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Patrick served as a - Sergeant - Grade E5 - Army - Regular Enlisted Service
He was 21 years old at the time of his death.
Patrick was born on December 24, 1948 in Bayside, Long Island, N.Y.
His tour of duty began in Vietnam on October 25, 1969.
Patrick served with E Company (Recon), 3rd Battalion, 22nd Infantry,
25th Infantry Division, under the command of Capt. Michael W. Kasner.
Patrick died on May 30, 1970 in the Country of Cambodia, Northwest of Tay Ninh Province, Republic of South Vietnam.
Patrick's death was the result of an ambush in the Michelin Rubber Plantation in Cambodia. His recon unit was escorting a tank retriever, caring a downed tank, through the plantation. There were four soldiers in a gun jeep in the lead position. They were ambushed at approx. 3:20 pm. by enemy forces using RPG's or (Rocket Propelled Grenades.) Patrick died that day with 2 other Heroes from the 22nd; 1st. Lt. William Ellis Gay, (E/3/22nd);&
Sgt. Ken Swain Maxwell, (E/3/22nd) A forth soldier, the radio operator, was wounded in the initial attack but was able to return fire until help arrived to beat off the enemy.
Patrick's religion was Brethren Dunkers, Moravian Church.
His body was recovered.
Patrick is interred in the Northampton Memorial Shrine Cemetery, Sec. G-136,
Patrick's name is listed on Panel 10W --- Line 122
of the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, D.C.
"Rest In Peace Patrick You Are Missed By All Who Knew You"
Patrick Elswood McDaniel, served his Country and Flag with Courage and Bravery. His acts of Gallantry to his Men and Country earned him the following awards:
Purple Heart for wounds received in combat
National Defence Service Medal
Vietnam Service Medal
Vietnam Campaign Ribbon
Good Conduct Medal
The Combat Infantryman Badge
The Republic of Vietnam, Military Merit Medal
The Republic of Vietnam, Gallentry Cross with Palm
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Three generations of military pride
Three generations of honor
Three generations of
service to their
Patrick E. McDaniel
US Army 1970
Patrick's Son David Hargraves
US Marine Corps 1991
Lt. John L. McDaniel
Patrick's High School
Patrick's Church, The Palmer Moravian Community Church, honored Patrick, by dedicating their Community Room to his memory. Patrick attended Moravian Collage before enlisting into the Army. Each year a scholarship is awarded to an outstanding student in Patrick's name at the high school he attended, Wilson High School, Easton Pa. This can be seen with the names of the recipients to the left of his portrait in the Church Community Room.
The Palmer Moravian Community Church, Palmer Township, Easton Pa.
The Sgt. Patrick E. McDaniel Award for Patriotism and Serivce to One's Country
Lt. William E Gay Jr. died that day with Patrick. "Click on the photo to learn more of William Gay"
Sgt. Ken S. Maxwell died that day with Patrick. "Click on the photo to learn more of Sgt. Ken S. Maxwell"
At an age of innocence Patrick McDaniel and Sandy Davey were photographed in 1962 just prior to their 8th grade dance in Wilson Boro, Easton, Pa.
Patrick would have 8 years left to live.
"Photo courtesy of Ken Davey"
This photo was taken in 2005 by Ken Davey at the “Wall” in Washington D.C.
Ken's rememberence when taking the photo is as follows:
"Dusk was approaching and realizing time was a factor, a kind Vietnam veteran assisted me in locating Pat's name and then solemnly held the American flag for the photograph. We shook hands and he disappeared into the darkness."
Aiden Patrick Hargraves, Son of David Hargraves, Grand Son of Sgt. Patrick E. McDaniel, and Great Grand Son of Lt. John L. McDaniel, remembers his Grand Father Sgt. Patrick E. McDaniel at the Wall in Washington DC. in 2015.