At the Army-Navy game in Boston, Task & Purpose interviewed former Navy SEAL and Medal of Honor recipient Michael Thornton. Thornton, recognized for his valor in Vietnam, shared insights from his experiences. He revealed his preference for eating local Vietnamese food during missions to blend in, and emphasized his commitment to his duties, never causing his team to be disciplined. On solving the recruiting crisis, Thornton believes the current system suffices, recounting how he joined the Navy under unique circumstances orchestrated by his father and a judge. He humorously recalled “acquiring” luxurious items like freezers, steaks, and air conditioners for his base, a practice he refers to as “Cum Shaw.” Thornton’s most valued comfort during deployment was the hope of returning home to his family, highlighting the uncertainty and sacrifices of military service.