Our special forces units are the elite of the elite.
Among those units, there are even more specialized units that have become a thing of legend over time.
I think we can all agree that Seal Team 6 is one of them.
Sadly, the unit’s original commanding officer, Richard “Dick” Marcinko, passed away on Christmas day.
Sad Day for the Nation
Marcinko’s son broke the news to the world on Sunday that his father had passed away.
He stated, “Last night, Christmas evening, we lost a hero, who’s also known as The Rogue Warrior, the retired Navy SEAL commander AND the creator of SEAL Team Six, my father, Richard Marcinko.
“His legacy will live forever.
“The man has died a true legend.
“Rest In Peace Dad.
“I love you forever.”
Last night, Christmas evening, we lost a hero, who’s also known as The Rogue Warrior, the retired Navy SEAL commander AND the creator of SEAL Team Six, my father, Richard Marcinko. His legacy will live forever. The man has died a true legend. Rest In Peace Dad. I love you forever pic.twitter.com/QG0cG2qjoo
— Matt Marcinko (@yungspecter) December 26, 2021
The Navy SEAL Museum Facebook page also honored him, posting, “Dick Marcinko played a very unique part in SEAL history, leaving a legacy like no other.
“‘Demo Dick’ is considered the United States’ premier counterterrorism operator.
“We send our deepest sympathies to his family, teammates, and friends.”
Marcinko first joined the Navy in 1958 after being rejected by the Marines because he did not graduate high school.
He more than made up for that in the Navy, earning both a bachelor’s and master’s degree.
As noted above, he was the first commanding officer of Seal Team 6 as well as RED CELL, the two premier counter-terrorist units in the military.
Marcinko was so effective and well-known as a leader during the Vietnam war, the North Vietnamese put a bounty on his head… one that was never able to be paid.
Marcinko’s chest is adorned with medals, including four Bronze Stars and the Silver Star.
Due to his amazing leadership skills, Marcinko had been tasked with creating an elite unit, which would later become known as Seal Team 6.
Retired Navy SEAL Adm. Eric Olson stated, “The SEALs who knew Dick Marcinko will remember him as imaginative and bold, a warrior at heart.
“He was a spirited rogue for sure, but we are better off for his unconventional service.”
Rest in peace, Commander, and we thank you for your amazing service and contribution to this country.
Source: Fox News