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Who was Richard Marcinko?

Richard Marcinko (November 21, 1940 – December 25, 2021) was a U.S. Navy SEAL commander and Vietnam War veteran.

He was the first commanding officer of SEAL Team Six. After retiring from the United States Navy, he became an author, radio talk show host, military consultant, and motivational speaker.

Founding SEAL Team 6 head Richard Marcinko dead at 81

Founding SEAL Team 6 head Richard Marcinko dead at 81
Founding SEAL Team 6 head Richard Marcinko dead at 81

Richard Marcinko, founding commander of U.S. Navy SEAL Team 6, died on Saturday at the age of 81, his son announced on Sunday.

“Last night, Christmas evening, we lost a hero, who’s also known as The Rogue Warrior, the retired Navy SEAL commander AND the creator of SEAL Team Six, my father, Richard Marcinko,” his son Matt Marcinko tweeted.  

“His legacy will live forever. The man has died a true legend. Rest In Peace Dad. I love you forever,” he continued.

Matt Marcinko told The New York Times that the cause of his father’s death was believed to be a heart attack.

The Navy Seal Museum, which is not affiliated with the Navy, acknowledged Marcinko’s death on Facebook.

“Dick Marcinko played a very unique part in SEAL history, leaving a legacy like no other,” the museum wrote in a Facebook post. “’Demo Dick’ is considered the United States’ premier counterterrorism operator. We send our deepest sympathies to his family, teammates, and friends.”

Richard Marcinko Biography, Wiki

Marcinko was born November 21, 1940, in Lansford, Pennsylvania and is of Croatian and Slovak descent – his father was a Croat from Herzegovina, and his mother from Slovakia. At a young age, his family moved to New Brunswick, New Jersey.

After dropping out of high school in New Brunswick, Marcinko tried to enlist in the United States Marines, who rejected him due to a lack of a high school diploma. Marcinko successfully enlisted in the United States Navy in September 1958 as a radioman.

He was accepted into the Underwater Demolition Team/ Replacement (UDTR) training in June 1961 and graduated class 26 in October 1961. 

Marcinko served with UDT-21 until he was selected for an officer commission in 1965. After graduating from Officer Candidate School in December 1965, he has commissioned an ensign. He was later reassigned to SEAL Team TWO in June 1966.

He also received a Bachelor of Arts degree in international relations from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School and a Master of Arts degree in political science from Auburn University at Montgomery.

Richard Marcinko Biography Wikipedia
Richard Marcinko
Real NameRoland Richard
Nickname Richard
Profession U.S. Navy SEAL commander and Vietnam War veteran
Famous AsU.S. Navy SEAL commander
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Wife/Girlfriend NameNancy Alexander (m. 1993), Kathy Black (m. 1962–1985)
Physical Status 
Age81 Years Old [Died]
HeightIn centimeters- 178 cm approx In meters- 1.78 m In Feet Inches-5.11
WeightIn Kilograms-70kg approx In Pounds- 165 lbs
Eye ColourBlack
Hair ColourBrown
Shoe Size9 US
Personal Information
Date of Birth 21st November 1940
Birth PlaceLansford, Pennsylvania, United States
Date Of Death25th December 2021
Place Of DeathUnited States
Zodiac signNot Known
School NameOfficer Candidate School & U.S. Naval Postgraduate School
College NameAuburn University
QualificationsPost Graduate
Family Profile
Father NameGeorge Marcinko
Mother NameEmilie Teresa Pavlik Marcinko
SiblingsNot Known
ChildrenNot Known
Source Of IncomeUnited States Navy
Appeared AsU.S. Navy, Author, radio talk show host, military consultant, and motivational speaker
Net WorthNot Known
Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Gallantry Cross, Bronze Star Medal (4), Commendation Medal (2)

Richard Marcinko Career

In January 1967, Marcinko deployed to Vietnam with 2nd Platoon, SEAL Team Two for a six month tour of duty. On May 18, 1967, Marcinko led his men in an assault on Ilo Ilo Hon (Ilo Ilo Island), where they killed a large number of Viet Cong and destroyed six of their sampans.

This action would be called the “most successful SEAL operation in the Mekong Delta” by the U.S. Navy. For leading it, Marcinko was awarded the first of his four Bronze Stars, as well as a Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry and the Silver Star.

Marcinko returned to Vietnam with SEAL Team Two after a few months stateside as Officer-in-Charge of 8th Platoon from Dec 1967 to June 1968. During the Tet Offensive, Marcinko ordered his platoon to assist the U.S.

Army Special Forces at Châu Đốc. What began as an urban street battle turned into a rescue mission of American nurses and a schoolteacher trapped in the city’s church and hospital.

After completing his second tour in Vietnam and a two-year stateside staff assignment, Marcinko was promoted to Lieutenant Commander and assigned as the Naval Attache to Cambodia in 1973.

After serving in Cambodia for 18 months, Marcinko returned stateside and assumed command of SEAL Team Two from 1974 to 1976.

During the Iran hostage crisis in 1979, Marcinko was one of two Navy representatives for a Joint Chiefs of Staff task force known as the TAT (Terrorist Action Team). The purpose of the TAT was to develop a plan to free the American hostages held in Iran which culminated in Operation Eagle Claw.

In the wake of the debacle, the Navy saw the need for a full-time dedicated counter-terrorist team and tasked Marcinko with its design and development.

Marcinko was selected by the Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Thomas B. Hayward, as the first commanding officer of this new unit. At the time, the Navy had only two SEAL teams. Marcinko purportedly named the unit SEAL Team Six in order to confuse other nations, specifically the Soviet Union, into believing that the United States had at least three other SEAL teams that they were unaware of.

He personally selected the unit’s members from across the U.S. Navy’s SEAL Teams and Underwater Demolition Teams, including a special counter-terrorism tactics section of SEAL Team Two, codenamed MOB-6. SEAL Team Six would be the Navy’s premier counter-terrorism and hostage rescue unit, like its Army counterpart Delta Force. While typically a two-year command in the Navy at the time, Marcinko commanded SEAL Team Six for three years, from August 1980 to July 1983.

After relinquishing command of SEAL Team SIX to CDR Robert Gormly, Marcinko was tasked by Vice Admiral James “Ace” Lyons, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations, with the design of a unit to test the Navy’s vulnerability to terrorism. This unit was the Naval Security Coordination Team OP-06D, unofficially named Red Cell.

Richard Marcinko Net Worth

Lets check out updated 2021 Richard Marcinko Net Worth Income Salary report which is given below : Richard Marcinko ‘s Salary / Income:

Per Year: $ 4,00,000

Per Month: $ 32,000

Per Week: $ 8,000

Per Day:Per Hour:Per Minute:Per Second:
$ 1140$ 19$ 0.3$ 0.05

Richard Marcinko FAQ’s

Who was Richard Marcinko?

Richard Marcinko (November 21, 1940 – December 25, 2021) was a U.S. Navy SEAL commander and Vietnam War veteran.

How did Richard Marcinko die?

Matt Marcinko told The New York Times that the cause of his father’s death, Richard Marcinko was believed to be a heart attack.

How old was Richard Marcinko?

Richard Marcinko died at the age of 81.

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