Richard Marcinko, the first leader of the elite SEAL Team Six, has died
“His legacy will live on forever. The man died a true legend,” he added.
Marcinko designed and organized SEAL Team Six after the failed hostage rescue attempt in Iran during the Carter administration, according to a social media post by the Navy SEAL Museum.
The museum, which called him “Demo Dick,” said he led the SEAL Six team from August 1980 to July 1983.
“At the time, the Navy only had two SEAL teams. Marcinko named the unit“ SEAL Team SIX ”in order to trick other nations, especially the Soviet Union, into believing that the United States had at least three other SEAL teams that they weren’t aware of, “the museum said, adding that Marcinko” hand-selected team members from existing SEALs and underwater demolition teams. ”