Daniel J Daly, part 2
Daniel was born on the 11th of November, 1873 in Glen Cove, New York, and most of his life and career was covered on this podcast in episode 129 so please go listen to that episode. To read this episode, CLICK HERE. Since most of his story has been covered, this will be a relatively short episode that covers his actions during the Boxer Rebellion in China. This was an uprising of the Militia United in Righteousness, known as the Boxers to the English, against imperialism from the 2nd of November, 1899, to the 7th of September, 1901. It was Daniel's actions during the Battle of Peking that would earn him his first Medal of Honor. The citation reads:
For extraordinary heroism while serving with the Captain Newt Hall's Marine Detachment, 1st Regiment (Marines), in action in the presence of the enemy during the Battle of Peking, China, 14 August 1900, Daly distinguished himself by meritorious conduct.
While the citation is vague, Daniel had single-handedly defended his position while being repeatedly attacked. He was part of a small detachment of Marines that were tasked with protecting American diplomats and installations in Beijing. They had been driven back and made their last stand with only a rifle and a bayonet. Daniel reportedly was responsible for about two hundred casualties before Captain Hall returned in the morning with reinforcements.
Daniel Joseph Daly died at the age of 63 on the 27th of April, 1937, and is buried in the Cypress Hills National Cemetery in Brooklyn, New York: Section 5, Grave 70.