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HAMPTON - Lt. Colonel Daniel F. McNeil, age 90, United States Army retired died Wednesday, February 27, 2013. Daniel was a native of Montross, South Dakota and a resident of Hampton, Virginia since 1964. Colonel McNeil was a war veteran of World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. He entered the U S Army in 1943 and served in North Africa, Sicily, England and Europe including Berlin with the 2nd Armored Division ( General Patton's own" Hell on Wheels"). He was discharged from the U S Army in 1945 as a sergeant tank commander. After World War II, Colonel McNeil graduated from the University Of South Dakota where he was a "Distinguished Military Graduate". He then entered military service for a second time in December 1949 as 2nd Lieutenant of Infantry. Colonel McNeil's military decorations and awards include the following: 11 battle stars, 1 arrowhead (D-day Sicily 1943), 2 awards of the combat infantry badge, ranger tab, parachute badge, jump masters certificate, legion of merit, 2 purple hearts, a bronze star, Belgium Fourragere award for being the first army division (Second Armored Division) to enter Belgium for the "Battle of the Bulge", the United States and Korean Presidential Unit Citations, and the Vietnamese Medal of Honor. Colonel McNeil was also a graduate of the U S Army Infantry School, U S Army Airborne School, and the U S Army Ranger School. He graduated from the U S Army Command & General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas and also the Special Warfare School at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. In 1963, after his military career, Colonel McNeil earned a Master's Degree in education from Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA and he also completed further Doctoral studies at the College of William & Mary, Virginia Tech, and Old Dominion University. He was a licensed professional counselor in Virginia and was both a Counselor & the Coordinator of Counseling at Tidewater Community College for twelve years. Colonel McNeil was active in St. Joseph's Catholic Church serving as Eucharistic Minister and president of the parish counsel for two years. Daniel was very active in the Hampton, Virginia Historical Society serving as president and a board member and he also served as President of the Fort Monroe Historical & Archeological Society for two years. Colonel McNeil was a member of the Peninsula Rose Society, life member of the DAV Chapter 6, American Legion Post 48, Chapter 6-7 Military Order of the Purple Heart, Knights of Columbus 4th Degree and the Retired Military Officers Association. He was married to Mrs. Ocye L. Whitten McNeil for 61 years who preceded him in death. Colonel McNeil had one son, Daniel F. McNeil, Jr. who preceded him in death. He is survived by a daughter Mary Alice Winfield Fabrizio and husband Roger of Lynchburg, Virginia, three grandchildren, Dr. Michael D. Fabrizio and wife Marlyn of Virginia Beach, Va., Michelle Fabrizio Spain and husband Cary of Forest, Va., and Joseph Fabrizio of Lynchburg, Va., and five great grandchildren, Grant Fabrizio, Mia Fabrizio and William Fabrizio of Virginia Beach, Virginia, Gabriella D. Spain of Forest, Virginia, and Alexander M. Fabrizio of Lynchburg, Virginia. He is also survived by two sisters Marcella (Marcy) DeBates of San Diego, Calif., and Margaret (Peggy) Fuehrer of Norfolk, Nebraska. The family will receive friends at Hayden Smith Funeral Home from 6:00 to 7:30 pm on Tuesday, March 5th. Funeral Services will be held 11:00 AM on Wednesday, March 5, 2013 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Buckroe, Virginia. Burial will follow at a later date in Arlington National Cemetery with full Military Honors. In lieu of flowers please make donations to your local chapter of the Alzheimer's Foundation of America.
Published in Daily Press on Mar. 3, 2013
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