By Stephen J. Ochs
A privileged, hell-raising formative years who had tremendously embarrassed his family—and particularly his war-hero father—by being pushed aside from West element, Michael J. Daly might move directly to demonstrate selfless braveness and heroic management at the battlefields of Europe in the course of global battle II. beginning as an enlisted guy and emerging during the ranks to turn into a captain and corporate commander, Daly’s devotion to his males and his choice to stay as much as the beliefs taught to him by way of his father led him to remarkable acts of bravery on behalf of others, leading to 3 Silver Stars, a Bronze celebrity with “V” attachment for valor, pink Hearts, and eventually, the Medal of Honor.
Historian Stephen J. Ochs mined data and exact collections and carried out quite a few own interviews with Daly, his kinfolk and pals, and the boys whom he commanded and with whom he served. The result's a delicately built, in-depth portrait of a warrior-hero who stumbled on his life’s inner most objective, either in the course of and after the battle, in selfless provider to others. After a interval of post-war glide, Daly eventually escaped the “hero’s cage” and located renewed function via relations and repair. He grew to become a board member at St. Vincent’s medical institution in Bridgeport, Connecticut, the place he back assumed the position of defender and mum or dad via championing the reason for the indigent bad and the terminally unwell, incomes the sobriquet, “conscience of the hospital.”
A reason more than Self: the adventure of Captain Michael J. Daly, global battle II Medal of Honor Recipient is right away a different, father-son wartime saga, a coming-of-age narrative, and the story of a heroic man’s fight to forge a brand new and significant postwar existence. Daly’s tale additionally highlights the the most important position performed through platoon and corporate infantry officials in profitable either significant battles like these on D-Day and in lesser-known campaigns equivalent to these of the Colmar Pocket and in south-central Germany, extra reinforcing the debt that american citizens owe to them—especially these whose selfless braveness merited the Medal of Honor.
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