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Joseph J. McCarthy

Born: Aug 10, 1911

Death: Jun 15, 1996

Birthplace: Chicago

Nationality: United States

Joseph J. McCarthy

Date of Birth : Aug 10, 1911
Date of Death : Jun 15, 1996
Birth Place : Chicago

Joseph Jeremiah McCarthy was a mustang officer in the United States Marine Corps Reserve, who served during World War II and the Korean War. He was also the Superintendent of Ambulances in the Chicago Fire Department, however, with respect for his wartime heroics, firefighters continued to address him by his wartime military rank of "Captain." Historian Bill D. Ross would write about him in 1985: McCarthy was thirty three; overage for a company commander. He was Irish and he looked it: husky, red complexioned, pug nose. Superior officers sometimes found his manner abrasive, but unlike many Irishmen, he wasn't talkative. He was, in fact, laconic and tight-lipped. "I don't like malarkey or bullshit," the Chicagoan often said. But Joe McCarthy knew the uncompromising business of battle; he had the Silver Star for leading his company up a savagely contested hill on Saipan and his men called him "the best damned officer in the Marine Corps." The building that houses the headquarters of 2nd Battalion 24th Marines in Chicago is named in his honor. Lieutenant Colonel McCarthy was buried at Arlington National Cemetery following a funeral mass at Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago.

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  • Joseph Jeremiah McCarthy
  • Joseph McCarthy
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