(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.
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.”
“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.
“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.