Daniel S. Bates, 66, a local resident most of his life, passed away June 10, 2014. A memorial service will be held on Saturday June 21, 2014, the first day of summer, at 2:00 PM at Lohman Funeral Home Daytona, 1423 Bellevue Avenue, Daytona Beach. The family will receive guests for visitation one hour prior. A military burial will immediately follow at Daytona Memorial Park. Dan was born in Norwalk, Connecticut on September 22, 1947 to Eleanor Palmer and Robert Bates. He served with the United States Army and his unit in Vietnam was Company A 504th Military Police Battalion 18th Military Police Brigade I Corps Tactical Zone. He was with the last 1,100 troops to go by sea from Oakland, California on the USNS Pope on May 1, 1968. He was 1 of 27 soldiers with the 146th Military Police platoon which was formed by the Pentagon for a special assignment in the northern I Corps of South Vietnam. They were attached to the 1st Marine Division. He then volunteered with 4 other soldiers for Camp Evans near the DMZ, and was attached to the 1st Air Cavalry Division. Dan received many commendations during his service that included the National Defense Medal, Good Conduct Medal, US Vietnam Service Medal with 4 Bronze Campaign Battle Stars, Vietnam Campaign Medal 68/69, Meritorious Unit Citation with Palm, Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Oak Leaf, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm, Combat Service Medal, American Defense Medal, Republic of Vietnam Service Medal, Cold War Medal, Overseas Service Medal, US Army Meritorious Unit Citation with Oak Leaf, Foreign Expeditionary Service Medal, Honorable Service Medal Armed Forces, Expert Marksman Medal, 18th Military Police Brigade Certificate of Achievement, 18th Military Police Brigade Vietnam Combat Certificate, Letter of Commendation 24th Corps Headquarters Operations. Dan's letters were included in the book "Dear America: Letters Home From Vietnam" an anthology created by Bernard Edelman which was later turned into an American Grammy Award-winning HBO documentary. Dan enjoyed the outdoors and the ocean. He spent most of his time at the beach, where he enjoyed surfing. He was a certified member of the Frail Street Gang. He was an avid baseball fan and played for a AAA team in Daytona Beach before an injury on the field ended his hoped for career. He was a kind and generous person who liked helping people. He was a firefighter for the City of Daytona Beach, a safety crew fireman for Daytona International Speedway and a landscaper for the City of Ormond Beach. He also volunteered his time at the Daytona Beach VA Outpatient Clinic with over 2500 hours. He is preceded in death by his father Robert S. Bates, brother Robert L. Bates, uncles Gordon Bates and William Bates, nephew Patrick Bates and brother-in-law Charles Tuttle. Dan is survived by his mother, Eleanor Ross, sister & brother-in-law Gidget & Raymond Fitzpatrick, brother Donald Bates, brother & sister-in-law George & Doris Bates, sister Virginia Bates, sister-in-law Mary Ann Bates, nephews Jason & Michael Fitzpatrick, many other nieces and nephews and his good friend Charlie Forgraves. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to a military organization of your choice. Arrangements are under the careful direction of Lohman Funeral Home Daytona. Condolences for the family may be shared at www.lohmanfuneralhomes.com
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Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on June 19, 2014