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Sergeant Major Daniel Joseph Daly, who led his troops into a daring charge against the Germans at the battle of Belleau Wood (1918) and is said to have yelled "Come on you sons of bitches, do you want to live forever?!" to his men as they charged the Germans

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Sergeant Major Daniel Joseph Daly, who led his troops into a daring charge against the Germans at the battle of Belleau Wood (1918) and is said to have yelled "Come on you sons of bitches, do you want to live forever?!" to his men as they charged the Germans

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215 points · 1 month ago

Holy shit. This guy earned the Medal of Honor TWICE. Both of them before WWll. He got the first one as a private during the Boxer rebellion and his 2nd one 15 years later as a Gunny in Haiti.

He was up for a THIRD Medal of Honor,but it was "downgraded" to the Navy Cross, the 3rd highest award that a jarhead can receive. The 1st being the medal of honor and the 2nd being the coveted "Nympho Girlfriend who's dad owns a Liquor store."

The downgraded Medal of Honor was where this post's quote comes from:

"However Daly was not finished yet, there was yet the incident for which he is perhaps best remembered in the Marines for.

In June 1918 at the battle of Belleau Wood in World War I the Marines were pinned down under heavy artillery barrage and pinned down.

At one point the now 44 year old Daly, led a counter-attack with a battle cry that has become Marines lore “Come on, you sons of B——, do you want to live forever?!” Later in the battle, Daly single handedly eliminated a machine gun nest with nothing more than his 45 pistol and grenades. In the course of the battle he was wounded three times."

The guy was 44 years old ! Thanks,op. Cool rabbit hole.

quick article where i got the quoted story from

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“#2 being a nympho girlfriend whose dad owns a liquor store...” as a marin I can definitely confirm 10/10

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A movie should be made about him

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16 points · 1 month ago

Not to take anything away from this certified badass, but I think the requirements for a MoH were a lot less strict up until WW1.

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RICOS ROUGH NECKS

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"Come on you apes, do you wanta live forever?"


- Unknown drill sergeant, 1918 (apparently not)

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Somebody has been listening to Devil Dogs.

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Original Poster28 points · 1 month ago

KILL, FIGHT, DIE, THAT'S WHAT A SOLDIER SHOULD DO!

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Wow, he then went on to write the hit song Forever Young for Alphaville. Impressive!

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And then had a Sabaton song after his division

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12 points · 1 month ago

Incorrect, this was said by LT Rasczak during the ambush on Planet P

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Did a report on him, certified bad ass. Helped start the origin story of the Teufel Hunden, which became a huge recruitment tool.

While the term Teufel Hunden was in print before the Battle of Belleau Wood, most stories about how the name came to be seem to originate with Daly and his bayonet charge. To this day marines are still called devil dogs.

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No! Your not supposed to post someone who is ACTUALLY badass!

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13 points · 1 month ago

This was also said by Jean Rasczak in Starship Troopers. The only good one Sadly :/

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2 points · 29 days ago

“It was good for Dan Daly...and it’s good enough for me!”

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Wow, he then went on to write the hit song Forever Young for Alphaville. Impressive!

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This sounds familiar.

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Lol

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Wasn't he on a horse too?

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Someone was listening to Devil Dogs.

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