MADISON, Wis. (1/14/14, UPDATED 10 a.m. CT)--Marcus Luttrell, one of a team of four Navy SEALs ambushed by a large Taliban force in 2005 and the only one to survive the following hours of combat, will be a keynote speaker at the Credit Union National Association's 2014 America's Credit Union Conference (ACUC), to be held June 29-July 3 at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square in San Francisco, Calif.
Luttrell, critically wounded in the attack, crawled into the mountains and was taken in by the
Afghan villagers of Sabray, who nursed and protected him, despite escalating Taliban threats, until he was rescued. After recuperating, he redeployed to Iraq for a second tour. In the spring of 2007, Petty Officer 1st Class Luttrell retired. He was awarded the Navy Cross for combat heroism in 2006 by President George W. Bush.
America's Credit Union Conference, praised by attendees as an energizing, forward-thinking event, features the nation's best business innovators and motivational leaders to deliver ideas for growth and the inspiration to drive positive change for credit unions.
"It is with great pleasure that we welcome Marcus Luttrell to tell his heroic story," said Jill Tomalin, CUNA executive vice president and COO. "His conference-closing keynote presentation on courage, sacrifice and community is sure to connect with credit union values, giving us a patriotic sendoff just in time for Independence Day."
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Luttrell has written two books: "Lone Survivor" (2007),
which recounts the harrowing trials of Operation Redwing and is now in movie theaters across the United States; and "Service: A Navy SEAL at War" (2013),
in which Luttrell turns his focus to the nature of service on America's battlefields and the soldiers who give their lives to defend their nation and each other.