Daniels, William "Hawk"

Date of birth:
August 2nd, 1914
Date of death:
January 1983
Nationality:
American (1776 - present, Republic)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Captain
Unit:
Special Operations, Office of Strategic Services (OSS)
Awarded on:
April 6th, 1945
Action:
"Awarded for gallantry in action from 30 July 1944 to 28 September 1944. Seconded to the Office of Strategic Services, then Captain Daniels organized and led resistance forces in sabotage and guerrilla warfare activites against the enemy throughout the Department of Lot, after having been parachuted into France. He often found it necessary to wear civilian clothes to accomplish his missions. With great coolness and courage he personally conducted the sabotage of three important bridges, despite enemy patrols protecting them. He also rendered useless the underground Cahors-Montauban telephone cables by successful sabotage. Leading the forces which he had organized, Major Daniels effected continual ambushes of enemy convoys throughout the area, inflicting heavy losses on the enemy with negligible on his own troops. Entered military service from Louisiana."
Details:
HQ European Theater of War, General Order 82 dated May 6, 1945
Silver Star Medal (SSM)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Captain
Unit:
Special Operations, Office of Strategic Services (OSS)
Awarded on:
March 16th, 1946
Croix de Guerre (1939-1945)
Action:
"The American officer parachuted into the Lot, the 30 July 1944 as an instructor of sabotage and organizer of the Maquis. He acquitted himself of his mission with zeal and intelligence; he participated at the head of teams he formed during attacks on enemy columns, notably at St-SEVET, CAHORS et VILLENUEUVE.

He himself organized the destruction of the bridges at líHOSPITALET, PANTANEON and LASCABSSES, hindering the movement of German forces. He rendered unusable the enemy telecommunications by cutting the CAHORS-MONTAUBAN cable. He blew up the main routes used by the Germans to reach the mines at CARMAUX.

The 11th of August, ambushed near St-SEVET by some fifty Germans, he fought his way free.

This citation carries the attribution of the Croix de Guerre with palm.
Paris, 16 March 1946
Signed: F. GOUIN"
Details:
Decision No. 105, President of the Provisional (French) Government citation dated March 16, 1946

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