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Admiral answers letter from 6-year-old

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“… Can you tell me who is quieter — SEALs or Ninjas? Also, how long can you hold your breath for?” Walker Greentree, 6, whose dad is on his fifth deployment, asked Adm. William McRaven,  commander of the SEALs.

Walker wanted to know because his mother had told him and some friends to be quiet “like SEALs.” A friend piped up and said Ninjas were quieter than SEALs. Walker’s conundrum had begun.

“First I thought ninjas were quieter and then I wanted to change my mind,” Walker said. “Ninjas, they spy on people, and SEALs they save people.”

It was Walker’s mother who suggested he write to the former Navy SEAL who now runs Special Operations Command.

“I think ninjas are probably quieter than SEALs, but we are better swimmers, and also better with guns and blowing up things,” the admiral told Walker. “I can hold my breath for a long time, but I try not to unless I really have to.”

In McRaven’s reply, he enclosed a challenge coin. It is Walker’s prized possession.

To learn more, visit Blue Star Families.

h/t ABC News

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