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.