Michael Maltz, MSgt, USAF (Fallen)
September 19, 1960 – March 23, 2003

MSgt. Mike Maltz was born in Mineola on Long Island, NY 19 September 1960. There he attended Half Hollow Hills High School and graduated in 1978. In August of that same year he enlisted in the Air Force and upon completion of BMT and Technical School, he was assigned to the 1931 Communications Group, Elmendorf AFB, AK as an apprentice cable splicer. In December of 1985 he was reassigned to the 1827th Electronics Installation Squadron, Kelly AFB, TX. It was during this period that he was recognized as “one of the finest” by his Commander for this extreme dedication and tireless work ethic. Mike cross-trained into Pararescue in December of 1985. He successfully completed the demanding PJ indoctrination Course, Army Special Forces Underwater Combat Divers Course, Army Airborne Parachute Course, Air Force Survival School, and the Pararescue Recovery Specialist Course,. Mike was awarded his maroon beret and selected as the class Honor Graduate for his superb leadership qualities and academic excellence. From December 1985 through November 1989, Mike was assigned to the 55th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron and the 1730th Pararescue Squadron, Eglin Air Force Base, FL. While assigned, Mike participated in mountain rescue training in Dahlonega, GA and Project Denali. His physical ability led to his selection to represent the unit of the March 1989 summit climb of Mt. McKinley. Additionally, he was awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal for outstanding achievement near Addis Ababa for search and subsequent recovery of Congressman Mickey Leland and delegation involved in an aircraft crash while on a humanitarian mission to Ethiopia.

From November 1989 thru March 1991, Mike was assigned to the 1730th Pararescue Squadron and 71st Rescue Squadron, Elmendorf AFB, AK. There, he received yet another Air Force Commendation Medal for the rescue of two German climbers stranded at 20,000 ft on Mt McKinley, suffering from severe hypothermia and cerebral edema. Also during this timeframe, he was one of eight climbers to summit Mt. McKinley at 20,320 Ft. His solid leadership was instrumental in the squadron leadership was instrumental in the squadron receiving, “most improved Para rescue facility in rescue” from Headquarters, Air Rescue Service.

From March 1991 to March 1994, Mike volunteered for duties as a Para rescue Instructor at Lackland AFB, TX. He received the coveted Aerospace Achievement Award and graduated the Air Training Command NCO Academy as a Distinguished Graduate. At the US Army Master Fitness Trainer School at Ft Hood, TX he received the Honor Graduate award for best academic/physical record and attained the highest PT point total. He was also recognized as the facilities “best communicator and instructor.”

From March 1994 to March 1998, Mike was assigned to the 41st Rescue Squadron, Patrick AFB, FL. Here, he was selected as the Air Combat Command HC-130P Pararescue man of the Year and received the coveted 1st Fighter Wing Warrior Award: for his superlative efforts. He was credited with saving two Spanish civilians severely injured while skiing. Mike deployed to Saudi Arabia on three separate occasions, totaling more than 8 months in support of Operation SOUTHERN WATCH. Additionally, he was overall Team Leader for 10 successful deployments supporting National Aeronautics Space Administration space shuttle contingency operations. From March 1997 to March 2001, Mike was assigned to the 41 Rescue Squadron, Moody AFB, Georgia. It was there that Mike refined his functional areas to perfection resulting in error free findings during the ACC Unit Compliance Inspection.

On 21 March 2001, he was assigned to the newly reactivated 38th Rescue Squadron, Moody AFB, GA. Here, Mike was handpicked as the first Joint Search and Rescue Center Pararescue representative in Southwest Asia and performed superbly as an advocate for combat rescue operations. While deployed, he was primary jumpmaster and instructor on 25 critical upgrade training flights and provided emergency medical treatment during a car accident near the coalition compound, successfully treating two OSI agents and two Saudi nationals.

He is survived by his sons Kyle and Cody: his dad, John Maltz: his sister, Terri M. Strippoli: and his brothers Derek and Richard Maltz.

Master Sergeant Maltz’s awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Aerial Achievement Medal (with 1 device), Air Force Commendation Medal (2 devices), Air Force Achievement Medal, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Valor (3 devices), Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, Combat Readiness Medal, Air Force Good Conduct Medal (7 devices), national Defense Service Medal (1 device), Humanitarian Service Medal, Air Force Overseas Long Tour Ribbon (1 device), Air Force Longevity Service Award Ribbon (1 device), Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon (1 device), and the Air Force Training Ribbon.

~ GUEST BOOK ~

April 12, 2013
Hello, We would like to express our deepest condolences and also let the Maltz Family know that we recently sent Care Packages to American troops in the war zones. Each box carried a dedication sheet that includes the name, service information and a photo of your loved one. We recognize that this is a humble tribute, but we wanted you to know that it is heartfelt and made possible by thousands of like-minded individuals in the youth hockey community and beyond. We will not forget. May God Bless you and keep you strong.
Sincerely, Charlie Gili & Family   On Behalf of the US Hockey Players Support Our Troops Campaign
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Charlie Gili, Brooklyn, New York

March 27, 2012
9 years has pass, it seem like it was yesterday. I spoke about you tonight at the Elks Lodge #1224. Remembering you and your Mom.
Jeanne Cirillo
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Jeanne Cirillo, St Petersburg, Florida

March 26, 2012
Many thanks to Michael for his brave defense for our country. He will remain forever in our memories. May his family find peace at this time knowing what a hero he was.
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Carreen Castroll, Saint James, New York

March 25, 2012
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Michael Falzarano, Smithtown, New York

March 23, 2012
To the family and friends of Master Sgt. Michael Maltz: Please accept my remembrance of Michael on the anniversary of his passing and know that he will never be forgotten.
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Peggy Childers, Carson City, Nevada

January 26, 2012
Green Feet….You know how many base commanders were wondering what was on their water towers.
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John Walsh, Mt. Home, Arkansas

September 03, 2011
Hey it’s Anna rest in peace. Fly high in the sky. Wish on the star that shines bright in the sky
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Anna, Rocky point, New York

May 31, 2011
Happy Memorial Day 2012 Pal Just Thinking of You and all the other Soldiers Who Gave Their Life for Our Great Country!
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Steve Maritas, Rosville, Michigan

May 30, 2011
i just watched the special on channel 12 news & my last name is Maltz also may god & his angels watch over you & your family as you gave the great sacrifice of life for this great country
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Jeri Maltz, Port Jefferson Station, New York

May 30, 2011
God bless
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Anna T, Rocky Pt, New York

May 30, 2011
Fly high mike
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Anna T, Rocky Pt, New York

May 29, 2011
I didn’t know you, but was a good friend of your mother. Now she’s in heaven with you. My love to your family. Remembering both of you, on this Memorial Day 2011.
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Jeanne Cirillo, St. Petersburg, Fl.

May 27, 2011
Remembering you on this Memorial Day 2012. You will always be in our memories…thank you

March 24, 2011
Have a great flight in heaven god loves mike. God loves all of us. To bad we are not together..
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Anna Torre, Rocky Pt., New York

March 23, 2011
To the family and friends of Master Sgt. Michael Maltz: Remembering Michael on the anniversary of his passing. May our fallen heroes never be forgotten! Peggy Childers www.IraqWarHeroes.org
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Peggy Childers, Carson City, Nevada

February 23, 2011
I was deeply saddened to hear what happened. I knew Mike through the guy I was dating at the time. He was always smiling and had a great personality. I know he is still greatly missed. I am grateful for the job he did and for all of our soldiers. They are the reason we have our freedom. Mike’s family, though you don’t know me, are always in my prayers. God Bless!
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Christie, Valdosta, Georgia

September 21, 2010
HI FRIENDS AND FAMILY MAY GOD BE WITH ALL OF YOU. LET MIKE BE IN PEACE AND BE LOOKING DOWN ON ALL OF US… ANNA
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ANNA TORRE.H, NEW YORK, New York

September 19, 2010
Happy Birthday in heaven Michael, may you rest in peace.
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Carreen Castroll, Saint James, New York

September 19, 2010
Thank You for Giving it All for US!
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Geoffrey Dubrowsky, Brick, New Jersey

September 19, 2010
Happy 50th Mike, your forever in the Garland family’s thoughts.
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Kevin Garland, Syracuse, New York

September 19, 2010
Mike Happy 50Th Birthday Always in My Heart and Mind. See Your Special Page Below called NEVER FORGET Dedicated to You From Me.
http://www.myspace.com/securitypolice
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STEVE MARITAS, ROSEVILLE, Michigan

September 18, 2010
Happy 50th Michael. I’m thinking about you bro.
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Jeff Kasbohm, Minneapolis, Minnesota

August 03, 2010
I was just informed by my ex-husband, Richard Miller, on the loss of Mike. Both Richard and I served with Mike at 1827th EIS on Kelly AFB in 1983-1987. He ALWAYS had a wonderful smile and a genuine concern for all of his fellow airmen. He will be greatly missed.
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Bonnie Miller-Dittmer, Juda, Wisconsin

May 31, 2010
To The Family: I have never met a soldier that did not want American’s to enjoy life and their freedoms on any given day. Likewise, I know that your family will never replace the loss of ‘our’ hero Master Sgt. Michael Maltz and today is a time for me to let you know, that I am grateful and humbled by his bravery. I will do my part to preserve our American freedoms and I will pray that you will allow God to give you comfort as you make it through each day and that my life will honor his sacrifice. My prayers for our leaders and our country include regaining a moral grounding, much like the guards pledge that protect the grounds of the Unknown Soldier. With love and humble appreciation!
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Susan Raynor, Denver, North Carolina

March 29, 2010
”Honor and Remember” – “Project Compassion” We love our Soldiers! We love our country and we cannot express enough love and compassion to the families of our fallen heroes. War does not discriminate – It breaks our hearts to see the faces of the fallen. We want to give this gift to the hero’s Mother, Father and/or spouse. We are a 501c3 nonprofit organization! Almost 2,100 portraits have been completed and shipped to the parents and or spouse – at no cost as this is a gift from one American to another!
This is a gift! We have wonderful sponsors who help with the costs, and want you know that everyone here at Project Compassion does and will always CARE. Contact us directly at Projectcompassion@manti.com or go to www.heropaintings.com . If you have already had a portrait completed, we pray that you are enjoying the portrait and God Bless You. Sincerely and Respectfully, Kenna Projectcompassion@manti.com
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Kenna, Manti, Utah

