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James Harry McCue
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Name: James Harry McCue Rank: Private Service Number: 958821 Service: Company K, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, United States Marine Corps Awards: Purple Heart Date of Birth: November 20, 1921 Place of Birth: Bradley, Kankakee County, Illinois Date of Enlistment: April 24, 1944 Place of Enlistment: Unknown Address at Enlistment: Kankakee County Age at Enlistment: 22 Height: 5 feet, 9 inches Complexion: Light Brown Hair Color: Brown Eye Color: Gray Occupation: Ordnance Production Marital Status: Married Religion: Protestant Next of Kin: Marcella McCue (Wife) Date of Death: May 13, 1945 Age: 23 Cemetery: Kankakee Memorial Gardens and Chapel Mausoleum, Kankakee, Kankakee County, Illinois James Harry McCue was the son of Jessie Arthur McCue (1892-1949) and Frances J (MacKintosh) McCue (1896-1977). Some of his official records indicate his date of birth was November 3, 1920, but others record his birthday as November 20, 1921. His mother was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and his father was born in Watseka, Iroquois County, Illinois. James had three younger brothers, Jesse Arthur McCue Jr. (1921–2004), Gerald Edward (1930- 1937) and Tim (Timmy), and a younger sister, Patricia Anne (McCue) Carpenter (1927-1998). James’ brother, Sergeant Jessie A McCue Jr. (Service No. 16003810), enlisted in the US Army Air Force during WWII on January 28, 1941. He was shot down February 25, 1944, became a prisoner of war in Germany, and returned home after May of 1945. He was discharged October 18, 1945. James was working as a delivery boy in 1940 and living in Bradley Village in Kankakee County, Illinois. He married Marcella Markman, later Goudreau (1922-2019), in 1940. James registered for the US Draft on February 15, 1942, in Kankakee, Illinois. He was working for E. I. Dupont (E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company), an experienced explosives manufacturer that operated the Kankakee Ordnance Works which undertook TNT production. He enlisted in April of 1944 and joined the United States Marine Corps. He was assigned to the Company K of the 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division. He trained Camp Pendleton in San Diego County, California, before going overseas in August 1944. Private James Harry McCue was killed in action on May 12, 1945, during the Battle of Okinawa (Code Named Operation Iceberg) which lasted from April 1 to June 22, 1945, at Okinawa, Japan in the Pacific war theater. James remains were repatriated to the United States and he was interred at the Kankakee Memorial Gardens and Chapel Mausoleum in 1949. He is also remembered on the Peace Park Memorial in Okinawa, Japan.
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