Marine Col. Daniel C. Pollock received
the Navy Cross for his bravery on Iwo
Jima in World War II.
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Daniel C. Pollock, 93, a Marine Corps colonel who was highly decorated for his combat service
on Iwo Jima during World War II and later became a public administration and human resources
expert, died Dec. 23 at his home in McLean. He had sepsis.Col. Pollack received the Navy
Cross, the service's highest award for bravery other than the Medal of Honor, for his work as a
battalion commander with the 5th Marine Division on Iwo Jima in March 1945.
The citation said that more than half of Col. Pollack's battalion had been killed or wounded by the
fifth day of intense combat against the Japanese. But he continued moving toward the front lines
and conducted personal reconnaissance of an area behind Hill 165, "the last high ground on the
island controlled by the Japanese," according to the citation.
"A brilliant and fearless leader, he directed the capture and occupation of the hill with only a
minimum of personnel losses and led a small reconnaissance patrol into hazardous,
unexplored beach areas, locating routes of approach to the final ravine positions of the
Japanese," the citation said. His work led to the "the elimination of a vital strong point" of the
enemy, it said.
His other decorations for his service on Iwo Jima included the Purple Heart. He later was among
the first Americans to lead U.S. forces into Japan at the end of the war.
His final active-duty assignment, in 1964, was on the Far East desk of the Joint Chiefs of Staff's
plans and policy directorate.
After retiring from the military, he was Asia-Pacific branch chief at American University's Cultural Information and Analysis Center, a
research scientist at the American Institutes for Research and a Defense Department consultant.
Daniel Carroll Pollock was a native Washingtonian and 1931 valedictorian of the old Central High School, where he was also colonel of
the Cadet Corps.
He attended the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., and George Washington University before enlisting in the Marines in 1936.
In retirement, he became extensively involved in community activities and won awards for his volunteerism from the Town of Herndon and
the American Red Cross, for which he taught 1,000 hours of CPR.
He was a president of the Potomac Hills Citizens Association in McLean, a chairman of the Fairfax County solid waste committee, a
director of Herndon Radio Emergency Action Teams, a founding member of the Herndon Police Citizens' Support Team and an election
precinct captain in McLean.
He also helped plan the Marine Corps's remembrances for the 45th and 50th anniversaries of the Iwo Jima invasion and was the 5th
Marine Division's representative to the National Marine Corps Council.
His wife of 50 years, Elinore Hayward Pollock, died in 1993.
Survivors include four daughters, Teri DeLaFleur and Lin Pollock, both of Alexandria, Jane Christiansen of Syracuse, N.Y., and Carol Morris
of Chatham, N.Y.; 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
-- Adam Bernstein