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Tuesday, December 6, 2022

How SEAL Team 6 founder Richard Marcinko shaped America’s modern-day special operations forces | Task & Purpose

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Founder of SEAL Team 6, Richard Marcinko passed away at his home in Virginia on Saturday at the age of 81. He was born in the small eastern Pennsylvania town of Lansford in 1940. Joining the Navy in 1958, he become a member of a SEAL team by 1966. His deployments to Vietnam with SEAL Team 2 were storied and successful.

In 1979 he was one of the Navy’s two representatives selected for a Join Chiefs of Staff task force assembled in response to the Iranian hostage crisis. The ensuing Operation Eagle Claw left much to be desired in terms of planning and organization, but, tough and smart, Marcinko was chosen to stand up a new SEAL unit dedicated to counterterrorism. The now widely known SEAL Team 6 was originally named so to fool the Soviets into believing the American naval special operations were a much larger force than they were.

Marcinko led the unit now known as Naval Special Warfare Development Group, or DEVGRU from 1980-1983. He hand-selected members from across the NSW community and helped establish the unit’s hard hitting and effective reputation. Marcinko retired as a commander in 1989 and went on to become a best-selling author and military consultant.

Source: https://taskandpurpose.com/news/richard-marcinko-seal-team-6-founder-obituary/

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