Richard “Dick” Marcinko, founder of the unit of specially trained Navy SEALS (SEALS Team Six) that killed Osama Bin Laden, is an Auburn grad.
And a professional badass with several nicknames: “Rogue Warrior”, “Demo Dick”, “Shark Man of the Delta” and “The Geek.” He also has his own video game character (with his own NSFW YouTube tribute video — “President Reagan sends his regards”), based off his memoir of killin’.
From his bio on NavySeals.com:
With a B.A. in International Relations from the Navy Post Graduate School in Monterey, California, and a M.A. in Political Science from Auburn University, Marcinko brings to the private sector the same skill, dedication and enthusiasm that earned him 34 citations and medals, including the Legion of Merit, the Silver Star and four Bronze Stars. From operations in Vietnam to planning at the Pentagon, Marcinko has proven his expertise at all levels of special operations, intelligence and security.
[UPDATE: Apparently it was technically AUM, but still]
From reports thus far, SEALS Team Six’s latest operation in Pakistan seems consistent with their founder’s attitude toward assassinations and such: “I don’t have to get country overfly rights, I don’t have to get permission to cross borders,” Marcinko said in a 2008 interview. “The only thing I have to do is keep my ass alive.”
War Eagle, Shark Man of the Delta.
UPDATE: The war dog that assisted in the assault on bin Laden might also have trained at Auburn.
* LSU girls love Auburn Men, says HBOs’ “Treme”
* Auburn coeds. Watermelons. 1973.
* Playboy in Auburn, 1989
* How Bama remembers “Punt, Bama, Punt”
* Charles Barkley avoiding the Noid, 1981
* Nikki Cox, Auburn fan
* Rare candids of Pat Sullivan at the 1971 Heisman banquet
* My first meeting with Dean Foy
* Former Auburn cheerleader stars in ‘Best Worst Movie’
* Auburn’s Miss Universe contestant, Audrey Moore
* Auburn amputee has tiger-striped prosthetic legs
* Pat Dye responds to ‘loudmouth’ allegations from 1959
You know it!
Who was it? Beachhead?
for johnny spann
Shark Man of the Delta is just about the best nickname anyone could have.
PROOF a man can over come anything if he desires, RTR!
Wes Freeman says
I met dick at his home in Virginia just outside of D.C. I did some work on his satellite system a few years ago and he is a hell of a nice guy, but would not want to get on his bad side. He gave me a copy of his latest book rouge warrior for my youngest son who is an F-15E Fighter Pilot and Commander of the 307th Fighter Wing at Seymour Johnson AFB. And a graduate of Alabama. Had two daughters graduate at Auburn and one at Alabama. Also two other sons that were grads of Alabama.
the legends says
after 9/11 attacks, was very sad and I thought it was fucked up sorry to say I went there the week befor that happend. And I told my freind I just was there to met my bio famliy for the frist time, and they are new yorkers, and Ive went to school with david gladue many years later after 2007, im glad he did killed a jadah extremist extremist. P.s sorry for typeing is useing my cell