Thousands of people emerged from war having done heroic and unforgettable actions, each through their unique ways and stories, even when in many cases, it meant giving up their own lives for a greater cause. The US Marine Corps knows just that, as they have created a lot of legendary Marines since they were founded on November 10, 1775.

Here are some of our Leatherneck heroes:

 Sgt. Maj. Daniel J. Daly

Depicted is then-Gunnery Sergeant Daniel Daly, a double recipient of the Medal of Honor. (Unknown author, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons)

As for how Maj. Gen. Smedley Buttler described Gunny Daley, he was “the fightin’est Marine I ever knew.” With a height of 5’6″ and a weight of 132 pounds, Maj. Gen. Smedley was not entirely wrong. Perhaps it was his fearlessness that compensated for his lack of size, as Daly was anything but short of it. His most famous deed was then he single-handedly stood his ground in Peking during the Boxer Rebellion in the 45-foot-tall Tartar wall while a Marine officer called for reinforcements. The insurgent stormed the American position while he was being showered with sniper fire that pinged off the rocks as he waited. Daly, with his boldness, fought off the whole attack, successfully leaving a string of dead enemies until the reinforcements arrived.

Daly received two Medal of Honor citations for what he did and another one for his role in resisting an ambush by rebels in Haiti.