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First Name: Daniel

Last Name: McClenney

Birthplace: Shelbyville, TN, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Marines (present)

Middle Name: Bradley

Date of Birth: 10 November 1984

Date of Death: 24 June 2004

Rank: Private First Class

Years Served:
Daniel Bradley McClenney

•  Afghanistan War (Operation Enduring Freedom) (2001 - present)


Daniel Bradley McClenney
PFC, U.S. Marine Corps
Operation Enduring Freedom - Afghanistan

Daniel Bradley McClenney was born on 10 November 1984 in Shelbyville, TN. He was a shy kid who lost his mother while still in his teens and was devoted to his grandparents, especially his MeMa. NASCAR was his passion. After Daniel graduated from Shelbyville Central High School he wanted to do something more with his life, so he decided to join the U.S. Marine Corps.

He already had plans to become a police officer when he got out of the military. But life had something extraordinary planned for Daniel.

After joining the Marines, Daniel was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, NC. On 24 June 2004, Daniel's fire team sought to locate and disarm enemy militia near Bari Khout in the Konar Province of Afghanistan. Enemy fire from two ambush positions was intended to support a larger attack on other Marines and Coalition forces at Firebase Naray. If Daniel's fire team had not reacted in such a quick and decisive manner, the enemy would have dealt a detrimental blow to the Firebase.

Although Daniel was wounded by the initial burst of enemy fire, he continued to engage the enemy. After his team leader was killed, he took over radio communications and gave constant situation reports to the Firebase and its Quick Reaction Force for 30 minutes. Daniel aggressively exchanged fire with the enemy while simultaneously requesting medical evacuation for his entire team. With a severe wound to his abdomen and a broken arm, Daniel displayed an indomitable fighting spirit as he fought hand-to-hand until he was mortally wounded.

The shy 19-year old from a small-town in Tennessee was posthumously awarded the Silver Star, the Army's third-highest combat award for valor. But the tribute that would probably have meant the most to Daniel was delivered by LCpl Brian Mobley who had been in the same fire fight and was severely wounded. Brian simply said, "He was a helluva Marine."

Medals and Awards

Silver Star Medal
Purple Heart

Death and Burial

PFC Daniel Bradley McClenney was killed in action on 24 June 2004 while engaged in Operation Enduring Freedom near Bari Khout in the Konar Province of Afghanistan. He is buried at Rosebank Cemetery in Flat Creek, Bedford County, TN.

Honoree ID: 2172   Created by: MHOH




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