Monday, May 28, 2012

Memorial Day

Here in the States, today is Memorial day.  For most people it is a Monday off work.  There will be lots of grilling, parties with families and friends and the opening of swimming pools across the country.

Captain John W. Maloney
The real purpose of the day is to remember the sacrifices of our service men and women in all of our wars.  As I do every Memorial day, I'm going to put up information about my good friend John Maloney.  We were Sgt's together, almost twenty years ago now.  He was a great man, and the best of us.  John is what we, in the Marine Corps, call a Mustang.  That means he was enlisted before he got commissioned as an officer.  He was a mortar man in the 5th Marines, arguably the Marine regiment with the finest fighting record, which is saying something.  When he got his commission he went back to the grunts (infantry), rising to command of his own rifle company, perhaps the most coveted position in the Marine Corps.

John left behind his wife, Michelle, and his two small children, a son and a daughter.  Please take the time to read the articles and learn more about what this day is about for those of us who have served.


  1. Well said sir, Happy Memorial Day!

  2. Happy Memorial Day. I think people have lost sight as to why we celebrate many of the Holidays we do. Thanks for your service Aaron.

  3. Thanks Nick. I don't begrudge people their picnics and Monday off work. I just hope they give a little bit of thought, a couple of minutes of the day, to why we have it. I don't expect much of my fellow Americans, sadly.

  4. A bit late but hope you had a great day, a great article, you must be proud to have called John your friend.

  5. Thanks Ray. It's never too late. I was indeed, very proud of him.


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