Eldridge Maurice Daniels

Specialist Four
Army of the United States
20 April 1945 - 03 January 1969
Chicago, Illinois
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Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Eldridge Maurice Daniels

11 Apr 2008

Daddy, I never really got to know you, however I still miss you after all these years, and I am even more curious about you and how you died.

I am proud of you for serving this country.

From his daughter,
Sheila Daniels-Humphrey

A Note from The Virtual Wall

Fifteen members of D Company, 554th Engineer Bn, died on 03 Jan 1969 when the battalion mess hall at Cu Chi was mined:
  • SP5 Ronald K. Bloom, Lakewood, CO
  • SP5 Donald W. Brown, Madison, IN
  • SP5 Moises A. Reyes, El Paso, TX
  • SP5 Michael J. Unsinn, Green Bay, WI
  • SP5 Ted A. White, Dickinson, AL
  • SP4 Paul W. Barnett, Dustin, OK
  • SP4 Glenn E. Case, Live Oak, CA
  • SP4 Joseph P. Colasurdo, Edison, NJ
  • SP4 Eldridge M. Daniels, Chicago, IL
  • SP4 Jerry Dunlap, Malvern, AR
  • SP4 Patrick C. Golliher, Granada Hills, CA
  • SP4 Dennis J. Stanley, Atascadero, CA
  • SP4 Waldon J. Swart, Spicer, MN
  • SP4 Gerhard W. Vanderford, Corinth, MS
  • SP4 Freddy T. Williams, Friona, TX
Five and a half months later, on 21 May, elements of the 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry, and the ARVN 132nd Regional Force Company conducted a cordon and search operation of Giong Viec Hamlet located between Phuoc My and Cu Chi. ARVN soldiers promptly captured a VC squad leader who said there were 20 other VC in the hamlet. The RF Company and two platoons from Company B/1/5 made a sweep of the area, finding a number of Viet Cong dead and capturing six VC along with weapons, ammunition and equipment.

Among the POWs was a nurse who had previously worked for the 554th Engineer Battalion. The nurse was instrumental in the capture of 3 females employed at Cu Chi Base Camp who worked for the VC and were involved in the mining of the 554th Engineer Battalion mess hall.

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
his daughter,
Sheila Daniels-Humphrey

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 11 Apr 2008
Last updated 04/26/2008