By John Stryker Meyer

With such a large Marine Corps presence in North County, both at Camp Pendleton and Miramar Air Station, there’s almost daily media coverage of the horrific price paid by Marines and Navy corpsmen fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, including those killed in action and wounded in action since Sept. 11, 2001.

The movie “Act of Valor” (featuring active-duty Navy SEALs) recently shed light on another aspect of the grueling toll that Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and Operation Iraqi Freedom have taken on the clandestine world of America special operations service members: SEALs, Army Green Berets, Marine MARSOC and Air Force Pararescue personnel.

In the world of special operations, the norm for a successful operation is no public adulation or recognition: The spec ops men settle for the satisfaction of a job well done.