MA-05: Who is Chuck McCarthy?

This is the first in a series on potential candidates for the soon to be vacated 5th Congressional District seat.  I found Chuck McCarthy’s website on the Internet Archive.  This was from his 2002 run. 

His bio from that website is as follows:

Charles J. McCarthy, Jr., 51, a highly decorated Vietnam War veteran and high-tech start-up specialist, is the Republican candidate for U.S. Congress in the Massachusetts 5th District.

McCarthy, known to friends as Chuck, is a husband and father who went to night school to earn his college degrees while working days and raising two sons. Born to a working class family, McCarthy and his four siblings grew up in Billerica.

After 30 years working in the high-tech industry where he specialized in helping new firms grow and turning around struggling companies, McCarthy is asking the voters of the 5th District to let him apply his experience as a business leader, a war veteran, and taxpayer in Congress.

From Billerica to Vietnam
McCarthy’s father, a laborer at the Faulkner Mills and a veteran of World War II and the Korean Conflict, moved his family to Billerica from Allston in 1961. McCarthy attended Billerica public schools, but left high school at age 17 and enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in May 1968.

After boot camp at Parris Island, South Carolina, and further training in San Diego and Camp Pendelton, Calif., McCarthy shipped out to Vietnam as a communications specialist with the 1st Marine Division, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines in I Corps. He saw combat in Vietnam, and for his actions, was awarded the Bronze Star, the Naval Commendation, the Naval Achievement and the Purple Heart, among other medals.

Nearing the end of his first tour of duty, McCarthy signed up for another 13 months in Vietnam. But before his second tour of duty could begin, news reached McCarthy that old war wounds had paralyzed his father. The son returned home to help support his father, mother and three sisters, in early 1970 by digging ditches as a member of the Brotherhood Railroad Singleman union, for the Boston & Maine Railroad. He continued to serve the Marines as a pall bearer for fallen Massachusetts soldiers, and the following year, with his family’s situation stabilized, he rejoined the Marines full time. The Marine Corps honorably discharged McCarthy as a sergeant in April 9, 1973.

he McCarthy Family
McCarthy and his wife, Kathy (Deeney), a public elementary school teacher, reside in Dunstable and will celebrate their 29th wedding anniversary on August 18th. They are the parents of two adult sons, Scott and Brian, and parishioners at Chelmsford’s St. John’s Church.

The McCarthys raised their children in Tewksbury and Townsend, and their sons attended public elementary school and Bishop Guertin High School in Nashua, N.H. The McCarthys were active in the youth soccer and baseball leagues, and the Boy Scouts. They were parishioners at Townsend’s St. John’s Church.
McCarthy’s community involvement extended beyond his sons’ participation in various activities. On several occasions, his skills as a businessman and manager were called upon to help the community.

After a season of driving his sons to neighboring Pepperell to play youth soccer, McCarthy co-founded the Townsend Youth Soccer Association in 1981. The Association started with 130 children its first year, grew to 1,300 in the second, and remains popular today.

In addition, McCarthy served as business manager for his parish and as district commissioner for the Boy Scouts’ Nashoba Valley District. Also, while a living in Tewksbury in the 1970s, McCarthy served on the town’s appointed Industrial Commission.

Both sons graduated from college, Scott from Norwich University in Vermont and Brian from Providence College in Rhode Island. And Kathy graduated from Fitchburg State College in 1992 with a bachelor’s in education.

Chuck is a great man and was a great candidate.

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