling book Lone Survivor. The book was later turned into a hit film with Mark Wahlberg playing Luttrell.

For his actions during Operation Red Wings, he was awarded the Navy Cross and Purple Heart. Marcus Luttrell was a Hospital Corpsman First Class by the end of his eight-year career in the United States Navy.

BUD/S class: 226 (1999)

William Shepherd

William Shepherd 1
William Shepherd – a Navy SEAL and Astronaut (Photo: XY)

William McMichael “Bill” Shepherd is an American former Navy SEAL, aerospace, ocean and mechanical engineer, and NASA astronaut, who served as Commander of Expedition 1, the first crew on the International Space Station.

NASA astronaut William Shepherd qualified to become a Navy SEAL in 1972 after finishing BUD/S, serving on the UDT, two separate SEAL Teams, and Special Boat Unit TWENTY. He is also a recipient of the Congressional Space Medal of Honor. That granted him a place among the most famous SEALs through history.

BUD/S class: not known (1972)

Rudy Boesch

Rudy Boesch Navy Seal
Rudy Boesch was one of the very first Navy SEALs

Survivor contestant Rudy Boesch was one of the very first Navy SEALs. He earned a Bronze Star for his actions in the Vietnam War, during which he participated in 45 combat missions, including raids, ambushes, rescues, and intelligence operations.

During his time in SEAL Team Two and later, his results were set as physical and operational standards for the team. After 45 years of continuous service, Boesch retired from the US Navy in 1990 as a Master Chief Petty Officer.

BUD/S class: UDT Frogman in 1951

Chris Kyle

Chris Kyle Navy Seal one of the most famous navy seals in history
Chris Kyle became the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history over four tours in Iraq as a Navy SEAL

Chris Kyle became the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history over four tours in Iraq as a Navy SEAL. Before he was killed in Texas, he co-wrote American Sniper, a bestselling account of his exploits which ultimately led to Hollywood where it served as the basis for the box office powerhouse that starred Bradley Cooper as Kyle in blockbuster American Sniper.

He was awarded several commendations for acts of heroism and meritorious service in combat including one Silver Star Medal, four Bronze Star Medals with “V” devices, a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and numerous other unit and personal awards.

On February 2, 2013, Kyle and his friend, Chad Littlefield, 35, were shot and killed by Eddie Ray Routh at the Rough Creek Ranch-Lodge-Resort shooting range in Erath County, Texas. Their killer, Eddie Ray Routh was sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Chris Kyle is one of the most famous Navy SEALs in history.

BUD/S class: not known (1999)

Jesse Ventura

jesse ventura navy seal
Jesse Ventura (Photo: XY)

Born as James George Janos but better known by his stage name Jesse Ventura is a former professional wrestler, Predator supporting player, television personality, and former Minnesota Governor which served in US Navy’s Underwater Demolition Team during the Vietnam War. UDT soldiers were eventually retasked as Navy SEALs in the 1980s.

He served as the 38th Governor of Minnesota from January 4, 1999 – January 6, 2003. Despite there a lot of controversies around him, Jesse Ventura is still one of the most famous Navy SEALs in history.

BUD/S class: 58 (1970)

8 comments
  1. FUCK jessie ven-douchebag!!!!!! Such a hack!!!!!! Never did anything brave or noteworthy. I absolutely HATE that coward. Gosh.

  2. You are an illiterate juvenile that has no concept of the real world. A man that’s taken up the call for duty and is shown no respect by a person like you is from pure ignorance. You have no idea of what he gave up to serve his country. Nothing but true love for his country and the life he was thankful to have. He may have taken a different path after his service but originally he had a true heart.
    Thank God for people like him.

  3. Any True Service member knows that blind obedience is not true service. Any fucktard criticizing Jesse because he doesn’t like the course his government has taken does not understand patriotism, the first Amendment , or the Constitution itself.

  4. On a list of most famous Seals, David Goggins should have been on this list. But whether on this list or not, whether alive or dead, all of these men deserve the utmost respect of every American citizen. Without warriors such as these, and other special op forces, the freedom and liberties that Americans often take for granted would be much less secure. Honestly, like all humans, some may not be honorable, but they all deserve to be honored. God bless them, and those that follow.

  5. Love David Goggins as tribute to never accepting mediocrity in life and he should be an ” runner up” to these all time greatest SEALS- but William Goines, the 1st African-American SEAL , who graduated UDT school in 1957 and went on to join the original Seal Team 2 when it was established in 1962

    Goines humbly fought harsh segregation and served his country for more than 32 years and retired as a Master Chief. He completed over 43 different tactical and technical schools during his service, from the USN, USAF,Coast Guard, USMC and US Army, served 3 active combat tours in Vietnam, receiving multiple commendations including a bronze star for valor, and completed over 640 jumps while member of the US Navy parachute demonstration team

    This from a man who had to learn how to swim in a local creek due to segregation which prevented him from swimming in his home towns public pools.

  6. @Joshua ‘FUCK jessie ven-douchebag!!!!!! Such a hack!!!!!! Never did anything brave or noteworthy. I absolutely HATE that coward. Gosh.’ Gosh you must be a real piece of Sh**. Wonder what you have done that is brave or noteworthy. sic

  7. No servicemen or woman gives a shit what any civilian thinks of them.
    If you haven’t served, you are not worthy of commenting.
    You have not earned that right.

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