U.S. Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell spent five days hidden in a village in the warring Kunar Province in northeastern Afghanistan in 2005. He was essentially paralyzed from the waist down and suffering from a series of gunshots and shrapnel wounds.

His guardian, an Afghan, took up arms against a local Taliban militia to protect the SEAL, whose mission to the harsh mountainous region resulted in an ambush that killed the other three members of his team.

Luttrell went on to document the harrowing account in a book, “Lone Survivor.” He spoke at the Newseum in Washington, DC Thursday night to screen the film version, directed by Peter Berg and starring Taylor Kitsch.

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