Californians and the Military
Chaplain (Major) Joseph P. McQuaide
(5 July 1867 March 1928)
Father Joseph P. McQuaide (California State Library)

Adjutant General's Office Death Notification
Biennial Report of the Adjutant General of California, 1920-1926


                                        STATE OF CALIFORNIA,
                                        The Adjutant General's Office,
                                        Sacramento, March 29, 1924.
    General Orders,
    No. 20.
    The following is published for the information and guidance of all concerned:

    Major Joseph P. McQuaide, Chaplain, 250th Artillery, Coast Artillery Corps, California National Guard, died today in Los Angeles, California.

    Major McQuaide was exceptionally gifted for his position as Chaplain, which he so long and honorably held, because of his manliness, his bearing as an officer, and his deep interest and sympathy with all other officers and enlisted men with whom he ever came in contact. He was a man of sterling character ; always courteous, always cheerful, ever mindful of the best interests of his comrades, no matter what their rank, and ready to give the last bit of his energy for their welfare. He was not only respected and honored, but also deeply beloved by officers and enlisted men alike.

    A marked characteristic was the universality of his interest and sympathy.

    While always true to his own religious convictions, he never allowed creed to make the slightest difference in his ministrations as Chaplain. He was a brother to all men ; hated cant ; he was genuineness personified. Although he was a man of very high attainments, the lowliest man in the service who knew him felt perfectly at home in his presence. No one could know him without saying to himself "Here, indeed, is a true friend." Major McQuaide's life was devoted to service to his fellow man. His finest monument are the words he so well exemplified and fulfilled. '"Whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister."

    Chaplain McQuaide was born in Boston, Mass., July 5, 1867. He was at one time rector of Sacred Heart Church, San Francisco, Cal. In addition to
    attending the public schools in San Francisco. Cal., he was a graduate of Sacred Heart College, San Francisco, Cal. ; Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, Cal., and St. Mary's University, Baltimore.

    Major McQuaide served as Chaplain in the 1st Infantry, California National Guard, and the California Coast Artillery Corps, and was drafted into the United States service with the latter organization for the World War, on August 5, 1917, having seen service in France with the 62d Coast Artillery Corps, and was honorably discharged on March 3, 1919. He also served as Captain and Chaplain with the 8th Army Corps, Philippine Islands, in 1899 and 1900. Following his discharge from the World War service he was commissioned Captain and Chaplain, December 31, 1920, and attached to the California Coast Artillery Corps, and was promoted to Major (Chaplain) on November 14, 1922, which position he held at the time of his death. Prior to his discharge from the .World War service Chaplain McQuaide was recommended for a majority by the commanding officer of the 62d Coast Artillery. He was also awarded the distinguished service medal by France.

    Flags will be displayed at half staff on all National Guard Coast Artillery Armories for a period of thirty days, and the officers of the 250th Artillery will
    wear the usual badge of mourning for a period of thirty days from date of this order. The regimental commander will provide the prescribed escort for the funeral which will be held from St. Mary's Cathedral, San Francisco, Cal., Monday morning, March 31, 1924, at 10 o'cock.

    By order of the Governor:
                                  R. E. MITTELSTAEDT,
                                  The Adjutant General.
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