By JOHN WAGNER and SHANE WALTERAIDUSENWASHINGTON, June 10 (Reuters) – Kayleigh McNary, the Navy’s first black commander, was a symbol of hope in the Vietnam war, as she worked with the country’s poorest people and served on its most sensitive missions.
Now she is at the center of a controversy over her photos of a seal war, in which she took part, and what it meant to be a woman in the U.S. Navy.
McEnany’s pictures have sparked debate over her actions and whether she should have been fired.
Some critics say the photographs are insensitive to the soldiers who lost their lives.
Others have accused her of disrespecting the U,S.
S Carl Vinson carrier group and the sailors who died.
McNary said she is not proud of her actions, saying she wanted to show a united country.
McNeil was part of the U-2 spy plane program during the Vietnam War, which was one of the darkest chapters in U.N. history.
She later worked for the U.-2 program in the 1970s, the Vietnam era, and in the late 1990s.
McEntee, a former Navy SEAL who now lives in Florida, said in an interview with Reuters that he felt “shocked” by the images.
McENTEE: I feel like we need to have an honest discussion about how we were treated in the war.
We had no freedom.
We didn’t have the freedom to express our ideas.
And that’s what it was, that’s why we fought, that was the way we fought.
It was just a war of survival.
McENANY: What’s sad about it is that there are a lot of people who say, well we shouldn’t have taken pictures of that.
It’s an example of how we did not care.
It makes me sad that there is a lot people who feel that way.
McINNARY: I’m so sorry, I’m really sorry, and I don’t think we should have done that.
I don�t think we could have taken photos of it.
McMENTEE, now retired, said he was a Navy SEAL for more than 30 years and said he never expected to have a job with a newspaper that would print his name and his picture.
McInney said she wanted the Navy to honor the servicemen and women who lost loved ones in the conflict.
She said the war has changed her life and her own, and she has been able to help her family.
“The war has brought me so much joy, so much freedom and so much compassion,” she said.
“It’s been such a blessing to me and my family and to have that kind of support from the Navy and the U of S and the rest of the military, which I have had the privilege to serve.”
McEntees comments have been met with a mix of anger and disbelief from many in the military community.
He said he had never seen anyone in his position criticize the service.
“I would not have done it,” he said.
McEENEE: There are a bunch of people out there that feel that it was an injustice.
They felt like I should have had my life taken away.
They didn’t understand that I did what I did.
McDONAHY: It just hurts me that she had no idea that the photos were going to be used.
It hurts me so bad that it happened, and that’s sad.
It just feels like a terrible thing to have happened to you, to not understand that your life is on the line.
McENTEE is the son of retired Navy Rear Adm.
McMcDONA: I don`t understand why it took so long to take that picture and to see what it would have meant to the servicemembers who died in that war.
McNAIRY: She was so focused on her job, and the people that were dying in the photo.
And I wanted to give them a voice.
I wanted them to have their voice heard.
I felt like that picture had to be released.
I think it just showed what I wanted it to show.