The night that Osama Bin Laden's death was announced, locals at Boneshakers Sports bar in Dam Neck, Va., where Navy SEAL Team Six trains, toasted someone they may never know by name, but who could easily be their neighbor.
"God bless the man who took the shot. He's going to live with that for the rest of his life. I'm proud of him. I'm very proud of him," said veteran Carl Browning.
Former SEALs say the man who killed bin Laden definitely was not on his first mission and he may even have pieces of shrapnel or "frag" still in him from previous firefights. His hands are probably calloused from firing a weapon thousands of times.
But inside, the man who killed bin Laden has something special -- a rare mental agility, an unflinching nature in the most harrowing situations and the seasoned sense of self to know he can succeed.
"They are basically individual egomaniacs that make music together. They learn to depend on each other. When they are bored they play with each other to keep pushing. Otherwise, they get in trouble," said Marcinko.
And just like any other well-trained athlete, killing public enemy No. 1 in just 40 minutes still won't keep him from getting a little good-natured ribbing from his teammates.
"Whoever was the lucky guy to make the squeeze, to take him down -- he's looking forward to the next mission," said Marcinko. "He was hard-assed by his teammates that it could have been done in twenty minutes. There is always that bubble of pushing for better success and expertise."