Shamanski, Daniel M., COL

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Infantry (Officer)
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1987-1991, USAG Command, Fort Myer. VA
Service Years
1959 - 1994



Six Overseas Service Bars

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This Military Service Page was created/owned by the Site Administrator to remember Shamanski, Daniel M., COL USA(Ret).
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Fayetteville, GA

Date of Passing
Dec 24, 2000
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
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Infantry Shoulder Cord US Army Retired (Pre-2007) 1st Infantry Division

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Jungle Expert Badge

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The Fort Myer Military Community bade a final farewell to one of its own Tuesday with a hero's salute in Arlington National Cemetery. Infantry soldier Colonel Daniel M. Shamanski, 60, FMMC commander from 1987 to 1991, died December 24, 2000, at his home in Fayetteville, Georgia.

A 35-year Army veteran, he held the elite Soldier's Medal. He was a highly decorated veteran who began his career as an enlisted soldier. Shamanski suffered from wounds he sustained in the jungles of Vietnam over a quarter of a century ago.

A native of Plymouth, Pennsylvania, Shamanski was one of those rare breed of officers called "Mustangs," that is, enlisted personnel who later become commissioned officers. In addition Shamanski was a graduate of the Jungle Warfare School, the Armed Forces Staff College, Personnel Management for Executives and the Army War College. He received his bachelor's degree from Columbus College in Columbus, Georgia.

Shamanski had various military assignments in the United States and Europe and served three tours of duty in the Republic of Vietnam, all with the 1st Infantry Division. There he saw action as a platoon leader and then Company A commander with the 2nd Battalion, 16th Infantry, Company A commander with the 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry and later as the 1st ID assistant operations officer.

Prior to his final Army assignment as FMMC garrison commander, Shamanski was the Deputy Chief of Staff and then Chief of Staff to the post commander of the U.S. Army Signal Center at Fort Gordon, Georgia.

For his courage in combat in the Republic of Vietnam, Shamanski was awarded seven Bronze Stars with "V" for valor, two Purple Hearts, four Air Medals and seven campaign stars on his Vietnam service ribbon.

He also held the elite Soldier's Medal (heroism at the risk of your own life while saving another's life). As a captain and company commander in Vietnam, Shamanski was sited for his heroism (not involving the enemy,) in March 1969, when he personally fought and extinguished a fire that raged near an ammunition storage site. "Ignoring the possibility of danger to himself," reads the Soldier's Medal citation, Shamanski saved equipment and civilian lives.

Shamanski received three Meritorious Service Medals, four Army Commendation Medals, the Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Medal, the NCO Professional Development Ribbon, the Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbons with numeral "two," the Vietnam Campaign Ribbon, the Korean Presidential Unit Citation and the Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry Unit Citation.

He was also awarded the Parachutist Badge and the Combat Infantry Badge. He was entered into the Officer Candidate School Hall of Fame, Fort Benning, Georgia, in 1994.

Shamanski was buried in Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy, of Fayetteville, three children, Daniel Shamanski, Jr., of Mableton, Ga., Jennifer Vogel, of Birmingham, Ala., and Dana Shamanski, of Nashville, Tenn., his mother, Alvina Shamanski, Voorhees, N.J., and a sister, Joan Derascavage, Cherry Hill, N.J. 

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Hicks, Charles, COL Colonel
Cavanaugh, Edward Joseph, COL, (1946-1971) Lieutenant Colonel
Eyster, George Senseny, LTC, (1945-1966) Lieutenant Colonel
O'Connor, Mortimer Lelane, LTC, (1953-1968) Lieutenant Colonel
Oliver, Henry McCarty, LTC, (1953-1968) Lieutenant Colonel
Rogers, Charles C., MG Lieutenant Colonel
Shuffer, George Macon Jr., BG, (1940-1975) Lieutenant Colonel
Stigall, Arthur Donald, COL, (1944-1967) Lieutenant Colonel
Clark, Richard Dewyatt, MAJ, (1956-1966) Major
Knight, Peter Stanley, MAJ, (1958-1966) Major
Spurlock, Lon Arnold, LTC, (1958-1969) Major
Terry, Frederick Garside, MAJ, (1960-1968) Major
Czerwonka, August Emil, CPT, (1954-1968) Captain
Hayes, Thomas Jay, CPT, (1966-1968) Captain
Kelley, Harvey Paul, CPT, (1955-1969) Captain
Landers, Edmond John, CPT, (1958-1968) Captain
Leonard, Sidney Lamar, CPT, (1958-1968) Captain
May, Dennis Arnold, CPT, (1960-1966) Captain
Patrick, Reese Michael, CPT, (1966-1969) Captain
Reinel, Russell Edward, CPT, (1965-1969) Captain
Rieger, Rodney L., CPT, (1963-1967) Captain
Rose, Joseph Shepherd, CPT, (1964-1967) Captain
Sloan, Monte Thomas, CPT, (1961-1966) Captain
Tellis, Andrew Jesenek, CPT, (1965-1968) Captain
Thompson, Francis James, CPT, (1960-1967) Captain
Treas, Richard Lee, CPT, (1954-1968) Captain
Walden, Robert David, CPT, (1966-1970) Captain
Willson, Loyd Meredith, CPT, (1964-1968) Captain
Boehm, Bradley Wainwright, 1LT, (1965-1968) First Lieutenant
Chavis, Alphonzo Linwoodel, 1LT, (1967-1969) First Lieutenant
Dann, David Brian, 1LT, (1964-1966) First Lieutenant
Dugan, Kevin John, 1LT, (1966-1968) First Lieutenant
Eyring, Kenneth Robert, 1LT, (1967-1969) First Lieutenant
Fisher, Robert, 1LT, (1965-1966) First Lieutenant
Gaarder, David Eidnes, 1LT, (1967-1969) First Lieutenant
Gray, Thomas Edward M., 1LT, (1965-1967) First Lieutenant
Greendyke, Gerald Bruce, 1LT, (1960-1968) First Lieutenant
Greenwell, Joseph Edward, 1LT, (1967-1969) First Lieutenant
Griffith, Edward Wilson, CPT, (1965-1969) First Lieutenant
Harr, Gerry Arthur, CPT, (1967-1971) First Lieutenant
Heggan, Donald Ernest, 1LT, (1966-1968) First Lieutenant
Hertel, Rodger Ray, 1LT, (1966-1968) First Lieutenant
Higbee, Charles E, 1LT, (1967-1969) First Lieutenant
Hill, Richard Alfred, 1LT, (1961-1967) First Lieutenant
Jacobs, Aubrey Eugene, 1LT, (1966-1968) First Lieutenant
James, Samuel Adams, 1LT, (1963-1966) First Lieutenant
Jones, Stephen Crawford, 1LT, (1966-1968) First Lieutenant
Kistler, Bernard Francis, 1LT, (1963-1966) First Lieutenant
Knack, Richard Carl, 1LT, (1966-1968) First Lieutenant
Leap, Thomas Edward, 1LT, (1967-1969) First Lieutenant
Long, Ray Frank, 1LT, (1969-1969) First Lieutenant
Mello, Edward Thomas, 1LT, (1966-1968) First Lieutenant
Milbradt, Dale La verne, 1LT, (1961-1969) First Lieutenant
Richmond, Robert Stanley, CPT, (1965-1970) First Lieutenant
Rule, Ted James, 1LT, (1966-1968) First Lieutenant
Shutters, Patrick Alan, 1LT, (1966-1968) First Lieutenant

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