May 5 - Richard Marcinko created Seal Team Six after the failed Iranian hostage rescue attempt, and now feels like a ''proud pappa'' of the team that took down bin Laden. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
The wreckage from Operation Eagle Claw in April 1980. It is what was left of an attempt to free 52 Americans hostages in Iran, which ended with the deaths of eight Americans servicemen at the time. Richard Marcinko, was serving in the Pentagon at the time. SOUNDBITE: Seal Team Six Founder Richard Marcinko, saying (English): "Embarrassment for all the troops on the ground. Embarrassment for all the planners; embarrassment for this nation, that this almighty, super rich couldn't even come and get their own damn citizens out of Iran. With all that they had, to be taken out, really, by mother nature. It wasn't a bad guy there." It was out of that wreckage that Marcinko came up with the idea for Seal team Six, an elite team of fighters with combat experience and combat kills who probably spoke more than one language and would know how wind velocity treats a bullet. Marcinko describes would have been like for the Seals to enter bin Laden's compound. SOUNDBITE: Seal Team Six Founder Richard Marcinko, saying (English): "First of all you are going through the door, you are moving, it is not like you are sitting there as a sniper and watching for the good shot. You are going in there to take control and to finish the mission, so you train flow. So, if the first guy through the door breaks left, the second goes right, third goes left. You hug the walls, go down, force the target in the middle so you don't get friendly fire on each other and you go on to the next room. It is a dancing bear. When you stop, you are a target. So, you keep on moving. All you do is, as the forces flow, they make sure that which is left behind them is not moving again There had already been a failed attempt to catch bin laden in Tora Bora in 2001. There was Somalia, in 1993 when US forces were going after a war lord and two helicopters were shot down dead soldiers were dragged through the streets. Missions can go bad. SOUNDBITE: Seal Team Six Founder Richard Marcinko, saying (English): "When you are on the ground, and walking, it is the wood cutter, and the shepherd, that you stumble upon that weren't supposed to be there. And then you have that decision. Do I take him with me and he is a burden, or do I waste him here as collateral damage or what do I do?" This time when a helicopter failed the mission went ahead. SOUNDBITE: Seal Team Six Founder Richard Marcinko, saying (English): "When the bird goes down, a back up bird comes in and the pilots that were there destroyed the bird while the Seals were getting Osama bin Laden. There were no hiccups, no pause to refreshes. We know what we're doing. That is why we're here. What does it do to us -- well I'm a proud Poppa today." On the night that President Barack Obama announced that Osama bin Laden had been killed, the embarrassment was gone and the celebrations had begin. Deborah Lutterbeck, Reuters