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Marcus Luttrell    

Decorated Navy SEAL & Bestselling Author of "Lone Survivor"

Born and raised in Texas, Marcus Luttrell and his twin brother, Morgan, attended Sam Houston State University. They began training for the SEALs at age 14 with former United States Army soldier, Billy Shelton, who lived nearby. 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. Luttrell graduated 18 Delta in 2001, making him a team Medic.

On June 28, 2005, Luttrell and SEAL Team 10 were assigned to a mission to kill or capture a high-ranking Taliban leader responsible for killings in eastern Afghanistan and the Hindu-Kush mountains. In the ensuing battle, the rest of the SEAL team members were killed. Team leader Michael P. Murphy was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in the battle. Danny Dietz, Matthew Axelson, and Luttrell were awarded the Navy Cross. An MH-47 Chinook helicopter was dispatched with a force consisting of SEALs and 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment “Nightstalkers” to rescue the team, but the helicopter was shot down by an RPG. All 16 men on the Chinook were killed.

Luttrell was the only survivor. Badly wounded, he managed to walk and crawl seven miles to evade capture. He was given shelter by an Afghan tribe, who alerted the Americans of his presence, and American forces finally rescued him six days after the gun battle.

Following his physical recovery from Operation Redwing, Luttrell went back and completed one more tour before being medically retired. He then wrote the book, Lone Survivor, to share the amazing story of his brothers who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

In 2010 Luttrell met the woman of his dreams and married shortly after. He and his wife Melanie have a son Axe, who is named after Matthew Axelson, and a daughter, Addie. He also started the Lone Survivor Foundation and is fully involved with The Boot Campaign.

In 2012 Luttrell released a second book, "Service," that follows up with unanswered questions from "Lone Survivor" and gives honor and praise to other members of the military. In early 2014, a major motion picture was released depicting the story of "Lone Survivor."

Speech Topics

Lone Survivor: A Tribute to Courage, Honor and Patriotism


Afghan Who Saved 'Operation Red Wings' Navy SEAL Comes to ...
Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell, left, stands beside the parents of Navy SEAL Lt. Michael Murphy, a Medal of Honor recipient in Washington, D.C in 2007. Luttrell  ...

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