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.
Birth: 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 bl1stering 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.
This data was extracted from the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, U.S. Senate, Medal of Honor Recipients: 1863-1973 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1973)