Solomon Atkinson, an Alaskan native, lived an unusual life. He left his hometown and his job as a commercial fisherman to join the military and serve 22 years as one of the first US Navy SEALs. His lifetime accomplishments as a spouse, parent, mayor, veteran issues advocate, and community leader are nothing short of extraordinary. Sol was born in 1930 in Metlakatla, Alaska, and was reared by his parents in a small Tsimshian community on Annette Island, which is still the state’s only Indian reserve. He served as a SEAL in Korea and the Pacific, served three combat deployments in Vietnam, and then became a SEAL instructor for new recruits, earning the moniker “the Mean Machine.” Sol received a call from the Secretary of the Navy in the days leading up to his death, congratulating him for his service. His SEAL buddies were there to console him and remind him that he had opened the road for the heritage to live on.
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