Daniel James McKenzie

Obit:Monday, April 12, 1965

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Captain Daniel James McKenzie, Merchant Marine, retired, died in the George Washington University Hospital April 12 at the age of 71. Born in Spokane, Wash., he joined the Coast Guard when he was 18 and shipped out on the revenue cutter Tahoma which struck an uncharted reef and went down off the coast of Alaska, His account of the ordeal, "The Wreck of the Tahoma," appeared in the Alaska Sportsman, as did "Freeze-out at McCarthy," a story of his experiences in the Copper River and Northwestern Railroad area. He skippered ships with the Merchant Marine between the two World Wars, and received the Merchant Marine's Distinguished Service Medal for rescuing 300 survivors of passenger ships torpedoed by German submarines during World War II. Since his retirement in 1963, he had made his home in Arlington, Va.

NOTE: The Maryland, Find A Grave Index shows a Daniel J. McKenzie was born 26 July 1894 and died 12 April 1965.

Source: Alaska Sportsman, Sep 1965

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