SHave you ever done a job so well that your boss is punished you for it?
That’s what former Navy SEAL team 6 Commander Richard Marcinko said happened to him.
Marcinko joined the Navy in the late 1950s, and became a part of the underwater demolitions unit. After a tour in Vietnam, Marcinko became a Navy SEAL.
After the 1979 hostage rescued attempt, Marcinko was chosen to form, and be the first commander of, the elite SEAL team. Team Six.
After three years in that role, Marcinko was given a new assignment: form a unit to test the Navy’s vulnerability to terrorism.
That new project, called Red Cell, is what got Marcinko in hot water, he says, because he exposed vulnerabilities the Navy didn’t want to acknowledge.
He was actually sentenced to prison in 1990. More on that in a moment. But in 1992 Marcinko wrote a memoir called Rogue Warrior. And that’s when I first met him.
This would be the first of many interviews I would have with Marcinko over the next few years, as he told many of his military stories in the form of novels loosely based on his experiences.
So here now, from 1992, Richard Marcinko.
Richard Marcinko died on Christmas Day 2021. He was 81.
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