Bob Danis (8/22/17)

I want to take a moment to adjourn tonight’s meeting in memory of Bob Danis, a Santa Clarita resident and Korean War veteran, who passed away on July 25th.

Bob Danis was born in Detroit in 1931 and enlisted in the Air Force in 1951. When he was chosen for a career in intelligence, he was sent to attend an intensive Chinese language program at Yale University and finished third in his class.

Once he finished the course, Bob and his unit were sent to Japan and eventually Seoul, Korea to work as radio interceptor spies. Their mission was to listen to Chinese Air Force radio communications and alert the US troops during the Korean War.

During Bob’s 10 months in Korea his unit was credited with saving countless American and South Korean lives. Following the war, he was reassigned to the National Security Agency and was later honorably discharged in 1955. Bob’s awards include the Good Conduct medal, a UN ribbon, the Korean Service medal and a Presidential Unit citation.

Bob moved to Southern California and married Luella Carver in 1959. Several years after her passing in 2000, he married Jeanne Rucker. Jeanne passed on last year.

After he moved to Santa Clarita in 2005, Bob played trumpet in three local bands and played Taps for the Friendly Valley Veterans Club’s Memorial Day ceremonies.

Our thoughts are with Bob’s family and friends during this time. We are eternally grateful for his service to our country and will miss him greatly.

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