Sins of Omission

Dan Daly

A friend recently sent me an e-mail with a link to YouTube.  A click took me to a tribute to Col. Bob Howard, broadcast by NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams upon Howard’s death just before Christmas 2009.  Howard is one of our most decorated heroes, his courageous and brilliant acts in combat worthy of multiple medals.  The tribute was moving, beautifully delivered, and certainly welcomed by those of us who complain that the mainstream media does next to nothing to honor American heroes.  Considering all that, I feel a bit curmudgeonly to mention that Williams made two surprising misstatements, claiming that “Bob was the only man ever to be nominated for the Medal of Honor three times. . . . But you can only receive one Medal of Honor per lifetime so that’s what he got in 1971 from President Nixon.”  For the record, there is no limit to the number of Medals of Honor one can receive—19 men have been awarded two—and Dan Daly, a double recipient, was recommended for the Medal of Honor three times.

That children in our politically correct public schools are no longer taught such things is bad enough, but it is especially disturbing that a national newscast and a highly respected news anchor would share in such ignorance.  Moreover, in the pantheon of military heroes, Dan Daly is among a chosen handful.  The son of Irish immigrants, Daniel Joseph Daly was a wiry and...

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