Since Operation Red Wings started becoming public, there has been an undercurrent within the military community and in the media questioning, to varying degrees, the truth behind HM1 (RET) Marcus Luttrell’s version of what really happened in the course of the operation. Over the years, and in a more concentrated manner recently, I have compiled all the publicly available information and analyzed the data repeatedly. This includes information available via public record; documented writings found in Luttrell’s book, “Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10;” and recorded versions of HM1 (RET) Marcus Luttrell’s narrative regarding Operation Redwing (sic).

NOTE: It’s Operation Red Wings, not Operation Redwing per the myriad incorrect references by HM1 (RET) Luttrell, including the title of his New York Times bestselling book, “Lone Survivor.”

This does not include the movie, only mentioned contextually here, which has little relation to what happened in the course of the operation; the techniques, tactics, and procedures (TTPs); or the conduct of Luttrell as a member of the United States Armed Forces in combat. Instead, my focus has been on the publicly available information where the primary focus lies on the myriad discrepancies between what Luttrell himself wrote and said in public: the recent direct quotations from Mohammad Gulab, the Pashtun civilian who, through extraordinary courage and at grave danger to himself and his extended family, saved Luttrell’s life; and the nonfiction writings of Ed Darack in “Victory Point,” the story of Operation Red Wings and the follow-on mission, Operation Whalers.

Darack embedded with the 2nd Battalion of the 3rd Marine Regiment shortly after both operations and directly spoke with many involved. I spoke extensively with Darack, as well as with Ross Schneiderman, whose recent Newsweek article, “Marcus Luttrell’s Savior, Mohammad Gulab, claims ‘Lone Survivor’ Got It Wrong,” brought forward exclusive new information; Michael Cummings, who wrote an article for Slate titled, “How Accurate Is Lone Survivor?” on Operation Red Wings, and is an ex-infantry officer who also served with 5th SFG(A) and has operated in the AO where Red Wings occurred; and John Ismay, an ex-Naval Special Operations officer who was lifelong friends with Erik Kristensen, Navy SEAL and QRF commander who was KIA along with 15 other SOF operators when their MH-47 was shot down during an attempted rescue.