Richard Marcinko Death – Cause of Death: Retired U.S. Navy SEAL Commander and Vietnam War Veteran, Richard Marcinko has passed away. He was 81 years old.
Richard Marcinko is one of the United States’ most accomplished and recognized special operations experts, he had over 30 years experience in a variety of specialties including counter-terrorism, intelligence and special operations.
The National Navy UDT SEAL Museum announced, Marcinko’s death via a social media post on Sunday, His cause of death was not disclosed.
“The Museum is very saddened to learn of the passing of Richard “Dick” Marcinko,” the post read. “He was the first commanding officer of SEAL Team SIX.”
Marcinko deployed to Vietnam with 2nd Platoon, SEAL Team TWO in January 1967. He led his men in an assault on Ilo Ilo Hon where they killed many Viet Cong and destroyed six of their sampans on May 18, 1967, according to the Navy SEAL Museum.
Rest In Peace US Navy SEAL Richard Marcinko recipient of 4 bronze stars and a silver star, founded and led SEAL Team 6 fair winds and following seas Sir.
— Sam Beeghley (@sbeeghley) December 26, 2021
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). TAT purpose was to develop a plan to free the American hostages held in Iran which culminated in Operation Eagle Claw.
After retiring from the United States Navy, he became an author, radio talk show host, military consultant, and motivational speaker.
Marcinko partnered with Bethesda Softworks to publish Rogue Warrior for the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC.