Tributes & Vigils Category: US Marine
Name: Marine Capt. John W. Maloney
From: Chicopee, Mass.
Assigned to the 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif. attached to the 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward)
Incident: Marine Capt. John W. Maloney was killed June 16 when his vehicle hit an improvised explosive device while he was conducting combat operations near Ramadi, Iraq. Also
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Leftwich Trophy awarded posthumously
By Christian Lowe
Times staff writer
For the first time in the award’s 27-year history, the Marine Corps has bestowed the prestigious Leftwich Trophy for Outstanding Leadership to an officer who died in combat.
Capt. John W. Maloney was killed June 16, 2005, when his Humvee was destroyed by a “massive bomb” as he led his infantrymen from the Camp Pendleton, Calif.-based Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, out of an ambush in a small town south of Ramadi, Iraq, according to his nomination.
Maloney assumed command of Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines in July 2004.
“There are few officers who accomplish so much in such a short time in command,” wrote 1/5’s former commander, Lt. Col. Eric Smith. “This is simply a reflection of the efforts and abilities of an officer who, in my opinion, was not only made of the same stuff…