Mar. 21, 1935 Bridgeport Jackson County Alabama, USA
Mar. 16, 1969 Quang Ngai, Vietnam
MSG Robert Guy Daniel, Vietnam Veteran, born in Alabama, he became a resident of Fayetteville, NC
Master Sergeant Robert Guy Daniel was a casualty of the Vietnam War. As a member of the Army, MSG Daniel served our country until March 16th, 1969 in Quang Ngai, South Vietnam. He was 33 years old and was married. Robert died from small arms fire/grenade. His body was recovered. Robert was born on March 21st, 1935 in Bridgeport, Alabama. MSG Daniel is on panel 29W, line 052 of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. He served our country for 16 years.
From someone who was there: MSG Bob Guy Daniel and 1LT Francis Gene Seiver were hit within moments of each other. Gene died there south of Ben Het SF camp on 3/16/1969. Bob was mortally wounded the same day but at the max, five minutes later. He died in the 71st Evac hospital same day and maybe an hour later. On the wall in DC and at Fort Bragg you will see 1Lt Francis Eugene Seiver and MSG Robert G. Daniel. It's important to note, I was there, it happened that way. I was injecting Bicarb liquid into a vein on his right ankle when he was pronounced dead. KIA 3/16/1969. He was not wounded on 3/2/1969. He fought like a tiger for 14 more days. He was not wounded until 3/16/1969 and he died that same day, right after Lt Gene was KIA. I swear to god it happened just like that. I called MSG Daniel 'TOP' one day and he quickly corrected me. "Don't call me that". He caught me talking to a "Yard" one day while on a mission and as quickly, said "Keep your mouth shut". I did!!! SF Medic Sgt William R. Curtiss.
Bob Daniel was my Team Sgt in Company "A" 10th SFGA in Lenggries FRG in 1966. Also on our detachment, was another fallen, Special Forces friend James Holt, that was MIA and later changed to KIA, BNR. Bob was not only my Team Sgt, but also my close friend. An excellent instructor and soldier who only thought of his men. Losing someone like him is always a great loss. Rest in Peace my friend. You are missed by those who knew you. James(Jack)Carey.
I would be glad to share information about Bob. We fought together throughout February 1969. He was lost south of Ben Het special forces a camp 3161969. At the 71st Evac hospital we tried cpr for 45 minutes or more but it was too late. More info and pictures upon request. He was a fearless fighter and a great leader. Bill Curtiss.
Sources: MSG, Detachment B-20, Company B, 5th Special Forces Group, Vietnam: The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross ( Posthumously ) to Robert G. Daniel, Master Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam, while serving with Detachment B-20, Company B, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 1st Special Forces. Master Sergeant Daniel distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 16 March 1969 in the vicinity of Ben Het Special Forces Camp as operations sergeant of a mobile strike force company during an attempt to capture a hill held by a heavily armed, well-entrenched enemy force. While exposing himself to intense hostile automatic weapons and machine gun fire, Sergeant Daniel relayed valuable information to the battalion headquarters, called in gun ship strikes and secured a landing zone for re-supply.
He then led an assault to secure a portion of the bunker complex, personally killing an enemy soldier. Shortly afterwards his company commander was killed and he took charge of the unit, leading it through the communists' fusillade until heavy enemy mortar fire threatened to pin his men down. Realizing that his company could be annihilated if the attack stalled because the enemy covered all avenues of escape, Sergeant Daniel single-handedly assaulted a bunker to the front. Although wounded by enemy grenades, he continued to advance. As he hurled grenades into the fortification, killing six communists, he was mortally wounded by small arms fire from another bunker. His men were inspired by his courage and succeeded in overrunning the remaining positions. Master Sergeant Daniel's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty, at the cost of his life, were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
MSG Robert Guy Daniel served as a Master Sergeant with Detachment B-20, Bravo Company, 5th Special Forces Group, United States Army Vietnam.
He is the Husband of Mrs Carolyn F Daniel, 1424 Berrydale Drive, Fayetteville, NC 28304, Son of Mr Arthur and Mrs Mildred S Daniel, Brother to James W Daniel, Route 1, Bridgeport, Alabama 35740
He was awarded The Distinguished Service Cross(DSC), The Bronze Star Medal, The Combat Infantryman's Badge(CIB), The Purple Heart Medal for his combat wounds, The Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, The Master Parachutist's Badge, Vietnam Jump Wings, The National Defense Service Medal, The Vietnam Service Medal, The Vietnam Campaign Medal and The Vietnamese Gallantry Cross Unit Citation.
ROBERT G DANIEL MSGT - E8 - Army - Regular Special Forces Length of service 16 yearsHis tour began on Jun 1, 1968Casualty was on Mar 16, 1969In KONTUM, SOUTH VIETNAMHostile, died of wounds, GROUND CASUALTYGUN, SMALL ARMS FIREBody was recovered Panel 29W -...(Read more) -
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ROBERT G DANIELArmy - MSGT - E8Age: 33Race: CaucasianSex: MaleDate of Birth Mar 21, 1935From: BRIDGEPORT, ALReligion: CHURCH OF CHRISTMarital Status: Married -
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