Death Classification: Military Service Death

Agency: Chicago Police Department

Served: 5 years, 6 months, 30 days

Unit of Assignment / Detail: 5th District - Wabash

District of Incident (Present Day): France, EU

Location of Occurrence: France

Cause of Death: Killed in U.S. Service

Age at Time of Death: 25


Date of Birth: 24 Jul 1913

Date of Appointment: 1939

Date of Incident: 13 Aug 1944

End of Watch: 13 Sep 1944

Date of Interment: 11 May 1834


Interment Details

 Cemetery: Mount Greenwood Cemetery - Chicago, Illinois
 Grave Location:
 Interment Disposition: Burial


Memorial Details

Superintendent’s Honored Star Case: Not Enshrined

Gold Star Families Memorial Wall: Memorialized

Illinois Police Officers Memorial Wall: Not Listed

National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wall: Not Listed

Officer Down Memorial Page: Not Listed



 Military Service: U.S. Army


Incident & Biographic Details


1st Lieutenant John A. McCarthy, Sr., Service #01298886, served in the U.S. Army enlisting on March 5, 1940 serving in the 301st Infantry, 94th Division, was a veteran of World War II and died in service.

On September 13, 1944, Lieutenant McCarthy was killed in action in France, in service to his Country. His death is classified as Killed in Action (KIA)


Patrolman John A. McCarthy, Sr., Star #6728, aged 25 years, was a 5 year, 6 month, 30 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 5th District – Wabash.

Officer McCarthy was laid to rest in Mount Greenwood Cemetery, 2900 West 111th Street, Chicago, Illinois.

Patrolman John A. McCarthy, born July 24, 1913, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on January 14, 1939. Prior to becoming a Chicago Policeman McCarthy was a fireman for three and a half years at Engine Company No. 1 located at Lomax Place (present day Congress Expressway Interchange) and Wells Street.

Officer McCarthy was survived by his wife, Josephine M.; son, John A., Jr., age 11 months; parents; brothers: William (CPD) and Raymond (USCG); sisters: Frances and Mrs. Hugh Kelly. He was the son of Chicago Fire Captain Patrick J. McCarthy.