Fairfield War Hero Topic of Bookstore Talk

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Fairfield War Hero Topic of Bookstore Talk

Author Stephen Ochs will tell the fascinating tale of late Fairfield native Michael J. Daly – from his “hell-raising youth” to his heroics on the WWII battlefield to his tireless voluntarism at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport – at 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 23, 2013, at the Fairfield University Bookstore, 1499 Post Road, Fairfield. Ochs’ talk is free and open to the public.

Ochs, an instructor in the history department at Georgetown Preparatory School of Maryland, is the author of A Cause Greater Than Self: The Journey of Captain Michael J. Daly, World War II Medal of Honor Recipient (Texas A & M Press, 2012). His book chronicles Capt. Daly’s memorable life, revealing how a family disappointment who was kicked out of West Point evolved into a man devoted to others. Starting as an enlisted man, Daly rose through the ranks to become a captain and trusted company commander, bravely earning three Silver Stars, a Bronze Star with a “V” attachment for valor, two Purple Hearts and the Medal of Honor.

After returning from war, Daly was a longtime board member at St. Vincent’s Medical Center, where he championed the cause of the indigent poor and terminally ill. He was posthumously awarded the first Fairfield Award from the Fairfield Museum and History Center for his life of service. The Museum is co-sponsoring his appearance at the Bookstore with the University’s MFA in Creative Writing Program and its Learning for a Lifetime Program.

Ochs’ book has received high praise from critics and fellow authors alike.

“I’m not aware of recent works that so well document events in small units, particularly those of the campaign in Southern France and Germany,” wrote Edward G. Miller, author of A Dark and Bloody Ground . “The author’s superb source materials from the Daly family and veterans is what set this story apart.”

A Washington Post reviewer cited Ochs’ ability to interweave Daly’s career with the rise of his Irish Catholic family. “Throughout the narrative, Daly’s tactical brilliance in leading a squad, a platoon and a company shine through,” wrote Bing West.

For more information on this event, contact Elizabeth Hastings, ehastings@fairfield.edu or (203) 254-4000, ext. 2688.

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