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PurpleHeart.jpg Purple Heart |relations= |laterwork= }} Marcus Luttrell (born November 7, 1975) is a former Petty Officer First Class[3] (pay grade E6) and United States Navy SEAL. He received the Navy Cross for his actions in 2005 facing Taliban fighters during Operation Red Wing.


Early life

Born in Houston, Texas and raised in Willis, Texas, Luttrell attended Sam Houston State University. He joined Delta Tau Delta fraternity. He began training for the SEALs at age 14 with former United States Army Special Forces soldier Billy Shelton, who lived nearby. He trained every day with his twin brother, Morgan, and others who aspired to join the military. Shelton, a former Green Beret, trained them using various weight and endurance exercises.

Military career

Luttrell joined the United States Navy in March 1999. He began Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) training with Class 226 in Coronado, California. He graduated with Class 228 after suffering a fractured femur early in his training.[4] He was deployed to Afghanistan in 2005.[4] Prior to Afghanistan, Luttrell had been part of SEAL Team 5 and participated in Operation Iraqi Freedom doing various operations there.


Operation Red Wing

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From left to right, STG2 Matthew G. Axelson; ITCS Daniel R. Healy, QM2 James Suh, HM2 Marcus Luttrell, MM2 Eric S. Patton, and Lt. Michael P. Murphy. With the exception of Luttrell, all were killed June 28, 2005, by enemy forces while supporting Operation Redwing.

On June 28, 2005, Luttrell and SEAL Team 10 were assigned to a mission to kill or capture Ahmad Shah (nom de guerre Mohammad Ismail), a high-ranking Taliban leader responsible for killings in eastern Afghanistan and the Hindu-Kush mountains.[5] The SEAL team was made up of Luttrell, Michael P. Murphy, Danny Dietz and Matthew Axelson.[5] Luttrell and Axelson were the team's snipers, with Lutrell also being the team Medic; Dietz was in charge of communications and Murphy the team leader.

Three goat herders stumbled upon the hiding spot of the four SEALs. The men were detained by the team but the SEALs were unable to verify any hostile intent.[6] Murphy, the officer in charge of the SEAL team, put the fate of the goatherds to a vote. Axelson voted to kill the Afghanis, and Dietz abstained. Murphy told Luttrell that he would vote the same as him so with his vote it was decided to let the Afghans go.[5][7]

The released herders disappeared and likely immediately betrayed the team's location to local Taliban forces and within an hour the SEALs were engaged in a fire-fight against a force of 80-150 enemy fighters. The SEAL team engaged the Taliban for over two hours in a running fire-fight through the region's hills and valleys.[8]

Team leader Lt. Michael P. Murphy was awarded the Medal of Honor for exposing himself to enemy fire to reach higher ground from which to transmit a call for backup. The four-man SEAL team had killed around 70 of the Taliban despite most of them being shot several times but still carried on with the fight, however, Axelson, Deitz and Murphy were eventually killed . Luttrell barely survived after being blown off a cliff by an RPG.

An MH-47 Chinook helicopter was hastily dispatched upon receiving Lt. Murphy's distress call with a force consisting of eight SEALs and eight 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment "Nightstalkers" to rescue the team, but the helicopter was shot down by an RPG upon reaching the site of the battle. All 16 men on the Chinook were killed, including Shane Patton, whose place on Operation Redwing had been taken by Danny Dietz.[9]

Luttrell was the only survivor of the SEAL team. Badly wounded, he managed to walk and crawl seven miles to evade capture, during which he killed six more Taliban fighters. He was given shelter by tribesmen from Sabri-Minah, a Pashtun village. (This was done because of "Lokhay Warkawa", a Pashtun belief that any stranger in need of shelter must be given it.) [10] The villagers sheltered him and provided medical aid, and refused Taliban demands that Luttrell be turned over to them. After several days one of the village elders trekked twenty miles to a US base to reveal Luttrell's location, and he was finally rescued six days after the battle by US forces.[9]

Mohammad Ismail

The target of Operation Red Wing, Mohammad Ismail alias Ahmad Shah, survived the American operation but was killed during a firefight with Pakistani police commandos in the North-West Frontier Province in April 2008.[11]

Returning home

Luttrell returned to the U.S. the following year, and co-authored the New York Times bestseller, Lone Survivor. He separated from the Navy in 2007.

In 2008, he spoke at the Celebration of American Values Forum at the National Rifle Association's annual convention.[12]

Dog shot at his home

On April 1, 2009, four teenage males approached Luttrell's property and killed his yellow Labrador puppy, Dasy, with a .357 Magnum revolver at approximately 1 A.M.

Each letter of the name "DASY" represents one of the fallen members of his team—Daniel "Danny" Dietz, Matthew "Axe" Axelson, Southern boy (Marcus), and Michael "Yankee" Murphy. She was given to him in recovery to help him through rehabilitation.

Luttrell proceeded to follow the individuals through four counties in his truck armed with two 9 mm Berettas—until Onalaska Police apprehended the individuals. Upon arrest, the suspects verbally threatened Luttrell's life and taunted him. Alfonso Hernandez was arrested on-scene for driving without a valid drivers license and later charged with animal cruelty. Michael Edmonds turned himself in on April 7, was booked, and posted bond on the same charge. The other two individuals were not indicted. The males are also suspects in the killings of other neighborhood dogs.[13]


  • Luttrell, Marcus; Patrick Robinson (March 2006). Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10. Back Bay Books. ISBN 0316067598. 
  • Dick Couch (January 2003). The Warrior Elite: The Forging of SEAL Class 228. Three Rivers Press. ISBN 1400046955.  Luttrell graduated as part of BUD/s Class 228, and the book by Dick Couch tells of the training of that class. Luttrell is mentioned at page 330 which lists the members of the graduating class, and also at page 118, 135 & 194.


  1. ^ "Marcus Luttrell". Navy Seals. 2007. Retrieved 2008-12-10. "In 2006, Petty Officer Luttrell was awarded the Navy Cross for combat heroism." 
  2. ^ "LIEUTENANT MICHAEL P. MURPHY - United States Navy". United States Navy. 2007. Retrieved 2008-12-10. 
  3. ^ Marcus Luttrell | - Experience the SEAL Edge
  4. ^ a b Luttrell, Marcus; Patrick Robinson (March 2006). Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10. Back Bay Books. ISBN 0316067598. 
  5. ^ a b c Naylor, Sean D. (2007-06-18). "Surviving SEAL tells story of deadly mission". Army Times. Retrieved 2008-07-21. 
  6. ^ West, Diane (August 17, 2007). "Death by rules of engagement". 
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  8. ^ "Interview with Luttrell". Pritzker Military Library. May 19, 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-10. 
  9. ^ a b "Interview with Matt Lauer". Today Show. June 12, 2007. Retrieved 2008-12-10. 
  10. ^ "A Former Navy SEAL Questions Rules of War". Morning Edition (NPR). August 13, 2007. Retrieved 2007-11-09. 
  11. ^ Matt Dupee (April 17, 2008). "Bara bin Malek Front commander killed in Pakistani shootout". long war journal. Retrieved 2008-12-10. 
  12. ^ "NRA’S ANNUAL MEETINGS & EXHIBITS 2008". NRA. May 12, 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-10. 
  13. ^ Glenn Beck (April 6, 2009). "Glenn Beck: Teen punks murder American hero's dog". Glenn Retrieved 2009-04-07. 

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