Category Archives: Military

Rewind: Former Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell Forced to Relive Ambush Horror as Dog Is Slain

(Editor’s Note: In light or recent news events surrounding Marcus Luttrell, this April 9, 2009 post replaces the original May 13, 2008 post.)

Last week, in the early hours of April Fool’s Day, four teenage boys in Marcus Luttrell‘s Walker County, Texas, hometown, approached the former Navy SEAL’s property and fatally shot his beloved Labrador retriever, Dasy, with a .357 Magnum.

It was a horrific “prank” that, to date, has led to the arrest of one of Dasy’s assassins, Alfonso Hernandez, while another, Michael Edmonds, turned himself in – only to get walk away hours later upon posting bail.

CAPTION: "It was like shooting fish in a barrel," Marcus (above) told us last year of his Taliban attackers' ambush.

"It was like shooting fish in a barrel," Marcus (above) told us last year of his attackers' ambush.

Even more horrific is the fact that Dasy had been given to Marcus to help him recover from the wounds he suffered during a dramatic 2005 battle in Afghan- istan – during which all three of his fellow SEALs dispatched to kill or capture high- ranking Taliban leader Ahmad Shah were themselves killed.

Each letter of the name “Dasy” represents one of the fallen members of his sniper team: Daniel “Danny” Dietz, Matthew “Axe” Axelson, “Southern Boy” Marcus and Michael “Yankee” Murphy.

In the hours after Dasy’s killing, Marcus pursued the four punks for 40 miles in a high-speed car chase that crossed three counties, according to the Houston Chronicle. All the while, he “stayed on the line with a 911 emergency operator as he tried to catch the car.”

CAPTION: Marcus' late yellow Lab, Dasy.

Marcus' late yellow Lab, Dasy.

“I told them, ‘You need to get somebody out here because if I catch them I’m going to kill them,'” Marcus – reliving the horror of his Taliban battle – told the paper of his conversation with the operator.

In June 2007, Marcus pub- lished Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10, a critically-acclaimed account of his ill-fated mission.

Eleven months later, he appeared on BlogTalkRadio’s Now Is the Time to discuss the impact that mission – and his book – had had on his life.

“There’s a lot of guys out there that are pretty well trained. They’re pretty good at what they do,” Marcus told hosts Alan Levy and Marla “The FlyLady” Cilley of the Taliban soldiers who cornered and slew his comrades in the Hindu-Kush mountains in eastern Afghanistan.

CAPTION: Marcus (right) with fellow SEAL Danny Dietz, who perished in the ambush.

Marcus (right) with fellow SEAL Danny Dietz, who perished in the ambush.

“The next day, I must’ve stepped off the mountain two, three times and fell hundreds of feet,” he adds while recounting his harrowing flight to safety.

To hear Marcus’ full May 2008 interview – during which he also discusses his Navy SEAL “buzz training”; how he was rescued by the Green Berets; how his Texas hometown rallied around his family in the wake of media reports that he’d been killed in Afghanistan; and how his twin brother, Jim, never believed that Marcus was dead – click here.

To read the Houston Chronicle‘s lastest in Dasy’s killing – including how Marus reacted to the horrific incident – click here.

The Pentagon Welcomes Elmo and Military Health System Information

Today two of the Pentagon’s BlogTalkRadio shows provide in-depth information for military families regarding deployment and the military health system.

Elmo Discusses Deployment
Elmo Today at 2pm ET (click to listen)
ASY LIVE brings you an exclusive interview with Dr. Jeanette Betancourt, Vice President for Outreach and Educational Practices at Sesame Workshop for Elmo Discusses Deployment: A Talk with Sesame Street. Betancourt will discuss the recent unveiling of the second phase of its military outreach initiative, Talk, Listen, Connect: Deployments, Homecomings, Changes. This initiative is designed to help military families experiencing deployments and challenges when a parent returns home changed due to a combat related injury.

Then, Understanding the Military Health System
Today at 3pm ET (click to listen) The newly launched Pentagon channel BlogTalkRadio show “Dot Mil Docs” discusses the military health system. What’s an MHS and what does it do for me? – Dr. Michael Kilpatrick, Deputy Director, Force Health Protection, gives a view of how broad the Military Health Service is and how many ways it reaches out to help service members.

Dennis Miller LIVE on BlogTalkRadio

USA Cares official spokesperson, Emmy award winner and four-time Writers’ Guild award winner, DENNIS MILLER, joins Navy Homefront Talk on BlogTalkRadio for a live, exclusive interview.

