RAIDERS McCaffery, Joseph Patrick

Special Forces Pilot
By Colonel Richard Hutchings
Those Devils in Baggy Pants
By David Ross Fraley & Ross S. Carter

John Robertson

Administrator
Staff member
  • SURNAME
McCaffery
  • FORENAME
Joseph Patrick
  • UNIT
2 Raider Bn (Commanding Officer)
  • RANK
Lieutenant Colonel
  • NUMBER
4388
  • DATE OF DEATH
1st November 1943
  • AGE
37
  • GRAVESITE
St Michaels Roman Catholic Cemetery, Chester, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
born 20.08.1906, Chester, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, USA
father Hugh J. McCaffery (1848-1918)
mother Marion V. (nee Brady) McCaffery (1888-1943)
Next of kin - Mother Mrs. Marion V. McCaffery, 9th and Highland Avenue, Chester, Pennsylvania
award Silver Star + Navy Cross
C.O. 2 Raider Bn 1.9.1943 - 1.11.1943
DOW received same day Bougainville,BSI
 

DATE OF DEATH:

01-Nov-1943

AWARD:

https://www.specialforcesroh.com/index.php?threads/mccaffery-joseph-p.29761/

CITATION:

Navy Cross : The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Lieutenant Colonel Joseph P. McCaffery (MCSN: 0-4388), United States Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service while in Command of the SECOND Marine Raider Battalion in action against enemy Japanese forces during the landing attack of the THIRD Marine Division (Reinforced), in the Cape Torokina Area, Bougainville Island, British Solomon Islands, on 1 November 1943. When the initial assault wave under his command landed out of position and became momentarily confused, Lieutenant Colonel McCaffery, realizing the danger of immobilization by enemy fire, immediately organized his command, fearlessly exposing himself to heavy fire from mortars and automatic weapons while proceeding from unit to unit in order to direct the disposition of his troops for maximum effectiveness. Initiating a daring attack, Lieutenant Colonel McCaffery personally led his men against Japanese positions until he was mortally wounded. His valiant and inspiring leadership was largely responsible for the success of the attack and his exemplary conduct throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

Silver Star : The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Lieutenant Colonel Joseph P. McCaffery (MCSN: 0-4388), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity as Commanding Officer of the First Battalion, Eighth Marines, Reinforced, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, in December 1942, and January 1943. By his expert tactical ability and sound judgment in directing the active patrolling and limited attack operations during the holding phase of the activities on the island in December, Lieutenant Colonel McCaffery enabled his men to capture the strategic high ground on the left flank of our forces and to reduce the enemy's strength materially. Courageous and indomitable in the face of fierce hostile resistance, he personally led his battalion in the final enveloping attack to the west which resulted in the capture of strong Japanese positions, large quantities of weapons and ammunition and the destruction of more than six hundred enemy troops. Lieutenant Colonel McCaffery's inspiring leadership and valiant devotion to duty under extremely difficult conditions contributed substantially to the success of our forces in driving the Japanese from this important area and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

FINDAGRAVE:

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/92741011/joseph-patrick-mccaffery
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