[December 29, 2021] The Rogue Warrior is dead. One of America’s greatest military heroes in modern times passed away on Christmas Day, December 25, 2021 … may his legacy live forever. Dick Marcinko played a unique role in Navy SEAL history, making him a legend even in his own time.
This article is not an obituary but a comment on his contribution to our warfighting effort and respect for what he has done for our nation.
Several years ago, I wrote about Navy Commander Dick Marcinko, recognizing his accomplishments. I wrote:
If there is ever a war, men like Marcinko are those I would send. Give him a mission, a little guidance (not too much or too restrictive), and let him and his team do their work. The result will be to the betterment of this nation. He will get the job done. He will not fail.1
“Demo Dick,” as he is also called, is probably the U.S. premier counterterrorism operator. In 1979, he was tapped to design and lead an elite counterterrorism unit. This unit would later be known as SEAL Team 6, the most prestigious outfit in the U.S. military.
At least Dick Marcinko was unconventional. He was making it hard for America’s enemies to figure out what he was doing. Between teamwork and unpredictability, his methods made the enemy sweat. Good for us and for having men like Demo Dick around to scare the bejeebers out of the bad guys.
“Pain was their body’s way of telling them that they’d pushed themselves to their limits – which was exactly where they were supposed to be.” – Richard Marcinko
You just had to love this guy, unless you are weak and are scared of your own shadow. Demo Dick would protect you anyway and kill the enemy with great prejudice, as it should be.
America just lost another hero.
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