I know you have heard of Marcus Luttrell, the former Navy SEAL member of Team 10. He is speaking at a gun show in 2008 in this video. Team 10’s assigned mission was to capture or kill a high-ranking Taliban leader, thought to be close to Osama bin Laden. Marcus was critically wounded several times and was the only SEAL to make it out alive. He was badly wounded and after the wounding, there was no medivac helicopter to swoop in and take him out. In fact, the rescue helicopter called in by one of the men was shot down by an RPG while attempting the rescue. Sixteen men aboard died. See a video below.
It is a tale of moral choices and of prejudices transcended. It is also a reminder of how challenging it is to be a smart soldier, and how hard it is to be a good man.
Marcus tells the story, and nothing I can say here would even come close, except one thing, which had no yet happened when he gave this speech. When Marcus arrived back home, he brought with him a yellow Labrador puppy, named DASY. She was given to him to help him through his rehabilitation. In 2009, four teenagers came to Luttrell’s home and killed DASY with a .357 Magnum at about 1 a.m. in the morning. Read what happened here.
Each letter in DASY’s name stood for a team member killed in the operation known as Operation Red Wing: D for Danny Deitz, A for Matthew “Axe”Axelson, S for Southern boy (Marcus) and Y for Michael “Yankee” Murphy.
The target of Team 10’s mission survived Operation Redwing. In an interview, he said a trap was set for the Americans. This quote is attributed to him:
We certainly know that when the American army comes under pressure and they get hit, they will try to help their friends. It is the law of the battlefield.”
Three years later, the target known as “Shah” died in a firefight with Pakistani police.
Operation Redwing began on June 28, 2005, almost five years ago. Luttrell is the author of Lone Survivor. Your heart will swell as you listen to this brave American hero, and hear the story of his Team 10 members.