Former Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell, known worldwide as the “lone survivor,” has become a legend in military storytelling. It would be easy, then, for him to bask in it. But his reaction to being called a hero on Thursday during Rick Perry’s presidential campaign announcement says a lot about the type of person he is.
Near the end of Perry’s speech in Addison, Texas, the former Texas governor began telling stories of different military members. After mentioning Luttrell and his survival story, a woman from the crowd screamed, “You’re a hero, Marcus!”
What did Luttrell do? He kept his head low and shook it, “no.”
Watch the end of the speech below, in which Perry also honors Medal of Honor recipient Mike Thornton and Taya Kyle, the wife of sniper Chris Kyle (Luttrell is to Perry’s right; his twin brother Morgan is to Perry’s left):