Editor’s Note:  Brandon wrote this nugget about one year before Demo Dick Marcinko left this mortal coil on 25 December 2021, one of God’s chosen Frogmen. I’m running it again today because it’s a great story and an introduction to Marcinko’s interview series on SOFREP TV, a must-see. — GDM

Think you’re a badass? I’ve got news for you: there’s always someone badder, meaner, and not afraid to punch you in the face to remind you of it. “Demo Dick” Marcinko is that kind of guy.

As a SEAL, Dick would deploy to Vietnam. He would then go on to founding SEAL Team 6, the same unit that years later would kill Osama bin Laden, the most wanted terrorist in the world. Dick’s childhood is equally impressive. If you haven’t read his book, Rogue Warrior, go read it.

Dick is a living legend, period. And I’m grateful to have spent a week with him in New York for a private SOFREP book signing a few years back. I’ll share a quick story about my time with him.

FYI, we filmed a long interview series with him for SOFREP TV, you should check it out. It’s a piece of history, for sure. Ok, back to my story.

We had just finished the book signing at Strand Books’ rare book room. A few of us talked about going for drinks, and a superfan in the city, a guy I’ll call Dan, wanted to tag along. “Why not?” I regretfully thought to myself. After all, this is what makes the SOFREP events special: we get to engage with the membership. But Dan was, as you’ll see, a rare case, the broken egg in the carton.

To set the stage further, I am single. So when I’m out in the city, I like to talk to single gals. Ok, stage set, curtain’s up.