Victor Reginald Daly authored the novel “Not Only War: A Story of Two Great Conflicts” (1932). The novel is about African American soldiers in WWI and the racism they experienced while serving and after.
Daly was born in New York City in 1895. He received his early education in the New York public school system and later attended Cornell University.
In 1917, Daly joined the U.S. Army, and did his training at Fort Des Moines and was appointed 1st Lieutenant in the 367th Infantry Regiment. He received the Croix de Guerre for his service in France during World War I. After being discharged from the Army, he worked for the Urban League in New York.
Daly arrived in Washington, DC in the 1920s to serve as a business manager of The Journal of Negro History. He wrote short fiction for The Crisis. In 1932, his novel, Not Only War: A Story of Two Great Conflicts was published.
In 1934, Daly worked as an interviewer for the United States Employment Service in D.C., when he retired in 1966, he was working as Deputy Director in charge of the Manpower Development Program.
Daly’s work was pivotal during the 1950s in helping the Capitol Transit Co. and the union to agree to hire black bus drivers and streetcar operators. He received the Distinguished Service Award in 1956, the highest honor conferred by the U.S. Dept. of Labor for his efforts in eliminating discrimination in hiring practices.