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Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Rest In Peace, Lieutenant
Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Michael Daly passed away last week. He was 83.
On the morning of April 18, 1945, Lieutenant Daly, serving in the Army’s Third Infantry Division, was leading his company through the shell-battered ruins of Nuremberg when the men came under machine-gun fire.
Lieutenant Daly moved ahead alone and engaged in four separate firefights. He destroyed three machine-gun emplacements — the final one by firing his rifle from a range of 10 yards — and killed 15 Germans. The next day, he was shot in the face and evacuated.
On Aug. 23, 1945, having been promoted to captain, he received the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest award for valor, from President Harry S. Truman at the White House. The citation credited him with “voluntarily taking all major risks himself and protecting his men at every opportunity.” He was also a two-time recipient of the Silver Star.
...When he spoke at Fairfield High School, Michael Daly reflected on his Medal of Honor citation. “We all lose our courage at times,” he said. “It is something we pray for in the morning, that God will give us the strength and courage to do what is right.”