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Marines Honor Former CMC and Corps Legend

By Sgt. John Neal | | November 10, 2001

NEW YORK -- Marines from the 1st Marine Corps District gathered on the 226th Anniversary of the Marine Corps to pay homage to a former Commandant and a Corps legend.

About a block away from the wreckage at the World Trade Center in downtown Manhattan sits Trinity Church and the gravesite of Lt. Col. Franklin Wharton.  Wharton served as third Commandant of the Marine Corps from 1808 to 1818, and died while in office during a visit to New York.  As per the Marine Corps order, the Marines of the 1st Marine Corps District pay tribute to the late Commandant with a wreath laying ceremony every year on the birthday of the Corps.

Shortly after the sounding of "taps" and a moment of silence, the Marines headed to Brooklyn to visit the grave of Sgt. Maj. Daniel Joseph Daly, two-time Medal of Honor recipient.

Sgt. Maj. Daly was a native of New York, and received his Medals for his actions in China during the Boxer rebellion of 1900 and in Haiti against Cacos rebels in 1915.  While there is no Marine Corps order requiring a to visit the grave of Daly and pay tribute, the Marines found it a distinct honor and privilege to do so. 

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