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Richard Marcinko, Navy SEAL commander and founder of SEAL Team Six known as “Demo Dick”, dies at 81

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Navy SEAL commander and found of SEAL Team Six Richard Marcinko.

The first commander of the US Navy’s most elite SEAL detachment has passed, according to his family.

Richard “Dick” Marcinko, who helped found and was the first commander if what would become known as DEVGRU, passed on over the weekend.

“Last night, Christmas evening, we lost a hero, who’s also known as The Rogue Warrior, the retired Navy SEAL commander AND the creator of SEAL Team Six, my father, Richard Marcinko,” tweeted Matt Marcinko on Sunday. “His legacy will live forever. The man has died a true legend. Rest In Peace Dad. I love you forever.”

Marcinko was 81 at the time of his death. 

Known as “Demo Dick,” Marcinko helped revolutionize the SEAL mission as they evolved from Underwater Demolition Teams [UDT].

A veteran of Vietnam [primarily serving with SEAL Team Two], Marcinko helped find DEVGRU in the aftermath of the 1979 Iran Hostage Crisis and Desert One disaster.

Initially naming the unit “SEAL Team Six,” Marcinko reportedly did so in order to mislead foreign nations into thinking that there were an additional three SEAL Teams in existence. 

Later, the SEAL commander would help stand up the Naval Security Coordination Team OP-06D, unofficially named Red Cell.

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