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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted on: Friday, July 1, 2005

A tribute to Pearl Harbor's Navy SEALs

Navy SEALs from Pearl Harbor were killed this week in a helicopter crash during a rescue mission in the rugged mountains of Afghanistan.

Military officials in Kabul said all 16 people aboard the MH-47 Chinook helicopter died in the Tuesday crash, including eight SEALs assigned to units in Norfolk, Va., and San Diego, which oversees SEALs at Pearl Harbor.

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[Posted on November 27, 2005 at 7:22 pm HST]
Dwayne Deveaux

[Posted on July 12, 2005 at 4:07 pm HST]
Dan, for those of us that knew you, you were the consummate warrior, diplomat, and teammate. The memories you have left us with will keep you alive in the hearts of many and your sacrifice and that of your family will never be forgotten. If the old Bravo Platoon quote was "misery loves company and its getting crowded" I take solace in knowing that any misery you may have had is over, and your being crowded by fellow heros of times past and present. God Bless You.
Dave Munns
Dallas, TX

[Posted on July 8, 2005 at 6:21 pm HST]
Dan, Murph, Shane, and Jim, We will miss you all. You are true American Heros. I Thank You for your service to our Nation, you are the defenders of the FREEDOM we all enjoy. To your families: I thank you for giving me the opportunity to know each of these fine men. Dan: B misses you, she always loved to see you and the girls at the park. B,L,J,E and I salute you all. Aloha and Mahalo.

[Posted on July 8, 2005 at 8:59 am HST]
Those of us that knew and worked with Dan share a bond that he was a great friend, dedicated comrade in arms, and had a caring soul for those that were close to him. He was missed the day he deployed. I will always be waiting for him to show back up here and will never get over the fact that it will not happen. He could be counted on to be quick witted and sure handed when required. He was always on double secret probation for not giving two hoots if you didn't see the humor or irony of the moment. I played golf with him, drank with him and worried with him about what the day would bring and we always made sure that we trained hard to the limits of going beyond our selves. He did not stay inside the box and earned his Trident every day. Na Koa Ke Kai, and Aloha
Pearl City, Hawaii

[Posted on July 6, 2005 at 11:23 am HST]
I know in our hearts we can all say that Dan is a good man and no one can dispute this. It is written in scriptures that all good things come from God, hence Dan is from God and when he has completed his tasking from the Lord here on earth he shall return to God. I mourn today that he is no longer here and I know in my heart he has pleased our Father in Heaven for sacrificing so that others may live, an honor beyond words of discription. I pray that God brings peace to our lives and that we will all gain comfort and confidence that God will take us home when he has prepared a place for us. We still need to pray for our members that are still out there in the hostile war zones protecting our lives and way of life to promote peace through out the world. May God bless you with peace Amen
Honolulu, Hawaii

[Posted on July 6, 2005 at 8:36 am HST]
As a wife of a Navy SEAL, my heart aches for the families who have lost their loved ones. Please try to find peace in God at this time and know that your SEALs' will never be forgotten. Thank you for standing by them and allowing them to serve our country in such an honorable way. May God bless you and keep you in his hands through this difficult time.
Virginia Beach, VA

[Posted on July 6, 2005 at 7:11 am HST]
ANYONE WITH CONTACT INFORMATION OF DAN HEALY'S FAMILY-WIFE-SISTER. I WOULD APPRECIATE IT. HE WAS MY ROOMATE IN SAN DIEGO AND THEN IN HONOLULU WHEN WE FIRST MOVED TO HAWAII. So sad and devestated over the loss of such a precious life. Please help me contact the family. email: jabenz@benzinc.us

[Posted on July 5, 2005 at 10:13 am HST]
I knew Dan for a short time but feel very blessed to have known him at all. As a newcomer in the navy Dan treated me like one of the guys. He was a very respected individual with quiet confidence. Thanks for the rides to Russian class, thanks for looking out for me and taking the time Dan. You are missed.
Chris F
Miami, FL

[Posted on July 5, 2005 at 10:13 am HST]
So proud to call you my cousin. My heart goes out to your children and loved ones on the West Coast-may our paths someday cross. Thank you for all that you have done. You will be missed Danny.
Amesbury, Massachuesetts

[Posted on July 4, 2005 at 11:33 am HST]
Heros, you will not be forgotten. My sympathy to the families, find strength. Psalm 23 The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his nameís sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.
Houston, TX

