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Over his decorated military career he rose to the position of Inspector General of the Army. Following his retirement from the armed forces, he served as an executive at Michigans Donnelly-Kelley Glass Company.
Noce died in Sperryville, Virginia on February 17, 1976.
He was born on November 3, 1894 in Denver, Colorado. His father was Angelo Noce, who founded the first Italian newspaper in Colorado (La Stella) and led the push for the Columbus Day holiday. Daniel learned woodworking and carpentry in high school and made furniture as a hobby throughout his life. He received an appointment to West Point and took up boxing, breaking his nose twice. He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1917, and dropped his first name of Angelo shortly there after. He was appointed a Second Lieutenant.
Upon graduation he was in the Cavalry, later transferring into the Army Corps of Engineers.
From June to December, 1917 he served with the 4th Engineer Regiment at Vancouver Barracks, Washington, Camp Greene, North Carolina and Camp Humphreys, Virginia.
He married Mildred Newcomb Wilson, the granddaughter of Astronomer Simon Newcomb, in 1918 in Washington DC.
Noce served in France during World War I. In March, 1918 he was appointed Adjutant of the 602nd Engineer Regiment, and he advanced to regimental commander in August. He commanded the regiment during the St. Mihiel and Meuse-Argonne Offensives, and remained in Germany on occupation duty until 1919.
In 1920 Noce sued in the U.S. Court of Claims for longevity pay he claimed was due to him. His claim was based on the argument that his time in service should count from when he entered West Point, and not when he received his commission. He prevailed in the lower court in a decision that could have affected the pay of thousands of Army officers, but the U.S. Supreme Court reversed the decision.
In 1921 Noce received a bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In the 1920s and early 1930s he served in a variety of Engineer assignments, including postings to New York City, Fort Gordon, Georgia and the Office of the Chief of Engineers. He also graduated from the Command and General Staff College and the Army War College.
In the 1930s he and his young family were stationed in the Philippines.
From 1937 to 1939 he was District Engineer in Memphis, Tennessee, supervising Mississippi River levee and dam maintenance and flood control. From 1940 to 1941 he was District Engineer in Los Angeles, California, overseeing harbor expansion and defense in anticipation of World War II.