Lone Survivor

743 Words3 Pages
Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10 Lone Survivor is a true story, which like most books about the SEALs, starts out talking about BUD (Basic Underwater Demolition) (6 month training). But before this, Marcus Luttrell, the lone survivor, goes through his tough, country style upbringing in Texas. At a very young age Luttrell decides he wants to become a Navy Seal, he seeks out help and training from a former Green Beret named Billy Shelton. He then talks about his signing-up with the Navy, his basic training, and then takes the reader through BUD, including the much-documented “Hell Week.” It then goes through Luttrell’s specific experiences, difficulties, and accomplishments and talks about Demolitions and Tactics Training and a fascinating brief on sniper school. Next, Luttrell is off to Afghanistan for a variety of different missions. This leads into what becomes the primary mission and bulk of the book; Operation Redwing. A high up Taliban leader and known associate of Osama Bin Laden had risen up a most wanted list and it was up to Luttrell and his men to capture or kill him. On June 27th, 2005 Marcus Luttrell, Danny Dietz, Michael Murphy, and Matthew Axelson, all SEALs, roped out of a helicopter into the rugged terrain of Afghanistan to take out their target. Luttrell initially had worries about the terrain and lack of cover. This would later prove just. The four SEALs quickly realized they were getting into any sniper’s worst nightmare: difficult terrain with no cover. They had to backtrack and try to find better routes and hides. After being dug in for quite sometime, a trio of goat herders stumbles upon the SEALS, causing a difficult moral and tactical decision. T... ... middle of paper ... ...pt to take him. The village protects Luttrell and drive off the Taliban forces. Lone Survivor finishes up with a wrap up of Luttrell’s experiences after this. I made Goat Cheese Thumbprint cookies. The thumbprint in the middle represents the SEALS surrounded by the Taliban. I chose to make Goat Cheese cookies because the encounter between the SEALS and the goat herders is the most important part if the whole book. It is by far the most controversial part and it also causes the whole event to transpire. Lone Survivor is an amazing account of heroism and courage, and is hands down one of the best books I’ve ever read, and definitely the best movie. I would definitely recommend this book to others. Reading the book not only gave me a greater appreciation for our Navy SEALs, but also for all our military personnel. If you don’t read this book you’re not American.
Open Document