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The cause is needed, wonderful and a show of thanks and respect to those who do what most never will, to help provide safety, freedom, liberty for America and other places in the world by their selfless acts which to them are only their jobs.
Marcus and the rest of his team have put together a wonderful dream to help Families and Warriors deal with all aspects of life and death dealing with the life of a warrior, and their dependents.
This helps us call home town USA into action to inspire the American public to pay it forward, by supporting the development of the Lone Survivor Foundation Ranch, to bring hope to our veterans and their families. It will become the model safe haven - a place for warriors and their families to relax and to heal.
This is needed, I personally know family, friends & others who have served over the years in regular military to special ops groups. It effects the whole family in ways regular people will never know so this as a healing place is needed. To support such a just cause as this is to show love and support for others.
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Founded in 2010 by Navy SEAL (Ret.) Marcus Luttrell
He lived and wrote the book "Lone Survivor" Which can be purchased from most book sellers, Amazon.com a link to the book, very worth the read, his motto is "Never Quit!"
He Lived to Tell the Tale (and Write a Best Seller)
Yet backed by strong support from military blogs and right-wing pundits like Michelle Malkin as well as appearances with Matt Lauer on NBC’s “Today” program, with Glenn Beck on the radio and on CNN Headline News, “Lone Survivor,” with its action-packed narrative and patriotic tone, has emerged as one of the summer’s biggest publishing success stories. On Sunday the book, which hit No. 1 on The New York Times’s nonfiction hardcover best-seller list two weeks ago, will be back in that slot after slipping to No. 2 for one week. The publisher, Little, Brown & Company, initially printed 75,000 copies; there are now 275,000 copies in print. According to figures from Nielsen BookScan, which tracks about 70 percent of sales, “Lone Survivor” has already outsold books about Mr. Tillman or Ms. Lynch, as well as several other soldiers’ memoirs from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The immediate success of “Lone Survivor,” which Mr. Luttrell wrote with the novelist and ghostwriter Patrick Robinson, can be traced to a combination of factors. Mr. Luttrell’s story, involving a failed mission to capture or kill a Taliban leader in the mountains of Afghanistan, is unusually dramatic: Mr. Luttrell was the only one of four men on the mission to survive after a violent clash with dozens of Taliban fighters. Eight members of the Seals and eight Army special operations soldiers who came by helicopter to rescue the original four were shot down, and all aboard were killed.
Mr. Luttrell was then rescued by a group of Afghan Pashtun villagers who harbored him in their homes for several days, protecting him from the Taliban and ultimately helping him to safety.
Along with the tragic story about how Mr. Luttrell lost his comrades, the book is spiked with unabashed braggadocio and patriotism, as well as several polemical passages lashing out at the “liberal media” for its role in sustaining military rules of engagement that prevent soldiers from killing unarmed civilians who may also be scouts or informers for terrorists.
The book was embraced by many military buffs and conservatives. And the baby-faced Mr. Luttrell, with his commanding physical presence and soft-spoken delivery, made for an intriguing presence in his television interviews.
Michelle Giele, a former engineer and stay-at-home mother in Westwood Hills, a suburb of Kansas City, Kan., said she was captivated when she saw Mr. Luttrell on “Today.” Although she normally isn’t drawn to military memoirs, she said, “he kind of spoke from his heart. It was very compelling, and I wanted to read about it.”
While military history fans and others with ties to the Seals or the war are driving a lot of sales, less conventional readers like Ms. Giele have helped sustain the book as a best seller. “It’s obvious that there are some people reading it who aren’t traditional military readers,” said Mary McCarthy, director of merchandising at Ingram Book Group, a book wholesaler.
Mr. Luttrell, 31, first started thinking of writing a book because he was frustrated by media accounts of the battle. “People were writing these stories, and anything they didn’t know how it happened, they just made up,” he said in a telephone interview from the horse ranch he runs with his twin brother near Houston.
