Thursday, December 02, 2004

Patrick Daley


CHICAGO -- Mayor Richard Daley's son, whose name and MBA from one of the nation's most prestigious universities would have opened doors to a lucrative career, has instead joined the Army and could be sent off to the battlefields of Iraq or Afghanistan.

Patrick Daley, 29, who got his master's degree from the University of Chicago in June, said he "always wanted to find a way to serve ... just like my grandfather and father." He said the Sept. 11 attacks played a role in his decision to enlist in the airborne infantry. . .

Kelo said Daley asked that the Army not publicize his decision.

"He didn't want to make a big deal out of it," Kelo said. "He didn't want any special treatment, and he didn't want any special coverage."

Patrick Daley declined all interview requests Tuesday. He spoke only to the Sun-Times.

This young man reminds me of Pat Tillman, both in his selflessness and his refusal to call attention to his selflessness.

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