[Posted on July 4, 2005 at 11:25 am HST]
Mere words are not enough to express the pain and sadness in our hearts over the loss of some of our precious Navy SEALS. To say that we are proud of each and every one of you and grateful for your sacrifice is an understatement. We love you and thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We will forever remember you and this July 4th 2005 will go on in our memories forever. God Bless each and every one of you.
Stephanie & Kelly Diemer
Los Angeles California

[Posted on July 4, 2005 at 5:09 am HST]
30 yrs in the military and working with all branches, I have come to learn that the Almighty God has great plans for all. He said "in times of good and bad, to rejoice". My sympathy goes to their family, loved ones, and friends. May the Lord comfort them, and strengthen them. May they find the peace and joy in His son, Jesus. Lovingly in Christ Jesus, Brother K, Mililani Hawaii.
Rockie Kamai
Mililani, HI

[Posted on July 3, 2005 at 6:24 pm HST]
A warrior myself for 23 years but now retired...I salute you (always) our military men and women who protect our world. Yes, it is always hard when we lose a loved one but their legacy will always be in our hearts and souls forever. God bless you all...and thank-you - for you are true Americans.
Primo D. Castro, Jr.
Mililani, HI

[Posted on July 3, 2005 at 5:35 pm HST]
My heartfelt sympathy to our beloved Pearl Harbor Navy Seals. We have loss great men who fought for our freedom. My prayers are with you and your family. Thank you for keeping America safe. You are all heroes. Rest In Peace, In Jesus Name, Amen.
Pearl City, HI

[Posted on July 3, 2005 at 4:34 pm HST]
My deepest sympathy for the loss of great men. But let not there deaths be the only thing that comes of this, they are fighting for our freedom in far away lands while we do nothing here in america to protect our freedoms from the ones that we have put into office look at the freedoms we have lost since september 11th and tell me that we live the same everytime you watch the news you and everyone else is losing their freedoms. You all have the power to stop loosing freedoms it doesn't take a gun just guts to stand up and put your foot down. I am an American Soldier and have been to Iraq and just because I am back doesn't mean I have stopped fighting for your freedom.
wahiawa HI

[Posted on July 3, 2005 at 2:29 pm HST]
Sending Our Condolences to Our PEARL HARBOR Navy SEALs Killed in Action during the shot down of Chinook Helo and to ALL Military both Retired and Active who have served since our 1st INDEPENDENCE Day until this tragic 4th of July 2005 Holiday Weekend! From the Founder owners & Moderators of PEARL HARBOR Groupsģ InterActive Online!

[Posted on July 3, 2005 at 11:58 am HST]
Norm, You and your family are in our prayers... Dan, rest in peace, it was an honor to have known you. You are a true hero! God bless you!!!

[Posted on July 3, 2005 at 9:20 am HST]
My condolences go out to the families of all of these brave warriors who gave their lives so that we could live in a free society. Words can never replace the losses that you and your loved ones are going through, yours is a grief that no one can understand unless they've walked in your shoes. Your loved ones will be remembered amongst the Spec Ops community, as well as by those of us in civilian life who appreciate the danger in which your loved ones put their lives in everyday, without question to protect us here in the U.S.. Their dedication, Seals as well as the rest of the Special Forces community is truly admirable and honorable, for they are the unsung heroes that no one outside of their chain of command ever hears about. God bless all of you and your families. J. Valle
Joe Valle
Miami, Fl

[Posted on July 3, 2005 at 9:20 am HST]
Although I cannot settle the debt owed to you, I can at least promise that my family will never forget you and we will never take for granted the sacrifices you have made for us. We will honor you and every other American soldier as you provide the shelter and peace we enjoy here in America. I grieve this loss and pray that God will rest their souls and also comfort their friends and kin who are left behind. I will never forget our valiant American soldiers, the true freedom fighters, our own warriors who are more than willing and able to lay down their lives for our great nation. God bless our soldiers and God bless America.