So he talked to his Navy superiors, hired a lawyer and searched for a writer. His lawyer connected him with a literary agent, Ed Victor, who had a client, Mr. Robinson, an Englishman who had written several novels about Navy Seals.
Mr. Victor called Mr. Robinson and told him, “This is the story you’ve been waiting to write all your life.”
Mr. Robinson agreed, and early last spring he flew to meet Mr. Luttrell, who was on leave at the ranch. The two hit it off, and after Mr. Robinson wrote a few pages that Mr. Luttrell liked, they agreed to work together.
The pair met four more times, for a little more than a week each time, at Mr. Robinson’s summer house on Cape Cod.
Between visits Mr. Robinson, who never used a taped recorder, typed chapters on his computer, adding researched material and filling in facts that Mr. Luttrell couldn’t remember but that could be corroborated from other sources. The core of the book —the battle and the rescue — relied entirely on Mr. Luttrell’s memory.
Mr. Luttrell said he would occasionally nudge Mr. Robinson toward accuracy. “You know, he’s English, so he’d have stuff like ‘bloody hell’ or ‘mate,’ and I’m like, ‘Sorry, I don’t talk like that, and neither do all the frogs I work with,’ ” Mr. Luttrell recalled.
Mr. Robinson said he eventually got to be a better mimic and ended up producing a 135,000-word manuscript in less than four months. Perhaps it was the uncanny connection between Mr. Luttrell, who is 6 feet 5 inches, 230 pounds and the son of horse ranchers from Texas, and one of Mr. Robinson’s recurring fictional characters, Rick Hunter, a 6-foot-5, 230-pound Navy Seal team leader who grew up on a horse ranch in Kentucky.
Last September Mr. Robinson and Mr. Luttrell visited five publishers in New York to pitch the book. Little, Brown won it in an auction for a seven-figure advance and sprang into action to get the title on booksellers’ June lists. Meanwhile Mr. Luttrell shipped out to Iraq.
“I’m sure they were white-knuckling it every day I was over there,” he said. “I would check my e-mail, and there were tons of messages from my publisher saying, ‘Please check in and say you’re O.K. ’”
Michael Pietsch, publisher of Little, Brown, said that Mr. Luttrell’s active service certainly made it difficult to position the book before it went on sale. “Had he not been stationed in Iraq in the months preceding the book, we could have had an ‘Oprah’ or a ‘60 Minutes,’ ” Mr. Pietsch said.
But even without any media guarantees, Mr. Pietsch said, he “dared to hope” for a best seller. “There’s such a hunger for stories about this kind of extreme experience and this kind of patriotic view,” he added.
Mr. Luttrell said that his main goal was to tell the story of his comrades who did not make it out alive. “Now I think the American public knows who they are, and now they are forever immortalized,” said Mr. Luttrell, who added that he has set up a trust with all the proceeds from the book to help the families of the dead and to donate to military charities. “Their memory will never die out, and that’s what I wanted.”
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World Update: Most of 31 U.S. Dead in Copter Crash From Navy’s SEAL Team Six — Taliban Claims Credit
- Posted on August 6, 2011 at 11:20am by Scott Baker
A helicopter crash in Afghanistan killed 31 Americans, including as many as 25 Navy SEALs in one of the worst single-day U.S. losses of life since the war began, a senior military official told ABC News early this morning.
A total of 38 people were on board the Chinook helicopter when it crashed overnight in the eastern Afghan province of Wardak.
Initial reports indicate up to 25 Navy SEALs were on the aircraft at the time.
It was also carrying seven Afghan Special Forces troops, one interpreter, five member helicopter crew and one dog.
Troops were apparently involved in a raid at the time.
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Elite Navy SEALs member Aaron Carson Vaughn had asked the military to return him to combat and shipped out just six weeks before he was killed when a U.S. military helicopter was shot down in Afghanistan, killing 38, including 22 SEALs.
