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.

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

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  2. Keith Heinerichs

    I just read your book it was an awesome story. I wanted to know what happened to the man that saved you. It is a sad story. Lost his position in the village and lives in another town. He was arrested by US Forces accusing of him of being with the Taliban. What a shame. Have you been in contact with him,

  3. Ben Pearson

    Dear Marcus
    I just read your book and it was very moving for me. I am only 15 but this book was the story i ever read. It had a little bit of everything in it, sadness, courage and love. But most of all it had truth to it. This really happened and I can honestly say that it was the most courageous and moving stories i have ever read. I don’t know you but i would love to hear back from you. I have no doubt in my mind that you are my hero. Good luck with medical school.

  4. James M Dye


    I stand in awe of what you went through. I read your book. One of my best friends who is a pastor. His name is Chad DuVall at Ada’s Bells Chapels Assembly of God church in Atkins Arkansas gave me the book to read. I will never appreciate what you went through physically or mentally, I just want to say that as a 41 year old science teacher at Atkins High School, I can not express the words of gratitude or express words of agreement over the current media. Where do they come from?
    You and your team are forever etched into my mind as heroes. I wish that I could say more. I just hope that you will someday read this.
    I hope there is a record of this, because I believe our country is headead for indecision, and you and the Navy Seals stand for decision. I back you.
    James Dye
    256 Bowen Estates Road
    Russellville Arkansas 72802

  5. Becky Meisner

    Dear Marcus
    WOW..I just finished your book. I am not normally a non-fiction reader but someone gave me your book and once I started it I had trouble putting it down. Your courage and strength of character are what real heroes are made of. As a mother I, of course, cried through a great deal of your story just imagining what your mom was going thru.
    I know, from your book, that you and your fellow SEALS don’t do what you do for the thanks but heartfelt thanks are what you get from me.
    I have a young son who will never be able to join the military but I would hope that if circumstances in his life had been different he would have been a strong defender of this beautiful country called America.
    Thank you Mikey, Axe, Danny and Marcus. All four of you are now forever in my heart.
    Becky Meisner

  6. Cheryl Albanese


    I am sickened by what has happened to your precious Daisy. I can’t imagine the pain you must be feeling. I respect you for the restraint you showed. I respect you for all you have given your country. I gave my son your book and appreciate that their are honorable men in our midst. I have seen you on Glenn’s show many times and it always brings me to tears, especially this last one regarding your dear dog. May God Bless you and keep you.

  7. jeremy warren

    marcus you are clearly a man above men. i just read your book, and i am speachless. i have been telling everyone about it and your story. i am a 38 year old man and from mississippi, but i couldnt help but cry like a liberal when i read your book. thank you for so much for what you and your team, have given to our country. if only washington d.c. had half the courage thay your team had. i know that you were only doing your job, but the word HERO is clearly is in order. God bless you and your family, and the families of your seal team.


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