Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Daniel R. Healy

July 17, 1968  ~ June 28, 2005


Operation Enduring Freedom

SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team 1
Pearl Harbor, HI

Navy SEAL SCPO Daniel Healy, 36, of Exeter, N.H.; assigned to SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team 1, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; killed in action when an MH-47 Chinook helicopter crashed during a mission to rescue a four-man SEAL reconnaissance team in Kunar province Afghanistan.

 

Submitted by his mother Natalie:

Daniel Healy enlisted in the Navy in 1990 and graduated from BUD/S in 1992. He was assigned to SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team ONE (SDVT-1) from 1992 – 1996, followed by a year of intensive language training at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, CA. Healy next served at SEAL Delivery Team TWO, before returning to SDVT-1 in Pearl Harbor, HI, where he led a training platoon.

 In March 2005, Healy deployed to Afghanistan. He died along with seven other SEALs and 8 Army “Nightstalker” commandos when their MH-47D Chinook helicopter was shot down during a mission to rescue a four-man SEAL reconnaissance team in Kunar Province on June 28, 2005.

Healy was part of a dedicated team fighting the Taliban, a fundamentalist regime that a U.S.-led coalition knocked from power in Afghanistan in 2001, but has continued to conduct guerilla operations, particularly along the Pakistan border. Healy worked to help ensure al Qaeda terrorists could not train in, nor launch strikes from Afghanistan since their lethal attack on the World Trade Center in New York on September 11, 2001.

At a July 11, 2005 Memorial Service, Chief Warrant Officer Dave Bauer said of his shipmate, “Senior Chief Dan Healy was a great SEAL. He was fiercely determined to face the enemy on the field of battle. I know of no other man who I would want with me more when facing the enemy. All SEALs will forever be held to a higher standard because of what Dan Healy did.”

He is survived by his wife, Norminda; his children, Chelsea, Jasmine, Sasha, Jacob, Nia, Nathan and Chris; parents, Natalie and Henry; sisters, Jennifer Healy and Shannon Keane.

 

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A Message from Gold Star Mother Natalie Healy

Healy was part of a dedicated team fighting the Taliban, a fundamentalist regime that a U.S.-led coalition knocked from power in Afghanistan in 2001, but has continued to conduct guerilla operations, particularly along the Pakistan border. Healy worked to help ensure al Qaeda terrorists could not train in, nor launch strikes from Afghanistan since their lethal attack on the World Trade Center in New York on September 11, 2001. Daniel Healy enlisted in the Navy in 1990 and graduated from BUD/S in 1992. He was assigned to SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team ONE (SDVT-1) from 1992 – 1996, followed by a year of intensive language training at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, CA. Healy next served at SEAL Delivery Team TWO, before returning to SDVT-1 in Pearl Harbor, HI, where he led a training platoon. In March 2005, Healy deployed to Afghanistan. He died along with seven other SEALs and 8 Army “Nightstalker” commandos when their MH-47D Chinook helicopter was shot down during a mission to rescue a four-man SEAL reconnaissance team in Kunar Province on June 28, 2005. LT Michael Murphy, Matthew Axelson, and Danny Dietz fought on courageously, providing protective fire for their fourth squad member to escape, before being killed in the fierce firefight by overwhelming Taliban forces with superior firepower. A total of 11 SEALs died that day in the Global War against Terror, in the biggest single loss of life for Naval Special Warfare forces since World War II. To a man, these SEALs embodied the Navy’s core values of Honor, Courage and Commitment, and took care of their teammates to the last. Daniel Healy is remembered with the greatest respect and gratitude by his fellow SEALs, the Navy, and our nation. At a July 11, 2005 Memorial Service, Chief Warrant Officer Dave Bauer said of his shipmate, “Senior Chief Dan Healy was a great SEAL. He was fiercely determined to face the enemy on the field of battle. I know of no other man who I would want with me more when facing the enemy. All SEALs will forever be held to a higher standard because of what Dan Healy did.” "No one left behind" – a hallmark of the Navy’s special operations teams (as well as military units in general).  Often said, SCPO Healy willingly sacrificed his life in an attempt to save his fellow Seals in the  mountains of Afghanistan - as outlined in the book Lone Survivor by his teammate, Marcus Luttrell. His awards include the Bronze Star (with Combat V), the Purple Heart, the Good Conduct Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.


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