Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

Remembering the servicemembers who died in the service of their country.

Marine Capt. John W. Maloney

36, of Chicopee, Massachusetts.
Maloney died when his vehicle hit an improvised explosive device while conducting combat operations near Ar Ramadi, Iraq. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California. During Operation Iraqi Freedom their unit was attached to 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward). Died on June 16, 2005.

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"sir... i told you i was gonna find your killers ... have i ever let you down sir??? i was your best warrior you used to say ... now I've proved it ... once again ... none can kill me ... except God himself ..."
facebook.com/mino.bang3 of los angeles, ca

"james foley said right before he got excuted " USA is my real killer " Foley was a hero ... chris kyle was a hero ... seal team 6 never killed osama ...obama killed seal team six ...he was a foreign student ( i thought only 1st class citizens can be US presidents.. and the american gov made the bin laden family plane crash in uk ...seth lewis was a hero ...mh 370 was shot down by us... weikert was a hero ...capt maloney put himself in the front of the battle like a real Cmmdr and forced the enemy to retreat and when he got wounded called his own med evac and air support... when i was in iraq i used to go on raids by myself and realized that the whole war was orchestrated by ONE family and the same family been brain washing me making me believe that i was fighting for freedom and sent me around the world killing all their competition ( NOT terrorist ) all war are actually rackets and are funded by the idiot that thinks his god"

"Sir... I'm almost there ... Please do me a huge favor and tell God that I'm stranded and need help... I love you sir ( no homo)"
of Garfield and hellman

"I still talk about you to all my sailors and hope one day I can make an impact on other people's lives just like you did with me. I will never forget your open bull in the ring challenge to Charlie Co, the motto runs,Yuma, conversations we had about the pats and the red Sox. It was an honor serving with you and thank you sir for always leading from the front. Semper Fi!"
HM2(FMF) Canoza, Ryan of Uncasville, CT/ USA

"Capt Maloney Commanding officer of charlie co 1/5 a.k.a Capt America was awarded the leftwich trophy

http://www.marines.mil/News/Messages/MessagesDisplay/tabid/13286/Article/110289/leftwich-trophy-for-outstanding-leadership-for-cy2005.aspx"

"Sir... i will never forget you... i used to look up to you and think you were Capt America... Sir i wish you were stilll here because i know if anyone would vouch for me that person would be you... when i came back from being UA few days before deployment you asked me why i came back knowing 1/5 going for oif2... i told you that i was having some family problems and suffering from major PTSD from OIF 1 and instead of taking my rank and pay... you let me slide because you knew i came back because i couldn't continue living knowing that i left my marines behind... Sir... the good die young... Im really sorry...rest assure knowing that the marines of 1/5 will always look out for your family sir...i miss you ... and think about you all the time... i know your here with lewis cartwright weikert and heldt ... i feel your presence and i will keep obeying your orders like they are holy orders even when your gone... I'm so proud to have served in your company sir... not only you were the most awesome Marine officer that has ever walk on the face of the earth... you were also the greatest warrior and servant of God...I never got a chance to formally thank you Sir... Thank you from the bottom of the my heart..."
bangmino@gmail.com

"John served with me at the Joint Education Center in Camp Pendleton for one year. During that time John worked his tail off bettering himself and the Corps. I am proud to have been his SNCOIC and worked hand in hand with John bettering the life of so many Marines thru education. John asked me what I thought of him becoming an Officer of Marines and I said if we had more Officers like you the Corps would be a better place. To John's wife and children Gods Speed and know your husband and father was one great person and a truly dedicated Marine.Rest easy Marine know you are missed and loved. Semper Fi!"
James Shaw GYSGT(RET) of Belpre, Ohio

"John served with me at the Joint Education Center in Camp Pendleton for one year. During that time John worked his tail off bettering himself and the Corps. I am proud to have been his SNCOIC and worked hand in hand with John bettering the life of so many Marines thru education. John asked me what I thought of him becoming an Officer of Marines and I said if we had more Officers like you the Corps would be a better place. To John's wife and children Gods Speed and know your husband and father was one great person and a truly dedicated Marine.Rest easy Marine know you are missed and loved. Semper Fi!"
James Shaw GYSGT(RET) of Belpre, Ohio

"I never thought such a beast like you though a gentleman could have ever been taken..dammit devil ill never forget you..i remember the day you wanted to choke me and I lifted my head, and I thought to myself if anybody is gna choke gonzo well so b it to be you lol.. I have told so many people of this day , its like in the movie full metal jacket , when ermy lee does the same to joker , well only a few of us know..Anyhow love ya SIR... . I always looked up to you.."
eric of tx

