As congressmen and many in the public stew over the pending court martial of three Navy SEALs accused of abusing a detainee and making false official statements, a SEALs blog remembers one of them men murdered whose desecrated remains were hung from that infamous bridge in Fallujah:
Scott Helvenston was the youngest to ever complete Navy SEAL training, after being given special permission at 16 years old to join the Navy and completing Navy SEAL training at 17.
He spent 12 years in the Navy, from 1982 until 1994, during which time he was deployed four times. He spent four years as a Free Fall instructor…
In 2004, Scott Helvenston worked for then Blackwater USA, a company owned by former Navy SEALs like himself. He was part of the Blackwater guards assigned to provide security for clients engaged in the food industry. On March 30, 2004, Scott Helvenston and three other contractors: Jerry Zovko, Wesley Batalona, and Michael Teague, were assigned to provide security to a convoy that was to travel from Baghdad to a military base to the west of Fallujah, Iraq. He was only 38 years old at that time.
They were trying to help deliver food.