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USS Daniel (DE 335)

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - J - S - N
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
American Campaign Medal - European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

Class: Edsall
Type: FMR (geared diesel, Fairbanks-Morse reverse gear drive, 3" guns)
Displacement: 1200 tons (light), 1590 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 10" (extreme)
Draft: 20' 6" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 4 Fairbanks-Morse Mod. 38d81/8 geared diesel engines, 4 diesel-generators, 6000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 21 kts
Range: 9,100 nm @ 12 knots
Armament: 3 x 3"/50 Mk22 (1x3), 1 twin 40mm Mk1 AA, 8 x 20mm Mk 4 AA, 3 x 21" Mk15 TT (3x1), 1 Hedgehog Projector Mk10 (144 rounds), 8 Mk6 depth charge projectors, 2 Mk9 depth charge tracks
Complement: 8 / 201
Daniel (DE 335) Building and Operational Data:
  • 30 August 1943: Keel laid by the Consolidated Steel Corp., Orange, Tex.
  • 16 November 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. C. E. Daniel, Private First Class Daniel's mother
  • 24 January 1944: Commissioned, Lcdr H. E. Waller, USNR, in command
  • 12 April 1946: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla. after 2 years and 3 months of service
  • 15 January 1971: Struck from the NVR
  • 30 January 1974: Sold for scrapping
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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.)
    Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

    Navsource Archive Manager
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    Daniel 76k undated wartime image Jerry Church
    Daniel 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)
    Mike Green
    Port Angeles, Wash.
    Daniel 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.

    Daniel History
    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 1944Lcdr. Harold E. Waller, USNR (Comm. CO) (Big Rapids, Mich.)
    2.) 30 May 1944 - 04 Oct. 1945Lcdr. Elwood D. Boynton, USNR (Scarsdale, N.Y.)
    3.) 04 Oct. 1945 - 12 April 1946Lcdr. Richard N. Billings, USNR (Decomm. CO) (Windsor, Conn.)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

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