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SGM Daniel Joseph Daly

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SGM Daniel Joseph Daly

  • Birth 11 Nov 1873 Glen Cove, Nassau County, New York, USA
  • Death 27 Apr 1937 Glendale, Queens County, New York, USA
  • Burial Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA
  • Plot Section 5, Grave 70
  • Memorial ID 7706

Double Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He is one of only 19 whom ever to have been awarded the Medal of Honor. Known as a fighter, early in his career he was a boxer despite being just 5’6” and tipping the scales at 132 pounds. In 1899, he enlisted in the US Marine Corps and set about making his mark. Serving as a Private in the 1st Regiment Marines, during the Boxer Rebellion China, he was left standing guard entirely on his own at a position at the consulate in Peking. On August 14, 1900, when the Boxers wanted to destroy the consulate, Private Daly repelled repeated attacks. When reinforcements arrived in the morning the bodies of 200 dead Boxers littered the ground around the wall where Daly had held the position, all on his own, all night. For most meritorious conduct, he received his first Medal of Honor on July 19, 1901. During the U.S. Occupation of Haiti, Gunnery Sergeant Daly and his 35-man platoon was sent on a reconnaissance mission in the Haitian countryside. On October 24, 1915, the Marines were crossing a river when they were ambushed by estimated 400 Haitian Cacos rebels firing at the platoon from all sides. That night, Gunnery Sergeant Daly crossed the river secured a machine gun, with 200 pounds of ammo and returned to his platoon. Just before dawn, Gunnery Sergeant Daly’s Marines began sweeping through the jungle, pouring machine gun fire and the Cacos rebels were thoroughly trounced. For extraordinary heroism, he was awarded his second Medal of Honor. He also served in World War I and received the Distinguished Service Cross for his actions. His other awards included the Navy Cross, Bronze Star Medal, the French Medaille Militaire and Croix de Guerre with Palm. He retired from the Marines a Sergeant Major in 1929 and his record as a fighting man remains unequalled in the annals of Marine Corps history.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith





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  • Added: 15 Dec 1999
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7706
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for SGM Daniel Joseph Daly (11 Nov 1873–27 Apr 1937), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7706, citing Cypress Hills National Cemetery, Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .