Dick Couch graduated from BUD/S Class 45 in 1969 as class Honorman, and went on to serve as Whiskey Platoon Commander with SEAL Team One in Vietnam, which conducted one of the few successful POW rescue operations of the war. Following his release from active duty by the Navy, he served as a maritime and paramilitary case officer in the CIA. Couch retired from the Naval Reserve as a captain in 1997. He is the author of The Warrior Elite: The Forging of Seal Class 228; The Finishing School: Earning the Navy SEAL Trident; Chosen Soldier: The Making of a Special Forces Warrior; and Down Range: Navy SEALs in the War on Terrorism. Dick and his wife, Julia, live in central Idaho.
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