"I served with John in 81's plt 2/5. He was a friend, Marine, and a true leader. Our nickname for him was Superman and he truely is."
Mike Messenger of Norco, Ca

"Oorah, sir."
David Pagliughi

"HE IS MY IOC INSTRUCTOR BACK IN 2002 IN BASIC SCHOOL. HE IS MY ROOMMATE BROTHER S TOO. I HEARD THAT HE WAS PASS OUT BUT DID NOT KNOW WHAT HAPPEN PLEASE LET MALONEY CONTACT ME ON FACE BOOK CHIDPONG POOMKEAW . RIGHT NOW I AM A LIEUTENANT COLONAL IN ROYAL THAI MARINE CORP. "LIFE IS THE WAY IT IS FOR HUMAN ""
CHIDPONG POOMKEAW of CHONBURI THAILAND

"I served with John when he was my Sgt. with 2/5 81's. He taught my what a true leader and a great man was. I would have followed him to hell. He will always be my Sgt., my leader, my friend."
Monkey

"Thinking of you and our brothers of 1/5 today. You got me home safe. Thank you!"
Drew Weaver of Charleston SC

"To the family of:John W. Maloney
I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. My heart cries out for you in your grief and you have my thoughts and prayers. He died a hero defending freedom. May you have the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Prayerfully we will all meet in Heaven one day where we will rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need prayer or need someone to talk to, please call or write my pastor: Rev. John Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd., Covington, GA 30016. (770)787-1015.
Your friend in Jesus Christ, Polly Ballew Covington,Ga""

"john love you and miss you thank you for what iv become because of you"
bryan of philadelphia

"I have never met another Marine Corps Officer that is of your caliber. I am a better Officer for having served with you at TBS - keep the faith.

A Nation's Strength

By Ralph Waldo Emerson

What makes a nation's pillars high
And it's foundations strong?
What makes it might to defy
The foes that round it throng?

It is not gold. It's Kingdoms grand
Go down in battle shock;
It's shafts are laid on sinking sand,
Not on abiding rock.

Is it the sword? Ask the red dust
Of empires passed away;
The blood has turned their stones to rust.
Their glory to decay.

And is it pride? Ah, that bright crown
Has seemed to nations sweet.
But God has struck its luster down
In ashes at his feet.

Not gold but only men take make
A people great and strong;
Men who for truth and honor's sake
Stand fast and suffer long.

Brave men who work while others sleep,
Who dare while others fly...
They build a nation's pillars deep
And lift them to the sky.

Semper Fidelis."
Major Steve Kahn, USMC of Virginia

"Its been six years since Capt. Maloney passed away. That day plays so vivid in my head. All of those lost will never be forgotten. Semper Fi."
Cpl .Jeno Hankerson of Idaho

"You are still remembered and severely missed."
Austin Adams

"One of the finest officers I have had the honor of serving with. And, bar none, the smartest man I ever met. Sir, you are still an inspiration to this day. Semper Fi!"
GySgt Jason Neale

"Just wanted to say oorah sir! You were a hell of a officer and you had my respect. To your family, Capt Maloney was a great leader. The best quality about him was he looked after the little guy. The nobody. The guy no one cared about, he would always seek him out and make him feel important. He knew every man's name in Charlie Co, and where they were from. That said a lot about what kind of man he was. He really cared about his marines. Take care sir, I hope to be half the leader you were.
donaldtrump0311@yahoo.com"
donald owens of camp pendleton

"I work for a non-profit called The Massachusetts Soldiers Legacy Fund which works to put children of fallen Mass soldiers through college. I need information about Capt. Maloney so that I can get his children the money we have set aside for them for school. Can someone who knows the family email me @ info@mslfund.org

Thank you!"
Brad Durkin of Boston, MA

"My son served under Captain Maloney at Quantico. He says Captain Maloney was the finest Marine and Officer he ever knew. "He would have followed him into the Gates of Hell, without question and unafraid."
My son, Sgt Brian D. Allen was deployed to Afghanistan, and injured during a patrol (not by terrorists).
I believe Captain Maloney was watching over Brian and has brought him home safely back stateside.
Captain Maloney is in my prayers every day. I am sorry for his family and friends and they are in my prayers too."
Louise Allen of Bixby, Ok

