Published 09/29/14

Marcus Luttrell, author of "Lone Survivor," to speak Oct. 15

Marcus LuttrellMarcus Luttrell, a decorated Navy SEAL and author of the best-selling Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10, will speak about courage, honor, and patriotism on campus Wednesday, Oct. 15. The 7p.m. event in the Multipurpose Activities Center (MAC) is presented as part of the Trustee Speaker Series in collaboration with the Student Arts and Speaker Series.

Tickets for this event are no longer available.

Operation Redwing’s mission was to gather intelligence on Ahmad Shah, a high-ranking Taliban leader with ties to Osama bin Laden. Shah was responsible for killings in eastern Afghanistan and the Hindu-Kush mountains. During their trek, Taliban forces ambushed Luttrell and three SEAL colleagues. Hours later, after he had watched his friends die, a rescue helicopter carrying 16 Special Operation Forces was shot down, killing all on board.

Badly wounded, Luttrell managed to walk and crawl seven miles to evade capture. He was given shelter by an Afghan tribe that alerted Americans of his presence. He was rescued six days later.

Luttrell received the Navy Cross for his actions. After recovering from his physical injuries, he completed one more tour of duty.

Over the years, the University has featured a roster of leaders, activists, and innovators including former Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton, Jack Welch of General Electric Company and Daniel Akerson of General Motors, best-selling author David McCullough. and Nobel Peace Prize recipient Elie Wiesel.