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Haitian Campaign 1915 - U.S. Marine Corps

Daniel Joseph Daly

  • Rank: Gunnery Sergeant (Highest Rank: Sergeant Major)
  • Conflict/Era: Haitian Campaign 1915
  • Unit/Command:
    15th Company (Mounted), 2nd Regiment, 1st Brigade,
    2d Regiment
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Marine Corps
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: October 24, 1915
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Fort Liberte, Haiti

Second Award: Serving with the 15th Company of Marines on 22 October 1915, GSgt. 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. GSgt. Daly fought with exceptional gallantry against heavy odds throughout this action.

Medal of Honor Recipient Daniel J. Daly
Medal of Honor Recipient Daniel J. Daly
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: New York
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Born: November 11, 1873, Glen Cove, Nassau County, NY, United States
  • Died: April 27, 1937, Glendale, NY, United States
  • Buried: Cypress Hills National Cemetery (MH) (5-70), Brooklyn, NY, United States
  • Location of Medal: National Museum of the US Marine Corps (Medals for both actions), Quantico, VA

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