Daniel J. Somers, CMSGT, Ret. passed away on Thursday, November 23, 2017 after a long cancer journey.
He was born on December 3rd, 1947 to James J. Somers and Rita Mary (Lehane) Somers. He is predeceased by his beloved son, James Somers. Dearest brother of Rita Somers Lynch, admired uncle of J. Christopher Lynch of Westport, CT and Michelle Lynch Rickerby, MD of Providence, RI, and proud uncle to five nieces and nephews. A native of Woodside, N. Y., he spent his cherished childhood years in Boulevard Gardens, Woodside, Queens, NY.
He attended Rice High School, New York City, and Bryant High School, Woodside, Queens.
He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in November 1965 and honorably served for 30 years. Danny rose to the rank of Chief Master Sergeant, the highest rank for a non-commissioned officer.
During his military service, Danny earned a Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, a Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with device, a Long Tour Ribbon with two devices, a Short Tour Ribbon with 3 devices, and an Air Force Training Ribbon with 6 devices, an Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with 5 devices, a Joint Meritorious Unit Award, an Air Force Organizational Excellence Award, an Air Force Good Conduct Award with 7 devices, an NCO Air Force Professional Military Education Ribbon with 1 device, a National Defense Ribbon with 1 device, and a Humanitarian Service Medal with 1 device. Danny also served 5 years in support of Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm.
He retired in Panama City, Florida, where he served as a dedicated Commander of AMVETS Post 2298 in Callaway, FL. He was a Founding Member and President of the Emerald Coast Veterans Golf Group. Danny will be remembered for his generous spirit, great sense of humor, love of family, friends, and his military brothers and sisters. He was known for his fine singing voice and performer of popular music of the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s (performed with the trio “Flashback”), and an accomplished golfer and billiards/pool player. “A Celebration of Life” will be held at AMVETS Post 2298 in Callaway, Florida, on Friday, December 1, at 5:00 PM. Final Memorial and Internment will take place at Arlington National Cemetery, Washington, DC, at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to either of the following: AMVETS Post 2298 or Emerald Coast Veterans’ Golf Group (to benefit veterans’ needs): Address for both: 5510 East, Highway 22, Callaway, FL 32404.