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Today We Honor Danny Dietz, Jr.

Danny Dietz, Jr.

Danny Dietz, Jr. was a Navy Seal - Gunner's Mate 2nd Class. He served in Afghanistan where he was killed in action. Danny was the recipient of the Navy Cross, Silver Star and Purple Heart. He was twenty-five years old.

OPERATION RED WING
On June 28, 2005, A team of four Navy SEALs, tasked for surveillance and reconnaissance of a group of structures known to be used by Ahmad Shah and his men, fell into an ambush by Shah and his group just hours after inserting by fastrope from an MH-47 helicopter in the area. The SEAL team members were team leader Navy Lieutenant Michael P. Murphy of SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team 1 (SDVT-1), based out of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; Petty Officer Second Class Danny P. Dietz from SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team 2 (SDVT-2), based out of Virginia Beach, Virginia; Petty Officer Second Class Matthew G. Axelson from SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team 1 (SDVT-1); and Navy Hospital Corpsman Second Class Marcus Luttrell, of SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team 1 (SDVT-1). Three of the four SEALs were killed in an ambush; a quick reaction force helicopter sent in for their aid was subsequently shot down with an RPG-7 rocket propelled grenade by one of Shah's men, killing all on board; 8 Navy SEALs and 8 U.S. Army Special Operations aviators. At the time, this was the worst single-day U.S. Forces death toll since Operation Enduring Freedom began and the single largest loss of life for Naval Special Warfare since World War II. Read more about Operation Red Wing
 
Danny Dietz Jr. is survived by his wife Patsy, parents Danny Phillip Sr. and Cindy Dietz, and
siblings Tiffany Bitz and Eric Dietz.
 
You can learn more about Danny here ».

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