Born In: Houston, Texas, United States
Marcus Luttrell is a former American Navy SEAL, best known as the lone survivor in the Operation Red Wings undertaken by the American armed forces against the Taliban. Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Marcus received hard physical training from his father and a neighbor, a former American soldier. Marcus trained hard, dreaming of a career in the Navy SEALs, and following his college graduation, he joined the Navy SEAL training program, completing it in the early 2000s. In 2003, he was deployed to Iraq, and in 2005, he was sent to Afghanistan on an American mission to tackle the Taliban terrorists. There, he was one of the four Navy SEALs who were part of Operation Red Wing, which claimed the lives of 19 American soldiers. Marcus emerged as the only survivor. Upon his return, he was honored with a Navy Cross. He also wrote a book titled Lone Survivor,’ which inspired a famous Hollywood blockbuster of the same name. Marcus suffered from PTSD and survivor’s guilt. He later laid the foundation of the Lone Survivor Foundation to help U.S. soldiers attain mental, financial, and emotional well-being.
Nick Name: Southern Boy, The One, The Lone Survivor
Spouse/Ex-: Melanie Juneau Luttrell
siblings: Morgan Luttrell
children: Addie Luttrell, Axe Luttrell
Born Country: United States
Height: 1.96 m
Notable Alumni: Sam Houston State University
City: Houston, Texas
U.S. State: Texas
education: Sam Houston State University
awards: Purple Heart
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Marcus Luttrell was born on November 7, 1975, into a middle-class family in Houston, Texas, U.S. He had a twin brother named Morgan. His parents owned a ranch in Houston, where he grew up with his brother. He is also known by the nicknames "Southern Boy,” "The One,” "The Lone Survivor."
As a child, he was not too good in academics and was more interested in extra-curricular activities. Managing a ranch was not easy. Hence, his father trained both his sons and toughened them up. He wanted them to manage the ranch. However, Marcus had other interests. He wanted to join the U.S. armed forces.
When he was 14 years old, he found out that his neighbor, Billy Shelton, a former U.S. army man, trained youngsters to prepare them for a career in the armed forces. He thus joined him. Both the brothers trained heavily under Billy. By the time Marcus joined high school, he was a bulky young man who aspired to become a U.S. Navy SEAL.
Along with that, he also worked on the ranch with his father. He joined the Houston State University, from where he received his bachelor’s degree in international business in the late 1990s. In college, he was a member of Delta Tau Delta fraternity.
Following his graduation, he joined the U.S. Navy and completed his basic training, followed by his advanced training in the Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL Class. However, his training was delayed a bit, owing to a fractured leg that he had suffered during the training. Nevertheless, he resumed his training a few months later, and in 2000, he came out of the training academy as a fully trained U.S. Navy SEAL.
Following a few more courses, he was sent to North Carolina, where he received the Special Operations Combat Medic Training. Thus, he also became trained in battlefield emergency medical care.
Upon returning to America, Marcus Luttrell was honored with a Navy Cross. His fellow SEALs, who could not survive that attack, were also honored posthumously.
He was welcomed home as a celebrity, and he ended up co-authoring a book titled Lone Survivor. The book later inspired a film titled Lone Survivor, which had Hollywood actor Mark Wahlberg playing Marcus.
In 2007, Marcus was medically discharged from the navy, and 2 years later, he was granted medical retirement.
In 2010, Marcus Luttrell laid the foundation of the Lone Survivor Foundation. Its main goal was to look after the families of active military personnel and to provide financial, emotional, and mental support to the soldiers returning from the battlefield.
In 2012, he wrote another book, titled Service: A Navy SEAL at War.
Marcus Luttrell suffered from many mental disorders, as is common with soldiers returning from war operations. He suffered from survivor’s guilt, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and many physical after-effects.
He got married to Melanie Juneau in 2010. They had a son named Axe, who was named after his friend and fellow SEAL Matthew Axelson. Matthew had died during Operation Red Wing. The couple also has a daughter named Addie.
His twin brother, Morgan, also happens to be a former SEAL, who retired as a lieutenant.
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