Vaughn’s grandmother, Geneva Vaughn of Union City, Tenn., told The Associated Press on Saturday that her grandson, a Tennessee native, had wanted to be a SEAL since he was a child and returned to combat just two weeks after his 2-month-old daughter was born this summer.
Geneva Vaughn says he was already a decorated fighter when he was asked by the Navy to return stateside to become an instructor. He chafed under the assignment and applied to SEAL Team 6. Military authorities notified the family of his death.
Aaron Carson VaughnAaron Vaughn's wife Kimberly told CNN Sunday, “I want to tell the world that he was an amazing man, that he was a wonderful husband. And a fabulous father to two wonderful children. He was a warrior for our country and he wouldn't want to leave this earth."
Aaron Carson VaughnAaron Vaughn and his wife Kimberly. Vaughn deployed two weeks after welcoming his daughter into the world
John W. BrownJohn Brown’s mother called the 25-year-old Arkansas man “Rambo without the attitude.” The Air Force Tech Sergeant was a medic attached to the SEAL unit who had wanted to go to medical school before enlisting. Arkansas state Rep. Jon Woods, who went to high school with Brown, said, “when I think of the perfect soldier it’s John Brown."
Jon TumilsonJon Tumilson, 35, from Rockford, Iowa, "was going to be a Navy SEAL since I can't remember when," said Jan Stowe, a neighbor to the Tumilson family for more than 30 years. "He's like a hero to everyone here."
Kevin HoustonKevin Houston, 36, from Barnstable, Mass, was a father of three who enlisted right out of high school to pursue his dream of being a Navy SEAL. “He said hi, I’m Kevin and I’m going to be a Navy SEAL,” friend Joe Kennedy remembers. Raised by a single mother, he was the captain of his high school football and basketball teams
At 26, Johm Douangdara was the lead dog handler for the elite SEAL Team Six, his family says. A 2003 South Sioux City, Neb., High School graduate, the the son of Laotian immigrants dreamed of joining the Navy. "I didn't even know Johnny was a Navy SEAL," his mother Sengchanh Douangdara said. "I know that he loved his job, it was a job he chose.”
Dan Zerbe, 28, is from Red Lion, Penn., where he graduated in 2001 from Red Lion High School. He played football, wrestled and was on the weightlifting team. His friend Mike Vogel told ABC7’s sister station WHTM-TV in Harrisburg that the Air Force Staff Sergeant was an “absolute hero.” "Definitely one of the bravest guys,” Vogel said, “He was so proud he was serving his country.”
Kraig VickersKraig Vickers, 36, was a Navy Bomb Disposal Specialist and had served for 15 years. He leaves behind his pregnant wife Nani and their three children in Norfolk, Va., according to the AP. Those who knew him say he was a fearless, intelligent, and easygoing family man. Talking to ABC Affiliate KITV in Maui, Vickers father Robert said, “For him it was God first, his country and his family.”
Robert ReevesChief Petty Officer Robert Reeves, 32, died alongside a good friend he’d grown up with in Shreveport, La. He and Lt. Commander Jonas Kelsall, 33, were both on the doomed chopper. Reeves became a SEAL in 1999, and was a member of SEAL Team 6, earning four Bronze Stars for Valor.
Matt MillsMatt Mills, 36, was a recently married father of three who had served in the Navy for about 14 years. He saw combat every year since the war in Afghanistan began, his family told KEYE-TV in Austin. They described him as humble and funny. J.B. Abbott, Mills’ Counsin, said, “he served his country with pride. He loved his brothers he fought with. He was a loving person…he was a very respectful person.”
The Death of Osama Bin Laden, an account based on Seals account.
OSAMA BIN LADEN was killed within 90 seconds of the US Navy Seals landing in his compound and not after a protracted gun battle, according to the first account by the men who carried out the raid. The operation was so clinical that only 12 bullets were fired.
