|Birth: ||Dec. 25, 1914|
|Death: ||Jul. 4, 1944|
John's father was the Belleville Township, New Jersey clerk and Democratic Party chairman. Daly graduated from Belleville High School in 1932. John was a member of the Belleville HS football team.
After high school, John attended Manhattan College in Riverdale, NY. While at Manhattan he was a star catcher and team described "spark plug" of the spirited Jasper baseball team.
John was also the captain of the Jasper football team. Under John's leadership Manhattan enjoyed a 6 win, 3 loss, 1 tie 1938 season. The Jaspers bested such great teams as Michigan State, Georgetown, Detroit, North Carolina State, Niagara and St. Bonaventure. For his talent, determination and sheer tenacity, John was voted best athlete of 1938.
John was also the vice president of "The New Jersey Club," an off-campus organization of Manhattan College students from across The Hudson River in New Jersey. Among the firsts for John and The 1938 New Jersey Club was an annual dinner dance held at a hunting lodge on The Palisades in New Jersey, which was the first Manhattan College dance to be broadcast live over the radio, direct from the floor of the event.
After graduating from Manhattan College in 1938, John played for the Jersey City Giants. The Jersey City Giants were a popular local attraction and a minor league farm team of The New York Giants. John also was an assistant coach at Belleville High School.
John's US Army enlistment information shows that he enlisted on April 2, 1941. His Serial Number was 32064820. His branch alpha and branch code was "Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA." It also indicates that his civilian occupation was as a teacher.
In April 1942, he attended Officer's Candidate School at Ft. Benning, Ga. After Officers Candidate School, John volunteered for Jump School. He was well prepared for his leadership role in the newly formed 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, of the 82nd Airborne Division. John and the entire 508th were sent overseas to Nottingham, England in December of 1943. According to the unit history, they jumped from 300 feet over Normandy at 2:40 AM on June 6, 1944. John was killed in action slightly less than a month later, while leading his men in the invasion of France.
At the time of his death, Lt. Daly and his wife Doris, were expecting a child.
* If any members of the Daly family, surviving members of The Manhattan College class of 1938, members of the pre-war Jersey City Giants, or members of the 508 PIR, who would like to add to this biography, or can help me in obtaining some missing data, please e-mail me immediately.
My thanks to Mr. Dick O'Donnell and the members of The 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment (http://www.508pir.org) for the photo of Lt. Daly and for their singular inspiration in starting this work on John's life.
With historical appreciation to Mr. Anthony Buccino for his fine website and book "Belleville Sons Honor Roll." (http://www.bellevillesons.com/belindex.html). Every town needs a scholar and academician like Mr. Buccino.
My gratitude to Historical Passion for obtaining a photograph of Lt. Daly's grave.
With sincere thanks to Ms. R. Digati, for posting a photo of the gates of Beverly National Cemetery.
My great appreciation to Find-A-Grave for assigning this memorial to me.
1ST LT, US ARMY
Beverly National Cemetery
New Jersey, USA
Plot: I, 0, 197
Created by: W. R. L.
Record added: Feb 25, 2000
Find A Grave Memorial# 551684