Lone Survivor

By: Marcus Luttrell

"Lone Survivor" SEAL recounts deadly battle

Marcus Luttrell

Marcus Luttrell was born and raised in Texas. Marcus and his twin brother, Morgan, attended Sam Houston State University. They began training for the SEALs at age 14 with the help of former United States Army soldier, Billy Shelton. Luttrell joined the United States Navy in March 1999. On June 28, 2005, Luttrell and SEAL Team 10 were assigned to a mission to kill or capture Ahmad Shah, a high-ranking Taliban leader responsible for killings in eastern Afghanistan which later contributed to his story Lone Survivor. SEAL team 10 consisted of four men including Luttrell, unfortunately Luttrell was the only survivor. After his service he married Melanie Juneau and had a son Axe, who is named after Matthew Axelson, and a daughter, Addie. 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.


Established by President John F. Kennedy in 1962, the Navy SEALs are an, elite maritime military force suited for all aspects of unconventional warfare. Navy SEALs train and work in all manner of environments, including desert and urban areas, mountains and woodlands, and jungle and arctic conditions. Typical missions may involve insertion into a combat objective by any number of means: parachute, submarine, helicopter, high-speed boat, foot patrol or by a combat swimmer insertion. SEALs operate not only as highly capable individuals but also as members of tightly knit units. These include task units (32-man), platoons (16-man), squads (8-man), teams (4-man) and swim buddy (2-man). SEAL training has been described as brutal, preparing you for the extreme physical and mental challenges of SEAL missions. The average SEAL spends about 12 months of initial training that includes Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL BUD/S School, Parachute Jump School and SEAL Qualification Training, followed by an additional 18 months of pre-deployment training and intensive specialized training.
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What Went Wrong?

In the story Lone Survivor Luttrell describes the life changing situation brought upon SEAL team 10. While on a mission called "Operation Red Wings" Luttrell and his team of three members were dropped into a mountainous region on the Afghan-Pakistan border. While pursuing the mission they encountered a group of goatherders and were forced to make a crucial decision. Do they let these goatherders go or eliminate the witnesses?. These men, while civilians, were clearly hostile, and the SEALs knew if they let them go it would be a matter of minutes before the Taliban knew where they were. Since these men were not enemy combatants, and it is a violation of the Geneva Convention to kill unarmed civilians. The SEALs debated for several minutes while trying to contact headquarters. No one picked up a signal from the team and they were forced to let the Afghan farmers leave. By letting the farmers leave three of the four members of SEAL team 10 died along with eight other Navy SEALs. This outcome has made people question the decision made by these highly trained SEALs. Should the SEALS have chosen a different option in working around the problem that could have been more successful? I believe this situation could have been treated differently to positively affect the outcome. If the SEALs would have held the goatherders hostage or prevented them from taking action until they had enough time to escape the mission outcome would have been very different. It is debated that these SEAL members were killed because the rules of engagement prevented theses soldiers from performing there duty at their full potential. This solution would not have broken the rules of engagement and could have possibly saves the soldiers lives.
Marcus Luttrell himself suffers from PTSD due to the tragic events that took place during "Operation Red Wings." About 5.2 million adults have PTSD during a given year. PTSD is a common disorder known to develop in soldiers after service. Posttraumatic Stress Disorder can occur after you have been through a traumatic event. Most people who go through a trauma have some symptoms at the beginning. Some people will develop PTSD over time. It isn't clear why some people develop PTSD and others don't.mPTSD symptoms usually start soon after the traumatic event, but they may not appear until months or years later. They also may come and go over many years. In Luttrells case his symptoms of PTSD are caused from his history in war and has specific memories while on his mission in Afghanistan. Treatment for PTSD relieves symptoms by helping you deal with the trauma experienced. Rather than avoiding the trauma and any reminder of it, treatment will encourage you to recall and process the emotions and sensations you felt during the original event. In addition to offering an outlet for emotions bottled up, treatment for PTSD will also help restore your sense of control and reduce the powerful hold the memory of the trauma has on your life.
Lone Survivor Official Trailer #1 (2013) - Mark Wahlberg Movie HD
After the release of the book Lone Survivor in 2007 a movie was made to recreate the story of SEAL team 10. Lone Survivor is a 2013 American war film written and directed by Peter Berg, starring Mark Wahlberg as Marcus Luttrell. Luttrell and several other Navy SEAL veterans acted as technical advisors, while multiple branches of the United States Armed Forces aided the film's production. Lone Survivor opened in limited release in the United States on December 25, 2013, before opening across North America on January 10, 2014. Lone Survivor grossed over $149.2 million in box-office revenue worldwide. The film received two Academy Award nominations for Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing.