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Warrior of the Week

Warrior of the Week

Daly’s greatest moment in World War I came during the intense fighting at the Battle of Belleau Wood. Daly’s Marines were in the middle of a goddamned shitstorm. They were outnumbered two-to-one, outgunned, and facing down the barrel of a veritable assload of German machine gun nests. They had been pinned down for hours by a non-stop hail of artillery and gunfire, and things were looking bleak as hell for our boys.

Well all of a sudden, just as things were looking hopeless, a lone figure jumped up onto the earthworks the American Marines had been using for cover. Sergeant Dan Daly looked down the line, clutched his rifle and shouted, “Come on, you sons of bitches, do you want to live forever?” before charging out to meet the enemy. The men of the United States Marine Corps saw this act of bravery and decided, no, they did not want to live forever. They went “over the top” and charged the German positions.

On 26 June 1917 the U.S. High Command in France received the following telegram:

Woods now U.S. Marine Corps entirely.
For his actions in the Belleau Woods, Sergeant Daly received the Navy Cross and the French Croix de Guerre.

Daly would serve in the occupation army, then work in Fleet Reserve until he finally retired from the Corps. He worked as a banker for 17 years after his service and died in 1937 at age 65. He is one of only two Marines to ever receive two Congressional Medals of Honor, and to this day remains one of the most legendary figures in American military history. A true badass.

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Bob Cantrell - April 9, 2020

Daly was a real American hero. Too bad nobody has made a movie based on his career as far as I know. He would be a great subject for a movie just my opinion.

Randy - April 9, 2020

In reply to Vince.
I think that he was a bank guard.

A C Deck - April 9, 2020

In reply to Vince.
“Follow into hell in a pair of gas soaked skivvies”. ROFLMFAO!!!!!……….now that is funny!

Vince - April 9, 2020

You might want to check out that statement about him working as a banker. Pretty sure it is not quite accurate. Quite a Marine though. Kinda man you would follow into Hell in a pair of gas soaked skivee’s.

Antoine Counts - April 9, 2020

To Jack Wise : the distance depends on the weapons used.

James Kerins - April 9, 2020

The award is called The Medal Of Honor. Why did you call it the congressional medal of Honor?

Stoney Brook - April 9, 2020

In reply to I.C. Mercer Sr.
06-26 June 1918; we didn’t enter the War until 6 April 17. One of my prized uniforms (I’ve collected USMC uniforms and 782 gear for some 30 years) is a WWI tunic & helmet from 5th Marines.

Stoney Brook - April 9, 2020

Not to put too fine a point on the story, but Butler and Daly were not the only Marines to “ever receive” two MOHs. They were, however, the only two awarded for separate actions. The other five Marines (WWI) were all awarded both the Navy and Army MOHs for the same action.

I.C. Mercer Sr - April 9, 2020

Recheck your WW1 Marine Corps history dates ! There could be a problem !

Sgt. Lynn Lee - April 9, 2020

You got that right! He was a true badass! One of the greatest to ever live. What a Marine he was.

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