On June 23, 1956, Dorothy Howard became the wife of Eugene “Red” McDaniel, a U.S. naval ofﬁcer who would eventually spend six years as a POW during the Vietnam War. A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Dorothy taught English in the Virginia Beach public schools. During Red’s last tour of military service, serving as Director of Navy/Marine Corps Liaison to the U.S. House of Representatives, Dorothy served as Press Secretary to Congressman Charlie Dougherty (R-Pa.).
After Red was shot down over North Vietnam, Dorothy became active with other POW/MIA wives and parents in an effort to focus public attention on the plight of their missing sons and husbands. She was one of the founders of the National League of Families of Prisoners and Missing in Southeast Asia.
After Red’s retirement from the Navy, Dorothy served as Executive Director of the American Defense Institute, the non-proﬁt national defense policy organization founded by her husband. She retired in 1997.
Red and Dorothy McDaniel are the parents of two sons and a daughter, the grandparents of nine grandchildren, and are now expecting their ﬁrst great grandchild. Dorothy lives with her husband, Red, in Alexandria, Virginia.