[Posted on July 3, 2005 at 8:16 am HST]
I had the honor of knowing and serving with Dan Healy. I cherrish the great memories I have of him and my other platoon mates. He will be greatly missed. Misery loves company.
John Williams
Honolulu HI

[Posted on July 3, 2005 at 2:16 am HST]
Shane was a great kid. I was stationed at Schofield and met Shane in Waikiki in the parking lot by Dennys. I thought to myself "what a small world," as I hadn't seen Shane since before I left for Basic training. We went to high school together even had our first jobs together at Taco Bell. I recall how much he wanted to be a SEAL like his father before him. He worked so hard at it much harder than I have seen anyone work towards any goal. While all of us here in his hometown will be greatly mourning his loss, his friends that were in the military like myself understand the sacrafice he made for us all. Shane, you will be missed.
Boulder City, NV

[Posted on July 2, 2005 at 10:30 pm HST]
It seems like yesterday we said good-bye to Dan & his platoon as they departed the NW last July. Some great Food, some bad golf, some cold water and a lot of great times. Dan was never one to miss an opportunity to put down an old Marine and I will cherish every joke I walked into. To Dan & his fellow SEALs who gave their all, I now know the incalculable price of freedom. To his family and close friends who miss him so no words can begin to fill the void that you must feel, my hope is that someday you will find peace. To his Brothers that fight on, I will never take for granted what you have given up for my family, my friends, and me. Danís spirit & memory will remain strong here in the waters of Puget Sound.
Buck Buchanan
Gig Harbor, Washington

[Posted on July 2, 2005 at 6:33 pm HST]
As a son of a fallen Military Hero, I salute you & may God watch over your famlies. Mahalo
Robert L. Duncan Jr.
Moreno Vally, Ca

[Posted on July 2, 2005 at 9:52 am HST]
Our deepest regards for the families of our fallen heros. We will always be with you in this time of need. Love is like a cleansing dew. The cleansing power of Aloha can sooth and heal. Hurt, pain and suffering yeild to aloha's healing power. We love all of you and what you have done for us.

[Posted on July 2, 2005 at 9:39 am HST]
Words could'nt begin to express my heartfelt feelings for the families of our ever so loved and honored heros. We must remember that the families are also our heros.

[Posted on July 2, 2005 at 8:21 am HST]
Dan was a great guy who really knew how to enjoy life and share good times with friends. He was dedicated in his work and loved what he did, he talked often about his family and children. He made a lot of friends here in the Northwest during recent years and we will all cherish the many great memories. Thank you Dan - and all the Team for your service to our country. My heart and prayers go out to his family. Celebrate Danís life.
Jill Mercer
Keyport, Washington

[Posted on July 2, 2005 at 7:54 am HST]
Noble heros and mighty warriors, we salute and honor you and pray for your loved ones. Eternal rest grant to them O Lord and let the perpetual life shine upon them.
Lyn Miler
Pasadena, Ca

[Posted on July 2, 2005 at 7:46 am HST]
(Not my words) Day is done, gone the sun, From the hills, from the lake, From the skies. All is well, safely rest, God is nigh. Go to sleep, peaceful sleep. May the soldier or sailor, God keep. On the land or the deep, Safe in sleep.
Dave Takaki

[Posted on July 2, 2005 at 6:04 am HST]
We will always remember you. Thank you for your service to our nation and to a cause that will mean freedom for others. My prayers go out to the families of these fallen heros.
Mukilteo, WA

[Posted on July 1, 2005 at 11:15 pm HST]
Danny was a big part of our lives. He was the father of my two beautiful grandchildren, Jasmine and Sasha. Jazzy loved her dad so much and knew that he was away. She would turn on the 6:00 news every day in hopes of catching a glimpse of him.My heart sank when we heard the news. I still imagine him around the house, helping dad lay tiles then drinking a beer, it seemed like yesterday. WE'll remember Danny as a hero who fought and died for our country. I"ll make sure that the children will always remember him for that.We'll all miss you Danny..
Roberta Hironaka
Honolulu, Hawaii

[Posted on July 1, 2005 at 8:15 pm HST]
My heart and prayers go out to all of the families that have lost there loves ones. Your dedication and devotion and understanding of your family member defending freedom around the world is more than most families could stand. The families of the MIA\'s are true hero\'s just like there NAVY SEALS. I thank you for all of you devotion and dedication to being the best families ever for supporting your husbands. Your sailors will truley be missed and once again thank you for carrying on the loving tradition of standing by your loves ones no matter what. Your loves ones are true heros as well as yourselves.

