The Navy SEALs, the elite special operations unit of the Navy, is synonymous today with heroism and bravery.
But because of their classified missions, they don't always get the public honors they deserve.
Saturday, nine members of the original SEALs team spent the day getting just such an honor.
The Stihl Timbersports series recognized the teams on their fiftieth anniversary.
"When we learned this was the 50th anniversary, the folks at Stihl wanted to do something special," said Roger Phelps of Stihl Timbersports. "It's like the original extreme sport recognizing the original extreme warriors."
The nine men spent their lives keeping their prestigious title of Navy SEAL a secret.
"In fact when we got back you couldn't even say the word SEAL," said Rudy Boesch, a retired SEAL.
But Saturday they got to wear that title proudly.
At the National Championship Timbersports Series, the packed house rose to their feet for members of original Navy SEALs teams one and two.
In 1962, Rudy Boesch and Billy Brumuller were asked to report to duty for the new unconventional warfare team called the SEALs. They had no idea what they were getting into.
"We said what's the SEALs?" said Boesch.
The SEALs said they took years of training and worked on more classified missions than they can count.
"Personally in my 25 years as a Navy SEAL I went to 36 schools," said Brumuller. "We were involved in the Cuban crisis after that we were involved in Lebanon, the whole course of Vietnam."
They say they couldn't be more thankful for the experience.
"You don't get any prouder. Even today it makes you feel good that as an original SEAL we developed tactics and procedures that are still carried out by young SEALs today," said Brumuller.
The original SEALs helped lay the groundwork for SEAL team 6, the unit that killed Osama Bin Laden last year along with teams around the world that we'll likely never know about.