"I was serving with Charlie Company during that tour in Ar Ramadi, Iraq and i have quite fond memories of Captain Maloney. He was without a doubt the best leader i've ever met, his number one priority was putting his marines first before anything. He was definitely a leader and gentleman every man should strive to be. Rest in peace Captain Maloney, sir. God Bless you and thank you for serving our country sir."
Cpl. Mason Bell of Oklahoma City, OK

"John, you are missed. Semper Fi. We gathered today at the 5th Marines Memorial. For you and Heldt."
Dave Denial of San Mateo, CA

"Remembering the sacrifice made and with prayers for John's family, June 16, 2009."
Mark and Carla Myers of Memphis MO

"John Maloney will never be forgotten for the greatest gift that our nation could have received from him, his life. Without John and all the other men and women like him, we would not have the freedom that we take so lightly. Thank you John and thank you Michelle for being a supportive wife. God bless Michelle and John's children. God Bless America and Let Freedom Ring."
Gene Huett of Granbury, TX

"Michelle, I think of you often and wonder where you are and how the kids are doing. I miss John so much and it hurts today as it did the day you called me in June to tell me the news. we may not hear from each other but know that your all in our thoughts and prayers. Memorial Day 2009"
Stephen krell of Liverpool NY/USA

"June 22, 2008
To the family of Capt. John W. Maloney:
John gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. I cannot and will not let our fallen heroes be forgotten. My deepest sympathy to you. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
www.IraqWarHeroes.org"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

"Michelle, You and John's family remain in the forefront of our minds and in the words of our prayers on this Memorial day."
Mark and Theresa Raney of Navarre, Fl

"Just thinking of you on the Memorial Day 2008"
The Ayres of Texas

"Michelle and the kids:

Thinking of you this memorial day ~

May he rest in peace."
Cassie of Camp Pendleton

"Our family's fondest wish is that Erik and his Captain are watching over all of us. We are still praying for all of you and hope you are doing well."
Patty and Gary Heldt of Hermann, MO

"Capt Maloney was the best man I ever knew. He was the type of officer that I would do anything for and at times I felt like I let him down and he never made me feel like I did. I was with Capt Maloney in Iraq when we lost him I wasn't on that patrol but I was his clerk and worked directly for him. I have a lot of great memories of Capt Maloney and when I'm down I think about him and it brings me up. I tell my friends about him and I tell them that I will never find a man who was like him and that is true. He was a great man, awesome Marine, and a great friend. We all miss you dearly sir."
Cpl Matthew J. Rapp of Charlotte, NC

"I'm leaving this message for my cousin John, his wife and also my cousin Michelle and my two little cousins Nathanial and Mckenna.

Today, especially today is one of the hardest days our family can endure.

I thank all the servicememebers still there, fighting for what my cousin died for. He just wanted the Iragi people to know that we mean well...and he proved it.

Rest in peace John. And now Grandpa is up there with you, and I know the two of you are up there laughing, together.

I love you."
Lauren Maloney of Meriden, CT

"I am leaving this message for Chris. "John was one of the finest officers ever"
We are thinking of him today and of your family.
May God be with you.
June 16th 2007"
Capt Chris Ayres USMC Ret, Renee & girls of Houston Texas

"WE WILL NEVER FORGET
MEMORIAL DAY 2007"
Capt Chris Ayres USMC Ret, Renee & girls of Texas

"I'm leaving this message to the family of Capt. Maloney on behalf of my husband SSgt Brandon Bass...He is deeply saddened by the loss...even to this day...He also sends his condolences. He feels responsible in a way because he was not there as John's humvee driver as he was during their previous deployments to Iraq.He has the guilty feeling thinking that if he were there maybe things would have been different and Capt. Maloney would still be alive..Capt. Maloney had talked him into doing something more in the Marine Corps because he felt he should do something else and pushed him to do so. So he went into recruiting. When he found out that Capt. Maloney & his humvee driver were killed, it almost destroyed him...He was very grateful for everything Capt. Maloney had done for him during his time with 1/5...He is truly sorry for the Maloney family's loss."
Shayla Bass of Paramount, CA USA

"Captain Maloney was the finest Marine officer I ever knew and it was my greatest honor in the Corps to serve under him. I only found out today that he had fallen and it fills my heart with the greatest sorrow. He showed me who I wanted to be in life. I would like his family to know how he has inspired those that knew him and I would like to thank you for my time with him. He will continue to always be one of my greatest heroes and I only pray that someday I will be able tell his children how important he was to so many. Semper Fidelis Capt. Maloney"
Sgt James Stapleton 2nd Bn 5th Marines, Wpns Co 81's Plt

