On the “end” of the Iraq War: In memoriam, 1st Lt Dan T. Malcom, Jr.
I came across this comment at AOS, and decided to look a little more into it. Usually I just keep these to myself, but since that’s what this blog is for (my memory), I’m going to share it.
Well, I’m damn sure going to remember my nephew, 1st Lt. Dan T. Malcom USMC. He was killed in the hellhole of Fallujah on November 10, 2004, the birthday of the Marines. He led about 20 of his men to safety under sniper fire and was killed as he was the last one down a ladder. Just when I think the grief has subsided, crap like this comes along to make it hurt all over again. I can’t put into words what I think of this administration.
Seems there are some sites out there, to post remembrances of fallen soldiers. I came across this as I looked for more information on this hero, and thought others should know:
“I was a SEAL sniper team leader in Fallujah. I was with Dan when he was killed, and only knew him very briefly. In the hour or so we knew eachother, I was impressed by his professionalism and the risks he was taking to get a tough job accomplished. A little part of every day of my life will be on that rooftop with Dan. He is missed, and I thank him and all the young Marines in that city who I had the privelidge of working with.”
“To The Family Of 1stLt Malcom,
I had the honor of meeting this fine American during my senior year at The Citadel. I was his Cadre Platoon Commander in Lima Company and I was charged with turning boys into men during the balmy Indian Summer of 1997. Your son gained my immediate attention due to the Red Badge he proudly wore on his chest, that of a NROTC (Marine Option) cadet. I too wore one and still wear the uniform today.
Dan was a fine cadet and although I never saw him after I graduated that fall I was certain he would be successful. The way he stood out from his peers, both physically and mentally, was exceptional. He always gave 110% in all that he did and no one can ask a man for anymore than that.
I have consolation knowing that he fell in combat doing what he undoubtedly loved to do, take care of his Marines.
I am humbled that I had the opportunity to serve with him during his nine month long journey as a 4th Classmen, at the toughest Military College in America.
I will not forget him, nor the sacrifice he has made for this great Nation.”
This entry was taken from this story, I believe (make sure to read this link, it’s great):
“I don’t know this Marine, but the BBC reported back in 2004 about his heroism. I just want to share it:
Lt Malcolm was a good chess player. He looked like any other young marines officer: skinny, shaven-headed, although with a quite beaky nose.
Anyway, you could always pick him out. He would be the one with the chess board placed on an up-ended box of MREs (Meal Ready to Eat), working out moves.
I got to know him a little bit, as his bunk was opposite mine.
I would watch as he gave chess tips to those of his men who had not completely given in to poker or hearts.
About five hours into the battle, Lt Malcolm was killed.
He was the weapons officer in Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, the unit I had joined as an “embed”.
Just before dawn, Alpha Company blew a large hole in an outer wall, and entered the police station right in the heart of Falluja.
It was still pretty quiet then but as the sun rose the marines found themselves surrounded and under attack from all sides.
Lt Malcolm’s squad went up on to the highest roof top they could find – but not higher than the two minarets on either side with snipers.
There was a wall about 40cm (16in) tall for cover. Everyone tried to get close to it while bullets skipped across the paving stones.
When he heard his men were in trouble – the men he’d been giving chess tips just the day before – Lt Malcolm came to get them.
As he ran onto the roof, one of the sniper’s bullets hit his helmet, bouncing off.
He kept going, and did not leave until he had shepherded all his men down.
He was killed by the second bullet. It got him in the back, just below the flak jacket, as he jumped down the stairwell.
He must have thought he was home free.
There was no hint of his extraordinary valour in the press release issued two days later.
Alpha Company marines came under fire from all sides
It said: “The Department of Defense announced today the death of two marines who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.”
“1st Lt Dan T Malcolm Jr, 25, of xxx, xx, died Nov 10 as a result of enemy action in al-Anbar Province, Iraq.””
Not all people remember, but some of us do. Godspeed, Lt. Malcom. Your memory is safe with us, until we meet, later on. I know one person that wants to shake your heroic hand.