Manus MacCloskey – Brigadier General, United States Army

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Manus MacCloskey was born in 1874 and died in 1963. He was buried in Section 30 of Arlington National Cemetery.  His wife, Sara Monro MacCloskey (1877-1955) is buried with him.  His son, Monro MacCloskey, Brigadier General, United States Air Force, is buried in an adjacent gravesite.

Manus MacCloskey, of Pennsylvania
Appointed from Pennsylvania, Cadet, United States Military Academy, 15 June 1894 (8)
Second Lieutenant, 5th United States Artillery, 26 April 1898
First Lieutenant, 7th United States Artillery, 15 August 1900
Artillery Corps, 2 February 1901
Captain, 23 September 1901

Courtesy of the United States Military Academy:


Manus MacCloskey, 8th in the class, was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on 24 April 1874. He joined the Coast Artillery Corps at graduation, and the Spanish-American War took him to Cuba. He then saw action in the Philippine Insurrection. Additionally, he went on the China Relief Expedition during the Boxer Rebellion.

Commanding the 12th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Division during World War I, McCloskey was in combat at Verdun, Chateau-Thierry, Belleau Wood, and Soisson in France. By 1919 he was a brigadier general and commanding the artillery brigade of the 2nd Division of the Army of Occupation.

Along with many foreign awards, BG McCloskey received the Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Distinguished Service Medal, the Silver Star Citation with Oak Leaf Cluster and the Victory Medal with Silver Star.

Following the war, McCloskey graduated from the General Staff College and the Army War College. He commanded Fort Myer, Fort Sheridan and Fort Bragg and organized the Civilian Conservation Corps of North Carolina. McCloskey also belonged to several civic organizations prior to and following his retirement from the Army in 1938. From then until 1947 he was the Administrator of Cook County Hospital in Chicago. In 1957 he moved to Washington, DC. He spent his retirement years there and died on 11 May 1963. He was 89 years old.


  • DATE OF BIRTH: 12/09/1907
  • DATE OF DEATH: 10/10/1970
  • DATE OF INTERMENT: 10/20/1970


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