"God bless sir, it was a honor to serve with you. Stand tall while you guard the those pearly gates."
Tim McAtee of Baghdad, Iraq

"Michelle, Nathaniel, and McKenna:

I had the honor of first meeting John at TBS. He was an outstanding example of a Marine and a man. He taught me much about the Corps and even more about life. I will always remember John and all of you, be proud of your husband and father, he meant the world to more people than you will ever know. S/F"
Nate Schoen of Toledo, Ohio

"I am Proud to have served in 2nd Bn. 5th Marines with John when he was my Sergeant in 81's Platoon. I still remember the day he got his letter of acceptance to the MECP program. John I am proud to have known you and served with you in Somolia and in 2/5. SEMPER FI, you will not be forgotten!"
Joseph Merignac of Michigan

"John,
God bless you and your family. It's been so long since our TBS days - I'm so proud of you and your honorable service."
Maj Mary Fast of Alexandria, VA

"I am so sorry to the family that he leaves behind. There is no reason for this and I hope that no one else will have to die there."
Nathan of Jasper, Texas

"Sir, Thank you for everything. YOu will be missed. LCPL Klingel C CO 1st BN 5th MArines"
James Klingel of Lodi Ohio

"To the family and friends of Capt. John Maloney:
I am a student and I visited this site to gain a better appreciation towards and become more aware of the amazing men and women in our country’s military. I was privileged to learn about Capt. John Maloney.
Capt. Maloney will be remembered forever with honor and respect as an awe inspiring man. His memory lives on in the wonderful memorial sites you have created in honor of him. I pray that God’s comforting spirit presides over your lives in this time of loss."
Adam Murphy of O'Fallon, Missouri

"Aunt Michelle, Nathaniel, and McKenna...
What do I say to the family that has heard it all? I really can't express what I feel at this time. It has been a little over 4 months since this tragedy and I am still lost. Uncle John was such an amazing man; he always had a positive attitude. I knew him as an uncle, not a marine. And even then, he always knew how to add in the fact that he was a Marine, putting in his advice when it came to the guys I like to date. Thank you Aunt Michelle, for bringing this amazing man into my life. Although he is no longer with us, he will ALWAYS be in my thoughts and prayers...and FOREVER in my heart.

As for Nathaniel and McKenna, I want you to know that your father was the best man for the job! I will tell you forever and always how wonderful your father was!

I love you guys so much and please know that I am always around if you need anything! xoxo"
Becky, neice of Capt. John W. Maloney of Simi Valley, CA

"John and I had a few things in common when first we met at TBS that allowed for our initial friendship. Both of us were from Mass, and both of us were the "old guys," having enlisted 10 years earlier after graduating high school in '86. We talked about the Sox, we talked about the Cape, we talked about Kelly's, and we talked about the Corps among other things. I have read a number of stories about him recently, and there is little doubt that he was the best among us. He was always a positive force, always a happy person, always a tough and strong Marine. He will be missed, but he shall never be forgotten by those of us fortunate enough to have known him.

Semper Fi my friend!"
Capt Brian J. Dow of Williamsburg, VA

"MARINE CAPT JOHN W. MALONEY -
You are an American Hero whose ultimate sacrifice will not be forgotten by a grateful nation. You will be remembered for always being faithful to God, Country, Family and the Corps. My deepest condolences to the family and friends of John and may memories comfort you during this difficult time and always.
Semper Fi"
D. Burt of Portsmouth, RI

"To Michelle, Nathanial, and Mckenna;

It is 2 months after John's passing and I just found this website. I think about him, you and the kids every day. As high school buddies, I got to know John in some of the best times of our lives. As I read and learn more about John's accomplishments and life after these years, I feel cheated and remorse not to have kept in closer contact with him. He was a great Marine, Husband, man, father, and friend. We will always miss him!!! What an honor it must be to have a husband and father such as John Maloney!

My family's thoughts and prayers will always be with you!!"
Dave Pandolfi of Longmeadow, MA

"To the family of Capt. John Maloney: Our family would like to extend our most sincere sympathy to you. You are in our thoughts and prayers."
The Family of LCpl Erik Heldt of Hermann, MO

"Family of Captin Maloney,
There seem to be two things that I owe you and they are, I'm so sorry for your loss and Thank You. Niether one seems correct in a time like this. My fiance Adam Padavic looked up to John as a Man, Marine, And Hero. And he is Great at all three. After that horrible night Adam told me that " No one will ever fill his shoes." May God bless you during this diffcult time of grieving. You will be in my prayers always.
Semper Fi"
Laura Xamis of Quincy, IL , USA

"God Bless you Capt.Maloney from all of Charlie Co. 1/25. You are a hero. Semper Fi."
Lcpl. Kelly of Plainville, CT

"To the family and friends of Capt. John W. Maloney,

Those we hold most dear, never truly leave us. May you find comfort in love's everlasting connection.

