Wives and Widows of US Navy SEALs, the bravest of all - Marliss Melton

Wives and Widows of US Navy SEALs, the bravest of all

When Marcus Luttrell signed a copy of LONE SURVIVOR for me, he wrote something very profound which I would like to reiterate: “The only job harder than being a Navy SEAL is being the wife one. You are the hero.” (He assumed as many do that my Navy retired husband was a SEAL).  But he was still right. The only human beings more heroic than our SEALs are their wives, some of whom become their widows. This blog is dedicated to the widows of Navy SEALs. Here are the ones I’m acquainted with. Please feel free to list more names in the comments below. To these strong, incredible women: America thanks you for your terrible sacrifice, and we are sorry that the price was so high. We share in your profound loss. God bless you and comfort you.

Maria (Patsy) Dietz-Shipley, Laura McGreevy, Kimberly Vaughn, Taya Kyle, Kelley Brown, Normandina Healy… Please keep the list going by adding names to the Comment tab below.

Widow of Mike McGreevy, Navy SEAL

Marliss meets Navy SEAL widow



  1. Kathy Dennis Kathy Dennis
    February 8, 2014    

    To all the widows and significant others, thank you for the sacrifice you and your Seal made for this country. You and your families will forever be in my prayers. God be with each of you.

  2. Rebekah Rebekah
    March 16, 2014    

    I really need someone to help me know how to deal with a navy seal that after three years cannot get over the navy seals training he had in the navy in the
    90s that they gave to him….please

    • March 16, 2014    

      Hi, Rebekah, I haven’t been in your shoes, so I’m not the best person to help you. I do know a woman who’s been married to two SEALs, one of whom was killed in action. She’s a lovely and helpful person and may have some tips for you. Write me at marliss@marlissmelton.com and I’ll see if I can help you that way.

  3. Rebekah Rebekah
    March 16, 2014    

    I married him and I need help please….

  4. Rebekah Rebekah
    March 16, 2014    

    Help me please navy seal wives? Please

  5. Rebekah Rebekah
    March 16, 2014    

    Ok, thanks

  6. bobby bobby
    April 2, 2014    

    I am a retired master chief seal team 3. My wife has spent many nights sleepless. Dreading the call at 3am. Not knowing your issue I would direct you to the nearest va. Give them a call. Explain the issue. His training may not be the issue only how he perceived it was. Also many areas have a #211 type hot line for you to call. Robert.doane@yahoo.com is my email. I wish you the best and your husband. Please thsnk him for his service. The US GOV. Does help just have to be persistant

  7. Bernard Kim Bernard Kim
    March 26, 2015    

    Don’t forget Cindy Axelson, the wife of Matthew “Axe” Axelson (who fought on to the very end, firing his pistol until he ran out of ammunition).

    • July 9, 2015    

      Wait, I thought that Axe was just engaged, not married.

  8. February 17, 2016    

    I saw your blog about being a military widow and I want to reach out to share a project we would love to invite you to join.
    Grief Diaries is a series of books dedicated to sharing stories exploring life’s challenges and wounds. The first eight titles were published in December 2015, and due to popular demand, more than thirty new titles are planned for 2016. One of our new titles is Through the Eyes of Fallen Hero Wives. With your expertise on this issue coupled with your writing experience, we would love to have you join us. The project is user-friendly: once registered, you receive three questions every week for six weeks. The collection of answers is compiled systematically into chapters. See attached media kit for a sample chapter of one of our published books.
    Our registration includes anthology copyright permission only, preserving your past and future publishing endeavors. Bestselling authors and novice writers from around the world who share our mission of raising awareness have joined our book projects, over 200 since launching six months ago.

    To learn more about how the project works, visit http://www.griefdiaries.com. To register, click on the book cover labeled Through the Eyes of Fallen Hero Wives.

    Thank you for considering our invitation to help raise awareness while offering comfort to those in need.

    • March 9, 2016    

      I just saw this! Sorry for the delay. I thank you for the invitation, but my 1st husband was just out of the Army when he was killed in a car crash, so I don’t think I qualify. Sounds like a GREAT anthology. I wanted to put one together several years ago featuring the widows of Navy SEALs I had met. I’m off to read more about griefdiaries and would love to feature it in one of my blogs. What do you think?

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