Dec. 25, 2004 Cincinnati Hamilton County Ohio, USA
Mr. Daniels was retired from the Army as a Lieutenant Colonel after 43 years of combined active and reserve service, during which he was a combat veteran of World War II and a Korean War era veteran, the Railroad after 25 years, and also the U.S. Civil Service. Born and raised in Columbus, Mr. Daniels moved to Cincinnati after the death of his mother to work for his father at Cincinnati Union Terminal. He would hold various positions from pipe fitter to car-cleaning foreman. In 1929, he joined the Ohio National Guard and remained on active duty or as a reservist for 42 years, retiring as a lieutenant colonel. Mr. Daniels married Bessie L. Pace in 1937, and the couple had four children.
Mr. Daniels was called to active duty in 1940 and served in the infantry on Tonga and other South Pacific Islands. He fought at the Battle of Guadalcanal before contracting malaria and returning stateside to recuperate. He was later promoted to second lieutenant and was assigned to the Transportation Corps in England and later at Normandy just after D-Day. Mr. Daniels received four battle stars for his service during World War II. In 1950, he was called to serve in the Korean War and was stationed in Bordeaux, France. After the war, he returned to work at Cincinnati Union Terminal and later retired with 25 years of service. After retiring from the National Guard, he went to work for the Ohio Defense Corp. and the U.S. Civil Service, retiring from both in 1976. Mr. Daniels and his wife were foster parents to more than 60 infants. In 1983, they were recognized as Foster Parents of the Year.