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April 13th, 2009
11:48 AM ET

Where SEAL heroes come from

Editor's note: CNN Contributor Bob Greene is a bestselling author whose forthcoming book is "Late Edition: A Love Story."
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By Bob Greene
CNN Contributor

There is a beach in Coronado, California, just across the bridge from San Diego. It offers a beautiful view of the Pacific Ocean, which is why it attracts tourists who are drawn to the sun.

I thought about that beach yesterday, when the news from the Indian Ocean near the Horn of Africa was flashed around the world - the news that the captain of the cargo ship Maersk Alabama had been rescued from Somali pirates by U.S. forces operating off the USS Bainbridge.

That beach in California seems quite placid, even sedate. The historic, red-gabled Hotel del Coronado sits upon it - the place where the Marilyn Monroe-Jack Lemmon-Tony Curtis movie "Some Like It Hot" was filmed. The feeling of the place is one of genteel manners, of delicate tradition. You almost expect to see guests carrying parasols and making reservations to play croquet.

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  1. Annie Kate

    To read their creed and to know that Navy Seals are out there, protecting us on a daily basis, is humbling and inspiring. Wherever they come from I hope they keep coming – we need them now more than ever.

    April 13, 2009 at 3:54 pm |
  2. Michael C. McHugh

    That was good shooting!

    April 13, 2009 at 1:56 pm |