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FReeper Canteen ~ Hall of Heroes: Michael J Daly ~ March 26, 2012
Serving the Best Troops and Veterans In The World !! | StarCMC

Posted on 03/25/2012 5:00:53 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska

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~ Hall of Heroes ~

Michael J. Daly

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Michael J. Daly (September 15, 1924 – July 25, 2008) was a United States Army officer and a recipient of the United States military's highest decoration—the Medal of Honor—for his actions in World War II.

Although born in New York City, Daly resided his entire life in Fairfield, Connecticut, save for one year he and his wife lived in County Wicklow, Ireland.  His great-grandfather Thomas F. Gilroy was an Irish immigrant who was mayor of New York City in the 1890s. His father, Colonel Paul Daly, was a World War I and World War II veteran who had received the Distinguished Service Cross and twice been nominated for the Medal of Honor.  Michael Daly had three brothers, Gilroy, Daniel and Dermot and three sisters, Madeleine Potter, Bevin Patterson and Alison Gerard.

Daly joined the Army from Fairfield's Southport neighborhood in 1942 and attended the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York, where he was a classmate of George Patton IV. After only one year, Daly resigned his appointment to the academy in order to fight in the war.  Sent to Europe as an eighteen-year-old infantry private, he trained in England and took part in the D-Day landings at Omaha Beach with the 1st Infantry Division.  His father also volunteered to serve in the war and was sent first to Guadalcanal, then as a regimental commander to France.

After participating in the drive through France, Michael Daly was wounded in Aachen, Germany, and sent to England to recover. He rejoined the front lines as a part of the 3rd Infantry Division and was given a battlefield commission to second lieutenant.  By April 18, 1945, he was a first lieutenant in command of Company A, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division, 7th Army. On that day, he led his company in their advance through Nuremberg, Germany, and single-handedly engaged German forces several times.  As his unit passed a city square, a German machine gun opened fire, causing several casualties. Daly rushed the position and killed the three gunners. Advancing ahead of his men, he came across a German patrol preparing to use rocket launchers to ambush American tanks. He again attacked alone and, despite being outnumbered and outgunned, killed all six patrol members. When a machine gun opened fire at close range, he picked up a dead man's rifle and killed the two-man German crew. The next day, on April 19, Daly was shot through the head; a bullet entered at his ear and exited from the opposite cheek. He was sent to England and eventually the United States to recuperate.  At about the same time, his father, who had been wounded in France, was also being evacuated to the United States.

Daly was subsequently promoted to captain and, on August 23, 1945, awarded the Medal of Honor.  Although still recovering from his wounds, for which he would continue to receive treatment until mid-1946, Daly attended a ceremony at the White House where President Harry S. Truman formally presented him with the medal.  In addition to the Medal of Honor, Daly received three Silver Stars, two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star with valor device.  Commenting on his Medal of Honor citation in a speech at Fairfield High School sometime later, Daly said, "We all lose our courage at times. It is something we pray for in the morning, that God will give us the strength and courage to do what is right."

After the war, Daly returned to Fairfield and began a business career. He worked as a salesman for an oil company before starting his own manufacturer's representative Michael J. Daly in the rear with Harvey C. Barnum, Jr, Jack H. Jacobs and Frank Romig.business, Michael Daly & Associates, in the Southport neighborhood.  He was greatly involved in the operations of St. Vincent's Medical Center in Bridgeport. He served on the hospital's board of directors for more than thirty years, was a trustee, and helped obtain financial support for the hospital.  A Democrat, Daly supported the political careers of his brother, Judge T. F. Gilroy Daly, and friend, city politician John J. Sullivan, but dismissed suggestions to run for office himself.

Daly married Margaret Wallace in the 1950s. He had two children, Deirdre and Michael.  His wife's birthday is April 18, the date (though not the year) he battled so valiantly in Nuremberg.

Daly died of pancreatic cancer at his Fairfield home on July 25, 2008. His funeral was July 29 at St. Pius X Church in Fairfield with a burial at Oak Lawn Cemetery. During his funeral Daly's daughter Deirdre recited some of his reflections on visiting the cemetery at Omaha Beach, "You walk that hallowed ground alone with your memories – but not really alone – for if you listen, you can hear the clear notes of a distant trumpet -- the same trumpet you hear walking across the parade ground at West Point -- calling us – all of us – to a higher standard. Duty, Honor, Country – yes – but it is also an appeal to our central humanity – an appeal for a greater decency – an appeal for kindness, the discipline of kindness – a reminder that therein lies our only chance for a permanent victory.”

Also during the service, Rev. Samuel Scott, a long time friend of Daly's, spoke of their last meeting when Daly said, "'Father, we need peacemakers. Anyone can shoot a gun.'" He then saluted Rev. Scott from his death bed.

