Newly unveiled statue is symbol of Seal's mission in life

January 7, 2015 5:34 PM

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It was seeing the statue of David in person for the first time that caused Stephen Otten, a former Navy SEAL, to break down in tears after years of post-traumatic stress.

"It felt great, and my shirt was soaking wet," said Otten, 37, of Belleville, who visited Italy shortly after leaving the military. He was amazed at the marble statue, which took Michelangelo three years to create. This was the Navy SEAL of sculptors, he remembers thinking.

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