Staff Sgt Patrick Maloney – Courage Under Fire

By Faye Higbee

Staff Sgt Patrick Maloney, a multipurpose canine handler with the 2nd Raider Battalion, was awarded the Bronze Star with V Device on October 30 for his actions against ISIS on August 27, 2016. It is rare that the public gets to learn about the heroism of MARSOC Marines- and even in this case, some of the citation has been redacted.Bronze Medal With Valor Citation For Marine Staff Sgt. Patrick H. Maloney by Jared Keller on Scribd

The Raider team was providing security for Peshmerga on a recon mission along the Kurdish defensive line, when 3 of the Raiders were ambushed from about 500 meters away. The small arms fire was heavy enough to pin them down, and ISIS machine guns were striking the vehicle they were taking cover behind. Maloney wasted no time.

“He immediately crossed open ground, retrieved ammunition, and took charge of a Peshmerga heavy machine gun in an exposed and open truck bed. Remaining deliberately exposed to withering fire, he laid deadly suppressive fire on the enemy fighting positions.”

But as he laid down the suppressing fire, his weapon malfunctioned not once, but twice. Because he kept his cool, and cleared the problems, he was able to continue. The entire time he was still under fire and in an exposed position.

“His fearless actions and fierce suppression gained fire superiority and enabled his teammates to return safely to covered positions. His bold actions further contributed to the immediate withdrawal of enemy forces.”

SSgt Maloney is currently assigned to the Wounded Warrior Battalion. On December 30, 2016, within the same deployment, he was critically wounded from a head injury. Semper Fi, Staff Sergeant.

Featured photoMaj. Gen. Carl E. Mundy III awards the Bronze Star medal with Combat “V” to Staff Sgt. Patrick H. Maloney, multi-purpose canine handler with 2nd Marine Raider Battalion, at Camp Lejeune, N.C., on Oct. 30, 2017. Sgt. Salvador R. Moreno/Marine Corps