SAN DIEGO (AP) - Military officials say the highly secretive Navy SEAL team that killed Osama bin Laden will likely be honored in the only way such a covert group can be: in private with nobody but themselves and their commanders in the know.
The Navy still has not even confirmed its SEALs carried out the much-lauded, 40-minute raid on bin Laden's compound. But privately, Rear Adm. Edward Winters, at Naval Special Warfare Command in California, sent an email congratulating his forces.
Navy officials say the names of those on the force will not be revealed for their personal safety.
If the Navy does honor them with medals for the near textbook-perfect operation, officials say it would do so privately because it was a classified mission.