Do you know a hero when you see one?

Do you know a hero when you see one? There is currently some conflict in CO about erecting a statue of a hero: Navy SEAL Daniel Dietz of Littleton CO. He was on a 4 man mission behind enemy lines in Afghanistan in June 2005, when the SEALs were out numbered but fought beyond bravely on. Of the four only one survived. Type SEALs, Daniel Dietz, Michael Patrick Murphy, Matthew Axleson, Medal of Honor into your search engine read… because of their actions on that day–they ensured/enabled the survival of their fellow brother.

We are surrounded by real heroes-and many time we don’t even know it. Because of them, others live. Because of them, we live in peace and freedom in the midst of war and strife. Because of them, we have hope.

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Some veterans/heroes bear visible signs of their service: a missing limb, a jagged scar, a certain haunted look in the eye. Others may carry the evidence inside them: a pin holding a bone together, a piece of shrapnel in the leg – – – or perhaps another sort of inner steel: the soul’s alloy forged in the refinery of adversity .Except in parades, however, the men and women who have kept America safe wear no badge or emblem.

You can’t tell a vet/hero just by looking.He is the cop on the beat who spent six months in Saudi Arabia sweating two gallons a day making sure the armored personnel carriers didn’t run out of fuel.

He is the barroom loudmouth, dumber than five wooden planks, whose overgrown frat-boy behavior is outweighed a hundred times in the cosmic scales by four hours of exquisite bravery near the 38th parallel.

She – or he – is the nurse who fought against futility and went to sleep sobbing every night for two solid years in DaNang.

He is the POW who went away one person and came back another – or didn’t come back at all.

He is the Quantico drill instructor that has never seen combat – but has saved countless lives by turning slouchy, no-account rednecks and gang members into Marines, and teaching them to watch each other’s backs.

He is the parade-riding Legionnaire who pins on his ribbons and medals with a prosthetic hand.

He is the career quartermaster who watches the ribbons and medals pass him by.

He is the three anonymous heroes in The Tomb Of The Unknowns, whose presence at the Arlington National Cemetery must forever preserve the memory of all the anonymous heroes whose valor dies unrecognized with them on the battlefield or in the ocean’s sunless deep.

He is the old guy bagging groceries at the supermarket – palsied now and aggravatingly slow – who helped liberate a Nazi death camp and who wishes all day long that his wife were still alive to hold him when the nightmares come.

He is an ordinary and yet an extraordinary human being a person who offered some of his life’s most vital years in the service of his country, and who sacrificed his ambitions so others would not have to sacrifice theirs.

He is a soldier and a savior and a sword against the darkness, and he is nothing more than the finest, greatest testimony on behalf of the finest, greatest nation ever known.

So remember, each time you see someone who has served our country, just lean over and say “Thank You.” That’s all most people need, and in most cases it will mean more than any medals they could have been awarded or were awarded.

Two little words that mean a lot, “THANK YOU”.


2 Responses to “Do you know a hero when you see one?”

  1. olotliny Says:

    Honoring the heroic service and sacrifice of the 6,500 glider pilots of the United States Army Air Forces during World War II.

    Whereas many glider pilots sacrificed their lives during the course of these missions: Now, therefore, be it

    Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), That Congress–

    (1) honors the heroic service and sacrifice of the 6,500 glider pilots of the United States Army Air Forces during World War II; and

    (2) urges the people of the Nation to remember and teach future generations about the contributions and sacrifices that glider pilots, and all veterans, have made to and for the Nation.

  2. olotliny Says:
    Navy SEAL Honored with Hometown Statue Dedication
    Story Number: NNS070704-07
    Release Date: 7/4/2007 5:26:00 PM
    Top News Story – Editors should consider using these stories first in local publications.

    From Naval Special Warfare Command

    LITTLETON, Colo. (NNS) — Gunner’s Mate 2nd Class (SEAL) Danny P. Dietz was honored July 4, by his hometown of Littleton, Colo., with the dedication of a larger-than-life bronze statue in a park near his childhood family home. Dietz was killed by enemy forces during a combat mission in Afghanistan on June 28, 2005, as part of Operation Red Wing.

    The dedication ceremony speakers included the Secretary of the Navy, The Honorable Donald C. Winter; Commander, Naval Special Warfare Command, Rear Admiral Joseph Kernan; United States Congressman Tom Tancredo; Medal of Honor recipient, Petty Officer (SEAL) Mike Thornton; and Mrs. Tiffany Bitz, Dietz’ sister. The master of ceremonies was Littleton Mayor Jim Taylor.

