I recently read the incredible story of former Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell in his book Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10.  

Lone Survivor

 

I had heard of his story, of a SEAL team that was ambushed by Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan, and how they bravely fought as they were outnumbered and outgunned.  Luttrell was the only one of his team that survived.

I picked it up on my iPad and began to devour it like a well-written novel.  Luttrell discussed his background, his unbelievable SEAL training, and the circumstances that led up to Operation Redwing.  The four-man team in Operation Redwing were to confirm the location of and kill or capture Ahmad Shah, a high-ranking Taliban leader.

Luttrell takes some time to get into the actual details of the mission, but once he does, the story is absolutely riveting.  I had trouble putting it down.  I don’t want to give much away, but it’s obvious from the book’s existence that Luttrell escaped the ambush, survived, and was eventually rescued, beating unbelievable odds.  He was awarded the Navy Cross for combat heroism.

If you can get past the rather salty battlefield language, the book is an incredible read about this particular mission.  But more broadly, it illustrates the unbelievable bravery, strength, and heroism of our Armed Forces, especially the Navy SEALs.