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Lone Survivor Quotes

Marcus LutrellLeading Petty Officer Marcus Lutrell and four teammates from SEAL Team Four went on a covert operation into the mountains of Afghanistan where they encountered two adult men and a teenage boy. Rather than kill them–and prevent any chance the villagers would betray their presence to the local Taliban–Lutrell opted to let them go.

An hour later, that turned out to be a deadly mistake. The Team was attacked by 150 Taliban. They killed one hundred, but at the cost of every SEAL save Lutrell. He was left injured and far from American rescuers.

Now retired from the SEALs, he is an in-demand motivational speaker. I came across an amazing video of one of his speeches to the National Rifle Association. Not sure you want to invest 13 minutes in the ramblings of an under-dressed ex-Special Forces redneck? Start with these quotes, taken directly from his presentation:

In my short ten year career, I’ve been shot, stabbed, blown up, helicopter crashed, drowned three times, had a stroke underwater, captured by the enemy, and buried 45 of my closest friends

You can’t negotiate with someone who is trying to cut your head off

I was paralyzed from the waist down (he and 3 SEALs had fought off 150 Taliban for hours—he was the Lone Survivor) and I thought, What am I going to do now?

We aren’t heroes out their in the military. We’re just Patriots.

I sat there and felt sorry for myself for one minute, then I had to keep going

Any government that thinks war is somehow fair and subject to rules like a baseball game probably should not get into one. Because nothing’s fair in war, and occasionally the wrong people do get killed. (I confess–this is from the book)

Once you send me over there, take the leash off of me, I’m going to create so much hell, do everything I can to annihilate everything in front of me so that they are never going to attack us again

We’re getting it done.

Click here to go to the source.


Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. She is webmaster for six blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for and TeachHUB, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, monthly contributor to Today’s Author and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Currently, she’s editing a techno-thriller that should be out to publishers next summer.

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20 thoughts on “Lone Survivor Quotes

  1. Oh wow. I get angry every time I think about the wishy washy policy makers that put our men and women on the front lines then think they’re playing Stratego. It’s not a game. If everyone had to serve a year in the military (like they do in some countries) our attitudes would quickly change.


    • They do think it’s a game, from the safety of a chessboard. I would support that sort of national service–actually debated it when I was in high school. I don’t know why it’s not more popular.


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  3. Amazing and scary. I don’t know how this guy survived all these things. No wonder he’s now a motivational speaker. I’m going to watch the video later because I think it’s probably harrowing and I’m enjoy my breakfast at this point in time. Thanks so much for introducing this xxx


  4. OMG. I had planned to take a peak at this video for only a minute but I watched the whole thing. Nothing like giving someone a job to do and then tying their hands behind their back.

    I’m amazed this guy is still alive and willing to talk about his experiences. Wow.


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