From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Leland McDaniel, Jr. '41

Date of birth: May 3, 1918

Date of death: October 25, 1944

Age: 26

Lucky Bag

From the 1941 Lucky Bag:


Leland was lost when USS Hoel (DD 533) was sunk by Japanese surface forces on October 25, 1944 in the Battle off Samar. He was Executive Officer; the ship earned the Presidential Unit Citation for her heroic stand against a vastly superior enemy force.

His wife was listed as next of kin. He was also survived by his parents.

Silver Star

From Hall of Valor:

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Lieutenant Leland S. McDaniel, Jr. (NSN: 0-100415), United States Navy, was awarded the Silver Star (Posthumously) for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in connection with military operations against an armed enemy as Executive Officer of the U.S.S. HOEL (DD-533), off Samar, on 25 October 1944. His gallant actions and dedicated devotion to duty, without regard for his own life, were in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 348 (March 1946)
Action Date: October 25, 1944
Service: Navy
Company: Executive Officer
Division: U.S.S. Hoel (DD-533)

Class of 1941

Leland is one of 60 members of the Class of 1941 on Virtual Memorial Hall.