Editor’s note: We hope that you enjoy this Among Heroes chapter excerpt, Daredevil: Dave Scott.

On August 14, 2000, a few weeks after Mike Bearden’s funeral, my platoon took off westward across the Pacific on our first deployment, bound for the Indian Ocean as part of an amphibious readiness group (ARG) attached to the transport ship USS Duluth. Our days as new guys were finally coming to an end—and not one moment too soon. After years of training and preparation, we were so glad to be getting the hell out of Coronado, on our way to becoming seasoned operatives at last.

You’d think this would have been really exciting.

It wasn’t.