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Retired Navy SEAL Lt. Commander Jim Smith's job was top secret. For years he couldn't even tell his family what he was doing.

That changed in 2011.

Recently retired and now the executive director of the Navy SEAL Foundation, Smith was asked to talk about the role of Navy SEALs after Osama bin Laden's death and the helicopter crash that killed 22 SEALs in Afghanistan.

The first time Smith ever spoke openly about his job was in an interview with NBC's Tom Brokaw.

Smith was in Boston recently for an upcoming fundraiser for the families of the military's special forces. So on this Memorial Day, we invited him to our studios to talk about what it's been like for him, and the Navy SEALs, to suddenly be in the spotlight.

This program aired on May 28, 2012.

Deborah Becker Twitter Host/Reporter
Deborah Becker is a senior correspondent and host at WBUR. Her reporting focuses on mental health, criminal justice and education.

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