Dennis Miller Called “one of the premiere comedy talents in America today,” Miller will talk about USA Cares (www.usacares.org), a non-profit organization serving military service families of all ranks and branches with direction, advice and grant assistance for quality of life issues caused by military service – and why he’s involved. He’ll be live with host and taking your calls on Wednesday at 9pm ET (click to listen).

BlogTalkRadio Welcomes Phil Donahue

Phil Donahue, acclaimed journalist, beloved personality, and producer and director of the film Body of War (www.bodyofwar.com) will join Movie Geeks United on BlogTalkRadio for a live exclusive interview about the film.

Phil Donahue Body of War is an intimate and transformational feature documentary about the true face of war today. Meet Tomas Young, 25 years old, paralyzed from a bullet to his spine – wounded after serving in Iraq for less than a week. Body of War is Tomas’ coming home story as he evolves into a new person, coming to terms with his disability and finding his own unique and passionate voice against the war. The film is produced and directed by Phil Donahue and Ellen Spiro, and features two original songs by Eddie Vedder. Body of War is a naked and honest portrayal of what it’s like inside the body, heart and soul of this extraordinary and heroic young man. Donahue will be LIVE and taking your calls on Wednesday at 10pm ET (click to listen).

Knitting in Baghdad with KnitGrrl

Think you have a hard time finding yarn? Join BlogTalkRadio host Shannon Okey on The Knitgrrl Show today to hear about knitting live from Baghdad.

Knitting in BaghdadTonight at 11pm ET, join this special edition of The Knitgrrl show as Shannon welcomes US Army specialist Lorie Jewell live from Baghdad. Lorie and her knitting friends will discuss what it’s like to knit – and live – in Iraq

Shannon is the author, co-author or editor of more than ten fiber- and fabric-related books; Knitgrrl.com, her fiber arts website; a columnist for knit.1 magazine; a frequent contributor to other crafty magazines; and a co-owner of Stitch Cleveland.

Don’t miss this great and unique show tonight.

Basic Training with Sergeant Volkin on BlogTalkRadio

Volkin Sergeant Volkin brings military boot camp to BlogTalkRadio. So drop and give me fifty, soldier.

Today at 12:30pm ET, Michael Volkin brings you audio basic training with a unique splash of humor. This show is specific for basic training recruits. If you have ever been in the military or about to join, this show is for you!

Covering everything military with a focus on basic training to help new recruits.

Department of Defense on BlogTalkRadio

The Department of Defense continues to embrace social media with BlogTalkRadio.

DoDBlogTalkRadio is pleased to announce we are working with the Department of Defense to develop live, Internet talk shows aimed to inform internal audiences, the public and the blogger community about Pentagon activities and initiatives starting with these two shows:

  • The Department of Defense Bloggers’ Roundtable connects bloggers and online citizen journalists with DoD civilian and military leaders and subject matter experts. The Roundtable provides source material where available, including audio, photo, video, transcripts, biographies and related fact sheets.
  • ASY Live or “America Supports You,” is a nationwide program designed to recognize citizens’ support for our military men and women and communicate that support to members of our Armed Forces at home and abroad. Interviews range from Department of Defense personnel, to patriotic citizens and non-profit homefront organizations.

Allison Barber, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs:

“We’re using new media in the Department of Defense because it’s allowing us to create a more customized experience for our diverse worldwide audiences. They can access our news and information where they want it, when they want it. BlogTalkRadio is one of the new media formats enabling us to provide that more personalized experience.”

BlogTalkRadio CEO Alan Levy:

“The Pentagon has recognized BlogTalkRadio’s ability to reach various targeted audiences utilizing our easy-to-use talk radio broadcasting format. It enables them to deliver prompt information to listeners regarding the War on Terror and other Pentagon activities and programs, while also conveying the feelings and emotion of those who are affected.”

Late 2006, Scott Kesterson started doing live broadcasts from Afghanistan. Since then, we have remained in constant touch with the DoD. Key officers have been guests on Military blogger radio shows and, of course, we already have a number of military spouse shows, like Army Wife Talk Radio and Navy Wife Radio.

BlogTalkRadio welcomes the Department of Defense to the Internet “airwaves.”

Department of Defense Blogger Roundtable

BlogTalkRadio is home to the Department of Defense New Media show, which brings you conversations with military commanders deployed around the world.

DoDnewmedia Today Defense Bloggers Roundtable will broadcast an operational update on Operation Marne Courageous with Colonel Dominic J. Caraccilo, Commander, 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, this morning at 9am ET.

3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division conducted a transfer of authority with 2nd Brigade, 10th Mountain Division on Nov. 2. They launched the kinetic/offensive phase of Operation Marne Courageous on Nov. 16. This operation is designed to contain sectarian violence and secure the population west of the Euphrates River, in an area that was previously held by Al Qaeda.