A Legend:  Richard “Dick” Marcinko

By | December 29, 2021

[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.


  1. https://www.theleadermaker.com/rogue-warrior-crazy-man/


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23 thoughts on “A Legend:  Richard “Dick” Marcinko

  1. Janna Faulkner

    I’ve also read every book (I think so any way) Demo Dick ever wrote. I could never do what Richard Marcinko did but I can appreciate it. He was a man’s man!

    1. Anya B.

      Don’t you know it, Janna. We need more MEN like him and not the squishy sissy men we have now.

  2. old warrior

    Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid died yesterday at the age of 82. The New York Times pays tribute to Senator Reid in the obituary by Jonathan Martin. Good riddance to a corrupt politician. I don’t like people dying but that is a fact of life, and folks like Harry Reid are filth and I’m happy he is no longer with us. He needed his butt kicked so now Satan is having a party.

    1. Shawn C. Stolarz

      Nearly spit my coffee out my nose reading your comments, old warrior. Thanks for being stark about corrupt “lion of Democrats” Harry Reid, meow!!!!!

      1. Yusaf from Texas

        Don’t we just love old warrior? He’s been a regular in this forum for a long time and I’m always careful reading his words. They make me laugh often.

    2. JT Patterson

      “… Satan is having a party.” Got that right. At least now Sen. Reid can continue to vote as a Democrat.

  3. Willie Strumburger

    A great, patriotic man has passed from our world to the next where he will be sending evil interlopers to hell.

  4. DocJeff

    Today’s article is not an obituary but reads like one. Regardless, Gen. S. has given us some insight into a strong man. Strong men are the saviors of nations. Nothing changes that fact. You can make stuff up in your mind like so many whackos are doing in the politics of PC ideology.

  5. Forrest Gump

    He had his talk show called America on Watch with Richard Marcinko. Marcinko acted as a cooperate adviser occasionally for companies like At&t, Motorola, and General Motors. He spoke on issues such as cooperate security team building, strategic planning, and operational management.

    1. Mr. T.J. Asper

      I didn’t know that but thanks Forrest for mentioning it. I found some more info on him on YouTube. Worth watching.

      1. Dale Paul Fox

        With the death of Richard Marcinko, also known as Demo Dick, or the Rogue Warrior, the Navy SEAL community on Christmas lost one of its most controversial, yet colorful, personalities.

    2. Melissa Jackson

      Adm. William H. McRaven, who had reached loggerheads with Marcinko in the past, remembered him as an officer “with ingenuity and an unrelenting drive for success,” whom he hoped would “be remembered for his numerous contributions to the SEAL community.” I’m no fan of Adm McRaven, a liberal twit, but at least he said the right thing about Demo Dick.

  6. Greg Heyman

    Navy Commander (retired) Marcinko is to be commended and honored for his great contributions to the United States of America. Thank God for men like him. Today, schools are raising kids to be wimps & transgenders and identify as the opposite sex. Wow, and how can we make a comparision of those young people, trained to be deviants to men like Marcinko.

    1. Harry Donner

      Greg, spot on comment and I agree with you wholeheartedly. We NEED men like this guy. The more, the better. Like Winston Churchill, he was only wanted when things were going to hell (Nazi Germany was pounding England). When the war was over, they threw him out. There is a place for strong men.

    2. Linux Man

      Thanks guys for the good info. I like this website and Gen. Satterfield is doing us a good service. Help him by getting the word out on his articles and this forum. Greg and Harry, well said.

  7. Goalie for Cal State

    America lost a man that she needs. I hope there are more Marcinkos out there. I fear that there are not many.

    1. Colleen Ramirez

      Yeah, we need more like him. Gen. Satterfield has done us a favor by highlighting him.


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