He was given full military honors, the 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) of Fort Drum and The United States Military Academy of West Point performed the ceremony. The tribute included a 21-gun salute and West Point's bugle sounding "Taps" as preludes to a military helicopter flying over the cemetery in tribute to Daly. St. Vincent's Medical Center plans to name its new emergency wing in his honor.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret Wallace Daly; his son, Michael, his daughter, Deirdre Daly, and her husband, Alfred Pavlis, all of Fairfield; his sisters Bevin Daly Patterson of Cold Spring, N.Y., and Alison Daly Gerard of New York City; a stepson, W. Sanford Miller of Chadds Ford, Pa.; a stepdaughter, Blair Miller of Asheville, N.C.; and three grandsons. His brother, T. F. Gilroy Daly, who died in 1996, was a federal judge in Connecticut who had gained prominence as a lawyer for helping win the exoneration of Peter Reilly, who had been convicted of killing his mother in a highly publicized case of the 1970s.

DALY, MICHAEL J.

Rank and organization: Captain (then Lieutenant), U.S. Army, Company A, 15th Infantry, 3d Infantry Division.

Place and date: Nuremberg, Germany, 18 April 1945.

Entered service at: Southport, Conn.

Born: 15 September 1924, New York, N.Y. G

.O. No.: 77, 10 September 1945.

Citation:
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.

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To: Arrowhead1952

Good morning, Sarmajor! Doing a little porch sitting this morning, waiting for the GF to arrive.


51 posted on 03/26/2012 5:33:57 AM PDT by Old Sarge (RIP FReeper Skyraider (1930-2011) - You Are Missed)
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To: StarCMC; beachn4fun; Kathy in Alaska; Arrowhead1952; LUV W; ConorMacNessa

Good Monday Morning To The Canteen


I've just spent a week with my daughter and SIL ..The
Bluebonnets and wildflowers were just gorgeous near their
home.(Picture from the net)
I wish you a great week

*Thank You To All Who Serve Our Country*

52 posted on 03/26/2012 6:05:05 AM PDT by MEG33 (O Lord, Guide Our Nation)
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To: beachn4fun
Morning Beachie!!

Well, well, it is that day again, had a good weekend all in all and the weather was very nice! We have daffodils popping up all over the place :-)

The school district is on spring break this week so we'll be able to get a lot of work done around the schools.

Better get more coffee and hit it, hope your day is grandocious!

53 posted on 03/26/2012 6:39:20 AM PDT by PROCON (My Passion for FREEDOM is Stronger Than That of Democrats Whose Obsession is to ENSLAVE Me)
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To: Kathy in Alaska

No nap...I had to work. Phooey! :)


54 posted on 03/26/2012 6:58:28 AM PDT by LUV W (Obama's foot soldiers are repulsive human debris and the voting public is sick to death of them! *RL)
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To: MEG33

Good morning Meg and (((HUGS))). It was still cool on our walk.


55 posted on 03/26/2012 7:14:03 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (Dear God, thanks for the rain, but please let it rain more in Texas. Amen.)
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To: Arrowhead1952

It’s a cool morning here, too.
(((HUGS)))


56 posted on 03/26/2012 7:21:35 AM PDT by MEG33 (O Lord, Guide Our Nation)
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To: beachn4fun; acad1228; Allegra; Army Air Corps; Arrowhead1952; bannie; BIGLOOK; Brad's Gramma; ...

Happy Birthday Beachie & many happy returns of the day! *Hugs*

57 posted on 03/26/2012 7:23:50 AM PDT by AZamericonnie
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To: y'all; Arrowhead1952; beachn4fun; E.G.C.; GodBlessUSA; ConorMacNessa; Kathy in Alaska; HiJinx; ...

Howdy do Early Bird!
How are you this beautiful Monday morning?
Why am I so happy?
I'm OFF today! Yay, me!!
Hope you have just a mahv'lus day!
(((hugs)))

58 posted on 03/26/2012 7:25:04 AM PDT by LUV W (Obama's foot soldiers are repulsive human debris and the voting public is sick to death of them! *RL)
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To: beachn4fun

~Happy Birthday Dear Beachy~
Have A Wonderful Day!

59 posted on 03/26/2012 7:30:22 AM PDT by MEG33 (O Lord, Guide Our Nation)
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To: Old Sarge

I have to finish unloading all the cabinets in the kitchen. We are getting a remodel job, due to the water damage last Nov.


60 posted on 03/26/2012 7:36:02 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (Dear God, thanks for the rain, but please let it rain more in Texas. Amen.)
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To: AZamericonnie

Good morning Connie and (((HUGS))) to you.


61 posted on 03/26/2012 7:39:54 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (Dear God, thanks for the rain, but please let it rain more in Texas. Amen.)
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To: beachn4fun

Hope it's the BEST birthday ever!
((((hugs))))

62 posted on 03/26/2012 7:45:10 AM PDT by LUV W (Obama's foot soldiers are repulsive human debris and the voting public is sick to death of them! *RL)
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To: beachn4fun
Happy Birthday, beachy!!


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63 posted on 03/26/2012 8:20:04 AM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: beachn4fun


Beachy!

64 posted on 03/26/2012 10:41:54 AM PDT by BIGLOOK (Keelhaul Congress!)
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To: AZamericonnie; beachn4fun; LUV W
((HUGS))Good afternoon, Ladies. How's it going?

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BEACH!!!!!!!

65 posted on 03/26/2012 10:45:32 AM PDT by E.G.C. (Edward's Soft Rock Playlist: On Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/my_playlists?p=A7A56731DE671E6A)
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To: AZamericonnie

Thank you Connie ((HUGS))


66 posted on 03/26/2012 10:46:35 AM PDT by beachn4fun (You are either an American - or not!)
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To: MEG33

Thank you, Meg ((HUGS))

You know what I like ;)


67 posted on 03/26/2012 10:49:02 AM PDT by beachn4fun (You are either an American - or not!)
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To: LUV W

Thank you, Luvy ((HUGS))

Been good so far. Went clothes shopping ;)


68 posted on 03/26/2012 10:51:09 AM PDT by beachn4fun (You are either an American - or not!)
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To: beachn4fun
Happy Birthday, Beachie!
69 posted on 03/26/2012 10:52:21 AM PDT by Old Sarge (RIP FReeper Skyraider (1930-2011) - You Are Missed)
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To: Kathy in Alaska

Thank you, Ma ((HUGS))

Can always count on you to sing the birthday song ;)


70 posted on 03/26/2012 10:54:32 AM PDT by beachn4fun (You are either an American - or not!)
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To: BIGLOOK

Thank you BIGLOOK ((HUGS))


71 posted on 03/26/2012 10:56:33 AM PDT by beachn4fun (You are either an American - or not!)
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To: E.G.C.

Thank you, EG ((HUGS))


72 posted on 03/26/2012 10:58:27 AM PDT by beachn4fun (You are either an American - or not!)
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To: Old Sarge

Thank you Sarge


73 posted on 03/26/2012 10:59:40 AM PDT by beachn4fun (You are either an American - or not!)
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To: beachn4fun

Aw-riiiight! It’s always a good day when ya can go clothes-shopping! :)

Do y’all have plans for a nice quiet dinner...OUT...so you don’t have to cook your own birthday meal?


74 posted on 03/26/2012 11:08:43 AM PDT by LUV W (Obama's foot soldiers are repulsive human debris and the voting public is sick to death of them! *RL)
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To: E.G.C.

Howdy, EGC! (((hugs)))

Hope you and Bo are having a good Monday! :)


75 posted on 03/26/2012 11:32:22 AM PDT by LUV W (Obama's foot soldiers are repulsive human debris and the voting public is sick to death of them! *RL)
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To: LUV W
Do y’all have plans for a nice quiet dinner...OUT...so you don’t have to cook your own birthday meal?

We did that yesterday.
I had a late lunch so Mr. Beachy will have to fend for himself ;)

76 posted on 03/26/2012 12:51:32 PM PDT by beachn4fun (You are either an American - or not!)
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To: PROCON

Good evening, Pro ((HUGS))

Missed ya earlier.

We had a rainy, dreary weekend. Today was sunny, breezy, and about 65. Tonight is suppose to be chilly.

Hope your Monday was warmtastic.


77 posted on 03/26/2012 12:57:48 PM PDT by beachn4fun (You are either an American - or not!)
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To: beachn4fun

LOL! Good for you! Bet he can fend for himself, too! :)

Anyhoo....hope it’s been just the BEST birthday yet! (((hugs)))


78 posted on 03/26/2012 2:26:31 PM PDT by LUV W (Obama's foot soldiers are repulsive human debris and the voting public is sick to death of them! *RL)
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To: AZamericonnie; beachn4fun

Happy Birthday FRiend!!

Many happy returns of the day!

Love,
Meeky


79 posted on 03/26/2012 2:31:25 PM PDT by MeekMom (http://www.bible.ca/indexsalvation.htm)
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To: Kathy in Alaska; StarCMC
Thank you ladies for this weeks “Hall of Heroes” & much gratitude to Michael J Daly for his service! *Hugs*
80 posted on 03/26/2012 3:17:28 PM PDT by AZamericonnie
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To: MEG33

Good evening, Meg...((HUGS))...beautifuil picture.

Glad you had a good visit with your “kids”. Did kitties get to go?


81 posted on 03/26/2012 5:21:45 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: Kathy in Alaska

Thank you, Kathy.
My neighborhood helper took care of the kitties..I had a truly wonderful visit.


82 posted on 03/26/2012 6:14:47 PM PDT by MEG33 (O Lord, Guide Our Nation)
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To: MeekMom

Thank you, MeekMom ((HUGS))


83 posted on 03/27/2012 3:23:28 AM PDT by beachn4fun (You are either an American - or not!)
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To: Arrowhead1952

Thanks, unique, for the thanks.

Arrowhead.....#50!!


84 posted on 03/29/2012 12:03:34 AM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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85 posted on 03/29/2012 12:33:55 AM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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