Daniel Teeters - 2nd Lieutenant

Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
Date Of Birth: Nov 30, 1922
Date Of Death: Oct 21, 1944
War / Conflict: World War II
Hometown: Madison, Wisconsin
Gold Star Hall - Wall Location: West Wall (by Entrance Door)


Year at ISU: 1945

Daniel was born on November 30, 1922 to Cecil C. Teeters and Grace Varley. He grew up in Madison Wisconsin. 

Daniel enlisted in the Army Air Corps reserves on September 10, 1941 and was called up March 22, 1943 to the Army Air Base at Santa Ana, California. He served with the 392nd Squadron, 30th Heavy Bomber Group, 7th Air Force. Bonin Island is near Iwo Jima.

Daniels's mother wrote a letter to the Alumni Association, dated November 14, 1944:

"Dear Sir,

I am the mother of Daniel V. Teeters who was a Freshman at I.S.C. 1941-42. I expect you have a Gold Star Honor Roll. Lieut. Teeters, navigator on a Liberator (B-24) Bomber based on Saipan island, was killed in action on Bonin Island, 750 miles south of Tokyo, on Oct. 21, 1944. He had completed more than half of his 40 missions and been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, also the Air Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters. He enlisted Sept 10, 1943 in the Air Corps Reserves and was graduated and received his wings at Ellington Field, Texas on January 15, 1944. He had been overseas since May 1944.

Sincerely yours, Mrs. Grace Teeters." 

Daniel's awards include the Air Medal and a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster, the Purple Heart (posthumously), and the Distinguished Flying Cross (also posthumously).