Marcus Luttrell

the Lone Survivor of Operation Red Wing

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Early Years

Born and raised in Texas, 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. As kids they loved to hunt and fish and wrestle alligators! Luttrell said they were, "Redneck kids in redneck country, learning life's skills." Most of those skills were instilled in them by their father. He ruled with an iron fist, not tolerating rudeness, disrespect, or disobedience. He insisted on hard work and taught his kids how to survive- how to build a shelter, how to fish, how to grow vegetables, how to swim and even how to rope and kill a wild boar.

Luttrell is a proud Texan. He says, "There's no one like Texans for a spirit of expansiveness, optimism, friendship, and decency."

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. Marcus graduated 18 Delta in 2001, making him a team Medic.


In 2010 Marcus met the woman of his dreams and married shortly after. Marcus and his wife Melanie have a son Axe, who is named after Matthew Axelson (another member of Operation Redwing), and a daughter, Addie.

In 2010 Marcus 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 the summer of 2013 Marcus went on his first public speaking tour along with Capt. Chad Fleming which included special appearances by Debbie Lee and Taya Kyle.

In early 2014, a major motion picture was released depicting the story of Lone Survivor.

Lone Survivor

    Luttrell's memoir details the tragic mission of SEAL team 10 in 2005 Afghanistan. Marcus Luttrell , Michael Murphy, Danny Dietz and Matthew "Axe" Axelson deployed on an operation of surveillance to take out Taliban leader Ben Sharmak. Lone Survivor is a harrowing, yet inspirational story that reminds us all of the overwhelming sacrifice our soldiers make for our country.

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Marcus Luttrell Lessons Learned from Being a Navy SEAL