Corporal James L. Mooney was born on September 16, 1907 in Chicago, Illinois. He attended Georgetown University where he captained the football team and was named an All-American lineman and punter. He graduated with a B.A. in psychology. He joined the NFL where he played from 1930 until 1935, ending his career with the Cardinals and Bears.
Jim was a member of one of the CPD’s most distinguished families. His grandfather was Francis J. O’Neill, a career policeman who rose through the ranks to become Superintendent from 1901 until 1905. His father, Captain James L. Mooney, Sr., also a career CPD officer, retired as Chief of Detectives. Following family tradition, Jim joined the CPD in 1937. He served as a patrolman at the 36th District Hudson Avenue Station. On November 20, 1943, he enlisted in the US Army.
While serving as a Corporal in the 110th Infantry Regiment, 28th Infantry Division, Jim was killed in action near Sourdeval, France on August 12, 1944. Jim was awarded the Purple Heart Medal.