The official police chief for the village of Sabray and, along with Sarawa, the person most responsible for the survival of Marcus Luttrell. Gulab is a kind, honorable man, and he and Luttrell come to like and respect one another, in spite of their language and culture barriers. Gulab risks his own life to protect Luttrell from the Taliban soldiers who menace his village, at one point refusing to give up Luttrell even when the Taliban threaten to murder his entire family. (After the publication of the book, Gulab and Luttrell reconnect and go on to have a rather fraught relationship, best described in the 2016 Newsweek article “Marcus Luttrell’s Savior, Mohammad Gulab, Claims ‘Lone Survivor’ Got It Wrong”.)
Mohammad Gulab Quotes in Lone Survivor
The Lone Survivor quotes below are all either spoken by Mohammad Gulab or refer to Mohammad Gulab. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Little, Brown, and Company edition of Lone Survivor published in 2013.).
Chapter 12 Quotes
Gulab walked down the hill to me and tried to explain Sharmak had handed him a note that said, Either you hand over the American—or every member of your family will be killed.
Mohammad Gulab Character Timeline in Lone Survivor
The timeline below shows where the character Mohammad Gulab appears in Lone Survivor. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...fly on. Luttrell assumes that the American military has given up looking for him. However, Gulab informs Luttrell that his father has left for Asadabad: Luttrell’s future “rested in the soft... (full context)
...the American military has dropped supplies near Sabray—presumably to help the fallen SEALs. Shortly afterwards, Gulab and his men give Luttrell his rifle, his ammunition, and his radio. Luttrell knows that... (full context)
...doesn’t want villagers to suffer because of him. But his options are limited, and furthermore, Gulab’s father may or may not have made contact with the Americans in Asadabad. Luttrell could... (full context)
...overnight walk was canceled due to the rain. Luttrell is furious and—he admits later—ungrateful to Gulab for looking out for his safety. He realizes that Ben Sharmak is still waiting to... (full context)
...it becomes clear that the Taliban aren’t approaching any further. After an hour or so, Gulab tells Luttrell, “Taliban gone.” Gulab also tells Luttrell that a helicopter is coming to help... (full context)
...an ally of the American military. Behind the fighter, Luttrell sees two U.S. Army Rangers. Gulab, displaying “unbelievable presence of mind,” shouts out Luttrell’s BUD/S class numbers: 2-2-8. (full context)
...retreat, an American helicopter lands in the Hindu Kush. The Rangers help Luttrell, and then Gulab, into the helicopter. Gulab is uncertain for the journey ahead, both because he doesn't know... (full context)