Fading light dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky,
From afar drawing nigh,
Falls the night.
Day is done, gone the sun,
From the lake, From the hills,
From the sky.
All is well, safely rest,
God is nigh.
Then good night, Peaceful night,
Till the light of the dawn
God is near, do not fear,
Friend, good night.
August 10, 1912 at Chicago, IL
Entered Service in the US
Marine Corps from Chicago, IL
15, 1996 at the age of 83
Earned the Medal of Honor during World War II For heroism on
February 21, 1945 at Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands
break through the enemy's cross-island defenses on Iwo Jima,
Captain McCarthy acted on his own initiative when his company
advance was held up by uninterrupted Japanese rifle, machinegun,
and high-velocity 47mm fire during the approach to Motoyama
Airfield No. 2. Organizing a demolitions and flamethrower team
to accompany his picked rifle squad, he led the way across 75
yards of fire-swept ground, charged a fortified pillbox and,
personally hurling grenades into it as he directed the
operations of his small assault group, completely destroyed the
hostile installation. Spotting two Japanese soldiers attempting
an escape from the shattered pillbox, he boldly stood upright in
full view of the enemy and dispatched both troops before
advancing to a second emplacement under greatly intensified fire
and then blasted the strong fortifications with a demolitions
attack. Entering the ruins, he found a Japanese taking aim at
one of our men and jumped the enemy, disarmed, and shot him with
his own weapon. Then, intent on smashing through the narrow
breach, he rallied the remainder of his company and pressed a
full attack with furious aggressiveness until he had neutralized
all resistance and captured the ridge.