Robert C. Daniels
I grew up in Waupun,
Wisconsin, during the 60's and 70's. At age 18, after graduating from Waupun
Senior High School
with the class of 1976, I joined the U. S. Navy. Upon
retirement from the service as a Chief Petty Officer, I attended Tidewater
Community College (TCC) in Virginia Beach, Virginia,
(ODU) in Norfolk, Virginia, and the American Military
University (AMU), an on-line university out of
Manassas Park, Virginia, earning an AA in
liberal arts, a BA in history/secondary education, and an MA in military studies,
After graduating from ODU and remembering
as a youth listening to Edmond Babler talk about his ordeal as a Japanese held
POW during WWII, I was inspired to write Ed's account using his
own narrative, which he aptly entitled “1220 Days in Hell.”
I entitled my book 1220 Days: The story of U.S. Marine Edmond Babler
and his experiences in Japanese Prisoner of War Camps during World War II.
My next set of projects came about through my graduate studies. Several of these
have been published at
My second book and latest project to complete I entitled
World War II in Mid-America: Experiences from rural Mid-America during World War
II. It is also in print. In
addition, at the request of many, I have also posted the 33 oral interviews, transcribed in
written word, that I conducted for my research for World War II in
Mid-America. They can be accessed by selecting "Read
Interviews" to the left. I have also just recently
transcribed an 1832 diary of Captain Ardin Biggerstaff covering his adventures
in the 1832 Black Hawk War. This can be viewed by selecting
Ardin Biggerstaff's Black Hawk War
Diary from the left list of links. Currently I am researching the
Daniels family tree and beginning work on two additional books. One of
these is about the
Blackhawk War, which will greatly expound upon my article "The Quality of the Combatants in
the Black Hawk War." I have tentatively entitled this work "Touring
the Black Hawk War." The
other is documenting
the various Norfolk, Virginia, cemeteries,
some of the more interesting grave-markers and other unique aspects of these
cemeteries. This book project is tentively entitled
Exploring Norfolk Cemeteries.
wife Rebecca and I live with our cherished pets in Chesapeake,
Virginia, where I've been employed for the past twenty years by
the U.S. Coast Guard as a training specialist and schoolhouse manager. In
what little spare time I have, I also teach History courses at
both the Virginia Beach, Virginia, and Portsmouth, Virginia, campuses of Tidewater Community College, ride my bicycle, and
tour historical sites.
Finally, I am very proud to add that
daughter, Brenda, and her wife, Erin, are Chief Petty Officers in the United
States Coast Guard, and my son,
Phillip, is a teacher in central Florida. With the addition of Phillip's
daughter, Marla, and son, Oliver, I am also a very proud grandfather.
Read more about my
books, projects, and published
articles by selecting the links to the left.
To order autographed copies of both of my books, either
click here or see "Order autographed copies"
to the left. Bookstores wishing to order autographed books in bulk, please
contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I cordially invite all
readers to correspond with me at email@example.com.