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When the Bullet Hits Your Funny Bone: The Essence of A U.S. Navy Seal

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When the Bullet Hits Your Funny Bone: the Essence of a U.S. Navy SEAL is a collection of true events about the author's time in U.S. Navy SEAL Teams and how SEALs use their humor to cope with all sorts of tragic events that they experience in their professional careers. This book offers the reader a personal glimpse into the minds of America's most elite warriors. The stor ...more
Paperback, 246 pages
Published January 1st 2012 by Paladin Timeless Books
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Beverly McClure
May 14, 2013 Beverly McClure rated it really liked it
When you hear the words navy seal what do you think of? Big, tough guys? Serious men? Dangerous? Practical joke players? Whoa! Wait a second. Practical jokes? Now, I admit my knowledge of the military is sparse. I was four years old when my brother joined the army, so I had no idea what his life and training were like. Sure, I’ve seen a few movies about the wars and military life, but never really connected until I read Billy Allmon’s memoir, WHEN THE BULLET HITS YOUR FUNNYBONE.

In his book, Bill
Sarah Eiseman
Mar 06, 2013 Sarah Eiseman rated it really liked it
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I’ve been reading a number of military memoirs of late, and many of them have been very serious. While it’s good to learn about other people’s experiences and how they overcame adversity, I think it’s equally important to understand that there can be some fun times in military life, too. It is in that vein that I read Billy Allmon’s book about his experience in the Navy SEALs.

Allmon is someone who, in my opinion, must be a blast to know. He’s clearly a pr
Jun 03, 2012 Randy rated it really liked it
I'm about halfway into this one, and I may stop soon. It's a nice enough series of anecdotes, but they are getting a bit repetitive.

God bless the SEALs. They do the hardest, most dangerous, dirtiest work under horrible conditions, and we are free because they do.

But I hope you aren't surprised to learn they are aggressive, offensive young American males. They party hard, try to get away with as much as possible, and constantly push the envelope of whatever they are doing.

My son is in the Navy, a
May 18, 2013 06jedh rated it it was amazing
When the bullet hits your funny bone was written in 2013 by Billy Allmon. This amazing book has 214 pages of laughter. The intended audience of this book is Young to Older Adults, the main issue of this book is: How SEALS use their humor to cope with sad events throughout life. The time and place is all over the states and world throughout 1969-1993. The main characters of this book are Protagonists: Billy Allmon and all SEAL teams the Antagonists: SEAL officers and bad guys (terrorists) .
Sep 02, 2015 Tricia rated it it was ok
Shelves: military, we-read
I truly wanted to like this book. But in the end I felt as if the author's bullets were hitting me everywhere But my funny bone. Coming from a military and police family I understand this kind of humor, so it wasn't that I was offended. Maybe it was because the writing was so subpar. I was surprised an editor didn't step in and make this at least a well written book. So, while I applaud all of our nation's military heroes, I don't applaud this particular book.
Jesse Tischauser
Sep 17, 2015 Jesse Tischauser rated it liked it
Decent read. It's a compilation of all the practical jokes, ass grabbing and funny shit that happens as a Special Operations soldier.
Feb 05, 2014 Evan rated it it was amazing
Hilarious! Most special operations soldier bios are about the few declassified missions they can discuss (usually from 20-30 years ago), but this one is the opposite; it focuses on the crazy stuff they did or saw that was hilarious. This makes it irrelevant what was classified because these funny tales can be altered for mission security and still be true to the humor of what happened!

These men lead weird lives, and the last story is tragic, accidental death of comrade, while funny at the same t
May 02, 2013 Kathryn rated it really liked it
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I enjoyed the book. It is filled with humorous tales (sometimes with a bit of sad news intertwined) that shine light on different methods of coping and release. My only issue is that I sometimes felt hit over the head with multiple explanations about language and terminology. For instance - I got it the first time that "C-rations" were canned food. The explanation was added any time C-rations were mentioned and got to be a bit much.

That's my only gripe.
Aug 18, 2012 Erin rated it it was amazing
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Actually very entertaining, and a great way to be reminded our men & women in the military are human, too. The book was not edited well, so there are major grammatical errors, words left out or duplicated, and some spelling errors. If you can look past that - and please do - this is a greatly entertaining read.
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