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Daniel Joseph Daly



Fading light dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky,
    Gleaming bright.
From afar drawing nigh,    
    Falls the night.

Day is done, gone the sun,
From the lake, From the hills,
    From the sky.
All is well, safel
y rest,
    God is nigh.

Then good night, Peaceful night,
Till the light of the dawn
    Shineth bright,
God is near, do not fear,
  Friend, good night.

Cypress Hills National Cemetery


Born:  November 11, 1873 at Glen Cove, NY

Entered Service in the US Marine Corps from New York, NY

     Earned FIRST Medal of Honor During the China Relief Expedition (Boxer Rebellion) For heroism August 14, 1900 at Peking, China
     Earned SECOND Medal of Honor During the Haitian Campaign 1915 For heroism October 24, 1915 at Fort
Dipitie, Haiti

Died:  April 27, 1937 at the age of 63

First Award
Early at the turn of the century a rebel force in China that called itself the Society of "Righteous and Harmonious Fists", subsequently called the "Boxers", initiated a rebellion in China that threatened the legations of several nations in Peking and Tietsen. Though Marine Private Dan Daly's Medal of Honor citation simply notes he "distinguished himself by meritorious conduct" on August 14, his award was for various actions during the 55-day siege of Peking and the subsequent relief. Private Daly was among the first elements of the relief force dispatched from the U.S.S. Newark to form the Marine Guard at Peking. On the morning of July 15 he single-handedly manned a portion of the Tartar Wall, fighting off repeated Chinese attacks, engaging the enemy in hand-to-hand combat. His ferocity in battle caused the enemy to cry out "Quon-fay" several times during the night, which translated means "very bad devil." Private Daly continued to serve with conspicuous bravery to the successful conclusion of the campaign to rescue the embattled and surrounded legation at Peking. 
Second Award
Serving with the 15th Company of Marines on October 22, 1915, Gunnery Sergeant Daly was one of the company to leave Fort Liberte, Haiti, for a six-day reconnaissance. After dark on the evening of October 24, 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. Gunnery Sergeant Daly fought with exceptional gallantry against heavy odds throughout this action. 
Others earning Medals of Honor in this action were: First Lieutenant Edward Ostermann and Captain William Upshur.



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