Mike Day had been shot at plenty of times during his two decades as a Navy SEAL, but he had never been hit. That changed dramatically the night of April 6, 2007.  Mike was part of a 22 member assault team tasked with striking an al-Qaeda cell responsible for shooting down several Marine helicopters.

Mike Day

 Senior Chief Petty Officer Mike Day

Mike was the first through the door and was immediately met with a hail of bullets by terrorists firing AK-47’s, an M-4 and pistols.  Mike was hit and fell into the 10 square foot room. Of the two Iraqi allies behind him, one was severely wounded and the other was killed. Fellow SEAL Clark Schwedler was hit in the back of the neck and died on scene.  His rifle shot from his grasp, Mike transitioned to his pistol, killed one terrorist and then engaged a second terrorist who had pulled the pin on a hand grenade. The explosion knocked Mike unconscious.

Mike Day awoke to find the remaining enemies firing at his regrouping comrades. He engaged and killed the two remaining AK-47 wielding terrorists with his sidearm.  When the smoke cleared, Mike Day had been shot 27 times; 11 rounds hit his body armor and 16 bullets had entered his body. “Anywhere you can put a finger on me, except my head, I was shot.”

Miraculously, Mike completed clearing the house and then WALKED HIMSELF to the evacuation helicopter. The total elapsed time of the shootout was 16 minutes.

Mike credits his training and muscle memory for his actions that night. To this day he believes that a person can train in or out of anything in life. “Everything you are right now is what you have trained into. You can break the trend of listening to that voice in your head that keeps you from being what you want to be.”

Mike also shares his thoughts on Veterans transitioning out of the military and civilians dealing with trauma in their life.

TAKEAWAY: “If I don”t do the best I can to be the best I can be, I am no good to anyone else. You have to be self reliant.”