The Seals have spoken out because they were angered at the version given by politicians, which they see as portraying them as cold-blooded murderers on a “kill mission”. They were also shocked that President Barack Obama announced bin Laden’s death on television the same evening, rendering useless much of the intelligence they had seized.
Chuck Pfarrer, a former commander of Seal Team 6, which conducted the operation, has interviewed many of those who took part for a book, Seal Target Geronimo, to be published in the US this week.
The Seals’ own accounts differ from the White House version, which gave the impression that bin Laden was killed at the end of the operation rather than in its opening seconds. Pfarrer insists bin Laden would have been captured had he surrendered.
“There isn’t a politician in the world who could resist trying to take credit for getting bin Laden but it devalued the ‘intel’ and gave time for every other al-Qa’ida leader to scurry to another bolthole,” said Pfarrer. “The men who did this and their valorous act deserve better. It’s a pretty shabby way to treat these guys.”
The first hint of the mission came in January last year when the team’s commanding officer was called to a meeting at the headquarters of joint special operations command. The meeting was held in a soundproof bunker three storeys below ground with his boss, Admiral William McRaven, and a CIA officer.
They told him a walled compound in Pakistan had been under surveillance for a couple of weeks. They were certain a high-value individual was inside and needed a plan to present to the president.
It had to be someone important. “So is this Bert or Ernie?” he asked. The Seals’ nicknames for bin Laden and his deputy Ayman al-Zawahiri are a reference to two Muppets in Sesame Street, one tall and thin and the other short and fat. “We have a voice print,” said the CIA officer, “and we’re 60 per cent or 70 per cent certain it’s our guy.” McRaven added that a reconnaissance satellite had measured the target’s shadow. “Over 6ft tall.”
When McRaven added they would use Ghost Hawk helicopters, the team leader had no doubt. “These are the most classified, sophisticated stealth helicopters ever developed,” said Pfarrer. “They are kept in locked hangars and fly so quiet we call it ‘whisper mode’
Over the next couple of months a plan was hatched. A mock-up of the compound was built at Tall Pines, an army facility in a national forest somewhere in the eastern US.
Four reconnaissance satellites were placed in orbit over the compound, sending back video and communications intercepts. A tall figure seen walking up and down was named “the Pacer”.
Mr Obama gave the go-ahead and Seal Team 6, known as the Jedi, was deployed to Afghanistan. The White House cancelled plans to provide air cover using jet fighters, fearing this might endanger relations with Pakistan.
Sending in the Ghost Hawks without air cover was considered too risky so the Seals had to use older Stealth Hawks. A Prowler electronic warfare aircraft from the carrier USS Carl Vinson was used to jam Pakistan’s radar and create decoy targets.
Operation Neptune’s Spear was initially planned for April 30 but bad weather delayed it until May 1, a moonless night. The commandos flew on two Stealth Hawks, codenamed Razor 1 and 2, followed by two Chinooks five minutes behind, known as “Command Bird” and the “gun platform”.
On board, each Seal was clad in body armour and nightvision goggles and equipped with laser targets, radios and sawn-off M4 rifles. They were expecting up to 30 people in the main house, including and three of his wives, two sons, Khalid and Hamza, his courier, Abu Ahmed al- Kuwaiti, four bodyguards and a number of children. At 56 minutes past midnight the compound came into sight and the code “Palm Beach” signalled three minutes to landing.
Razor 1 hovered above the main house, a three-storey building where bin Laden lived on the top floor. Twelve Seals abseiled the two metres down onto the roof and then jumped to a third-floor patio, where they kicked in the windows and entered.
The first person the Seals encountered was a terrified woman, bin Laden’s third wife, Khaira, who ran into the hall. Blinded by a searing white strobe light they shone at her, she stumbled back. A Seal grabbed her by the arm and threw her to the floor.
Bin Laden’s bedroom was along a short hall. The door opened; he popped out and then slammed the door shut. “Geronimo, Geronimo, Geronimo,” radioed one Seal, meaning “eyes on target”.
