The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the



United States Marine Corps

For service as set forth in the following


    " The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Private First Class Edmund Ward Daley, United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as an Assistant Gunner in the 81-mm. Mortar Platoon with the Third Battalion, Third Marines, Third Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, on 24 March 1967, in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. During a search and clear operation north of Cam Lo in Quang Tri Province, Private First Class Daley and his gun team were manning a defensive position within the platoon's defensive perimeter. Suddenly, the platoon came under intense mortar fire from a concealed North Vietnamese Army force. With complete disregard for his own safety, Private First Class Daley unhesitatingly left the relative safety of his covered position and dashed to his mortar emplacement. Although enemy rounds were landing all around him and he was wounded in the early moments of the engagement, he ably assisted in directing rapid and well controlled counter mortar fire on the suspected enemy positions. He steadfastly remained in his perilous position until he was critically wounded by an enemy mortar which impacted on the base plate of his weapon. By his extraordinary heroism, aggressive fighting spirit and inspiring devotion to duty at great personal risk, Private First Class Daley upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service."