Today the world knows of the U.S. Navy SEALs, but Gene Wentz tells the inside story of this elite force before we knew of their existence. One of the best-kept secrets in U.S. history, SEALs were cloaked in obscurity with a top-secret clearance. Any mention of SEAL Team was in faint whispers: not only was the nation unaware of them—so was 90 percent of the Navy. SEALs worked closely with the CIA deep behind enemy lines with little or no support—if a SEAL was captured, the U.S. government disavowed their existence.
Gene Wentz was born in Texas and raised in Southern California where, as a high schooler, he came across a Reader’s Digest article about the then little-known U.S. Navy SEALs. Wentz was 18, the draft was in force and he knew his number would soon be up. He volunteered for military duty with the Navy and reported to six months of intense and grueling Basic Underwater Demolition SEAL (BUD/S) training right out of boot camp, becoming a member of SEAL Team One. After two tours to Vietnam, Wentz wrote the novel Men In Green Faces “to bring honor and pride to all those who served and died” there. The book became the inspiration for a generation of SEALs, including Mark Owen, who cited Men In Green Faces as having put him on the path that eventually brought him face-to-face with Osama bin Laden.
Gene Wentz has traveled the U.S for TV and radio interviews, as well as to deliver lectures for service organizations, writers’ conferences, high schools, and many others. In talking with the future leaders of our nation at a myriad of educational institutes in Ohio and West Virginia, Wentz speaks not only about his book and experiences as a Navy SEAL, but also about how important it is to honor those that have fought and made sacrifices for the rights and freedom we enjoy as a nation. He speaks about his own struggles in school and the hard work and never-give-up attitude it took to accomplish the things he did. Wentz coached varsity high school football among other sports to underclassmen and women.
Gene Wentz was a member of Navy Special Warfare (SEAL Team) from 1968 to 1978. In the years spent with SEAL Team One in Coronado, CA; where the extreme degree of training never ended, Gene made two tours to Vietnam, became a Military Advisor, and was awarded the Silver and Bronze Star for valor and heroic achievements, along with Presidential Unit and Navy Unit citations and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry. During his last years at SEAL Team, Wentz took the opportunity to teach from his experience as a combat veteran by becoming a BUD/S instructor to new trainees.Download Bio
Men in Green Faces
A Novel of U.S. Navy SEALs
Gene Wentz and B. Abell Jurus
Gene Wentz and B. Abell Jurus's Men in Green Faces is the classic novel of Vietnam that inspired a generation of SEALs. Here is the story of a good soldier trained to be part of an elite team of warriors—and of the killing grounds where he was forever changed.
What is BUD/S (Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL) Training? An inside look at the hardest military training program on the planet, from the trainer himself.
9/11 and Beyond From the terror attacks on America to rescuing Jessica Lynch, capturing Saddam Hussein, and the hunt for Osama Bin Laden, Gene Wentz is often called upon to discuss current military situations. He offers perspective on the situation in Benghazi, on Israel, and many other world events.
Being Christian in War Gene Wentz explains how his faith got him through the horror of war.
The Writing Life A frequent speaker at conferences including the Southern California Writer’s Conference and the Virginia Writer’s Conference, with book signings from coast to coast, Gene Wentz discusses how the fictional Men In Green Faces became a reality. He talks about getting published, from obtaining an agent to selling a book and promoting it once it’s been released.
"A Mission Impossible-style page turner."
—Los Angeles Times
"An exciting, unnerving, no-frills war novel."
“A brutal book…reads like a novel but is all too true… shocking and immensely satisfying.”
—Ocala Star Banner