Discussion in 'Military History' started by USMCPrice, Nov 10, 2017.
For those that don't know, this guy (Dan Daly) already had TWO Medals of Honor from 1901 and 1915. In June 1918, during the First World War the Germans had broken through the Allied lines and the French were in full retreat, the road to Paris lay open. 5th and 6th Marines were moving up to the front and were ordered to secure the lines near Belleau Woods. A French officer falling back through 2/5 advised the Marines to retreat, the Captain Lloyd Williams, the Marine officer in charge replied "Retreat Hell, we just got here". On 1 June the Germans advanced towards the Marines who engaged the Germans with well aimed rifle fire starting at 800 yards, a distance unheard of in European armies. The attack was halted and the Germans dug into the woods. At 03:45 on 6 June the Marines were ordered to attack hill 142 and the woods. During an attack later in the afternoon, the Marines were pinned down by heavy machine gun and artillery fire. This Gunnery Sgt. rose up, pistol in hand, screamed at the Marines, "Come on you Sons of Bitches, do you want to live forever" then led the attack forward, taking the edge of the woods. The action was witnessed by a news correspondent (Floyd Gibbons). Daly was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross and Navy Cross for his actions during the course of the battle, which included taking out a number of machine gun nests, single handedly with a pistol and hand grenades.
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