Retired Air Force Col. Edward L. Daniels, 60, a combat veteran of two wars with 28 years of service, died Saturday at Malcolm Grow Hospital at Andrews Air Force Base. He had suffered from cancer.

Col. Daniels was born in Baltimore. He earned a bachelor's degree in engineering from the University of Maryland, then enlisted in the Army Air Force in 1939.

He served as a navigator aboard bombers in the Pacific during World War II, and commanded a bomber squadron in Korea during the Korean conflict.

In 1961, he served with the Berlin Contingency Planning Group.

From 1962 until he retired in 1968, he worked at the Pentagon, where his last job was in the Office of the Secretary of Defense as a special assistant for management planning.

Col. Daniels' medals included the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Distinguished Service Medal, the Silver Star and the Bronze Star.

He is survived by his wife, Sara, of the home in Alexandria; a son, Edward L., and a daughter, Patricia L. Holland, both of Washington; another daughter, Sara L. Cucinnotta, of Philadelphia; his parents, Dr. and Mrs. Thomas C. Daniels, of Lakeland, Fla.; a brother, Roy T., of Bradenton, Fla.; two sisters, Jeanie Espe, of Ocala, Fla., and Mimi Hartwig, of Rolling Hill Estates, Calif., and five grandchildren.

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