DANNY PHLLIP DIETZ JR.

Age: 25
Hometown: Littleton, Co.
Born: January 26, 1980
Died: June 28, 2005

Born:                                                     January 26, 1980
                                                               Aurora, Colorado

 

Died:                                            June 28, 2005 (age 25)
                                             Kunar Province, Afghanistan

 

Allegiance:                               United States of  America

 

Service/Branch:                                 United States Navy
 

Years of Service:                                            1999-2005
 

Rank:                                        Gunner's Mate 2nd Class
 

Unit:                             SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team Two
                         Naval Special  Warfare Unit, Afghanistan

 

Battles/Wars:                      Iraq War, War in Afghanistan
                                                        Operation Red Wings

 

STATS

I heard a voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and whom will go for us?

Then said I, Here I am; send me… Isaiah 6:8
 

 

Danny Dietz Jr. was born on January 26, 1980 in Aurora, Colorado the son of Danny Phillip Dietz Sr. and Cindy Dietz-Marsh and brother to Tiffany Bitz and Eric Dietz.
 

He was a 1999 graduate of Heritage High School (Littleton, Colorado). He earned his black belt in Taekwondo from the Korean Academy of Taekwondo.

 

He enlisted in the Navy in 1999, earned his SEAL Trident in 2001 and was subsequently assigned to SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team Two in Virginia Beach, VA. 2003. Dietz deployed with his Special Reconnaissance element to Afghanistan to support Naval Special Warfare Squadron Ten and the prosecution of the Global War on Terrorism.

BIOGRAPHY

Dietz was part of an elite team of four SEALs on a reconnaissance mission “tasked with finding a key Taliban leader in mountainous terrain near Asadabad, Afghanistan,” according to a Navy news release.
 

On June 28, 2005, SEAL Team 10 was assigned to kill or capture a high ranking Taliban leader in the Hindu-Kush Mountains. The SEAL team was made up of Michael P. MurphyMarcus LuttrellDanny Dietz and Matthew Axelson. Luttrell and Axelson were the team’s snipers while Dietz was the Communications Operator and Murphy was Lt. in charge of the mission.
 

“They were spotted by anti-coalition sympathizers, who immediately reported their position to Taliban fighters. A fierce gun-battle ensued between the four SEAL’s and a much larger enemy force with superior tactical position,” Danny radioed for help, and a responding Chinook helicopter was shot down by a rocket-propelled grenade, killing eight more SEAL’s and eight Army Night Stalkers. It was the worst single combat loss for the SEAL’s in SEAL history until August 6, 2011.

 

The location of Dietz’ body was unknown for seven days. His remains were recovered during a combat search and rescue operation on July 4, 2005. Dietz was returned to the United States, where he was interred with full military honors at Fort Logan National Cemetery.

OPERATION RED WINGS

Danny Dietz Jr. was born on January 26, 1980 in Aurora, Colorado the son of Danny Phillip Dietz Sr. and Cindy Dietz-Marsh and brother to Tiffany Bitz and Eric Dietz. He was a 1999 graduate of Heritage High School (Littleton, Colorado). He earned his black belt in Taekwondo from the Korean Academy of Taekwondo. He enlisted in the Navy in 1999, earned his SEAL Trident in 2001 and was subsequently assigned to SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team Two in Virginia Beach, VA. 2003. Dietz deployed with his Special Reconnaissance element to Afghanistan to support Naval Special Warfare Squadron Ten and the prosecution of the Global War on Terrorism.

NAVY CROSS CITATION

  • Special Warfare Badge

  • Navy Cross

  • Silver Star

  • Purple Heart

  • Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal

  • Combat Action Ribbon

  • Navy Good Conduct Medal

  • National Defense Service Medal

  • Afganistan Campaign Medal

  • Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal

  • Global War on Terrorism Service Medal

  •  Sea Service Deployment Ribbon

  • Navy Expert Rifleman Medal

  • Navy Expert Pistol Shot Meda

DECORATIONS

Our son Danny Dietz was portrayed by Emile Hirsch in the movie The Lone Survivor this movie is a life story about what happened on June 28th, 2005. The fierce firefight and our sons final heroic actions here on earth before he ascended into heaven​

LONE SURVIVOR FILM

Navy SEAL Ethos

Danny Dietz Memorial Fund

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