    “(Danny)…leaves behind a legacy that inspires us today and serves as a shining example of heroism and courage for future generations,” said Secretary Winter during his remarks. “Years from now, people will look upon this statue and be reminded of the heroism of a son of Colorado whose country he was proud to serve.”

    An estimated three thousand people crowded into the new park to honor Dietz under a warm morning sun which raised temperatures to a near 90 degrees, but even the heat could not deter the people of Littleton.

    “I am so proud of the people of Littleton for the way they have supported the Dietz family and this sculpture,” said Taylor.

    Through private donations, the people of Littleton raised more the $42,000 to pay for the sculpture while the city provided the land and surrounding landscaping.

    “As a boy, Danny used to play right here in this neighborhood,” said Cindy Dietz, Danny’s mother. “When people come down to this park, I want them to remember Danny and all our service men and women who give so much and ask so little. I hope his statue reminds people of the sacrifices our military makes everyday.”

    The bronze 1.3:1 scale statue of the Heritage High School graduate was cast at a foundry in Loveland, Colo., by sculptor Robert Henderson. The statue is based on one of the last photos taken of Dietz just before his fatal mission, showing him in a crouched position, dressed in full combat gear and holding his M-4 rifle on one knee.

    “Petty Officer Dietz gave his life selflessly serving our Nation. On behalf of the United States Navy SEALs, we are proud to call him brother and will forever honor his warrior spirit and sacrifice.” said Kernan. “This statue is more than a tribute to one man, it is a lasting reminder of the honor, courage and commitment Danny and all of his teammates embody.”

    Dietz was born on Jan 26 1980 in Aurora, Colo. He enlisted in the Navy in 1999, earned his SEAL trident in 2001 and was subsequently assigned to SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team Two. In April 2005, 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.

    In June 2005, deep behind enemy lines east of Asadabad in the Hindu Kush of Afghanistan, his four-man Navy SEAL team was conducting a reconnaissance mission at the unforgiving altitude of approximately 10,000 feet. These SEALs, LT Michael Murphy, Petty Officer Matthew Axelson, Petty Officer Marcus Luttrell and Dietz, had a vital task. Their mission objective was to capture or kill a key militia leader. The mission was compromised when they were spotted by anti-coalition sympathizers, who reported their presence and location to the Taliban.

    A fierce gun battle erupted between the four SEALs and a much larger enemy force of anti-coalition militia. The enemy had the SEALs outnumbered. They also had terrain advantage. They launched a well-organized, three-sided attack on the SEALs. Three of the four SEALs were wounded. The fight relentlessly continued as the overwhelming militia forced them deeper into a ravine.

    Approximately 45 minutes into the fight, Murphy, the officer in charge of the element, made contact with the Quick Reaction Force in Bagram Air Base for fire support and assistance. An MH-47 Chinook helicopter, with eight additional SEALs and eight Army NightStalkers aboard, was sent in as part of an extraction mission to pull out the four embattled SEALs. The MH-47 was escorted by heavily-armored, Army attack helicopters. As the Chinook raced to the battle, a rocket-propelled grenade struck the helicopter, killing all 16 men aboard.

    Despite this terrible loss, the four SEALs remaining on the ground continued to fight. Under a withering assault of machine gunfire and rocket propelled grenades, the SEALs maneuvered for position and fought for the lives of their teammates. Their heroic actions cost three of them their lives and Luttrell was blasted unconscious down into a ravine by a rocket propelled grenade. Luttrell regained consciousness and was able to evade the enemy, befriended by a local villager and recovered by American forces a few days later.

    This was the worst single-day U.S Forces death toll since Operation Enduring Freedom began over five years ago. It was the single largest loss of life for Naval Special Warfare since the World War II Normandy invasion.

    Dietz was awarded the Navy Cross for “extraordinary heroism in actions against the enemy.”

    According to the award citation, “Operating in the middle of an enemy controlled area, in extremely rugged terrain…Petty Officer Dietz fought valiantly against a numerically superior and positionally advantaged enemy force… defending his teammates and himself in a harrowing gunfight, until he was mortally wounded.”

    Dietz’s wife, Maria Dietz, accepted the posthumously awarded Navy Cross from the Navy Secretary during a ceremony in Washington, D.C., in September 2006. The Navy Cross is second only to the Congressional Medal of Honor in terms of military award precedence.

    U.S. Navy SEALS are the maritime component of U.S. Special Operations Command and the Navy’s special operations force. The SEALs take their name from the elements in which they operate – sea, air and land. In addition to being experts in special reconnaissance and direct action missions — the key skill sets needed to combat terrorism – their unique stealth and clandestine methods of operation enable them to conduct multiple missions against enemy forces, ashore or afloat, that larger forces cannot approach undetected.

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