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,
respectively. Since gaining by BA I had been
employed by the U.S. Coast Guard as as a training
specialist and schoolhouse manager for just under
twenty years. I have just recently retired from
that service as well.
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 and other
research interests. 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 tentatively entitled
Exploring Norfolk Cemeteries.
wife Rebecca and I live with our cherished pets in Chesapeake,
Virginia. Having taught various History courses at both the
Virginia Beach, Virginia, and Portsmouth, Virginia, campuses of Tidewater
Community College in the evenings as an adjunct professor, since my retirement
from government service, I now continue to teach these courses, but also during
the daytime. In my spare time I also enjoy riding my bicycle and
touring 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 email@example.com.
I have also
recently added pictures of some
Hopewell, and Fort Ancient Culture Mounds from an southern Ohio trip my wife
and I took during September of 2021. These pictures are licensed
under Creative Commons (CC BY 4.0.), so feel free to use, copy,
and remix them as you see fit.
I cordially invite all
readers to correspond with me at firstname.lastname@example.org.