John Doolittle, Swimming For Others
Captain John Doolittle, USN Ret. completed a 12 hour 24 minute crossing of the English Channel in September 2004. He crossed in memory of Petty Officer Neil Roberts who was killed during combat in Afghanistan. The charity swim benefitted the Naval Special Warfare Foundation which supports the family members of Special Warfare personnel killed.
Doolittle graduated from the United States Air Force Academy in 1992.After graduation, he received a cross commission and served as a hard-hat Dive Salvage Officer and Surface Warfare Officer with the U.S. Navy from three years in Hawaii. In 1996, he transferred to the Naval Special Warfare community and became a Navy SEAL where he served on multiple overseas deployments.
Doolittle is the namesake of the CAPT John Doolittle Spirit of the “Naked Warrior” Award given at the Tampa Bay Frogman Swim where he has swum multiple times, helping raise money for the Navy SEAL Foundation.
Doolittle talks about his experiences, challenges and obstacles with Kill Cliff podcast host Mark Zinno on the Kill The Quit podcast. Listen to Doolittle’s 54-minute Kill The Quit podcast with Zinno here.
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