Flagler County Veteran of the Week: Daniel Kerins

Thank you for your example of service and bravery.

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Daniel Kerins

  • Branch of Military: U.S. Navy
  • Dates of Service: 1965-1996 
  • Rank/Occupation: Master Chief Petty Officer/Quartermaster & Recruiter
  • Hometown: Sharon, Pennsylvania
Daniel Kerins. Courtesy photo
Daniel Kerins. Courtesy photo

Daniel Kerins is a Vietnam War veteran who served upon the U.S.S. Conquest, a minesweeper, and on the ground in Danang as a resourceful combat quartermaster. He served on many ships during his long career, including the U.S.S. Hepburn, U.S.S. Coontz, U.S.S. Conserver, and the U.S.S Tawakoni. He later found himself assigned to recruiting duty in Cleveland, Ohio, and was so good at it the Navy capitalized on his abilities. Kerins was appointed as director of Navy Recruiting, at the Military Entrance Processing Station in Shreveport, Louisiana from 1992 to 1995. This was a position traditionally reserved for commissioned officers. Kerins is married to Kay, the love of his life, and they have resided in Palm Coast since his retirement from the Navy in 1996. He’s a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and a 43-year continuous member of the American Legion. Among his many military awards and decorations are the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal with V device for Valor, Vietnam Service medal with 4 bronze stars, Vietnam Campaign Ribbon, and even an Army Commendation Medal.

Need help with veteran services?

For information about benefits available to veterans and other support organizations, visit flaglercounty.gov/departments/veterans-services or call 386-313-4014.


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