KIA June 23, 2007
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Assigned to 2nd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas
SSG Jimy Mac Malone died June 23, 2007 of wounds sustained when an improvised explosive device (IED) detonated near his vehicle in Taji, Iraq. Also killed during the attack were 1LT Daniel P. Riordan, SGT Joel A. House, and SPC Derek A. Calhoun. SSG Malone was on his second tour of duty in Iraq.
In life outside of the Army, Jimy enjoyed hunting, playing golf and playing video games. He was a dedicated member of First Baptist Church in Wills Point. Jimy’s grandmother, Ramona Malone, who he was always very close with, recalled that “Jimy was always bubbly, he was just a live wire. He played GI Joe, and had to have two flashlights at his side when he went up to bed. He was always a peacemaker.” In April of 2005, Jimy married his high school sweetheart, Leslie, and together they had a daughter, Reagan. When Jimy found out that Leslie had given birth, he kicked in doors at his Army base and screamed his announcement, “It’s a girl, it’s a girl!”
SSG Malone decided to enlist in the Army when he was a senior at Wills Point High School. He first served as a volunteer firefighter, and then as an active duty Army Soldier. SSG Malone trained in Fort Knox before ultimately being stationed at Fort Hood, Texas. SSG Malone was deployed to Iraq on October 30, 2006. His brother, Marcus, revealed that Jimy was the reason he joined the Army himself. “I love my country and I love what I do. He (Jimy) loved it so much, it spilled into me. I love my country and my family very much, and my brother taught me to be the best I could be,” Marcus said.
SSG Malone was awarded the Bronze Star Medal and the Purple Heart for his selfless service to his country.
SSG Jimy Mac Malone was 23 years old from Wills Point, Texas.
Original portrait was presented on December 13, 2008 to his mother, Victoria, during a special memorial event at Wales Manor Winery in McKinney, Texas.
Sponsored for family by:
John Wales, McKinney, Texas