Mar 29 , 2023
Mike Day’s Heroic Story in Iraq
On March 27, 2023, the world lost a hero. Retired Navy SEAL Mike Day passed away, and it is alleged that he died by suicide.
However, no cause of death has been shared yet.
Mike Day’s legacy includes a remarkable story of bravery and resilience during a vicious firefight in Iraq.
On April 6, 2007, he was the first member of his squad to enter a room in a village near Fallujah.
The mission quickly turned into a firefight with three Al-Qaeda members.
The Incredible Story of Mike Day’s Survival
Navy SEAL Sr. Chief Mike Day had never been shot before, but that changed dramatically one night in April 2007.
In 2007, Mike Day was caught in a brutal firefight with three al-Qaeda insurgents after he was the first of his team to enter a room in a town near Fallujah, Iraq. The enemy fighters opened fire, hitting Day with 27 separate bullets. 11 of the shots were stopped by his body armor, but 16 penetrated his body and left him perilously wounded.
A grenade then exploded just 10 feet away from him, knocking him unconscious. According to Day, when he woke up roughly a minute later, he managed to kill two of the fighters with his pistol.
“Upon entering that doorway, they all just opened up on me. It felt like somebody was just beating me up with sledgehammers,” Day said.
“After I’d figured out I was getting shot I said, ‘God, get me home to my girls.’ That was my first prayer to God, real prayer. When the fighting finally stopped, he miraculously got up and walked himself to a medical helicopter.
“People hear about my story and they can’t believe it. I was there and I can’t believe it,” Day said. “I got shot 27 times – 16 in the body and 11 times in my body armor. ”
“I was shot in both legs, both arms, my left thumb was almost amputated, I was shot in the abdomen and had a colostomy bag for a year, my right scapula was shattered, I was shot twice in the buttocks, once in the scrotum and my body armor was hit multiple times which caused fractured ribs and contusions on my lungs.”
The Navy SEAL spent just 16 days in the hospital – during which time he lost 50lbs – before he was discharged and awarded the Purple Heart, the oldest military decoration still given to serving military members in the US.
The trauma of the firefight in Iraq had lasting effects on Mike Day.
He suffered from a post-traumatic stress disorder and sought treatment at the Carrick Brain Centers in Dallas over the years.
Mike Day’s legacy will live on as a testament to the bravery and resilience of the men and women who serve our country.