Ogdensburg Journal - March 19, 1945 Technical Sergeant Tyrus R. Delaney, 22, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Delaney, 823 Elizabeth St., gave his life in the service of his country in France Feb. 26 according to a telegram received from the War Department by his parents Sunday morning at 10:30. The wire gave no details but said a letter would follow.
T-Sgt. Delaney, radio operator and gunner on a B-17 Flying Fortress has been attached to Eighth Air Forces operating out the 388th Bombing Group of the Eighth Air Force operating out of England for some time and it is believed he was on duty with his group when he gave his life. He was promoted from staff to technical sergeant late last year and took part in bombing attacks on Nazi war industries and military targets in support of Allied ground forces receiving the Air Medal and two Oak Leaf Clusters for "meritorious achievement" during bombing missions over enemy territory.
A widely known Ogdensburg youth who had established an unusually fine record as an athlete at-St. Mary's Academy, word of his death came as a tremendous shock not only to members of his family but throughout the city. The deepest sympathy of the entire community is extended to his parents and his brothers and sisters in their great and tragic loss.
Tyrus Robert Delaney was born Oct. 27, 1922 in Ogdensburg, a son of Frederick and Ruby Jellie Delaney. He was one of a family of eight children, three of whom are now living. He attended St. Mary's Grade School and Academy and was graduated in June, 1941, being awarded a graduation medal for being the best athlete in school. He was a four-letter man, playing four years on the baseball, football and basketball teams.
Although proficient in all three, he was considered to excel on the gridiron and became known as one of the best passers the local schools have ever produced. His services were sought by seven different universities which offered him an athletic scholarship which he finally accepted at Syracuse University. Others seeking his enrollment were Notre Dame, Cornell. Dartmouth, Fordham, Yale and Clarkson College.
The manager of the Ottawa-Ogdensburg team of the Canadian American Baseball League also wanted to sign him as a pitching prospect but his father thought he was too young to enter professional baseball.
While at St. Mary's, Delaney also took part in dramatics and was president of the Junior Holy Name Society.
During the vacation season of 1941 he was employed at different times as a life guard, at Sandy Beach, in the A & P Store on State St., a bell hop in the Seymour House and finally sailing for a brief period on the upper Lakes. His career as a sailor was cut short by an injury which he suffered in falling into the hold while en route up the Lakes. He was sent to a Marine hospital in Buffalo and upon recovering returned home and the same fall entered Syracuse University. He joined the Reserve Officers Training Corps and later was called for Army service.
He was inducted at Fort Niagara Feb. 9, 1942 and trained at the following stations: Miami Beach, Fla.; Scott Field, Ill.; Yuma, Ariz.; Lincoln. Neb and Dyersburg, Tenn. He went overseas in August. 1944, as a member of the Fighting 8th Air Force, being a technical sergeant on a B-17 Flying Fortress. He was qualified to serve as radio navigator and flexible gunner. His squadron was based in England and then Scotland before going to France.
Surviving besides his parents are two brothers, Keith Raymond, United States Navy, serving on an LST boat in the Pacific; Seaman Richard Delaney USN, on the Navy's largest carrier, the recently launched Antietan presently based at an Atlantic port, and a sister, Mrs William (Geraldine Marie) Mastine, who, with her two young children, is living with her parents while her husband is serving in the Merchant Marine and at the present time is believed en route to Russia. Another sister, Vivian Gertrude, Mrs. Richard Matthews of this city, died last year.