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Dick Couch is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Acade-
my and served with the Navy UDT and SEAL
Teams. While a platoon commander with SEAL
Team One in 1970, he led one of the only successful
POW rescue operations of the Vietnam War. On
release from active duty in 1972, he joined the Cen-
tral Intelligence Agency where he served as a Mari-
time Operations officer. Dick retired from the
Naval Reserve in 1997 as the senior reserve SEAL
officer with the rank of captain. He began his writ-
ing career in 1990 and has published four novels:
SEAL Team One, Pressure Point, Silent Descent, and
Rising Wind. The Warrior Elite was his first non-fic-
tion work, published in November of 2001 by
Crown Books. US Armed Forces Nuclear, Chemical,
Biological Survival Manual (Basic Books), edited by
Dick, will be publishing in Feb. 2003. In the sum-
mer of 2003, Dick and Cliff Hollenbeck, award win-
ning photo journalist, will publish To Be a Navy
SEAL (Motor Books International), a table-top, full-
color pictorial book that will feature Basic
UDT/SEAL Training with a 20,000 word essay by
Dick. Scheduled for release in the fall of 2003 is The
Mercenary Option, a novel to be published by Pock-
et Books.