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Famous Navy SEALs 

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Updated March 27, 2020 926.6k views 20 items

This list contains information about famous Navy SEALS, loosely ranked by fame and popularity. Among the most respected and feared soldiers on the planet, Navy SEALs are trained for the sea, air, and land. Just to become Navy SEALs, these soldiers must complete what is widely considered the toughest training in any military worldwide.

Who is the most famous Navy SEAL? Jesse Ventura tops our list. Following his service on the Underwater Demolition Team, Ventura was a pro wrestler and Governor of Minnesota.  

Chris Kyle, the deadliest sniper in U.S. military history, achieved a new level of posthumous fame when his book, American Sniper, was adapted into 2014's biggest movie. Marcus Luttrell detailed his combat experience in his book Lone Survivor, which was also adapted into a popular film.

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Chris Kyle is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Navy SEALs
Photo: Cpl. Damien Gutierrez/Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain

Chris Kyle became the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history over four tours in Iraq as a Navy SEAL.

Before his murder in Texas, he wrote American Sniper, a bestselling account of his exploits.

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Rudy Boesch is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Navy SEALs
Photo: U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Elizabeth Merriam/Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain

Survivor contestant Rudy Boesch was one of the very first Navy SEALs.

He earned a Bronze Star for his actions in the Vietnam War, during which he participated in 45 combat missions.

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William Shepherd is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Navy SEALs
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NASA astronaut William Shepherd qualified to become a Navy SEAL in the 1970s, serving on the UDT and two separate SEAL teams.

As an astronaut, he participated in three Space Shuttle missions and commanded the first International Space Station crew.