In the Support section of this web site you will find links to many groups that support you at this crucial time. The Marine Comfort Quilt group would be honored to send a quilt to the next of kin. There are many, loving and caring Americans from all over the United States that will never forget the sacrifice that your loved one has made for our Freedom. Please use our link and register so we can send you our "Love Stitched Together."

Proud Marine Mom and Proud Member of Marine Comfort Quilts "
Sandra Moudy of Placentia, California USA

"Friends - I am posting John's memorial address:
http://www.johnmaloneymemorial.com/index.html

Love,
Sandra"
Sandra & Cesar of San Diego, California

"To the Maloney Family and Friends:
I cannot adequately express my enormous grief for the loss of John. Particularly for Michelle, Nathaniel and McKenna, and John's parents my heart breaks for your loss of a wonderful husband, father, and son. I am so very sorry.

I am privileged enough to have known John since August 1994 when we arrived at the University of Colorado together as fellow MECEPs (Marine Enlisted Commissioning Education Program). I will always remember our first semester there in Colorado; it was one of the best times in my life. To this day that semester holds, and will forever hold, a special place in my heart for all the great times that we shared.

John was an incredibly exceptional person whom I greatly admired. He was a compassionate, thoughtful, and caring friend. And you couldn’t help but like him with his easy smile and ready laugh. Those that knew him know what I’m talking about. He was without a doubt the very best.

To John:
I love you and I will miss you my friend, my brother. Semper Fi…"
Capt Roland Sarino, USMC of Alexandria, Virginia

"To the Maloney family.
Michelle, John, Anita, Josh and Linda
I am very sorry for your loss. My condolences and prayers go out to you all. After reading so much about John, he was a great man, father and Marine.
He will be missed."
Lori Kinney of Enfield, CT

"To McKenna and Nathaniel, children of Captain John Maloney;

My wife, son, daughter and I wish to express our deepest sympathies for your unspeakable loss. The first thing I said to my wife upon learning of John's death was that I hoped you two were too young to fully appreciate the pain and sadness that those who loved your father are feeling right now. I hoped that you would somehow be spared the lifetime of pain that your mother, grandparents, and uncles must now endure. No sooner had I spoken those words than I wished, more than anything, that I could take them back. I don't wish that at all. Because as hard as this time is, the only thing more sad than having to confront the devistation that is your father's death would be to have not fully experienced his life. John touched everybody. A father’s love for his children is unlike anything else a man can feel. It is overwhelming. Somehow, John had enough left over to touch the lives of everyone he met; to risk everything for principle; to give the ultimate sacrifice. Not all of use were so strong. My family and I will never forget your father."
Andrew Kessler (former Marine) of San Diego, California

"To the family of Captain John W. Maloney: In appreciation and gratitude for his honorable service to the United States of America and the United States Marine Corps. The brotherhood of Marines of The Marine Corps League, Longhorn Detachment #1069 in Crowley,Texas offer our most sincere condolences in the loss of your loved one and our "Brother." Semper Fidelis,
C.R. Scroggins USMC (Ret.), Detachment Chaplain and Father-in-law to Capt. Roland Sarino, a very close friend of John."
C.R. Scroggins of Duncan, OK, USA

"Michele and kids, family and friends,

The last time Angela and I saw you and John, we were cheering for the Buffs during a loss to USC in California. It doesn't seem so long ago. I keep thinking... this is not how it was supposed to be. John was the BEST of us. Everyone looked up to him, trusted him, emulated him, and of course - loved him. I had no doubt he was destined for General Officer... so I repeat, this is just not how it was supposed to be. Speaking for all the Colorado Marine Family, we will miss him dearly - and continue to look up to him."
Captain Mick Fleming, USMC of Pearl Harbor, HI

"We are deeply sorry for your loss. America will forever honor your Hero.
The Courage, Honor, and Valor that your Hero showed will always be remembered.
We are grateful for the sacrifice that was made and we will NEVER FORGET.
God Bless your family and please know that you are not alone.
All of our prayers are with you."
Jennifer and SSGT Larry Mays of Massillon, Ohio

