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Hugh Spencer Daniel

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Hugh Spencer Daniel
Hugh Spencer Daniel
Hugh Spencer Daniel
BornDecember 26, 1923
Chattanooga, Tennessee
DiedOctober 28, 1942 (aged 18)
Santa Cruz Islands
AllegianceUnited States United States
Service/branch United States Marine Corps
Years of service1941-42
RankPrivate First Class
Battles/warsWorld War II
  • Pacific War
    • Guadalcanal campaign
      • Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands  (DOW)

Hugh Spencer Daniel (December 26, 1923 – October 28, 1942) was a United States Marine Corps Reservist who was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross. The destroyer escort USS Daniel (DE-335) was named after him.

Daniel was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserve on June 9, 1941. Joining USS Hornet (CV-8) on 19 October 1941, he remained on board until shortly before his death 2 days after the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands on October 26, 1942. His rank was Private First Class.

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Action off the Santa Cruz Islands[edit]

The Hornet was attacked by Japanese bombers and torpedo planes on October 26 at 10:12. 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.

Navy Cross[edit]

Hugh Daniel was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for his courageous perseverance in refusing to leave his gunnery station.


In honor of his bravery, the USS Daniel (DE-335) was named after him.

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