"Jimmy was a much loved and admired young leader. He was so willing to pass on all the information and experience he had in order to better prepare others for battle. He was my grandson's first squadron leader and they were bunk mates on one ship deployment. My grandson thought the world of Jimmy. Not only was Jimmy a wonderful young man, but he had a wonderful family behind him," Michele Caywood of Sardis, OH, wrote in an email to Patch.
James "Jimmy" Malachowski will be laid to rest Monday at St. Bartholomew Catholic Church in Manchester at 1 p.m.
Staff Sergeant James M. Malachowski, 25, was killed in action in Marjah, Afghanistan on Sunday, March 20, 2011, by an improvised exploding device. Malachowski was assigned to the 3rd Platoon, Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines. He was platoon sergeant.
According to his obituary, provided by Eline Funeral Home, Malachowski was born August 21, 1985 in Westminster, the son of James Malachowski and Alison Davis Malachowski. He was the husband of Lindsay Winter Malachowski of South Carolina.
Raised in Hampstead, he was a 2003 graduate of North Carroll High School. After graduation, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and was stationed at Camp LeJeune, NC. He served overseas in Iraq with 2nd Battalion 2nd Marines in 2004, 2005 and 2007. He was serving his fourth combat deployment as an infantryman.
Malachowski was meritoriously promoted to staff sergeant on April 2, 2010, and earned the Distinguished Shooting Badge, which he earned in 13 months. He also earned numerous other marksmanship awards. He graduated from the Advanced Infantry Unit Leader's Course before he deployed to Afghanistan. Some of his most distinguished accomplishments were that earning a position on the Marine Corps Rifle Team and instructing more than 50,000 recruits on the fundamentals of marksmanship at Marine Corps Depot, Parris Island.
Malachowski enjoyed weight lifting, running, firearms, woodworking and his Gran Torino.
Surviving in addition to his wife and parents are sons Vincent J. Malachowski and Evan M. Malachowski, and a sister, Brandy Malachowski.
Funeral services will be held on Monday at 1 p.m. at St. Bartholomew's Catholic Church, 2930 Hanover Pike, Manchester.
Online condolences may be offered at www.elinefh.com.