I was channel surfing when I saw a picture I recognized. Apparently, the picture was being used to make fun of those who object to the new cover the Obama Administration is trying to force on the Marines. I quickly realized I had stopped on John Stewart’s show, so I immediately knew he was going to be on Obama’s side on this issue, but I was still shocked when I heard Stewart refer to Daly as “Some guy wearing two necklaces and a brooch.” Here’s the picture Stewart was showing:
This is Sergeant Major, Dan Daly. Those “Two necklaces” and that “brooch” are the Congressional Medal of Honor – our nation’s highest award for bravery in combat – and the Navy Cross – the second highest award. Daly was one of only nineteen Americans to ever win two CMH’s. He is one of only two Marines to have won their two CMH’s and live. And here was a talking head making fun of a national hero.
Stewart is one of the countless many who have inherited their liberty from the sacrifices of men like SgtMaj Daly, yet he doesn’t even have enough respect for the men who gave him that liberty not to mock their courage, dedication and sacrifice. When a nation starts to treat its heroes the way Stewart treated Daly, it is a warning sign that is has already died and all that remains is for the body to decay.
SgtMaj Daly is known in the Corps for having uttered these words during the WW I Battle of Belleau Wood, the battle where the Marines earned the name teufelhunden (devil dogs) from their German enemy.
“Come on, you sons of bitches, do you want to live forever?”
Great men rise to the challenge of their situations. I would venture to say that there is no situation under which men such as Stewart could ever rise to the level of men such as Daly. And yet, they feel they have the right to mock those who have. Well, they may have that right by law, but it is only because of the greatness of the men they mock and not because of the value of their own worth…