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Navy SEAL Bill Berrien '82 Gives Chapel on Service to Saint David's Boys


Former Navy SEAL and Saint David's Alumnus Bill Berrien '82 fascinated all during his Chapel Talk Tuesday morning to our seventh and eighth graders.

A SEAL for nine years, Bill was a member of two platoons in South America as well as part of a Joint Special Operations unit. He shared his SEAL Trident with the boys, talked about the intensity of training, and noted he remains close to many with whom he served.


Connecting his service to the values that Saint David's espouses, he encouraged the boys to always be students--curious throughout their lives, to find the best in everyone, appreciate setbacks, and to learn from failures. In the video above, he addresses the first.

He closed by planting these "seeds" for our boys to consider: that life is a journey to be embraced broadly with openness to a variety of opportunities; being a service leader is of utmost importance; the unknown should be embraced; and, finally, that the boys be their own best friend, compassionate and not overly self critical.


It was great to welcome Bill and his father back to our school. For our boys to hear from an alumnus who has bravely served his country and embraces the service value that Saint David's holds so important, is both powerful and inspiring. Today, that is especially resonant as we remember the bravery and sacrifices made 75 years ago on the coast of Normandy.

Thank you to Bill and his friends, the Moran family, for giving us this special morning.

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