[Posted on July 1, 2005 at 6:54 pm HST]
My Heart goes out to all of the warriors who fight for our country past present and Future. My thoughts and prayers go out to all whom have lost someone and also to those who have family overseas as i do. Thank them for all they do.
Honolulu Hawaii

[Posted on July 1, 2005 at 6:27 pm HST]
My prayers are with all the families and team mates of our fallen SEALs and Soldiers. May God comfort you. And to ALL our military...wherever they are serving...THANK YOU! from the bottom of my heart!
Mabscott, WV

[Posted on July 1, 2005 at 4:34 pm HST]
God be with all our fallen warriors and their families. They answered a calling that requires the bravest of hearts and strongest of minds. They died fighting the good fight. The right fight. May God hold you all in the safety of the palm of His hand. Rest in peace America's heroes.
M. Ryan
Waipahu, HI

[Posted on July 1, 2005 at 4:14 pm HST]
My heart and prayers go out to our brave warriors, fallen and present, and their loved ones. You are our nationís heroes. \"People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.\" Please continue to pray for our MIA, there is still hope.
Honolulu, HI

[Posted on July 1, 2005 at 3:54 pm HST]
May God Bless His children that had passed on. Our condolences to all the families of these brave heros. We ask and pray for mercy.
Horacio A. and Melody-Lynn Bustos
Napa, CA

[Posted on July 1, 2005 at 3:39 pm HST]
Dan and the others were all good, dedicated men who died doing what they loved and knew was right, no matter the cost. My husband is still there, putting his life on the line for freedom, while grieving for Dan and his other teammates. Robyn, you know our hearts are with you, Sasha, and Jasmine, and with all the other family members. Just remember, we can grieve with hope, because there's a place where we'll all be together again.
Honolulu, HI

[Posted on July 1, 2005 at 2:51 pm HST]
I knew none of these soldiers or navy seals that were taken from us in this horrible tragedy. But I am so sad for all who have suffered from this loss. God bless the souls of our soldiers and navy seals. May they be seated with God in the light of his splendor and glory. For they deserve no less. May God send his peace down upon all who have been touched by this. Please God, bring an end to this slaughter.
Kathy Pelkowski

[Posted on July 1, 2005 at 2:26 pm HST]
The KINSMEN Motorcycle Club would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of our brave military members lost in this recent tragedy. God bless you all,Aloha,may you rest in peace.
Mike Dimmick

[Posted on July 1, 2005 at 2:25 pm HST]
To all our Military personnel and their Families, Thank you for all you do and give each and everyday to make our Country a safer place to live. To all those who have lost loved ones, my hopes and prayers go out to you and your Family. I know there's a glimmer of hope that there may still be a few alive from the helicopter crash and I pray that they are found soon & brought home safely. May love & peace be with everyone.
Hon, HI

[Posted on July 1, 2005 at 2:21 pm HST]
My deepest condolences to each family, friend & team mate of the lost. May God keep you in his heart & may your burden be lessened knowing your men died doing what they loved. We are grateful for their service, we are free because of their sacrifice. May God & the angels welcome them to heaven, where they'll be waiting for you and us to join them. For you to be together again & for us to say personally... thank you.
A Grateful NYC Resident & Navy Mother

[Posted on July 1, 2005 at 1:19 pm HST]
Dan was a good man, He helped me out a few times. We hit it off well because we were both from NH. God Bless his family and the TEAM.
Chris Sandell
Nashua, NH

[Posted on July 1, 2005 at 12:40 pm HST]
Danny was the father of my two girls, Sasha and Jasmine. Danny was a great father and a true hero he will be in our hearts forever.
Robyn Healy
Honolulu, Hawaii

[Posted on July 1, 2005 at 12:24 pm HST]
I would like to express my deepest condolences to the families and friends of those that have passed on. You will forever be in my heart and prayers. Being a spouse of a Navy sailor,and also being of prior service, I have so much pride in all that the services do for us as Americans!! May we always remember our heros, in past and present. "ALWAYS REMEMBERED!! NEVER FORGOTTEN!!
Kim Klopotek
Ewa Beach, HI

[Posted on July 1, 2005 at 12:14 pm HST]
Our thoughts and prayers are with these brave men and their loving families. God Bless each and every one of you. Thank you for your sacrifices to keep our country free.
T & K
Pearl City, HI

[Posted on July 1, 2005 at 11:59 am HST]
God Bless the BEST
Huntington Beach, CA