Veterans memorials

Danny Dietz Memorial
Danny Dietz Memorial in Littleton, Colorado

Littleton, Colorado
W Berry Ave. and S Kling St.
GPS coordinates: 39.61684,-105.03502

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The larger-than-life bronze statue honors Petty Officer 2nd Class Danny Phillip Dietz Jr. who grew up in a nearby neighborhood and was a United States Navy SEAL. As noted on the base of the statue, “Danny grew up in Littleton, attended Centennial and Goddard Schools and graduated from Heritage High School in 1999. After surviving the toughest 44 week military training in the world, he fulfilled his dream of becoming a Navy SEAL. This sculpture is based on one of the last photos taken of Danny.”

Also on the base, “Danny was awarded the Navy Cross for extraordinary heroism while serving in a four-man Special Reconnaissance Team in Afghanistan in 2005. Petty Officer Dietz fought valiantly against a numerically superior enemy force, defending his team in a harrowing gunfight, until he was mortally wounded.”

Highly recommended reads: Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10 by Marcus Luttrell and Patrick Robinson. This is the story of fire team leader Marcus Luttrell, the sole survivor of Operation Redwing, and the desperate battle in the mountains that led, ultimately, to the largest loss of life in Navy SEAL history But it is also, more than anything, the story of his teammates (including Danny Dietz), who fought ferociously beside him until he was the last one left.

Also, Fearless, The Undaunted Courage and Ultimate Sacrifice of Navy SEAL Team SIX Operator Adam Brown by Eric Blehm, is an excellent book that tells Adam Brown’s story of how his courage and determination led him to overcome many obstacles in his life to become an elite Navy SEAL. He died while serving in Afghanistan in 2010.

Also in the area: Littleton WWII Memorial, just east of S Gallup St on W Lake Ave in Ketring Park near the Littleton Historical Museum, about 2.5 miles from the Dietz memorial.

Ft. Logan National Cemetery, main entrance at S Sheridan Blvd and Logan Blvd., about 3 miles from the Dietz memorial.

About ½ mile south from the memorial at 5826 S Lowell Blvd. is El Chubby’s Mexican Food, a small Denver-area chain that serves some of the best burritos and stuffed sopapillas in town.

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