Gene Wentz was born in Texas and raised in Southern California. While in high school he came across an article in Reader’s Digest about the then little known U.S. Navy SEAL/s. He was 18, the draft was in force and he knew his number would soon be up. He volunteered for military duty with the Navy and reported to six months of intense and grueling Basic Underwater Demolition SEAL (BUD/S) training right out of boot camp.
In the years spent with SEAL Team One in Coronado, CA; where the extreme degree of training never ended, Gene made two tours to Vietnam, became a Military Advisor, was awarded the Silver and Bronze Star for valor and heroic achievements, along with Presidential Unit and Navy Unit citations and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry. Taking the opportunity to teach from his experience as a combat veteran to the new trainees, he became a BUD/S instructor in his last years at SEAL Team.
Deciding to write a book based on some of his experiences in Vietnam, Gene embarked on a journey that would take him through reliving the atrocities of war and remembering the men in green faces who fought and died there.
MEN IN GREEN FACES was published in 1992 in hardback edition by St. Martins Press and went to paperback in 1993, it went International and has been very successful and well received since. Men In Green Faces has been used in College Psychology courses and Vietnam Studies.
Gene has traveled the U.S for TV and Radio interviews along with multiple speaking engagements and lectures. In talking with the future leaders of our nation at a myriad of educational institutes in Ohio and West Virginia, he speaks not only about his book and experiences as a Navy SEAL, but also how we all must honor and respect those that have fought and sacrificed for the rights and freedom this nation affords them through our fighting forces. He also speaks about his own struggles in school and how hard work and the never-give-up attitude it took to overcome those obstacles to accomplish the things he did. Gene coached Varsity high school football among other sports to underclassmen and women. Encouraging students to pursue their dreams; instilling in them:
Gene Receiving The Bronze Star