Richard Marcinko: Rogue Warrior


Now, here we go again for our recommended book for all of you airsofters out there. This book is actually first released in 1993, but has generated controversy among military and political circles, and has catapulted the author, Richard Marcinko to fame. For all those who haven't heard of him, his book is called ROGUE WARRIOR, which is his autobiography that describes his growth and experience in the US Navy Seals, in particular, he was the first commanding officer of SEAL Team Six --- the US Navy's premier counter-terrorist unit. 


This is very much interesting reading that also led Richard Marcinko in writing other books such as the Rogue Warrior Series, and a leadership book, called Leadership Secrets of the Rogue Warrior: A Commando's Guide to Success.

Before purchasing this book, we would like also to fully post here the Wikipedia entry on him.

 Richard 'Dick' Marcinko (born November 21, 1940 in Lansford, Pennsylvania), is one of the United States' most accomplished and recognized special operations experts, with over 30 years of experience in a variety of specialties including counter-terrorism, intelligence and special operations. He has a B.A. in International Relations from the U.S. Navy Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, and an M.A. in Political Science from Auburn University. He currently lives in the Alexandria, Virginia area.



After enlisting in the US Navy in 1958, Marcinko worked as a teletype operator at Naval Air Station Sigonella, Italy.[1] The restless young sailor got into a fight with another sailor and sent him to the hospital.[1] According to his biography, his commanding officer sent him to UDT training as punishment, where Marcinko wanted to go, anyway; he went so far as to claim that he found the rigorous training "perversely enjoyable". During his first assignment to UDT-21, his superior was Chief Petty Officer Everett E. Barrett. Barrett was a crusty, gruff-talking man and Marcinko often said he was the most profane man he ever knew. However, Barrett was mentor to Marcinko and encouraged him to enter Officer Candidate School (OCS). Barrett taught his young protege to look after and mentor the men who served under him. He referred to this leadership technique as "Barrett's First Law Of The Sea." Marcinko always revered Barrett and mentions him in every book he has written. In fact, he dedicated one of his novels to Barrett and the first Navy SEAL Roy Boehm as two leaders who always led from the front.

Marcinko was commissioned as an Ensign upon graduation from OCS in December of 1965.In June of 1966 he transferred to SEAL Team Two and received orders for Vietnam.


 On May 18, 1967 Marcinko led his men in an assault on Ilo-Ilo Island where they killed a large number of Vietcong personnel and destroyed six of their sampans. The US Navy referred to it as "the most successful SEAL operation in the (Mekong) Delta." Subsequently Marcinko was awarded the first of his four Bronze Stars, as well as a Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Silver Star, from the ARVN. Upon arriving in the United States at the completion of this tour, he was promoted to Lieutenant Junior Grade.

 Marcinko immediately returned to Vietnam after a few months stateside, again with SEAL Team 2 as the officer in command of Eighth Platoon. During the Tet Offensive his platoon was sent to assist the US Army Special Forces at Chau Doc. What began as an urban street battle turned into a rescue mission of American nurses trapped in the city's church and hospital.

 After completing his second tour in Vietnam, and a two-year stateside staff assignment Marcinko was promoted to Lieutenant Commander and subsequently assigned as the Naval Attache to Cambodia in 1973. After serving for 18 months and upon leaving Cambodia for orders stateside, Marcinko became the Commanding Officer of SEAL Team TWO.

 SEAL Team Six

 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). The purpose of the TAT was to develop a plan to free the American hostages held in Iran which culminated in Operation Eagle Claw. In the wake of the operation's disaster at Desert One, the Navy saw the need for a full-time dedicated Counter-Terrorist Team and tasked Marcinko with its design and development.

