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Derrick Van Orden

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Derrick Van Orden
Born (1969-09-15) September 15, 1969 (age 51)
Hennepin County, Minnesota
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Navy
Years of service1988–2014
RankSCPO collar.png Senior chief petty officer
UnitUnited States Navy Special Warfare insignia.png U.S. Navy SEALs
Battles/warsBosnian War
War in Afghanistan
Iraq War

Derrick F. Van Orden (born September 15, 1969)[1] is an American author, actor, and retired United States Navy SEAL.

As a film consultant, he is best known for his role as "Chief" in the 2012 American war movie Act of Valor.[2][3] His military career included 5 combat deployments and service across multiple SEAL teams. He holds an undergraduate degree from Excelsior College and is a Jurist Doctorate student at Mitchell Hamline School of Law.[4]

After leaving the military, Van Orden co-authored 2015's Book of Man, A Navy SEAL's Guide to the Lost Art of Manhood.[5] He has been a guest on Fox News and Blaze Media to promote his writings and discuss special forces culture and training.

Van Orden is a 2020 Republican candidate in the primary for Wisconsin's 3rd congressional district.[6][7]

Personal life[edit]

Van Orden currently lives on a small hobby farm with his wife Sara. They previously operated a cafe in Butternut, Wisconsin which specialized in locally sourced foods.[8]


  1. "Van Orden, Derrick F., 1969-". Library of Congress. Retrieved April 22, 2020.
  2. Derrick Van Orden on IMDb
  3. ""The Shit Filter is Full"; So sayeth Derrick Van Orden". Breach Bang Clear. December 31, 2015. Retrieved April 22, 2020.
  4. "Derrick Van Orden - The Rosie Network". Rosie Network. Retrieved April 22, 2020.
  5. "Book of Man, A Navy SEAL's Guide to the Lost Art of Manhood by Derrick F. Van Orden and With Adam Mitchell". Goodreads. Retrieved April 22, 2020.
  6. Zito, Salena (April 17, 2020). "Former SEAL makes it an act of valor to run for Congress". Washington Examiner. Retrieved April 22, 2020.
  7. "Derrick Van Orden". Ballotpedia. Retrieved April 22, 2020.
  8. Carlson, Seth (June 28, 2017). "Retired Navy SEAL opens Butternut Cafe in downtown Butternut". Price County Review. Retrieved April 22, 2020.

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