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Battery E, 72nd Artillery CAC

Private Charles E. McCarthy was born on the 11th of November 1890, the 9th of 10 children to Charles and Ellen McCarthy near Hartland, IL. (Harvard, IL). When his father passed away in April 1893 (a month after his 10th child was born), the family relocated to Chicago.


Charles was drafted on 3 April 1918 and served as a Teamster (Motor Transport driver) with E Btry, 72nd CAC as they formed up, trained and traveled to France as part of the AEF. He turned 29 on 11 November 1919 and rumor has it that he was AWOL for a few days in-country having celebrated.


Upon return to the US, he was demobilized on 17 April, 1919 at Camp Grant (Rockford, IL). Charles married Wilhelmina M. Warkenthien (Niles, IL) on 3 July, 1920 and they had two Children: Arlette (1921-1998) and Charles G. (1933-2019). He had a long career as an Engineer with the Chicago Fire Department and passed at the Dwight, Illinois Veterans Home at age 70 in September 1961. Both his son Charles and his grandson Michael McCarthy served in the Marine Corps. (This information along with the following photos and documents were supplied by his grandson Michael McCarthy, many thanks for his support to build this memorial page)

Charles Edward McCarthy

Private Battery E, 72nd Artillery CAC