HOURS OF OPERATION
HOURS OF OPERATION
Some South Carolinian soldiers have made the ultimate sacrifice while deployed in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other locations. This gallery is intended to honor their lives and preserve their memory. Click on each name to access additional information on these soldiers.
Marine Corps Captain Daniel G. McCollum, 29, of Irmo, SC, died January 9, 2002.
McCollum was one of seven U.S. Marines killed when their KC-130 Hercules air tanker crashed into a mountainside in southwest Pakistan. He was with the Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 352, Marine Corps Air Station, Miramar, Calif.
McCollum graduated from Clemson University with a degree in mechanical engineering in December 1996 and then received his commission from the Marines.
Eulogy written by Dan’s brother Matt:
I’ve also been asked if I think Dan is a hero. I do. But Dan isn’t a hero just because he gave his life for his country, but that is part of it. Dan isn’t a hero just because he went to war to defend his country, but that is a part of it. Dan isn’t a hero just because he chose to become a Marine officer and aviator, but that is a part of it. Dan is a hero because of who he was and the way he lived his life. Proud, but humble. Tough, but gentle. Competitive, but caring. He was honorable, compassionate, and kind. A good man, a true friend, a loving son and a loving husband. Dan is a hero because he did his duty every day without asking for recognition or reward. Dan is a hero because he did his duty, quietly and professionally, because he believed it was the right thing to do.
Although I am saddened in a way that I can’t express with mere words, I rest a little bit better at night knowing that the streets of heaven are guarded by a good Marine.
Captain Daniel McCollum, United States Marine Corps, thank you, job well done, simper fi.