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Toby McDaniel - Cold War Era

Toby McDaniel obtained his first camera when he was in seventh grade, and by high school he was chasing after news stories in Advance, Indiana, turning his photos in to local newspapers. He continued to hone his skills as a journalist while serving in the U.S. Navy from 1958 to 1963, including a tour on the carrier USS Hornet. After earning a journalism degree from San Diego State University, Toby settled in Springfield in 1967 and spent his next thirty-seven years working for Springfield papers.

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Abstract

Interview Session 01 (Audio)

Early life, marriage and enlistment in the U.S. Navy in 1958

Interview Session 02 (Audio)

Navy experiences and life as a reporter/columnist for State Journal-Register


Photos

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Whitestown High School sophomore Toby McDaniel was dressed in black tie and top hat for Whitestown’s centennial celebration in 1951.

Where:

Whitestown

When:

1951

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

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Seaman McDaniel shows 1958 light heavyweight champion Archie Moore his story about the world champion in the NTC Weekly Newspaper while the two were at the San Diego Airport.

Where:

San Diego Airport

When:

1958

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

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Toby took this photo of the USS Nereus and USS Sperry, both submarine tenders, while they were in port at San Diego in 1959.

Where:

San Diego

When:

1959

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

Caption

Seaman McDaniel is peering out the hatch while aboard the USS Helena, a light cruiser, in 1960.

Where:

Unknown

When:

1060

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

Caption

Seaman McDaniel was at sea aboard the submarine tender USS Sperry in 1961 when a storm blew in.

Where:

Unknown

When:

1961

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

Caption

Toby McDaniels’ official U.S. Navy photo – circa 1962.

Where:

Unknown

When:

Circa 1962

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

Caption

Toby was assigned as a Journalist, 2nd class on the USS Hornet (CVS-12) from 1962-1963. This is an official US Navy photo of the legendary aircraft carrier.

Where:

Unknown

When:

1962-1963

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

Caption

Toby McDaniel was aboard the USS Hornet in 1962-63 during its deployment in the western Pacific. Its mission at the time was to hunt Soviet submarines.

Where:

Unknown

When:

1962-1963

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.



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