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Medal of Roll Call: Marine Sgt. Maj. Daniel Joseph “Dan” Daly

Medal of Roll Call: Marine Sgt. Maj. Daniel Joseph "Dan" Daly

Reader,

Without ANY doubt, I received the most recommendations for this week’s article from current and former serving Marines “suggesting,” as one Gunnery Sergeant put it, “that having once worn the Eagle, Globe and Anchor yourself, it might be ‘the proper thing’ to honor one of the most outstanding men the ‘Old Corps’ ever produced – the legendary double MoH awardee Marine, Dan Daly.”

And since Gunnery Sergeants still scare the hell out of me, how could I not?

Daly is best known for his battle cry: “Come on, you sons of bitches, you want to live forever?”

And, just to keep the Corps happy (which is always a good thing), I am including his other citations as well. Semper Fi Devil Dogs!

Keep those recommendations coming in and…

Make the most of your day!

RJL

 

Marine Sgt. Maj. Daniel "Dan" Daly

Marine Sgt. Maj. Daniel Joseph “Dan” Daly

Medal of Honor (2)

First award — 1901 Awarded for actions during the China Relief

General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 55 (July 19, 1901) Action Date: 14-Aug-1900 Service: Marine Corps Rank: Private Battalion: Captain Newt Hall’s Marine Detachment Regiment: 1st Regiment (Marines)

Citation: The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor (First Award) to Private Daniel Joseph Daly (MCSN: 73086), United States Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the Captain Newt Hall’s Marine Detachment, 1st Regiment (Marines), in action in the presence of the enemy during the battle of Peking, China, 14 August 1900, Daly distinguished himself by meritorious conduct.

 Second award — 1915 Awarded for actions during the U.S. Invasion and Occupation of Haiti

Action Date: 24-Oct-15 Service: Marine Corps Rank: Gunnery Sergeant Company: 15th Company (Mounted) Regiment: 2d Marines

Citation: The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor (Second Award) to Gunnery Sergeant Daniel Joseph Daly (MCSN: 73086), United States Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with the 15th Company of Marines (Mounted), 2d Marine Regiment, on 22 October 1915. Gunnery Sergeant Daly was one of the company to leave Fort Liberte, Haiti, for a six-day reconnaissance. After dark on the evening of 24 October, while crossing the river in a deep ravine, the detachment was suddenly fired upon from three sides by about 400 Cacos concealed in bushes about 100 yards from the fort. The Marine detachment fought its way forward to a good position, which it maintained during the night, although subjected to a continuous fire from the Cacos. At daybreak the Marines, in three squads, advanced in three different directions, surprising and scattering the Cacos in all directions. Gunnery Sergeant Daly fought with exceptional gallantry against heavy odds throughout this action.

Distinguished Service Cross Awarded for actions during the World War I

General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 101 (1918) Action Date: June 5, 7, & 10, 1918 Service: Marine Corps Rank: First Sergeant Company: 73d Company Regiment: 6th Regiment (Marines) Division: 2d Division, American Expeditionary Forces

Citation: The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to First Sergeant Daniel Joseph Daly (MCSN: 73086), United States Marine Corps, for repeated deeds of heroism and great service while serving with the Seventy-Third Company, Sixth Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F., on 5 June and 7, 1918 at Lucy-le-Bocage, and on 10 June 1918 in the attack on Bouresches, France. On June 5th, at the risk of his life, First Sergeant Daly extinguished a fire in an ammunition dump at Lucy-le-Bocage. On 7 June 1918, while his position was under violent bombardment, he visited all the gun crews of his company, then posted over a wide portion of the front, to cheer his men. On 10 June 1918, he attacked an enemy machine-gun emplacement unassisted and captured it by use of hand grenades and his automatic pistol. On the same day, during the German attack on Bouresches, he brought in wounded under fire.

Navy Cross Awarded for actions during the World War I

Action Date: June 5, 7, & 10, 1918 Service: Marine Corps Rank: First Sergeant Company: 73d Company Regiment: 6th Regiment (Marines) Division: 2d Division, American Expeditionary Forces

Citation: The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to First Sergeant Daniel Joseph Daly (MCSN: 73086), United States Marine Corps, for repeated deeds of heroism and great service while serving with the 73d Company, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F., on June 5 and 7, 1918 at Lucy-le-Bocage, and on 10 June 1918 in the attack on Bouresches, France. On June 5th, at the risk of his life, First Sergeant Daly extinguished a fire in an ammunition dump at Lucy-le-Bocage. On 7 June 1918, while his position was under violent bombardment, he visited all the gun crews of his company, then posted over a wide portion of the front, to cheer his men. On 10 June 1918, he attacked an enemy machine-gun emplacement unassisted and captured it by use of hand grenades and his automatic pistol. On the same day, during the German attack on Bouresches, he brought in wounded under fire.

Silver Star Citation (Not to be confused with the Silver Star Medal) Awarded for actions during the World War I

General Orders: Citation Orders, 2d Division, American Expeditionary Forces Action Date: June 6 – July 10, 1918 Service: Marine Corps Rank: First Sergeant Company: Machine Gun Company Regiment: 6th Regiment (Marines) Division: 2d Division, American Expeditionary Forces

Citation: By direction of the President, under the provisions of the act of Congress approved July 9, 1918 (Bul. No. 43, W.D., 1918), First Sergeant Daniel Joseph Daly (MCSN: 73086), United States Marine Corps, is cited by the Commanding General, SECOND Division, American Expeditionary Forces, for gallantry in action and a silver star may be placed upon the ribbon of the Victory Medals awarded him. First Sergeant Daly distinguished himself while serving with Machine Gun Company, Sixth Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, American Expeditionary Forces at Chateau-Thierry, France, 6 June – 10 July 1918.

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