Daniel R. Healy

healy purple heart bronze star
BUD/S Class:
SEAL Service:
13 years
Senior Chief Petty Officer
Exeter, NH
SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team ONE, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
June 28, 2005
Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan)
Died while conducting combat operations, when the MH-47 helicopter he was aboard on a rescue mission crashed in Kunar Province, Afghanistan.
Bronze Star with Combat “V” for Valor, Purple Heart, and Afghanistan Campaign Medal, posthumously.
Other Awards:
Navy and Marine Corps Achievement MedalJoint Meritorious Unit Award

Meritorious Unit Commendation

Good Conduct Medal (3)

National Defense Service Medal

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 misson 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.

Memorials: 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.”