There, in six months of high-intensity urban combat, he would be part of what has been called the greatest victory in the history of U. But as the aircraft flew over the mountains and the team prepared to rope down, an insurgent fired a rocket-propelled grenade. Luttrell has had several invasive surgeries, including having a protective cage placed around his spine and artificial discs. In the summer of 2005, not long after Gulab saved Luttrell, the U. Soon, they will send you to the grave. The next morning, Gulab learned he was being sent back to Afghanistan. War is never easy, but sometimes the morality of an individual conflicts with the necessity of combat in a way that reveals the content of their character.
For days, Mohammad Gulab and his fellow villagers protected him from a Taliban-linked militia in northeastern Afghanistan. As he recuperated, he wondered why he and others, from America's founding to today, had been willing to sacrifice everything-including themselves-for the sake of family, nation, and freedom. It is found that trap within Operation Red Wings was strong. Kids and teachers from high school, fraternity brothers, military veterans visited with one another while waiting in line. Luttrell was the only survivor. A former interpreter for the U.
He has said in multiple interviews that the choice he made in Pech has stayed with him every day since the operation. He initiated training for U. As kids, they loved to hunt and fish and wrestle alligators. I had to go back to Afghanistan. It was the Taliban—again—but instead of threatening his life, this caller was mocking him. Sixteen other Special Operations forces who rushed to help were also killed.
But somehow he survived every ambush, every assault. Luttrell also receives tremendous support from his wife Melanie. Gulab's lawyer, Michael Wildes, with another client, Mohammed al-Khilewi, a Saudi diplomat who sought asylum in the U. The commander even called Gulab. The four of us are going to eat at an Afghan restaurant on the other side of town. Growing up, Marcus shared everything with his identical twin and best friend Morgan — the same truck, fraternity, one-bedroom apartment.
He got drafted within Navy during the era of the late 90s. The Afghan pressed on—he bought another truck and hired workers to haul timber. Gulab Family They tried to kill him in the morning. Less than a year later, the U. . Most of the differences were minor.
But in two little corners of this world, in the Hindu Kush and eight thousand miles away in Southeast Texas, love, respect, and friendship will forever hold Marcus and me together. Furthermore, the large number of goats they herded indicated that their presence would be missed in a short period of time which would possibly endanger the mission. I heard his gun go off and a lot of gunfire in his area. Fortunately, there were American troops nearby, and they airlifted the two Afghans to see a doctor. The Afghan learned about dinosaurs at the Houston Museum of Natural Science and flew to Washington, D. Luttrell has gone on record stating that his father was a tough man, and taught Luttrell and his twin brother that they would have to to earn their way.
He even visited Las Vegas. In the meantime, he eagerly started exploring his new neighborhood, playing with his children in a nearby park and shopping at Goodwill. In a rural valley, along a desolate trail, in the doorway of his modest home—in all these places the Taliban tried to kill Mohammad Gulab. I find you to be a inspiration to our nation and wish you the best in your future endevours. He credits his dad for that desire. They gave him thousands of dollars to help the family move to Jalalabad. Doing so meant he could never return to Afghanistan or reunite with his family, or so he thought.
You sir have earned that right! When the clicks waned, however, Gulab was still in Afghanistan, still in hiding, still afraid and still angry. He says he wanted to stay in the United States, to look for a house in Texas and try and bring his family over. There more than 400 people braved a downpour to meet him. Over the course of several months, Gulab saw the film three times. Navy Seal Marcus Luttrell, his personal moral crisis has become the subject of an autobiography and major motion picture. I was trying with everything I had to get to him, and he started screaming my name. Desperate for water, he finally stumbled upon a waterfall where, he says, several Afghan villagers confronted him.
As he looked at the tears in her eyes, he felt a deep sadness. He was eager to see Luttrell again, and he was proud that the movie would show the world how he and his village had defied the Taliban and saved the American. But it wasn't with Marcus. I had to go back to my mountains. The tour brings together the best things in life….