Joseph Francis Daly

Army of the United States
02 September 1945 - 23 April 1967
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Joseph Francis Daly

05 Jan 2004

Gone, But Not Forgotten.

Rest in Peace, PFC Daly.

From a unit veteran,
William E. Novakovic
513 Woodland Avenue, Oakmont, Pa. 15139

05 Jan 2004

Joseph F Daly

The photo and following article is taken from The Philadelphia Daily News, special supplement entitled 'SIX HUNDRED AND THIRTY,' October 26, 1987.

The 1963 graduate of Bishop Neumann High School worked for a South Philadelphia clothing manufacturer before being drafted in October 1965. The 21-year-old Army corporal was a cannoneer and ammunition bearer with Battery C of the 2nd Howitzer Battalion, 13th Artillery. He died on April 23, 1967, in Phu Loi, Viet Nam, eight days before he was to return home, as the result of a gunshot wound suffered in non-hostile action. Survivors included his mother, two brothers and two sisters.

From a native Philadelphian and Marine,
Jim McIlhenney

24 May 2004

Joseph F. Daly was one of five childern. His parents were Frances and Edward Daly. He had two brothers, George (Tiny) and Tommy, and two sisters, Franny and Kathleen. Joey and his family were originally from South Philly. Joseph served in the Army for 1 year before his death on April 23, 1967. At the time he was drafted for the Vietman war he was 20 years old. His father had died when Joey was only 13, and he became the man of the house.

Joey was awarded the Purple Heart and remains a hero to all. The day he was murdered he was with friends, awaiting his time to go home. A deranged soldier, also part of his Battalion, opened fire in the mess hall they were in. Joey and his buddy Wayland Batson tried to tame the soldier and in the process they were both shot and killed. Joey was to return home to his family only eight days later, Waylan was to return home in only five days.

Joey's body was returned home to his family 10 days later. He is now at rest in Holy Cross Cemetery, Upper Darby, Pennsylvania.

He is loved and missed by all that knew him. He is a true hero of the Vietnam War and a true Hero to his family.

From his niece,
Colleen Daly

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
his niece,
Colleen Daly 
5 Jan 2004

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Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
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Channing Prothro, former CAP Marine
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