Unknown Sailor

Y1c Lloyd Maxton Daniel

Lloyd Maxton “Max” Daniel never met the youngest of his two daughters before he was killed at Pearl Harbor.

Mr. Daniel was a yeoman, a petty officer first class, and secretary to Rear Admiral Isaac Kidd when both died on the U.S.S. Arizona in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.

The yeoman had leave the weekend of the attack but stayed on the ship so he could save the expense of going into Honolulu. He played bridge on Saturday night with Franklin Van Valkenburgh, the Arizona’s captain.

Mr. Daniel had a preschool daughter and a five-month-old who were living with their mother, Hazel Hauser Daniel, near Livingston, Montana. The couple had married in 1936.

Mrs. Daniel had designed and started a quilt with the names of Navy ships, but stored it away after her husband died. Their oldest daughter, Lynn, arranged for a group of church women to complete it in 1991. It won a purple ribbon at the Sweet Grass County, Montana, fair.

Mr. Daniel was born March 21, 1916, in Murray, Iowa, and graduated from the local high school in 1934, the same year his father died. He enlisted in the Navy the next January.

His parents were Lloyd L. Daniel, a farmer, and Ruby Aller Daniel, a housewife.

Sources: Great Falls Tribune of Great Falls, Montana; Big Timber Pioneer of Big Timber, Montana; The Billings (Monstana) Gazette; Census, Iowa birth index; Navy muster rolls; Montana marriage license; IAGenWeb project; Murray High yearbook. This profile was researched and written on behalf of the U.S.S. Arizona Mall Memorial at the University of Arizona.
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