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First Name: George

Last Name: McCarthy

Birthplace: Janesville, WI, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Army (1784 - present)

Middle Name: Morton

Date of Birth: 14 April 1923

Date of Death: 01 February 2003

Rank: Master Sergeant

Years Served:
George Morton McCarthy, Jr.

•  World War II (1941 - 1945)
•  Korean War (1950 - 1953)


George Morton McCarthy, Jr.
Master Sergeant, U. S. Army
World War II & Korea

George Morton McCarthy, Jr. was born on 14 April 1923 in Janesville, WI. He was the son of George Morton and Gertrude Elizabeth (Schuler) McCarthy.

He married Myrtle Alberta Hatfield in Elizabethtown, KY.

Military Service

George served in the U.S. Army during World War II as a member of Company A, 192nd Tank Battalion "The Janesville 99."

He was one of four members of this group who survived capture by the Japanese Army. He was the only one who did not surrender. He had fled into the Philippine hills along with 24 other men including Philippine scouts. During the next three years, he worked with them gathering intelligence on the enemy troops. He was listed as Missing in Action the entire time.

He also served in the Korean Conflict and retired from the service in 1963 as a Master Sergeant.

His headstone includes the words: NEVER SURRENDER

Medals and Awards

Silver Star Medal
Bronze Star Medal
Purple Heart
Good Conduct Medal
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
American Defense Medal
WWII Victory Medal
American Campaign Medal

Combat Infantryman Badge

Post-Military Life

Following his retirement from the Army, George was employed at various places including:

• Fairbanks Morse

• Gibbs Manufacturing

• University of Wisconsin - Rock County Campus from which he retired

Death and Burial

Master Sergeant George Morton McCarthy, Jr. died on 1 February 2003. He is buried at Oak Hill Cemetery in Janesville, Rock County, WI.

George is survived by his 5 children: Joanna (Norman) Jenson, Daniel (JoAnn) McCarthy, Timothy (Chris) McCarthy, Vivian Alexander and Lisa (Dennis) Hatteberg; 9 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren; a brother, Patrick (Jean) McCarthy; and a sister, Kathleen McCarthy.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; a grandson, Christopher Fiedler; 3 brothers Stephen, Donald and James McCarthy; and a sister, Alice McCarthy.

Honoree ID: 2171   Created by: MHOH




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