James L. Mooney

Name: James L. Mooney
Rank: Police Officer
Star #: Unavailable
Unit: Hudson Avenue Station
EOW: 12 AUG 1944

Incident Details:
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 for the Bears and the Cardinals and then went on to coach Columbia University and in the American Professional Football League.

          Jim’s father was a career Chicago policeman who retired as the Chief of Detectives.  Jim became a Chicago Police Officer himself in 1937.  He served as a patrolman at the 36th Dist. Hudson Avenue station.  After six years as a policeman, Jim enlisted in the U.S. Army on November 20, 1943. 

          While serving as a Corporal in the 110th Infantry Regiment, 28th Infantry Division, Jim was killed near Sourdeval, France on August 12, 1944.  Jim was awarded the Purple Heart Medal.  He was survived by his parents, a young widow (Jeanne), a ten year old son (James III) and a two year old son (Philip).