MSNBC has a nice story about US Navy SEALs TL Marcus Luttrell, now a civilian again, who just released his new book, Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10, about one of the most incredible battles in Special Ops history. There's even video of an interview by a seemingly uninterested Matt Lauer.
In June, 2005, the small team of four SEALs was in Afghanistan hunting an al-Qaeda operative said to be hiding in the mountains along the Pakistan border and protected by a small force. Within hours, three of the SEALs would be dead and Luttrell was crawling for his life, being hunted by the men that he had once been hunting.
Luttrell finally came across a Pushtin tribe and asked for help. Tradition dictated that the tribe honor that request, and the tribe protected Luttrell until he was rescued by an Army Ranger patrol. Despite several wounds, Luttrell then called in devastating airstrikes against Taliban positions in the area.
Sadly, a QRF MH-47 helicopter was shot down by RPG fire, killing eight more SEALs and eight SOAR personnel.
Marcus Luttrell and two of his teammates, PO2 Matthew Axelson and PO2 Class Danny Dietz, were awarded Navy Crosses for the action, the nation's second highest award for valor. The fourth member of the team, Lt. Michael Murphy, has been recommended for the MoH.