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Dick Couch
Born Mississippi
Occupation Author, professor

Dick Couch is an American author and former U.S. Navy SEAL.


Dick Couch was born in Mississippi and raised in Southern Indiana. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1967. After attending DASH controller training, he reported aboard the naval destroyer USS Mansfield DD728. He graduated from Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) Class 45 in 1969, and was the class Honorman. He graduated first in his class at the Navy Underwater Swimmers School and the Army Free Fall (HALO) School. As Whiskey Platoon Commander with SEAL Team One in Vietnam,[1] he led one of the few successful prisoner of war rescue operations of that conflict.

Following his release from active duty in the U.S. Navy, he served as a maritime and paramilitary case officer with the Central Intelligence Agency. In 1997, he retired from the Naval Reserve with the rank of Captain. At that time, he held the senior command billet in the SEAL reserve community.

He and his wife, Julia, live in Idaho. However, he is currently serving as a Professor of Ethics at the United States Naval Academy.

Published worksEdit


  • Seal Team One (1991)[2]
  • Pressure Point (1993; 2006)[3]
  • Silent Descent (1994).
  • Rising Wind (1996).[4]
  • Covert Action (2005).


  • The Warrior Elite: The Forging of SEAL Class 228 (2003),[5][6]
  • The Finishing School: Earning the Navy SEAL Trident (2005),
  • Down Range: Navy SEALs in the War on Terrorism (2006).
  • Chosen Soldier: The Making of A Special Forces Warrior (2007)
  • The Sheriff of Ramadi: Navy SEALs and the Winning of al-Anbar (2008)
  • A Tactical Ethic: Moral Conduct in the Insurgent Battlespace (2010)
  • Sua Sponte: The Forging of a Modern American Ranger (2012)


  1. "There but for the grace of God. Dick Couch. United States Naval Institute. Proceedings. Annapolis: Aug 2001.Vol.127, Iss. 8; pg. 78
  2. "Paperbacks -- Seal Team One by Dick Couch," review by Kaganoff, Penny. Publishers Weekly. New York: May 10, 1991.Vol.238, Iss. 21; pg. 277.
  3. "Fiction -- Pressure Point by Dick Couch." book review by Steinberg, Sybil. Publishers Weekly. New York: May 11, 1992.Vol.239, Iss. 22; pg. 53. "Taut writing and crisp dialogue further enhance the appeal of one of the year's better adventure novels." "Violence-glorifying first novel."
  4. "Fiction -- Rising Wind by Dick Couch." book review by Braun, Patricia. The Booklist. Chicago: May 15, 1996. Vol. 92, Iss. 18; p. 1576
  5. "The Warrior Elite: The Forging of SEAL Class 228," book review by Doug Pricer. Military History. Herndon: Jun 2002.Vol.19, Iss. 2; pg. 70. " impressively researched look into the heart of a culture few Americans, including many military enthusiasts, truly grasp."
  6. "The Warrior Elite: The Forging of SEAL Class 228," book review by Jennifer M Price. Sea Power. Washington: Apr 2002.Vol.45, Iss. 4; pg. 99. "His insider's view draws the reader in and makes the book a fast and enjoyable read"

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