Death Classification: Military Service Death

Agency: Chicago Police Department

Served: 39 years, 10 months, 8 days

Unit of Assignment / Detail: Women's Detention Home No. 2

District of Incident (Present Day): Location of Death Unknown

Cause of Death: Killed in U.S. Service

Age at Time of Death: 68


Date of Birth: 24 Jun 1850

Date of Appointment: 06 Jan 1879

Date of Incident: Location of Death Unknown

End of Watch: 14 Nov 1918

Date of Interment: 18 Nov 1918


Interment Details

 Cemetery: Calvary Cemetery - Evanston, Illinois
 Grave Location: Lot 13, Block 7, Section S
 Interment Disposition: Burial


Memorial Details

Superintendent’s Honored Star Case:

Gold Star Families Memorial Wall:

Illinois Police Officers Memorial Wall:

National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wall:

Officer Down Memorial Page: Not Listed



 Military Service: YES, Branch Unknown


Incident & Biographic Details


John T. O’Hara served in the United States Military, his branch of service is unknown.

On November 14, 1918, O’Hara was killed in service to his country and died at West Side Hospital. His death is classified as Killed in Action (KIA).


Lieutenant John T. O’Hara, Star # DNA, aged 68 years, was a 39 year, 10 month, 8 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Women’s Detention Home No. 2.

Lieutenant O’Hara was laid to rest on November 18, 1918 in Calvary Cemetery, 301 Chicago Avenue, Evanston, Illinois. His grave is located in Lot 13, Block 7, Section S.

Lieutenant John T. O’Hara, born June 24, 1850, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on January 6, 1879 and was issued Star # Unknown. On November 12, 1892, he was promoted to the rank of Patrol Sergeant and issued Star # Unknown. In July 1893, he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. On May 31, 1895, he was reduced in rank to Patrol Sergeant and issued Star # Unknown. On June 19, 1897, he was promoted to Acting Lieutenant. On January 1, 1898, he was promoted to Temporary Lieutenant. On April 9, 1898, he was once again promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. Prior to February 28, 1935, Captains’ and Lieutenants’ were not issued star numbers. He worked in the West Chicago Avenue Station after joining the Department. In 1881, he was transferred to the West Lake Street Station and was detailed as driver of the Patrol Wagon. He had shown himself to be a perfectly trustworthy man, and his superior officers had reposed great confidence in him.

Lieutenant O’Hara was survived by his wife. He was preceded in death by his parents: Catherine (nee Regan) and Owen.