Dan was born on April 23, 1924 in Shanghai, China and lived in Japan until 1939. He finished high school in Pennsylvania and attended Princeton University as a freshman. College was interrupted by 32 months in the army during World War II. Because of his time in Japan, he spent one year at the Military Intelligence Japanese Language School in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The war ended before he could be sent overseas and he returned to Princeton, graduating Phi Beta Kappa with a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering in February 1948. Dan spent his entire working career with Exxon (formerly Humble Oil and Refining Company) and retired in 1982. While in the army, he married Shirley Ouimet, and we had three children together. After she died in 2008, he married Georgine DuVivier, whom he had met in Princeton in 1942. They live in Sun City, Georgetown, Texas.
Patriot bio, John Philip Yost: Dan joined the SAR in 1986 based on his descent from John Philip Yost. He was the great grandfather of Dan’s grandmother, Mary Ann Yost. John Philip Yost was born in Limerick Township, Pennsylvania on August 24,1757. He served during the Revolutionary War as a private in the 2nd Pennsylvania Regiment in the Continental Line in December 1775 at the age of 18, and served until he was discharged in 1783. He fought in the Battles of Brandywine, Germantown, Monmouth, NJ and Camden, SC, ending his military career at the rank of cornet. (A cornet was the soldier who carried the flag into battle.) John Philip Yost married in 1783 and fathered 11 children, one of whom – Benjamin Yost – served in the War of 1812. John Philip Yost died on August 28,1832 and is buried in the Reformed and Lutheran cemetery at Limerick, Pennsylvania.
Dan has had supplemental applications approved on 15 other patriots, all of them living in Pennsylvania. All but one served in the Pennsylvania Militia.