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|16k||Hugh Spencer Daniel was born on 26 December 1923 in Chattanooga, Tenn. He enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserve on 09 June 1941. Joining the U.S. Marine Detachment aboard USS
Hornet (CV 8) as a Private First Class on 19 October 1941, he remained on board until shortly before his death 2 days after the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands on
26 October 1942.
The Hornet was attacked by Japanese bombers and torpedo planes at 10:12 in the morning of 26 October. Daniel was wounded by shrapnel from an exploding bomb while at his station at an anti-aircraft battery. Despite his wounds, he replaced a wounded gun captain for over an hour. When his injury was discovered, he was twice taken from his gun to a dressing station, but insisted on returning each time. Finally he was transferred to a destroyer, and died of his wounds in his sleep two days later. Hugh Daniel was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for his courageous perseverance in refusing to leave his gunnery station.
USS Daniel (DE 335) (1944-1946) was the first ship to be named in his honor.
(Photo from the web site EverybodyWiki.)
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|76k||undated wartime image||Jerry Church|
|169k||10 March 1945: New York Harbor - USS Daniel (DE 335) started her day moored to Pier One at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. At 09:15 she got underway for the Naval
Ammunition Depot at Leonardo Pier, Earle, N.J. where she onloaded munitions. With the onload complete she left at 12:40 and compensated her magnetic compasses in lower New York Bay. At
19:28 she got underway in company with USS Edsall (DE 129) and USS Stewart (DE 238) enroute to the New London Training Area.
(U.S. Naval Historical Center photo #L45-71.01.01 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
Port Angeles, Wash.
|195k||September 1960: Green Cove Springs, Fla. - USS Daniel and USS Merrill (DE 392) mothballed in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet during the Cold War era.||John Chiquoine|
West Chester, Pa.
|View the USS Daniel (DE 335) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.|
|View the official War History of USS Daniel as submitted by the ship at war's end.|
|Daniel's Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler
|Dates of Command||Commanding Officers|
|1.) 24 Jan. 1944 - 30 May 1944||Lcdr. Harold E. Waller, USNR (Comm. CO) (Big Rapids, Mich.)|
|2.) 30 May 1944 - 04 Oct. 1945||Lcdr. Elwood D. Boynton, USNR (Scarsdale, N.Y.)|
|3.) 04 Oct. 1945 - 12 April 1946||Lcdr. Richard N. Billings, USNR (Decomm. CO) (Windsor, Conn.)|
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