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Richard Marcinko, The first Leader of SEAL Team Six, Dies at 81



Richard Marcinko

According to his son and the National Navy SEAL Museum, Richard Marcinko, who led SEAL Team Six during its infancy, died Saturday. He was 81 years old.

“Last night, on Christmas Eve, we lost a hero – the retired Navy SEAL commander and the man who founded SEAL Team Six, Richard Marcinko, my father,” Matt Marcinko wrote in a tweet on Sunday.

A true legend has passed away, adding that “his legacy will live forever.”

Richard Marcinko The first Leader of SEAL Team Six

A combat veteran of the Vietnam War, Richard Marcinko was the first commander of SEAL Team Six, the secretive unit founded in 1980 that later carried out the operation that killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan.

During the Carter administration, Marcinko organized SEAL Team Six after a failed hostage rescue attempt in Iran.

Marcinko Retirement from the Navy in 1989,

As The New York Times reports, Marcinko became an author, public speaker, and consultant after retiring from the Navy in 1989. However, he was also controversial because he was convicted of military contract fraud, according to the Times.

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 Marcinko Seen as a Rogue Operator in today’s Military

According to the Times, he is seen as a rogue operator in today’s military. According to the SEAL Museum, an independent organization unaffiliated with the US military, he is also considered a “premier counterterrorism operator.”
According to the museum, Demo Dick led SEAL Team Six between August 1980 and July 1983.

The Navy at the time had only two SEAL Teams, so Marcinko named the unit ‘SEAL Team SIX’ so others, including the Soviet Union, thought that the United States had at least three more, the museum said, adding that Marcinko “hand-selected the Team’s members from the existing SEAL Teams and Underwater Demolition Teams.”

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