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2nd Lt Lewis E Dailey

2nd Lt Lewis E Dailey

134th Infantry Regiment - Company L

Lewis E Dailey, the son of Elbert and Martha (Mere) Dailey, was born in Iowa on June 4, 1922. The family relocated to Nebraska sometime during the 1920s. Lieutenant Dailey was Commander of the Second Platoon, Company L. He was seriously wounded in action on July 17, 1944 during the battle for St Lo, France and died of his wounds later that day. He was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal for heroic action during that battle.

Bronze Star Medal (posthumous) Citation

Second Lieutenant Lewis E Dailey, O1325357, Infantry, United States Army, for heroic service in connection with military operations against an enemy of the United States, in the St Lo sector, Normandy, France, on 17 July 1944. Lieutenant Dailey led his platoon in an inspiring advance against strong enemy positions, forcing a wedge several hundred yards deep into the enemy defenses and enabling the unit on his right to break through and over-run the enemy positions in the area. Throughout the engagement, Lieutenant Dailey remained constantly to the front of his troops in order more effectively to direct and coordinate fire of his platoon, until he was killed by enemy mortar fire. The aggressive leadership and disregard for personal safety on the part of Lieutenant Dailey reflect credit upon his character as an officer. Entered military service from Nebraska.

General Orders No. 37, Headquarters 35th Infantry Division, 27 September 1944

2nd Lt Lewis E Dailey is buried at Normandy American Cemetery, Colleville-sur-Mer, France.

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