James Young McDaniel died as a result of his efforts to save an indeterminate number of persons from being shot, Daingerfield, Texas, June 22, 1980. When a man armed with four weapons entered the nave of a church, fired at the worshipers, and was forced into the foyer by a member of the congregation, McDaniel, 53, railroad shop foreman, followed them into the foyer, where the two men had fallen to the floor. McDaniel grabbed the assailant and, struggling with him, pushed him through the front door of the church to the outside. During the struggle, McDaniel was wounded. Another man who then sought to subdue the assailant also was shot. McDaniel and the other wounded man died, as did three of the persons wounded in the initial gunfire. 57361-6516
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James Y. “Red” McDaniel, 53, of Daingerfield, Texas, died on June 22, 1980.
A Lone Star employee, foreman, at Texas & Northern Railroad, he was a member of the First Baptist Church of Daingerfield and the Masonic Lodge in Daingerfield.
(Edited from an obituary provided by a family member.)