May 2, 2011 — Auburn graduate Richard Marcinko is the founder of the elite special forces unit ‘SEAL Team 6′ which is today widely credited with engaging and killing the world’s most wanted terrorist, Osama Bin Laden, in his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.
Team Six operations are highly classified and information about the unit or its current members is typically not available to the public. Acknowledging the unit’s existence, much less crediting it with the execution of a successful mission is an unusual step by the U.S. government.
Marcinko served two tours in Vietnam where he served with SEAL Team 2 as the officer in command of the Eighth Platoon. During the Tet offensive, Marcinko and his platoon helped rescue American nurses who were trapped in churches and hospitals at Chau Doc. While serving in Vietnam, Marcinko won the Silver Star, four bronze stars with combat V, two Navy Commendation Medals, and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Silver Star.
Marcinko was promoted to Commanding Officer of SEAL Team Two after serving as Naval Attache to Cambodia in 1973.
During the Iran hostage crisis in 1979, Marckino was a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff task force known as the Terrorist Action Team, which was charged with developing a plan to rescue American hostages.
When the plan failed the Navy decided to develop a full-time dedicated Counter-Terrorism Team. Marcinko was given the task of designing and developing the unit. He became the first commanding officer of the new unit which he named SEAL Team Six. He served as its commander for three years, 1980-1983.
Marcinko has written a number of best selling novels and his autobiography. He has written books and given lectures on management and leadership techniques. He provides hands-on training for hostage rescue teams. He also has served as a corporate advisor to numerous multi-national businesses.
He received a Masters in Political Science from Auburn University.