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CPT Michael Joseph Daly

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CPT Michael Joseph Daly

  • Birth 15 Sep 1924 New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
  • Death 25 Jul 2008 Fairfield, Fairfield County, Connecticut, USA
  • Burial Fairfield, Fairfield County, Connecticut, USA
  • Memorial ID 28540357

World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Lieutenant Daly was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Harry Truman for valor in combat for his actions on April 18, 1945 in Nuremberg, Germany. His Citation reads: "Early in the morning of 18 April 1945, he led his company through the shell-battered, sniper-infested wreckage of Nuremberg, Germany. When blistering machinegun fire caught his unit in an exposed position, he ordered his men to take cover, dashed forward alone, and, as bullets whined about him, shot the 3-man guncrew with his carbine. Continuing the advance at the head of his company, he located an enemy patrol armed with rocket launchers which threatened friendly armor. He again went forward alone, secured a vantage point and opened fire on the Germans. Immediately he became the target for concentrated machine pistol and rocket fire, which blasted the rubble about him. Calmly, he continued to shoot at the patrol until he had killed all 6 enemy infantrymen. Continuing boldly far in front of his company, he entered a park, where as his men advanced, a German machinegun opened up on them without warning. With his carbine, he killed the gunner; and then, from a completely exposed position, he directed machinegun fire on the remainder of the crew until all were dead. In a final duel, he wiped out a third machinegun emplacement with rifle fire at a range of 10 yards. By fearlessly engaging in 4 single-handed fire fights with a desperate, powerfully armed enemy, Lt. Daly, voluntarily taking all major risks himself and protecting his men at every opportunity, killed 15 Germans, silenced 3 enemy machineguns and wiped out an entire enemy patrol. His heroism during the lone bitter struggle with fanatical enemy forces was an inspiration to the valiant Americans who took Nuremberg." Daly was later promoted to Captain and was also awarded three Silver Stars, two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star with "V" for acts of bravery. He died at age 83.

Bio by: Elizabeth Reed

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  • Originally Created by: Elizabeth Reed
  • Added: 26 Jul 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 28540357
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for CPT Michael Joseph Daly (15 Sep 1924–25 Jul 2008), Find A Grave Memorial no. 28540357, citing Oak Lawn Cemetery, Fairfield, Fairfield County, Connecticut, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .