Born 11 November 1873 at Glen Cove, Long Island, N.Y., Daniel Daly enlisted in the Marine Corps 10 January 1899. He was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for distinguished and gallant conduct in the presence of the enemy at the Battle of Peking, China on 14 August 1900 during the Boxer Rebellion. He then served in the Caribbean and received a second Congressional Medal of Honor for his gallantry and heroism on 24-25 October 1915 during the capture of Fort Liberte, Haiti.
During World War I he served with the American Expeditionary Forces in France from 4 November 1917 to 21 April 1919, serving continually at the front. He was wounded twice during these actions. On 5 June 1918 at the risk of his life he extinguished a fire in an ammunition dump at Lucy-LeBocage, and on 7 June during a heavy bombardment he visited all the gun crews of his company to cheer his men. On 10 June he attacked an enemy machine gun emplacement, unassisted, and captured it by the use of hand grenades and his automatic pistol. Later during the German attack on Bouresches, he brought in wounded men under fire. For these many and various acts of heroism he was awarded the Army Distinguished Service Cross, the Navy Cross, the Croix de Guerre, French Victory Medal, and the French Medaille Militaire.
(DD-519: dp. 2,050; l. 376'6"; b. 39'4"; dr. 17'9"; s. 35 k.; cpl. 273; a. 5 5", 10 21" tt., 6 dcp., 2 dct.; cl. Fletcher)
Daly (DD-519) was launched 24 October 1942 by Bethlehem Steel Co., Staten Island, N.Y.; sponsored by Mrs. A. Ransweiler, niece of Sergeant Major Daly, USMC; and commissioned 10 March 1943, Commander R. G. Visser in command.
Between 14 May and 21 June 1943 Daly screened Ranger (CV-4) on exercises and patrol off Argentia, Newfoundland. She sailed from New York a week later screening Lexington (CV-16) and arrived at San Diego 4 August. The next day she was underway for Alaska, arriving at Adak 11 August. She escorted transports to the invasion of Kiska from 15 to 21 August, then patrolled and had escort duty between Kiska and Attu until 18 November when she sailed for Pearl Harbor, arriving 23 November.
Daly left Pearl Harbor 9 December 1943 and arrived at Milne Bay. New Guinea, 18 December. Four days later she sortied to escort landing craft during the assault on Cape Gloucester, New Britain on 26 December. She splashed two attacking Japanese bombers, then aided survivors from Brownson (DD-518) rescuing 168 of her crew despite exploding depth charges from the sinking ship which caused temporary loss of power on Daly. She covered the withdrawal of the LST's to Cape Sudest, then escorted a convoy to Saidor for the invasion landings of 2 to 4 January 1944. She remained in the New Guinea area covering resupply operations for the troops on Saidor and Capo Gloucester until 4 February when she sailed for Sydney, Australia.
Returning to Milne Bay, 22 February 1944, Daly sailed with TG 74.2 for the invasion of the Admiralty Islands, participating in the bombardments of Los Negros Island on 29 February and Seeadler Harbor, Manus Island on 7 March, and patrolling in support of the landing forces. She returned to Milne Bay 12 March. She operated from this port on various training exercises and bombarded Wewak Harbor on 17 March, then sortied 18 April for the Hollandia operation. She provided fire support for the invading troops on 21 and 22 April, then operated out of Seeadler Harbor to bombard Sawar and Wakde on 29 and 30 April and to patrol between Aitape and Tanamerah.
From 15 May to 5 August 1944 Daly served in the Western New Guinea operations. She provided fire support and bombardment in the Toem-Wakde-Sarmi area, off Biak, Noemfoor, and Mios Woendi Islands, and acted as radar guard and linking ship between the landing and covering forces off Cape Sansapor. After a brief overhaul at Sydney, Australia, she sortied from Humboldt Bay 11 September for the invasion of Morotai, providing patrol and fire support before returning to Manus 29 September. She got underway on 11 October to render fire support to the invading troops on Leyte and joined in the surface action with Japanese ships during the Battle of Surigao Strait phase of the decisive Battle for Leyte Gulf on 25 and 26 October. Daly returned to Manus 3 November and six days later sailed for a west coast overhaul.
Daly arrived off Iwo Jima 16 February 1945 in the screen of air support carriers. She rescued 11 survivors of Bismarck Sea (CVE-95), sunk by a suicide plane on 21 February. Daly cleared the area 7 March for San Pedro Bay, Leyte, to join forces preparing for the invasion of Okinawa. On 27 March she sortied to provide patrol and fire support during the assault and occupation of Okinawa. During a suicide attack on 28 April she took an enemy plane under fire and splashed it a scant 25 yards off the port beam. The plane's bomb exploded, killing three and injuring 16 of Daly's crew. Repairs were quickly accomplished at Kerama Retto and Daly resumed her hazardous patrol duty. On 25 May she aided Bates (APD-47), a kamikaze's victim, rescuing one badly burned survivor from the sinking ship. On 10 June she screened the carriers of the 3d Fleet in their strikes on the Japanese mainland.
After replenishing at Leyte Gulf, Daly returned to Okinawa 16 July 1945. She joined with TF 95 to sweep the East China Sea for enemy shipping. Two more searches off the mouth of the Yangtze River and approaches to Shanghai were made before the end of the war. Daly arrived at Nagasaki 14 September for occupation duty, serving in Japanese waters until 17 November when she departed Sasebo for the United States, arriving at San Diego 6 December. She arrived at Charleston, S.C., 23 December, and was placed out of commission in reserve 18 April 1946.
Recommissioned 6 July 1951 Daly joined the Atlantic Fleet, and operated out of her home port, Newport, R.I., for antisubmarine and convoy escort exercises and on patrol. Between 18 Marcl. 1953 and 15 January 1954 she made a round-the-world cruise, sailing west to join TF 77 off Korea where she acted as patrol vessel off Cheju-Do Island, the site of UN prisoner-of-war camps, then continuing homeward through the Indian Ocean and the Mediterranean, calling at various ports en route.
Daly's next extended cruise took her to Northern Europe and the Mediterranean between 28 July and 28 November 1955, after which she operated with Hunter-Killer Group 3 in the Caribbean until 10 April 1956. On 4 January 1957 she sailed from Newport for a cruise with the Middle East Force, implementing American foreign policy with visits to Freetown, Sierra Leone; Simonstown and Capetown, Union of South Africa; Mombasa, Kenya; Karachi, Pakistan; Aden, Aden; Massawa, Eritrea; and the Canary Islands before returning to Narragansett Bay 7 June 1957.
Between 3 September and 27 November 1957, Daly cruised to Northern Europe and the Mediterranean, on NATO exercises and service with the 6th Fleet. Between 17 March and 11 October 1959, she returned to the Mediterranean, the Red Sea and Persian Gulf. On 2 May 1960, at Norfolk, she was decommissioned and placed in reserve.
Daly received eight battle stars for World War II service and one for Korean War service.