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Douglas P. McCarthy

July 17, 1984 ~ February 11, 2024 (age 39) 39 Years Old
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Douglas McCarthy Obituary

Douglas P. McCarthy, affectionately known as Doug, passed away on February 11, 2024 in Christiansburg, VA. He was born to Patrick and Bridget McCarthy on April 17, 1984 in Springfield, MA. He grew up in Ludlow, MA and enrolled in the Navy in 2006 aboard the US Oak Hill (LSD 51). 

Doug was a dedicated and proud brother, leaving behind his two sisters, Kathryn and Jennifer, his brother Joseph and his wife Kathleen. Doug was a proud uncle of three nieces, two nephews, and had countless aunts, uncles, cousins; whom he loved dearly.

As a soldier, Doug served two deployments and was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, serving in the Vessel Board Search and Seizure Team. He was trained in Blackwater and spent years traveling the world.

Doug’s brilliance was noted in his journalism and his natural way with words. He shared his world with his poetic words that captured the hardships and truths of life. He channeled this by helping and advocating for Veterans by establishing numerous federal grants to help homeless Vets. Doug was naturally drawn to helping others. His love and support will be missed dearly. 

A funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, February 24, 2024 at 10:30am at St. Elizabeth’s Parish, 181 Hubbard St., Ludlow, MA followed by a Veteran’s sendoff at St. Aloysius Cemetery. 

Remember Doug with his own words: “And though I’m not right here with you, you’re not alone, I promise this is true.” To offer online condolences to Doug’s family, please visit

In lieu of flowers or gifts, please donate in Doug's memory to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8516 (online at

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Mass of Christian Burial
February 24, 2024

10:30 AM
St. Elizabeth Church
191 Hubbard Street
Ludlow, MA 01056

Burial with military honors
February 24, 2024

St. Aloysius Cemetery
1273 Berkshire Ave.
Indian Orchard, MA 01151


Wounded Warrior Project
PO Box 758517, Topeka KS 66675-8517
Tel: 1-877-832-6997


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