I came to know Danny through the book “Lone Survivor” by Marcus Lutrell, who was the only survivor of this operation. I never finished the book. I made it about two thirds the way through and just started crying. I’ve tried to finish it two or 3 more times with the same outcome. I don’t really need to finish it. I know how it ends. I’ve read abbreviated accounts. I’ve heard Marcus’s voice as he tells the story. I know about the jerks that killed Marcus’s dog, Dasy (one letter for each name of the four Seals on the team). It’s a heartbreaking story. It’s an extraordinary story. In times of war, it’s almost an ordinary story. They are all heroes and forever will be. All were willing to put their lives on the line for our country. Three of the four honor bound soldiers of Seal Team 10 did pay the ultimate price in that battle.
From 1775 to 2013 and for years to come we have our 8th great-grandfathers+ to our sons, daughters, husbands and wives, sisters and brothers – our families to thank. We have their families to thank for taking care of those here at home while they’re gone.
If you’re ever in the Denver area I encourage you to take a little time to drive to Berry Park in Littleton to see this moving tribute to Danny. It’s a beautiful little park where folks have left American flags in his honor. There aren’t monuments to every soldier who has given his life in service of our country. I wanted to see Danny and adopt a little piece of him in my heart. I wanted to take of piece of him for every soldier I have in my heart, for my ancestors, and for the generations that will follow me. Because of their courage and bravery, I am here today.
Tip: Most of us can’t find every ancestor. Some folks have much better fortune, luck and blessings than others in our genealogy quest. Sometimes it’s important to take a step back and look at someone else’s history. Then, dive back into the piles of papers and online docs. Keep documenting your family for the generations to come so they will know their history.