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Capt. Daniel G. McCollum
   
   

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.

   
 
   
   
   
   
   
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