William Henry McCartney

Master Sergeant, United States Marine Corps

      William Henry McCartney, "Bill",  was born in West Orange, New Jersey in the 1920's.  Bill McCartney was a teenager when World War Two came and, like any young American boy, he wanted to get into the action.  His grandmother, Annie McCartney, however, was set against it.  So Bill's parents wouldn't let him join as they didn't want to upset Annie.  However, Annie passed away in 1943.

      Bill's parents relented and signed for him to enlist early, which he did at the age of 17 in 1943.  Bill wanted the Marine Corps and thats what he got.  Bill trained in Paris Island.  There Bill discovered that he was not a very skilled shot.  He trained with various weapons, including the M1 Garand and the M1 Carbine, the second of which Bill would tell me he "couldn't hit the broad side of a barn with".  Bill would find out years later that he had Parkinson's Disease and it seems likely that this was an early indicator of that problem. In any case Bill completed his Boot Camp and became a United States Marine, of which he would always be very proud.

      Probably due in part to his poor marksmanship wound up as a cook.  His unit was an artillery unit, 155 mm Howitzer's, the Long Tom.  His unit would I believe he said be attached to the Fourth or Fifth Marines.  Bill sailed to the Pacific where his unit moved up behind the front lines on many famous battlefields, such as Guadalcanal, and Guam.  There the men would partake in patrols to scout out and root out hidden Japanese soldiers who were hiding in caves in the jungle and who would harrass the American troops.  Bill would go on these expeditions.

      Once Bill told me of a funny incident on Guam, "We were on Guam one night.  We were an artillery unit, Long Toms.  We were mop up and garrisson, our unit wasn't going to be going into battle first until Japan.  Well, This guy from our unit is standing guard duty around the camp when he hears a noise.  Halt he calls out, and no one answers.  There is another noise.  Halt he cries out again. Three times and no answer. There are Japs out there hiding still, so he opens up with his BAR.  Browning Automatic Rifle.  It was a bleeping pig.  He killed it. Woke everybody up."

     The bomb saved Bill and his comrades from facing the Japanese on their homeland.  Bill came home, dyed his uniform into a blue suit and entered civilian life.

       After the war Bill became an accountant, being the first in his family to get a college degree, graduating from Fairliegh Dickinson.  He met and married the love of his life, Marge.  They had two daughters and many grand children. Bill was always an active and funny man.  A true life of the party. Sadly, Bill passed away on August 30, 2000.  Semper Fidelis.

----- Curator, Nephew of Bill McCartney

         famjustin@aol.com

LINKS

Boot Camp Portrait, M/Sgt William H. McCartney, USMC

Garand at Boot Camp, M/Sgt William H. McCartney, USMC

Fatigues, William McCartney, Fatigues with Buddy, M/Sgt William H. McCartney, USMC

Unknown Marine on Bill's Ship Bound for South Pacific, M/Sgt William H. McCartney, USMC

Bill McCartney and friends near Barracks, M/Sgt William H. McCartney, USMC

Briefing Room, Guam, (old page), M/Sgt William H. McCartney, USMC

Marines with Japanese Flag and Rifle, M/Sgt William H. McCartney, USMC

Hut, Guam, M/Sgt William H. McCartney, USMC

D'Amico and Galao in San Diego, California, M/Sgt William H. McCartney, USMC

Troop Ship, M/Sgt William H. McCartney, USMC

George Muhr, M/Sgt William H. McCartney, USMC

Just the Gang, M/Sgt William H. McCartney, USMC

Marines Shopping on Honolulu, M/Sgt William H. McCartney, USMC

Marine with M1 Carbine, M/Sgt William H. McCartney, USMC

Bill with Daughters, M/Sgt William H. McCartney, USMC

Duda in Marine Baseball Uniform, M/Sgt William H. McCartney, USMC

Eugene in Hawaii, M/Sgt William H. McCartney, USMC

The Gang, January 4, 1944, M/Sgt William H. McCartney, USMC

Marine with M1 Garand and pack, M/Sgt William H. McCartney, USMC

Ten Foot Tall Marine, M/Sgt William H. McCartney, USMC

Unknown Marines on Pacific Island, M/Sgt William H. McCartney, USMC

Unknown Marine with holstered .45, M/Sgt William H. McCartney, USMC

Unknown Marine on Path, M/Sgt William H. McCartney, USMC

Unknown Marine with holstered .45, M/Sgt William H. McCartney, USMC

Unknown Marine, M/Sgt William H. McCartney, USMC

Marine Playing Baseball, M/Sgt William H. McCartney, USMC

Marine leaning on Palm Tree by Surf, M/Sgt William H. McCartney, USMC

Marine by Tent, M/Sgt William H. McCartney, USMC

Marine, M/Sgt William H. McCartney, USMC

Marine by Barracks, M/Sgt William H. McCartney, USMC

Marines, one with Cammoflage Pants, M/Sgt William H. McCartney, USMC

Marine by Tents, M/Sgt William H. McCartney, USMC

Marine under Structure, M/Sgt William H. McCartney, USMC

Marine by Store, M/Sgt William H. McCartney, USMC

Lau Yee Chai, M/Sgt William H. McCartney, USMC

Marines in San Diego, M/Sgt William H. McCartney, USMC

Two Marines, M/Sgt William H. McCartney, USMC

Guam or Guadalcanal?, M/Sgt William H. McCartney, USMC

Marine by Drum, M/Sgt William H. McCartney, USMC

Couple, M/Sgt William H. McCartney, USMC

Marine in Building, M/Sgt William H. McCartney, USMC

Tropical Church, M/Sgt William H. McCartney, USMC

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