At the same time lights came on from the floor below and bin Laden’s son Khalid came running up the stairs towards the Seals. He was shot dead.
Two Seals kicked in bin Laden’s door. The room, they later recalled, “smelt like old clothing, like a guest bedroom in a grandmother’s house”. Inside was the al-Qa’ida leader and his youngest wife, Amal, who was screaming as he pushed her in front of him.
“No, no, don’t do this!” she shouted as her husband reached across the king-size bed for his AK-47 assault rifle. The Seals reacted instantly, firing in the same second. One round thudded into the mattress. The other, aimed at bin Laden’s head, grazed Amal in the calf. As his hand reached for the gun, they each fired again: one shot hit his breastbone, the other his skull, killing him instantly and blowing out the back of his head.
Meanwhile Razor 2 was heading for the guesthouse, a low, shoebox-like building, where bin Laden’s courier, Kuwaiti, and his brother lived.
As the helicopter neared, a door opened and two figures appeared, one waving an AK-47. This was Kuwaiti. In the moonless night he could see nothing and lifted his rifle, spraying bullets wildly.
He did not see the Stealth Hawk. On board someone shouted, “Bust him!”, and a sniper fired two shots. Kuwaiti was killed, as was the person behind him, who turned out to be his wife. Also on board were a CIA agent, a Pakistani- American who would act as interpreter, and a sniffer dog called Karo, wearing dog body armour and goggles.
Within two minutes the Seals from Razor 2 had cleared the guesthouse and removed the women and children.
They then ran to the main house and entered from the ground floor, checking the rooms. One of bin Laden’s bodyguards was waiting with his AK-47. The Seals shot him twice and he toppled over.
Five minutes into the operation the command Chinook landed outside the compound, disgorging the commanding officer and more men. They blasted through the compound wall and rushed in.
The commander made his way to the third floor, where bin Laden’s body lay on the floor face up. Photographs were taken, and the commander called on his satellite phone to headquarters with the words: “Geronimo Echo KIA” – bin Laden enemy killed in action.
“This was the first time the White House knew he was dead and it was probably 20 minutes into the raid,” said Pfarrer.
A sample of bin Laden’s DNA was taken and the body was bagged. They kept his rifle. It is now mounted on the wall of their team room at their headquarters in Virginia Beach, Virginia, alongside photographs of a dozen colleagues killed in action in the past 20 years.
At this point things started to go wrong. Razor 1 took off but the top secret “green unit” that controls the electronics failed. The aircraft went into a spin and crashed tail-first into the compound.
The Seals were alarmed, thinking it had been shot down, and several rushed to the wreckage. The crew climbed out, shaken but unharmed.
The commanding officer ordered them to destroy Razor 2, to remove the green unit, and to smash the avionics. They then laid explosive charges.
They loaded bin Laden’s body onto the Chinook along with the cache of intelligence in plastic bin bags and headed toward the USS Carl Vinson. As they flew off they blew up Razor 2. The whole operation had taken 38 minutes.
The following morning White House officials announced that the helicopter had crashed as it arrived, forcing the Seals to abandon plans to enter from the roof. A photograph of the situation room showed a shocked , the secretary of state, with her hand to her mouth.
Why did they get it so wrong?
What they were watching was live video but it was shot from 20,000ft by a drone circling overhead and relayed in real time to the White House and Leon Panetta, the CIA director, in Langley. The Seals were not wearing helmet cameras, and those watching in Washington had no idea what was happening inside the buildings.
“They don’t understand our terminology, so when someone said the ‘insertion helicopter’ has crashed, they assumed it meant on entry,” said Pfarrer.
What infuriated the Seals, according to Pfarrer, was the description of the raid as a kill mission. “I’ve been a Seal for 30 years and I never heard the words ‘kill mission’,” he said. “It’s a Beltway (Washington insider’s) fantasy word. If it was a kill mission you don’t need Seal Team 6; you need a box of hand grenades.”