This Silent Tribute To A Fallen Navy SEAL Pays Respect To His Selflessness

Never forget.

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At first glance, it may not seem like much.

You might just see some cash, a beer, a note, and a rose left on a bar. You could see it and think, "Oh, this is a nice reminder of the sacrifices that the members and families of our armed forces make," and not give it a second look. 

But if you look closer, you'll see that it's much more.

The note reads:

"My name is Danny Phillip Deitz, Gunners Mate 2nd class of Seal Team 10. I was KIA June 28th 2005. Thank you for your service. Have a beer with me."

If you know the story of the man named on the note, you'll understand that it's something much, much bigger. It's a reminder of courage. But it's also a reminder of selflessness. Here's why.

This is Danny Dietz.

He was one of 11 Navy SEALs killed during Operation Red Wings on June 28, 2005.

Petty Officer Dietz was part of a four-man Navy SEAL team conducting reconnaissance in Afghanistan that was ambushed by Taliban-friendly militia forces. 

Dietz, along with Lt. Michael Murphy and Sonar Technician 2nd Class (SEAL) Matthew Axelson were killed in the ensuing firefight. Eight Navy SEALs and eight Army Night Stalkers were killed when their helicopter was shot down as they responded to a call for support from their brother SEALs on the ground.

Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class (SEAL) Marcus Luttrell was the only survivor of the four-man team and recorded his account of the event in his book, Lone Survivor. Luttrell currently heads the Lone Survivor Foundation, whose mission is to assist wounded service members.

Axelson, Dietz, and Luttrell were awarded the Navy Cross. Lt. Murphy was awarded the Medal of Honor. 

SEALs prior to Operation Red Wings (L to R): Matthew Axelson, Daniel R. Healy, James Suh, Marcus Luttrell, Eric S. Patton, Michael P. Murphy 
SEALs prior to Operation Red Wings (L to R): Matthew Axelson, Daniel R. Healy, James Suh, Marcus Luttrell, Eric S. Patton, Michael P. Murphy  Wikipedia

Things like this matter because they remind us that selflessness and courage are still virtues.

For ways to support our veterans and armed forces, please check out:

Lone Survivor Foundation

Navy SEAL Foundation