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Profession

Category:
MilitaryMakers
Occupation(s):
Colonel (Retired)

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Brown
Favorite Food:
Dessert
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Florida, the Beaches, Mountains in the Summer
Favorite Quote:
Make the best of today because today is all you have.

Birthplace

Born:
7/27/1937
Birth Location:
Fayetteville, North Carolina

Profession

Category:
MilitaryMakers
Occupation(s):
Colonel (Retired)

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Brown
Favorite Food:
Dessert
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Florida, the Beaches, Mountains in the Summer
Favorite Quote:
Make the best of today because today is all you have.

Birthplace

Born:
7/27/1937
Birth Location:
Fayetteville
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Biography

Retired United States Air Force Colonel Norman A. McDaniel was born on July 27, 1937 in Fayetteville, North Carolina. The son of sharecroppers Fannie Marie and Clyde Oliver McDaniel, he graduated as the valedictorian of the Armstrong High School Class of 1955. He attended North Carolina A&T State University, participated in the AFROTC program, and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the U. S. Air Force (AF) upon receiving his B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering in June, 1959.

After entering AF Active Duty, McDaniel completed a series of military trainings. From 1961 to 1964, he served in the 23rd Bomb Squadron at Travis AFB, California, and then, was assigned as a Sub-Systems Program Manager on the F-111 Aircraft Development Program at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. In 1966, McDaniel was assigned to Takhli Air Base (AB) in Thailand, where he flew combat missions over North Vietnam. On July, 20, 1966, McDaniel and four of his five crew members became prisoners of war (POWs) when their plane was shot down. While a POW, he was promoted to the rank of Major and was awarded the AF Silver Star for valor and leadership in the POW camps. As one of over 700 American POWs held by North Vietnam, McDaniel was released on February 12, 1973, as part of Operation Homecoming. After returning from Vietnam, he completed the Armed Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Virginia and graduate school at the Florida Institute of Technology (earning his M.S. degree in systems management). Between 1975 and 1987, McDaniel completed tours of duty as a System Program Staff officer at AF Systems Command, Andrews AFB, Maryland. He also served as Division Chief for Congressional Activities and Acquisition Policy at Headquarters USAF, the Pentagon; commander of AFROTC at Howard University in Washington, DC; commander of the Air Force Survival Training Wing in Spokane, Washington; and as Assistant Deputy to the Deputy Undersecretary of Defense (AD,DUSD) for International Programs and Foreign Disclosure Policy, the Pentagon. During that period, McDaniel also completed the Naval War College, Senior Program at Newport, Rhode Island. After retiring from active duty in 1988, he worked in the defense industry. From 1991 to 2006, McDaniel was a Faculty Member, Department Head, and Associate Dean at the Defense Acquisition University in Ft. Belvoir, Virginia. He currently works for himself as a motivational speaker, and part-time, as a Facilitator of the Transition Assistance Program (TAP) helping men and women separating or retiring from U.S. military services to succeed in their transition from military to civilian life.

On September 18, 1998, McDaniel served as the keynote speaker at the Pentagon's celebration of National POW/MIA Recognition Day in honor of all of the former POWs, unaccounted for service members and civilians, and their families. McDaniel's military honors, include the Silver Star for Valor, three Legions of Merit, Bronze Star with "V" Valor Device, three Distinguished Flying Crosses (the POW medal), the Purple Heart and the Vietnam Service Medal with fourteen bronze stars. McDaniel is married to Jean Carol (Breeze) McDaniel. They have two children, Christopher and Crystal, and four grandchildren

