A Chicago native, Delaney came from a military family with his dad as a decorated World War I officer. After high school, Norman Delaney took his father's encouraging words and applied for West Point. He excelled in military tactics and graduated as a Lieutenant.
It is possible that he is first heard in Tankers, when he is yelling at a tanker for letting Roland Roger ride in a tank. He is then mentioned in Counterattack, after Sgt. Hawkins and his men escape a German tank chasing them and enemy infantry, and escape in the half-track, Sgt. Hawkins says he has to report the mess to Delaney. He was first seen in the level "Operation Husky" as a Lieutenant, managing a makeshift aid station during the Battle of Gela. He is also shown briefly in "We've Been Through Worse". After Sgt. Hawkins is severely wounded during fighting in Mons, Delaney is promoted to Captain, he replaces Hawkins and takes command of the player's squad in "The Last Train".