CPL. JOSEPH C. MCCARTHY - U.S. Marine Corps
Hometown / City: CONCHO, AZ APACHE
Date of Death: Monday, September 6, 2004
Conflict: Operation Iraqi Freedom (Iraq)
Branch: U.S. Marine Corps
Unit: F CO, 2D BN, 1ST MAR, RCT-1, 1ST MARDIV, CAMP PENDLETON, CA
Birth: Mar. 21, 1983
Death: Sep. 6, 2004
Al Anbar, Iraq
Lance Cpl. Joseph C. McCarthy of Concho, Ariz.; and his family lived in Round Lake Beach, Ill. in 1983. While in there he was a paperboy for the Waukegan News-Sun. In 1996 his family moved to Concho, where he attended Concho School for the eighth grade and later moved to St. Johns where he attended high school. During his senior year at St. Johns High School, Joe enlisted with the Marines. He was scheduled to ship out to boot camp on September 11, 2001. Due to our country's tragedy he was delayed until September 13th. He married Amanda Rae Salazar, his high school sweetheart, on September 20, 2003. In a letter to his wife, during his Marine training, he stated, "I would not trade my life for anything. To me, I have the perfect life; perfect parents, perfect friends, perfect you, perfect job, perfect everything." Joseph served in the Marine Corp honorably and with pride. He earned two purple hearts. For his second purple heart he received a gold star. Everyone loved Joe just for being funny, caring Joe. He absolutely exuded light, and it spread to everyone he knew. He was living his dream. Joseph's survivors include his wife, Amanda McCarthy, parents Christopher and Rhonda McCarthy, sisters Stephanie and Jennie McCarthy, grandparents Paulette Johnson, Concho and Jerry Wilson. His Poppy and Nana, whom he loved very much, preceded him in death. Never once did he question what he was doing. He was proud of what he did. His love for children was exhibited on Easter Sunday, when he handed candy out to Iraqi children at a military checkpoint west of Fallujah. There were young Iraqi men nearby who could have been insurgents, but he broke the ice and reached out to the children. He was on his second deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and was due home to St. John's, Ariz., in about 30 days. He had received a promotion to corporal. His other personal awards include the Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon and the National Defense Service Medal. He loved basketball and the Chicago Cubs, Bears, Bulls, movies and music. He is survived by his mother, father, two sisters and his wife of nearly one year. He was 21.
1st Marine Regiment
1st Marine Division
I Marine Expeditionary Force
Camp Pendleton, Calif.
Saint Johns Catholic Cemetery