Norman A. McDaniel was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on March 8, 2012.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Norman McDaniel's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Norman McDaniel lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Norman McDaniel describes his mother's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Norman McDaniel describes his mother's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Norman McDaniel talks about his mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Norman McDaniel describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Norman McDaniel talks about his grandfather seeing Union soldiers pass through Fayetteville, North Carolina
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Norman McDaniel describes his father's work as a sharecropper
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Norman McDaniel talks about his older siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Norman McDaniel talks about his younger siblings, pt.1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Norman McDaniel talks about his younger siblings, pt.2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Norman McDaniel describes how his parents met and talks about the rural, black school system
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Norman McDaniel describes his parents' personalities and who he takes after
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Norman McDaniel talks about the break-up of his family
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Norman McDaniel describes his earliest childhood memory and the sights, sounds, and smells of growing up in North Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Norman McDaniel talks about his schools
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Norman McDaniel talks about the military as a viable career track for African American men
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Norman McDaniel comments on his high school experience and attending church in North Carolina
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Norman McDaniel talks about the revival meetings he attended at his church when he was a boy
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Norman McDaniel talks about his interest in engineering and joining the U.S. Air Force ROTC
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Norman McDaniel talks about his family members who served in the military and the high school he attended
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Norman McDaniel talks about the various jobs he had in high school and his parents' separation
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Norman McDaniel talks about where he lived during his parents' separation and graduating from the U.S. Air Force ROTC
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Norman McDaniel talks about his teachers and mentors from college, the Civil Rights Movement and going into active duty
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Norman McDaniel talks about his training in the U.S Air Force
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Norman McDaniel discusses the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and his wedding anniversary
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Norman McDaniel tells the story of how he and his wife met
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Norman McDaniel describes the U.S. Air Force's B-52 bomber planes
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Norman McDaniel speaks about his assignments at Travis Air Force Base and Wright Patterson Air Force Base
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Norman McDaniel talks about being assigned to Takhli Air Force Base to fly combat missions over North Vietnam
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Norman McDaniel describes flying in combat missions on the EB-66C, a medium-sized bomber
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Norman McDaniel gives his impressions of Thailand
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Norman McDaniel talks about his experience in flight combat on an EB-66B aircraft with a six-person crew, pt.1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Norman McDaniel talks about his experience in flight combat on an EB-66B aircraft with a six-person crew, pt.2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Norman McDaniel explains the purpose of electronic reconnaissance
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Norman McDaniel describes being captured by Vietnamese soldiers
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Norman McDaniel talks about his survival in a North Vietnamese POW camp, pt.1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Norman McDaniel talks about his survival in a North Vietnamese POW camp, pt.2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Slating of Norman McDaniel's interview
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Norman McDaniel describes the Vietnamese soldier's interrogation tactics, pt.1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Norman McDaniel describes the Vietnamese soldier's interrogation tactics, pt.2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Norman McDaniel talks about how the U.S. Army prisoners at the North Vietnamese POW camp organized themselves
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Norman McDaniel explains his position on the Vietnam War
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Norman McDaniel discusses the ex-Vietnam POW's review of the U.S. Army Code of Conduct
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Norman McDaniel explains how his love for his family helped him withstand torture at the North Vietnamese POW camp
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Norman McDaniel describes his incarceration at the POW camp in North Vietnam
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Norman McDaniel describes how he was tortured at the POW camp in North Vietnam
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Norman McDaniel comments on how his survival training prepared him for his experience as a POW in Vietnam
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Norman McDaniel talks about what happened to his combat flight crew after their plane went down in Vietnam
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Norman McDaniel explains the types of information his Vietnamese interrogators wanted
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Norman McDaniel discusses the number of African American POWs in the Vietnam War
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Norman McDaniel tells a story about black and white prisoners at the POW camp in Vietnam
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Norman McDaniel talks about prison life at the Vietnamese POW camp after the Paris Peace Talks
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Norman McDaniel describes the prison facility in Vietnam where he was incarcerated
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Norman McDaniel describes the food the prisoners ate at the Vietnamese POW camp. pt.1
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Norman McDaniel describes the food the prisoners ate at the Vietnamese POW camp, pt.2
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Norman McDaniel discusses the differences in the way prisoners were treated in North and South Vietnam
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Norman McDaniel talks about U.S. soldiers' response to capture in Vietnam and a package mistakenly given to him at the POW camp
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Norman McDaniel talks about the photos his wife received of him while he was incarcerated in the Vietnamese POW camp
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Norman McDaniel remarks on the length of his captivity in Vietnam
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - Norman McDaniel discusses the long range effects of his capture and torture in Vietnam
  • Tape: 8 Story: 8 - Norman McDaniel describes how his faith in God helped him survive incarceration in the Vietnamese POW camp
  • Tape: 9 Story: 1 - Norman McDaniel talks about the crisis of faith he experienced during his captivity in Vietnam
  • Tape: 9 Story: 2 - Norman McDaniel describes his release from the Vietnamese POW camp in 1973, pt.1
  • Tape: 9 Story: 3 - Norman McDaniel describes his release from the Vietnamese POW camp in 1973, pt.2
  • Tape: 9 Story: 4 - Norman McDaniel talks about his return to the United States from Vietnam
  • Tape: 9 Story: 5 - Norman McDaniel discusses his adjustment to civilian life
  • Tape: 9 Story: 6 - Norman McDaniel speaks about disciplining his children after being held captive in Vietnam
  • Tape: 9 Story: 7 - Norman McDaniel discusses returning to college and his career training U.S. Air Force air crew members, pt.1
  • Tape: 9 Story: 8 - Norman McDaniel discusses returning to college and his career training U.S. Air Force air crew members, pt.2
  • Tape: 10 Story: 1 - Norman McDaniel discusses his work as Commander of the U.S. Air Force ROTC at Howard University
  • Tape: 10 Story: 2 - Norman McDaniel shares highlights from his career in the U.S. Air Force
  • Tape: 10 Story: 3 - Norman McDaniel discusses his professional work and activities, following his retirement from active duty in 1988
  • Tape: 10 Story: 4 - Norman McDaniel recites a poem he wrote during his incarceration in the Vietnamese POW camp
  • Tape: 10 Story: 5 - Norman McDaniel reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 10 Story: 6 - Norman McDaniel talks about his experience with post-traumatic stress disorder, pt.1
  • Tape: 10 Story: 7 - Norman McDaniel talks about his experience with post-traumatic stress disorder, pt.2
  • Tape: 11 Story: 1 - Norman McDaniel talks about learning how to manage his post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Tape: 11 Story: 2 - Norman McDaniel describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community and shares how he would like to be remembered