Michael J. McAuliffe was born April 12, 1882 in Newmarket, County Cork to Denis McAuliffe, tailor Hight Street, and Mary Sheehan. His grandfather was Daniel McAuliffe from Kanturk. He emigrated to America in the early 1900's. He served as a Sergeant Major and Bugler in World War I in the famous Irish regiment "The Fighting 69th" out of New York City. He received the Distinguished Service Cross and a Purple Heart for fighting in France at the Battles of Chateau Thiery, Argonne, St. Michel etc. In 1919 he marched down 5th Avenue in Manhattan to a hero's welcome, and earlier marched with his regiment through the Arch De Triumph in Paris. He later was employed at the Woolworth Buiding as an elevator operator, which prior the Empire State Building was the tallest building in the world. In 1917 he lived at 264 Nassua Street in Brooklyn. He was married to Hannah McAuliffe. He died June 29, 1956 in Long Island City, NY and is buried at the Long Island National Cemetary with his wife Hannah, in the Distinguished Service Cross section.