William Daniels
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William Daniels

NAME

William James Daniels

HOME OF RECORD

Unionville

DATE OF BIRTH

04/15/1947

STATE

VA

DATE OF DEATH

February 10, 2017

BRANCH OF SERVICE

Army

INDUCTION YEAR

2018

Biography

William James Daniels was born April 15, 1947 in Washington, DC to Earl Carlton Daniels and Harriet Tyrrell Daniels. He attended and graduated from schools in Northern Virginia. William joined the Army in 1966 and after Basic was shipped to Vietnam where he saw action and participated in several operations over that year. He received the Purple Heart, Bronze Medal, National Defense Medal and the Army Commendation Medal for Meritorious Service in The Republic of Vietnam. William loved his country and was incredibly proud of his service in the Military. When he returned home, he married Nancy Rector of Virginia on June 03, 1972. They had one daughter, Kimberly Daniels. The marriage ended later and on May 08, 1993, William married Leigh Rhash in Woodstock, Virginia, gaining a stepson, Daniel Lloyd McCormick. He was extremely proud of his daughter and son. William and I were blessed with six wonderful grandchildren, Katelyn and Courtney Goldsmith, Jessica and John Roberson, Victoria and Daniel Alexander McCormick, step grandson Justin Hartmann and three great grandchildren, Daniel Rylan McCormick, Raigan Waycaster Haylie Hartmann. He took extreme pride in each member of his family and followed the life path of each. He was a loving son, husband, father, granddad and friend. William worked many years as a Consultant for Virginia Department of Transportation while dealing with his service related diabetes, heart problems, skin cancers, unrecognized PTSD and exposure to Agent Orange. After his time in Vietnam, it took many years for him to acknowledge that he had serious problems let alone to be treated for them. Later, he was ever grateful for the VA Administration for the wonderful care and support he received. William was very active in the VFW and support of the Wounded Warriors Program. William lived his life to the fullest, boating, nascar, football, old black and white movies and traveling with family. Family and friends miss him greatly. We will always hold him in our hearts.