Hamilton County


Commander Paul Daniels





Former Webster City Man Called to U. S. Defense Assignment.

Paul Daniels, chief engineer for station KTSW at Emporia, Kan., has been called for a national defense assignment by the federal communications commission.

He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. James H. Daniels, of Webster City.

Daniels reported as an assistant radio monitoring officer, qualified under a civil service examination. He will attend a two months training course at Grand Island, Neb., before being assigned for radio work at military camps.

Officials of KTSW have given him a year’s leave of absence. Daniels has had many years of radio engineering training. He was in charge of the government airport at Lebo three years before he resigned to install KTSW equipment in December, 1938. Previously he had been chief engineer for KFBI when it was located at Milford, Kan.

He is also an ensign in the United States naval communications reserve. He is the former commander and organizer of the Emporia United States naval communications reserve unit and is now Kansas section staff officer.

He is a licensed first class radio operator.

Source: Daily Freeman Journal, Webster City, IA - Jan. 9, 1941


Paul Daniels Ordered to Report for Active Duty With Navy.

Paul H. Daniels, who has been working for the federal communications commission at Salt Lake City, Utah, since January, has been ordered to report April 28, for active duty at the Norfolk navy yards at Portsmouth, Va.

He has been in the naval reserve for ten years and was commander of the Emporia, Kan. naval reserve unit before going to Utah. He is taking his family with him to Virginia. His work in the navy yards will be supervisor of all installation of radio equipment aboard the new navy ships being built.

He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. James H. Daniels, of Webster City.

Source: Daily Freeman Journal, Webster City, IA - April 24, 1941


Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Daniels have just received a copy of Speed Victory, the paper published by the servicemen at the Norfolk navy yard at Portsmouth, Va. Their son, Lt. Comm. Paul Daniels, is stationed at Norfolk base.

This issue features the U. S. Destroyer Herndon, which played a prominent part in the invasion of France. Mr. and Mrs. Daniels were present at the navy yard two years ago when this ship was launched. She was launched five months and nine days after her keel was laid. A dispatch in the paper from Tom Wolf, a war correspondent, says in part:

They call her “Lucky Herndon” the destroyer which led the Allied naval armada in the assault on France. Such were the risks that her sister ships were betting 10 to 1 against the Herndon’s coming out whole.

I have just left the “Lucky Herndon” at the British port where she is replenishing her ammunition. She’s as good as she ever was, save for the loss of some paint. That was blistered from her gun barrels, which became red hot as they spat withering fire on the shores of Normandy in support of American troops.

Source: Daily Freeman Journal, Webster City, IA - July 6, 1944


Commander Paul Daniels, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Daniels, of this city, has been released to inactive duty with the U. S. naval reserve, his parents have been notified. The naval officer, recently advanced to commander from the rank of lieutenant commander, has been stationed the past two years at the Norfolk naval base, Virginia. Prior to that he was stationed at the nearby Portsmouth Navy yard for two years. He and his family plan to return to Emporia, Kans.

Source: Webster City Freeman, Webster City, IA - Aug. 30, 1945

Paul Daniels was born June 13, 1905 to James Harrison and Ruth Precious Symons Daniels. He died June 27, 1984.

Commander Daniels served as assistant communications officer with the Atlantic fleet operational training command at the Norfolk, VA naval base.

Source: ancestry.com