“Bullet” Bob Daley; Our Brother Marine Passes

Bullet-Bob-DaleyOur Commandant and Friend “Bullet” Bob Daley passed away yesterday 4 Feb.

Robert “Bullet” Daley’s Funeral is at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church
311 Washington Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15216
10:00am on Saturday, February 8th

Bullet” will be remembered for so many great achievements throughout his life but one of my favorites was how he was always there to sing Our National Anthem at so many events! His work with the Marine Corps League Color Guard and all the events he worked so hard to make successful was an example of his dedication and love of our Corps. He was such a fine and dedicated Marine. His willingness to sacrifice his time and energy for others was something that we are all proud of.

Bullet” Bob was sixteen years old when he learned that his brother had been taken prisoner by the Japanese on the Bataan Peninsula. Too young to enlist, Bob falsified his birth certificate and joined the Marines.

"Bullet" at 17 before he left for Saipan.

Bullet” at 17 before he left for Saipan.

At seventeen, he landed with the 4th Marine Division on Saipan. Carrying a BAR, he stumbled across a T-97 Medium Japanese Tank and took its inhabitants prisoner, which was forbidden by his sergeant because of the danger; out of 25,000 Japanese on Saipan, fewer than 1,000 surrendered. Nevertheless, the Japanese tank commander Bob took as POW spoke perfect English, and many years later Bob would run into him again.

Bob was eventually ordered home from Saipan after another brother was killed in action in Europe.

Bullet was loved by so many! Semper Fi! Rest in Peace our friend!