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Robert S. Daniels, 62, a longtime city worker, died Wednesday at Lakeside Veterans Administration Hospital.

Mr. Daniels, of Rogers Park, was employed for 19 years by the Streets and Sanitation Department as a sanitation truck driver.

He was a life member of VFW Post 138, as well as a past first district commander. He was also a life member of the military Order of the Purple Heart.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy; two daughters, Cynthia Schaefers and Gloria Rowan; a son, Terence; a foster daughter, Mary Gianfortune; three sisters, Aileene White, Betty Brown and Lizette O'Neal, and two brothers, William and Jack.

A memorial mass will be offered at 7 p.m. Tuesday at St. Timothy's Church, 6326 N. Washtenaw.

(Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago, IL, 21 Jun 1986, Page 47 - courtesy of Tedd Cocker)

Robert S. "Bob" Daniels suffered a badly broken leg when he came down through a tree during the D-Day jump into Normandy.

Although the leg was initially set and splinted 11 days later by a German doctor.  Liberated by the Allied forces after Cherbourg was taken, Bob's leg was re-broken and set in an American field hospital.  In his own words, "After a couple of weeks they sent me by plane across the Atlantic to Long Island where I stayed seven days in a hospital. Then I was transferred to McCloskey General Hospital in Temple [TX}".

That flight took place on 20 July 1944 from Prestwick, Scotland arriving the following day at La Guardia Field, New York City.  The aircraft, tail number 42-107469 was a C-54, aka Douglas Skymaster.  Following the war the aircraft was sold to the South African Air Force. 

In 1997 it was sold to the Dutch Dakota Association, Netherlands but was disassembled in 1999.

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