Death Classification: Military Service Death
Agency: Chicago Police Department
Served: 5 years, 10 months, 19 days
Unit of Assignment / Detail: 36th District - Hudson
District of Incident (Present Day): Sourdeval, France, EU
Cause of Death: Killed in U.S. Service
Age at Time of Death: 33
Date of Birth: 16 Sep 1910
Date of Appointment: 24 Sep 1938
Date of Incident: 12 Aug 1944
End of Watch: 12 Aug 1944
Date of Interment:
Cemetery: Brittany American Cemetery - Saint-James, France
Grave Location: Plot D, Row 12, Grave 9
Interment Disposition: Burial
Superintendent’s Honored Star Case:
Gold Star Families Memorial Wall:
Illinois Police Officers Memorial Wall:
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wall:
Officer Down Memorial Page: Not Listed
Military Service: U.S. Army
Incident & Biographic Details
Corporal James Lawrence Mooney, Jr., Service #36774117, served in the U.S. Army enlisting on November 20, 1943 serving in the 110th Infantry Regiment, 28th Infantry Division, was a veteran of World War II and died in service. He was awarded a Purple Heart, American Campaign Medal and the World War II Victory Medal.
On August 12, 1944, Corporal Mooney was shot by a sniper and was killed in Action (KIA) near Sourdeval, France in service to his Country.
POLICE RECORD & DEMOGRAPHICS:
Patrolman James Lawrence Mooney, Jr., Star #1593, aged 33 years, was a 5 year, 10 month, 19 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 36th District – Hudson.
Officer Mooney’s memorial mass was held at Immaculate Conception Church. He was laid to rest in Brittany American Cemetery, 50240 Montjoie-Saint-Martin, Saint-James, France. His grave is located in Plot D, Row 12, Grave 9.
Patrolman James Lawrence Mooney, Jr., born September 16, 1910, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on September 24, 1938. Prior to becoming a Chicago Policeman Mooney was a Patrolman for the New York Central Railroad Police Department. He attended High School at Loyola Academy and was a star half back on the football team. He then attended Georgetown University where he captained the Elevens football team and was named an All-American lineman and punter. He graduated with a B.A. in Psychology. He joined the NFL where he played from 1930 until 1935, ending his career with the Cardinals and Bears. He lived at 1407 West Arthur Avenue. His grandfather was Francis J. O’Neill, a career policeman who rose through the ranks to become General Superintendent of Police and served in that capacity from 1901 until 1905. His father, Captain James L. Mooney, Sr., also a career CPD officer, retired as Chief of Detectives.
Officer Mooney was survived by his wife, Jeanne; sons: James Lawrence, III and Philip and parents. He was a member of one of the CPD’s most distinguished families. His grandfather was Francis J. O’Neill, a career policeman who rose through the ranks to become General Superintendent from 1901 until 1905. His father, Captain James L. Mooney, Sr., also a career policeman, retired as Chief of Detectives.