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In Memoriam

Captain Mark P. "Mac" McCarthy

Captain Mark P. "Mac" McCarthy

26 January 1995

McCarthy, 31, was performing a training mission over the Adriatic Sea when his F16C crashed at 8:40 a.m. Jan. 26 approximately 60 miles east of the Italian city of Comacchio.

An international rescue effort to recover the pilot and search the crash site continue. Base officials changed McCarthy's duty status from whereabouts unknown to deceased Saturday.

A board of qualified officers has convened and continues its investigation into the accident.

McCarthy is survived by his father and mother, retired Air Force Gen. James P. and Alice M. McCarthy, from Monument, Colo.; and his wife, Patti, and three children, Bryan, David and Christina.

The 1985 U.S. Air Force Academy graduate served as the 510th FS's assistant operations officer.

The nine-year Air Force veteran's decorations include the Air Medal, Aerial Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster and the Air Force Achievement Medal.

The McCarthy family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the pilot's favorite charity, Focus on the Family, a non-profit organization that directs its resources to the preservation of home and family.

Visitor Comments

The Turning Away
Col (Ret) Paul "Sticky" Strickland, Jan 20, 2007 - 12:23 AM

Aviano with JB, Limo, and me. Zulu O'Grady picked me up from leave and reported, "We lost Mac." It was a Pink Floyd day..."they'll be no more turning away" as we'll never turn away from the memory of "Mac" who served his family and country with pride.

Lt Col Ron Comoglio, Oct 19, 2009 - 07:56 PM

Mac and Patti were great friends of our family while at Aviano--a great man of faith who loved his family and his Nation equally fervently. Am at Shaw now where the 20FW is mourning the loss of another fine American lost in the sea. Big time flashback for us. Godspeed to both and I look forward to seeing them again!

My late late condolences
Elizabeth Lutz, Dec 27, 2012 - 08:07 PM

Dear Gen McCarthy

As I was reading various military news on line, I came across those devastated news that you lost your son.

I am so sorry, so sorry, but did not know about it earlier. It broke my heart when I read it, it saddened me deeply.

Let us pray for him that his soul rests in peace for ever.


My Uncle Mark
Christopher, Oct 01, 2013 - 10:25 AM

Captain Mark P. McCarthy was my uncle. His sister, Major Susan T. Majzun, is my mother and I was born the September following his passing. I obviously never met him and it is always hard for my family to talk about his passing. Reading this small article and the ensuing comments helps me a lot with everything. His son Bryan has graduated from the Academy and is currently studying at MIT through scholarship from the Air Force. David is a Senior at the Academy and has high hopes, as do we all, for his future. Thank you to every one for their condolences and prayers.

On my mind...
Roby, May 23, 2014 - 07:00 AM


You are on my mind...

I still see you. I hear you.

You inspire me so...

God Bless.

See you at the merge my friend...



Mark as a Babysitter
Trish Luttrell Ellington, Dec 08, 2014 - 09:59 PM

Dear Jim and Alice, I saw you several years ago in St. Pete when we were going through the Titanic exhibit and you told me about Mark and his accident. Since leaving Blytheville AFB, there are many things that still stand out about those years spent there. My son, Zack Luttrell, now 37, was born at the hospital on the base and at some point Mark was our babysitter! He wasn't great at pinning on diapers but he was very attentive and very sweet to Zack. I think of you all often and know that you'll never fill that space in your heart but pray that you have found solace in having raised such a wonderful man and he will live on through your love and the love of his children. May God bless you all.

Warmest personal regards,


Checkin In
Roby, Apr 23, 2016 - 02:07 AM


Always thinking of you buddy.

On my mind...

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