"Our prayers and thoughts are with the family of Capt Maloney."
Marine Wife of Ohio

"To the Maloney Family-Michelle, We are so sorry for your loss. We remember the times you lived downstairs from us in Colorado. We have such great memories of CU with you. John was a Marines' Marine. He will truly be missed. Our thoughts & prayers are with you, your son & daughter, and your family. We love you."
Cari & Bruno Gordonne of Camp Pendleton, CA

"Michele - I am so sorry for John's loss. We have so many memories of John from CU and are deeply sadened to lose one of our own. I know the entire Buff clan is thinking of and praying for your family. John was a proud husband, father, Marine and forever a proud Buffalo. We will always cherish his memory.

Love,
Cesar and Sandra
CU Boulder 1998"
Sandra & Cesar of San Diego, California

"We Will NEVER FORGET !"
Please KNOW so many people share your sadness, and we are remembering your family in your loss and your deep grief. Your HERO, John will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you ALWAYS. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"to the maloney family from the wahl family. we are deeply sadden by the lost of john. we lost our son last year. my tears for my son are tears for john, and all our fallen. john has touched the hearts of so many. friends, neighbor's, those in his community, his military brother's, sister's those in iraq and his loving family. those in john's unit lost someone all respected and looked for his leadership. as my son and for myself, i had not known john. really don't need too! john you served our country. to protect us all from terrorism and the evil of this world. you have not given your life in vain. an you john will always be remembered forever and never forgotten. i remember many conversation's with my son from iraq. none more clearer then it was back then, then today. dad never worry about me, my brother's and sister's have my back. it puzzled me, actually; didn't click until. an gregory is right, those serving have thousands and thousands of brother's and sister's all watching over one another, each others unit's and branches of service as one. the most important and powerful military in the world. john you are apart of that and you are a great partof american history. john you areone special individual, soldier and hero! i thank you for all you done for us as americans and for my family.those that know you and thode that don't; stand very proud because you my friend."
LEONARD WAHL of VALLEY STREAM NY

"Yesterday, the hand of tragedy personally and individually touched me in such a way that words of condolences would never be enough to soften the blow I and the Corps have suffered: a few days ago, a fine, young warrior perished from our midst.

Captain John Maloney knew and willingly accepted that The Profession of Arms was fraught with danger and risk, particularly when engaged in combat. And few things were more dangerous than the mission entrusted to Johnnie and his company of warriors, whom he led with pride, responsibility, and love. It was clear that Johnnie accepted the risk and served without question and fear. That is the man I knew for the better part of my fifteen years of uniformed service, as we were brought up in the Corps serving together in more than five units. I always believed that our relationship was never one of senior-subordinate, but of father and son – I valued his counsel, his comradeship, and his love.

I can only hope that all who served with him help his family remain strong so they can face this adversity with the same strength that Johnnie demonstrated each day of his life - that’s what he would want. And I have no doubt that the Marines of C 1/5 will remain focused on their mission and continue to carry out their duty with the same conviction, dedication, and professionalism demonstrated by Johnnie.

His gift of unselfishness, bravery, and dedication serve as an inspiration to all of us who were touched by Johnnie’s spirit. He made a huge difference, and has personally left a noticeable void in my life.

I will forever miss his laughter, his friendship, his love, and his “Giddee-Up”.

Semper Fi, Johnnie"
Hector E. Marcayda of Stafford, Va

"Thank you John Maloney, you will not be forgotten. Your bravery goes beyond words. I want to express my deepest gratitude for your sacrifice. To the family and friends, my prayers and deep condolences in your loss. May God strengthen you from knowing that fellow Americans and people around the world care about you and grieve with you in your loss. God bless you all. A very appreciative fellow American,"
Leo Titus of Grayslake, Illinios

"To the family and friends of Capt. John Maloney:
May God's grace be with you during your time of grief. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and we feel your loss and share in your sorrow. Bless John for the sacrifice he has made to make a better life for the rest of us."
The Ford Family of Wells, Nevada

"To the family and friends of Capt. John Maloney:
I am saddened by the loss of your loved one. He will always be remembered as a hero for fighting for freedom. I hope that this website will be a source of comfort and encouragement for you during this difficult time, and in the future as you recall the memories of John, who continues to live on in your heart."
Tim Rivera of Powder Springs, Georgia

Honor them by remembering... Freedom - is their gift to us But his soul goes marching on