Gunnery Sergeant Danny Draher is one of the MARSOC 3, a trio of Marine Raiders who are facing UCMJ charges for their connection to the death of a civilian contractor in Iraq in 2018. Evidence has exonerated the MARSOC 3, but despite this, the MARSOC command has not yet cleared the Raiders.

About GySgt Danny Draher

GySgt Danny Draher was born on June 26, 1983 and raised in New York City, New York. He is married to Destiny Flynn-Draher and they have two beautiful children. He holds a Bachelor’s degree Summa Cum Laude in Strategic Studies and Defense Analysis from Norwich University.

Draher has attended numerous courses including the Multi Mission Parachute Course, as well as various other parachuting courses, Survival Evasion Resistance and Escape, Marine Combatant Diver Course, Dive Supervisor, Special Operations Planners Course, the Senior Instructor Course, Fast Rope Master, Multiple Explosives, and Assault Breacher Courses, Multiple Direct Action & Special Reconnaissance Packages, Advanced Special Operations, the Merlin Project, Martial Arts Instructor Course, Sergeants Course, Career Course, Advanced Course, Joint Special Operations University Joint Fundamentals, Enterprise Management, and Enhanced Digital Collection Training. 

His personal decorations include the Purple Heart Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Commendation with Valor, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, and the Combat Action Ribbon with one gold star.

This exclusive interview featuring GySgt Draher – a seasoned former Reconnaissance Marine and current Marine Raider with more than 18 years in the Marine Corps — was conducted by Nick Coffman for United American Patriots.

When did you join the military and why?

I joined the military right after 9/11. I was going to Borough of Manhattan Community College. Once the towers fell, that school was right there, and they used it as a triage facility. They basically gave us this opportunity to withdraw without penalty. So, I took advantage of that opportunity.

I was kind of playing with the idea of joining the military before that, but then I just figured I’d foll[ow] through with it. I signed up in December of 2001, and then I actually went to boot camp in February of 2002.