Elkins in Randolph County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
H.W. Daniels Post No. 29
The American Legion
This post was named for Capt. Hoddie Wilbur Daniels, M.D., a native of Randolph County and a practicing physician in Elkins for over 20 years prior to his volunteering in the Medical Corps, U.S. Army in 1917.
He went to France with the 38th Infantry, 3rd Division, in April 1918.
In the Aisne-Marne Offensive, on July 19, 1918, he learned of about 40 wounded Americans who were held captive back of the German lines. Calling for volunteers, he and about eight or ten men crawled to a point near the prisoners. He stood up and demanded their release to him for treatment. The guards immediately fired on him. But they in turn were fired on by the Americans. Several were killed and others surrendered. The American wounded and German prisoners were returned to the American lines, where it was found that one or two had not made it.
Captain Daniels returned to "No Man's Land" in search of the missing, and there was killed by a German sniper.
It was to honor this much-loved physician and to commemorate his heroic deed and selfless service to his comrades that this post was named for him.
Topics. This memorial is listed in these topic lists: Fraternal or Sororal Organizations • Heroes • Science & Medicine • War, World I. A significant historical month for this entry is April 1918.
Location. 38° 55.576′ N, 79° 51.036′ W. Marker is in Elkins, West Virginia, in Randolph County. Memorial is on 4th Street just east of Railroad Avenue, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 326 Railroad Ave, Elkins WV 26241, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Western Maryland Railway Honor Roll (a few steps from this marker); War in West Virginia (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Railroad Builds Elkins (about 500 feet away); Working the Railyard (about 700 feet away); The Darden Mill (approx. 0.2 miles away); Henry Gassaway Davis (approx. 0.2 miles away); Stephen Benton Elkins / Halliehurst (approx. 0.2 miles away); All Veterans Memorial (approx. Ό mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Elkins.
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