Monday, May 27, 2024

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 thirty 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. Sorry for your loss Aaron, and thank you for your service.

  2. As we all gather with our loved ones to celebrate Memorial Day, it's important to remember the true purpose of this day - to honor the sacrifices of our brave servicemen and women. I'm deeply moved by the story of Captain John W. Maloney, a true hero and an embodiment of the Marine Corps' values. His journey from being a Sergeant to commanding his own rifle company is truly inspiring.


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