 Marcinko was the first commanding officer of this new unit which he named SEAL Team Six (purportedly to confuse other nations into believing that the United States had five previous SEAL teams that they were unaware of). The men in the unit were handpicked by Marcinko himself from across the US Navy's Special Operations personnel. SEAL Team Six would be known as the US Navy's premier counter-terrorist unit. It has also been compared favorably to the US Army's Delta Force. Marcinko held the command of SEAL Team Six for three years from 1980-1983 instead of what was typically a two-year command in the Navy at the time.[4] 

 Red Cell

After leaving command at SEAL Team Six, Marcinko was tasked by Vice Admiral James "Ace" Lyons, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations, to design a unit to test the Navy's vulnerability to terrorism. The name of the unit was Naval Security Coordination Team OP-06D. In 1984 Marcinko hand-picked twelve men from SEAL Team Six and one from Marine Force Recon and the unit was unofficially named Red Cell.

This team tested the security of naval bases, nuclear submarines, ships, civilian airports and a U.S. embassy. Marcinko was directed to use his team to test the Navy's anti-terrorist capabilities. As a result he was able to infiltrate seemingly impenetrable, highly-secured bases, nuclear submarines, ships and other purported "secure areas", including the U.S. Presidential plane Air Force One.

Among the other claims Marcinko makes are the assertions that Red Cell successfully captured nuclear devices from U.S. Navy facilities, and proved the viability of plans to penetrate and attack nuclear-powered submarines, to destroy the subs by using them as improvised dirty bombs and to capture launch codes for nuclear weapons aboard the subs by using mild torture against personnel in custody of launch codes. Former members of Red Cell, notably Steve Hartmann and Dennis Chalker maintain that these exercises were a cover to move SPECWAR operators around the world for covert missions against real-world terrorists.

Civilian life

Marcinko has since published a VHS and DVD movie account of his "Red Cell" operations. In doing so he embarrassed several superior officers, whom he accuses of involvement in his subsequent conviction for misappropriation of funds and resources under his command.

His experiences led him to write his autobiography, The New York Times best-selling Rogue Warrior, and subsequent fictional sequels, some of which are co-written with ghostwriter John Weisman.

He is currently CEO of SOS Temps, Inc., a private security consulting firm based in Washington, DC, whose clients have included the Detroit Metropolitan Airport, the White House Fellows and the U.S. Army War College, and also of Richard Marcinko, Inc., a motivational and team-building company, which counts among its clients General Motors, AT&T, Domino's Pizza, Motorola, BellSouth and several other Fortune 500 companies. Through Eastern Michigan University, Marcinko also provides graduate-level presentations on topics such as terrorism, security and the adaptation of modern technology. He has a politically conservative talk radio show America on Watch with Dick Marcinko which is broadcast live on Saturdays (5:00PM - 8:00PM EST). He is also recently a spokesman for the Zodiac boat company's Zodiac Maritime Training Academy.

Marcinko has partnered with Bethesda Softworks to produce a Rogue Warrior video game for PC, PS3, Xbox 360, that is set for release in April 2008. He has also collaborated with Strider Knives on two knife designs called the RW-1 and RW-2; RW signifying "Rogue Warrior".


Marcinko has come under criticism from individuals within the Special Operations community who feel that he airs too much dirty laundry, and lets his ego get in the way of truth. While none of his stories are factually inaccurate, there have been discrepancies pointed out by other famous U.S. Navy members including Senator Bob Kerrey and his old team member Jim Watson.[citation needed] Marcinko served time in federal prison under charges of defrauding the government over the price of contractor acquisitions for hand grenades. Marcinko maintains that he was the subject of a witch hunt; his detractors claim that he was able to beat any other charges with support from powerful governmental figures, as well as underhanded legal tactics.[citation needed] Marcinko details his arrest and confinement in the last chapters of his autobiography.

Military awards 

  • Marcinko's ribbon bar
  • Silver Star
  • Legion of Merit
  • Bronze Star with Valor Device and three Gold Stars
  • Navy Commendation Medal with Valor Device and one Gold Star
  • Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Silver Star
  • Combat Action Ribbon with three Gold Stars
  • Presidential Unit Citation
  • Good Conduct Medal with Gold Star
  • National Defense Service Medal
  • Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
  • Defense Meritorious Service Medal
  • Joint Meritorious Service Medal
  • Vietnam Campaign Medal

The Latest News


Feature Story

Airsoft Guns and Gear Reviews