The Loafer’s Veteran of the Week is James E. Daugherty. Daugherty served in the United States Marine Corp from 21 June 1945 through 30 June 1967. He served in many roles throughout his distinguished military career from Rifleman, Infantry Leader, Aviation Fire Control Technician and finally RADAR Officer.
While serving with I Company, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division, Daugherty was wounded in action on 26 September 1950, near Seoul, South Korea. He was awarded the Purple Heart Medal, and his Battalion was awarded the prestigious Presidential Unit Citation. In December 1950, while serving in the same unit, Daugherty was at the infamous CHOSIN Reservoir battle, where Communist Chinese were attempting to expel United Nations troops from North Korea. He was once again wounded in action by a bullet through the neck and severe frostbite, and immediately evacuated to a military hospital in Japan. After being stabilized, he was sent to the Mare Island Naval Hospital, CA for further treatment for his wounds. He was again awarded the Purple Heart Medal, and his unit was awarded its second Presidential Unit Citation for extraordinary heroism in action against an armed enemy.
After recovering from his wounds, Daugherty had many assignments in the United States and around the world over the next 14 years and in 1965 was assigned to the Marine Corp Air Station, El Toro, California. In 1965, as a RADAR subject matter expert, he was deployed to Camp Holloway (Pleiku, Viet Nam) to establish a Forward Operating base RADAR system. Again in 1966, he was deployed to the Da Nang, Republic of Viet Nam Force Facility, to bring a critical RADAR site to fully operational status.
Daugherty began his career as an enlisted man, rising quickly through the Marine Corp ranks and retired as a Chief Warrant Officer W-2. Echoing the adage “once a Marine, always a Marine” his support to the USMC did not end with his military retirement in 1967. Immediately upon retirement, he was quickly employed by General Electric as a RADAR expert supporting Marine Corp operations throughout the world. SEMPER FI!