Fallen Heroes of Operation Enduring Freedom

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

Army Master Sgt. Thomas D. Maholic

38, of Bradford, Pennsylvania.
Maholic died in Ghecko, Afghanistan, when his patrol unit came in contact with enemy forces using small arms fire during a cordon and search mission. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Died on June 24, 2006.

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"I'm rereading these messages, thank you to all who took the time to write and share your beautiful words about my uncle. It's wonderful to know that he touched the lives of so many. With deep appreciation."
Jeanna- Thom's niece of New York, NY

"To the family of tom he was a great soldier and a great friend we went to mountain warfare school together and linked up again in ghecko afghanistan, he will be missed."
T.C. Mcclish ETT 05-06 of Baghdad Iraq

"To the family of Tom, He was an amazing man who will never be forgotten. He is a hero for all of us in Bradford. I will never forget lesson learned from him in the 28th and now I hope to carry on the tradition. When we all lost Tom and I stood there during the funeral I realized that I needed to be back on Active Duty.. He is an inspiration to me on every deployment and I hope I can hold my soldiers to the standards that he lived by. I will miss him but will never forget him"
of Fort Bragg, NC

"To the family of:Thomas D. Maholic 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"

"Tom was my team leader when I got to Panama. I am very greatful to have served with him. He is a true hero to me, and may god bless him and his family."
Christopher Davis of Camden,NC

"I just saw the 60 Minutes article on the SF unit that was involved in one of the toughest fights since this war on terror began. My heart sunk when I saw that Master Sergeant Thom Maholic was KIA'ed in this fight. Thom and I trained together for Triathlons in Panama when he was an E5 and I was a Major. After spending countless hours training with him and getting to know him, it came as no surprise that he gave of himself in the manner he did for his fellow troopers. He used to break-up his days in Panama into 3x8 hours periods -- 8 for working as a soldier, 8 training for triathlon and 8 for sleeping. Our little SOUTHCOM Triathlon team had a couple of awesome Navy SEALS, a couple of excellent SF soldiers, a couple of old farts (like me), a hardcore Airman and Thom. We were all amazed at Tom's umathced devotion for what he loved -- at that time soldiering and training for Tri's. No doubt his love and devotion for Wendy, Andrew and the rest of his family is equally unmatched."
Vic Tise of Colorado Springs, CO

"Thom I miss you more than you could ever know. I can't listen to the Grateful Dead without a smile, thinking of all the time we spent on deployments really annoying the other guys on the team. By the way, we named our son after you. I just hope he doesn't have your red hair.

With Love."
Tim Kritzer of Bloomsburg, PA

"September 11, 2007
To the family of Master Sgt. Thomas D. Maholic:
Thomas 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"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

"Thom was a great man and a great friend. I remember as a kid he was always willing to help with anything you asked of him. Good memories that I will cherish forever. Thank you for your sacrifice my friend - it was not in vain. My sorrows to your family"
SFC Eric Maney of Hackettstown, NJ

"To the family of MSG Maholic, I wanted to send my condolences. My husband SSG Fuerst was with MSG Maholic on this mission and was also KIA. I met Tom before one of their missions in May and will always remember what an easy going guy he was. I'm sorry for your loss."
Tara Fuesrt of Tampa, FL

"God Bless..."
Jill Desmond, widow Sgt. Dennis J Boles of Homosassa, FL USA

"I served in Afghanistan with Tom. He was an icredible man who put always put his team and mission first. All those who ever knew him will hold him in their hearts forever. He is a shining example that we should all strive to follow. We all miss you, Tom."
Fellow soldier of Ft. Bragg, NC

I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

"Green Berets Lead The Way!"

"to Tom's family, i worked with Tom several times in Afghanistan, when i heard of his death me and my whole team was saddened by this tragedy , he was a great man, leader, green beret. words can't express my sorrow"
fellow green beret

"To Thomas's friends and family,
Thank you for giving us all a man with the courage to do what he did. He gave the ultimate sacrifice, and that will never be forgotten. BE PROUD. BE DAMN PROUD. Home of the free because of the brave, because of Thomas."
David Michael O'Brien of Atlanta, Ga

"To the family, SF family, and friends of Tom Maholic,
I had the honor of meeting Tom and seeing he and his team work a couple of months ago outside Qandahar. Though I did not know him well, it was obvious that he was truly a quiet professional. I can not speak more highly of a warrior... Thank you for giving us such a fine American and a fine soldier, he will be missed.

Semper Fidelis, MB
(To Webmaster only) I took some photos of Tom working on April 24th and would like to forward them to family and/or put them on this page. They portray him doing his job..teaching the Afghans to carry the fight for themselves."
MB of North Idaho

Please KNOW so many people share your sadness,
and we are remembering your family in your loss and your deep grief.
Our nations HERO, Thomas will be remembered by name.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Pat & Sandi Breckenridge / Montana
May we always remember: FREEDOM ISN'T FREE!

"Mrs. Maholic, I was the senior weapons sergeant on Tom's first ODA (722), he was an excellent medic and a great team member. I have run into him every few years and he has always been the same low key, easy to get along with guy, I am so very sorry for your loss. He will forever be in my family's prayers."
Kelly Keating of Centreville, Virginia

"To the family of Thomas Maholic, we send our heart felt thoughts, care and prayers, on this date 2 yrears ago our grandson also died in Naray, Afghanistan. They are our heroes and will be remembered. Our flag was half staff on this date and in the future we will remember this name and post it beside Justons. proud grandparents of LCpl Juston Thacker, 21, USMC 3/6 2d, KIA Bari Khout, Naray. we may be reached at lcpljustontthacker@sunlitsurf.com"
Tom & Dixie sisk of Princeton, WV

"Thank you Thomas Maholic, 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 Master Sgt. Thomas Maholic:
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 Thomas 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 Master Sgt. Thomas Maholic:
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 Thomas, 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