Duane Danny Daniels, 76, Brookings, died Dec. 9, 2000.

He was born May 8, 1924, in Springview, Neb., to George and Zepha Daniels.

After a brief move to Colorado and back to Nebraska, the family moved to California eventually settling in Santa Cruz.

He attended Santa Cruz High School where he played tennis and wrote for the school paper. He graduated in 1942 and enlisted in the Army Air Corp.

He attended flight school and earned his wings. He achieved the rank of lieutenant and was sent to Italy where he flew B-17s until he was shot down and captured. He spent the remainder of the war as a prisoner in several German prison camps. He earned several medals including the Purple Heart.

Mr. Daniels returned home from the war and attended San Jose State College where he studied police science and worked various jobs.

In 1955, he again enlisted in the U.S. Army. He was attached to the 725th Military Police Battalion headquartered in Seoul. He served a term in the United Nations Honor Guard there.

After returning to the United States, he was assigned to the Provost Marshalls Office in Fort Hood, Texas.

After completing his service, he worked for several years at the Santa Cruz County Bank and the U.S. Postal Service. He retired in 1986.

He moved to Brookings in 1995 where he enjoyed the beaches and visiting with his many friends.

Survivors are his daughters Kathleen (David) Hollings, Cambria, Calif.; Melody McGee and her companion Jerry Jambola, Raleigh, N.C.; sons Glen (Veronica) Daniels, Oletha, Kan.; Gary (Melissa) Daniels, Clarkston, Wash.; sister Peggy (Stan) Flowright, Fremont, Calif.

Also surviving are eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild and his companion Colleen Edmoundson.

Preceding him in death were his parents and son Steven.

At his request, no formal services will be held. He requested that his friends gather in remembrance. A gathering will be held Friday at OHollerans at 2 p.m. to raise a glass in remembrance, his family said.

Arrangements are under the direction of Littys Funeral Directors, Brookings Chapel.