Scott Danielson was born on May 7, 1974, in Michigan. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy on January 21, 1992, and went on active duty to begin basic training on September 9, 1992. Danielson completed basic training at NTC Great Lakes, Illinois, in December 1992, and then served as a Hull Maintenance Technician aboard the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN-65) from December 1992 to May 1996. Petty Officer Danielson next attended Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL training, SEAL Qualification Training, Basic Airborne school, and SEAL Delivery Vehicle training from May 1996 to October 1997, followed by service with SEAL Team EIGHT at NAB Little Creek, Virginia, from October 1997 until he was killed in a training accident near Virginia Beach, Virginia, on February 22, 2001. Scott Danielson was buried at Riverside Cemetery in Union City, Michigan.
His Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal Citation reads:
For professional achievement in the superior performance of his duties while serving in Fire Marshal Division for USS ENTERPRISE (CFN 65) from December 1992 to June 1996. Petty Officer Danielson contributed significantly to Enterprise earning an above average grade during tailored ship's training availability and final evaluation period, the highest grade achieved by an aircraft carrier in two years. Petty Officer Danielson's exceptional professionalism, personal initiative, and selfless devotion to duty reflected credit upon himself and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.