Post by Diane Merkel on Nov 12, 2016 11:18:56 GMT -5
I can't find Mike Nunnally's book about sole survivors, but I've checked my three bibles: Fred's Participants, Men with Custer, and Roger Williams' Military Register. I think this guy is another imposter.
A gruff captain ordered 18-year-old Sgt. Fred Daly to return to his post as guard of Lt. Col. Geo. Custer's pack train a few minutes before Custer led 266 of his men to their death in the bloody bend of the Little Big Horn river June 16, 1876.
Two hours later Custer and his entire command of five troops of the Seventh Cavalry lay dead in windrows, cut down by Sioux bullets.
The youthful sergeant and two detachments of soldiers battled Indians for three days before they were to learn the fate of the dashing Custer after their rescue by the Sixth Cavalry.
As a result of the captain's refusal to allow Sgt. Daly to rejoin his troop "as they went forward," 75-year-old Ex-First Sgt. Fred Daly of Deming sat down to Thanksgiving dinner with members of his old troop, Troop E, Seventh Cavalry, at Fort Bliss, the first time he had been with his old troop for 53 years.