SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Former Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell, author of the bestselling book Lone Survivor, will hold a book signing and speaking engagement right here in South Plainfield. 

'An Evening with Marcus Luttrel," which is being sponsored by the South Plainfield PBA Local 100, will take place the evening of Monday, May 20 in the high school auditorium and include a one-hour speaking engagement as well as an optional meet and greet and book signing. 

On June 28 2005, Luttrell and three fellow members of SEAL Team 10 were assigned to a mission to kill or capture Ahmad Shah (a.k.a. Mohammad Ismail), a high-ranking Taliban leader responsible for killings in eastern Afghanistan and the Hindu-Kush mountains. According to Luttrell’s website (www.marcusluttrell.com), while hiding in the woods waiting for the extremist leader, the SEALS were spotted by a group of unarmed goat herders. 

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The team voted to release the herders and Luttrell believes they immediately betrayed the SEALS and their location to local Taliban forces. Within an hour, an intense gun battle ensued; all but Luttrell, who was severely injured, were killed. Additionally, a helicopter comprised of SEALS and 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment ‘Nightstalkers’ sent to rescue them was shot down; all 16 on board were also killed. 

“Badly wounded, he managed to walk and crawl seven miles to evade capture. He was given shelter by an Afghan tribe, who alerted the Americans of his presence, and American forces finally rescued him six days after the gun battle,” states Luttrell’ website. “Following his physical recovery from Operation Redwing, Marcus went back and completed one more tour before being medically retired. He then wrote the book, Lone Survivor, to share the amazing story of his brothers who paid the ultimate sacrifice.”

In 2010, Luttrell established the Lone Survivor Foundation and is fully involved with The Boot Campaign. In 2012, he published a second book, Service,that follows up with unanswered questions from Lone Survivorand gives honor and praise to other members of the military. Additionally, in 2014, a major motion picture starring Mark Walberg was released depicting the story of Lone Survivor.

During his South Plainfield engagement, Luttrellwill provide an emotional and raw firsthand account of Operation Red Wing as well as honor those who died by sharing the story of their bravery and courage.  

“I find him to be inspiring. After everything he has gone through and endured, he is still here smiling. His story and the mindset of never giving up and never quitting can apply to everyone,” said event organizer Lloyd McNelly, a member and past president of PBA Local 100 and sergeant with the South Plainfield Police Department. 

“I feel his story can help inspire other people; as bad as we think things are here, it could always be worse. There are these people overseas fighting for their lives,” added McNelly.

Tickets for the May 20 evening with Marcus Luttrell are currently available and can be purchased online at https://pbalocal100.ticketleap.com/an-evening-with-marcus-luttrell/. Diamond Packages are $350 and include an all-you-can-eat buffet dinner, meet-and-greet, photo opportunity, an autographed a hardcover copy of Lone Survivor from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. along with a premier seat for the speaking engagement. Tickets for the speaking engagement only, which will run from 7 to 8 p.m., range from $75 to $150. For additional information, contact South Plainfield Police Sergeant Lloyd McNelly at lmcnelly@sppolice.com