March 22, 2010
Been thinking about you for several weeks Mike with tomorrow looming up. Not going to forget you in September for your 50th. No way! Your bud always, Jeff
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Jeff Kasbohm, Minneapolis, Minnesota

March 18, 2010
To the family of Master Sgt. Maltz. First let me say I am so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of this brave Hero. I am organizing a Warrior Walk in Lakeland, FL on July 31st 2010 and would like to walk in honor of Master Sgt. Maltz. Please contact me if you would like to walk in his honor… we would love to have you. God Bless you and your family. Your fallen angel is watching over you.
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Melissa, www.warriorwalklakeland.com, IAVPC@hotmail.com

August 15, 2009
Rest in peace. You showed to us real heroes exist

July 30, 2009
I met Mike when we we’re in the CAOC together in fall of 2001. He impressed me immediately as being completely dedicated to his profession. He and I flew to Kuwait together which was the last time I saw him. Another Brave warrior who will be missed here on earth by his family and friends.
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MGySgt Scott Simmons – USMC, Dumfries, Virginia

July 09, 2009
The family is in my thoughts and prayers. This December I will be leaving for Air Force Basic Military Training with a guaranteed slot in the Pararescue pipeline. If I am strong enough I will complete the training, as MSgt. Maltz did, and I will go on to serve in honor of all fallen pararescuemen. God bless.
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Patrick Moore, Ann Arbor, Michigan

June 25, 2009
HI FAMILY IT IS MIKES SIS, ANNA. HOW ARE ALL OF U. I AM LOOKING 4 MY DAD? HAVE U SEEN HIM. flyforfunana@yahoo.com
my email………. love Anna
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Anna Maltz, Rocky Point, New York

May 29, 2009
I am saddened by your loss, but have ultimate respect for you, you went to war because of 9/11 where I lost my dad. You tried to stop the evil. Know you are loved by myself and many others
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Laura Crow, Toms River, New Jersey

May 25, 2009
I knew Mike as far back as 1983 at Kirtland AFB…we double dated…he knew my husband and served in the Air Force with him…I learned of his passing while getting ready for work ironically in Deer Park LI, NY one morning after 9/11 while working for the FDNY…we were shocked to put it mildly…I think of you Mike and your family on not only this day…I will remember you for the laughs, good times and now the tears…
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Geri Lynn Matthews, Albuquerque, New Mexico

May 24, 2009
To let your family know, you are not forgotten this Memorial day April 21, 2009.
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Kevin Cox, Lorton, Virginia

March 23, 2009
To the family of Master Sgt. Michael Maltz: Michael gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. I cannot and will not let our fallen heroes be forgotten. My deepest sympathy to you. “Some gave all.” Peggy Childers “Don’t Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away” www.IraqWarHeroes.org
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Peggy Childers, Carson City, Nevada

November 12, 2008
My name is Brent, I am a retired PJ from Alaska. Years ago I went up on Mt. McKinley with Mike. I remember him having a great sense of humor, and being one tough and determined man. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.
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Brent Widenhouse, Concord, North Carolina

October 31, 2008
God Bless You and Keep You in this time of loss. My name is Vince and I served with Mike at Moody AFB. He was the “PJ” liaison to the Flight Medicine Clinic that I worked in and he would often come up to the clinic and check up on how his troops were and would often shoot the breeze with me and the staff. He will be greatly missed and he has touched my life more than I can tell you. God’s speed Mike and I will never forget you. Take care buddy.
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Vincent Moore, Gaithersburg, Maryland

October 16, 2008
I didn’t know Michael personally, but I am pretty god friends with his son Cody. I am proud of him and his sacrifice to our country. God Bless.
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Edgar Tarp, Fall City, Washington

October 05, 2008
My most heartfelt condolences to the Maltz family and friends of MSgt. Maltz for their loss. I once met a SSgt. “Maltz” back in 2001 in the gymnasium at Prince Sultan Air Base, KSA. He was a “PJ.” I wonder if this was the same man. Live in peace MSgt. Maltz and a sad, but sincere “Thank You” for your personal, ultimate sacrifice.
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Jay Bigornia, Emerado, North Dakota

August 17, 2008
I’m a Vietnam vet and this is all too familiar. My heart goes out to all service men & women and their families. I just pray someday. We can settle our disputes without losing our loved ones. I pray every day for the men & women that put there life’s on the line for us I THANK YOU.
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Randy Cliff, Middleton, Wisconsin

August 16, 2008
I cry for all of our men and women that have given their life to support America. My father severed 22 years for his country. I love and respect you all. Love Beebee
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Beebee Johnston, Golden Valley, Arizona

August 06, 2008
Mike and I were very good friends, we were stationed at Eglin AFB together. I was with Mike when he met Bev, and when his son was born. We were in Ethiopia together and I have some great pics and very funny stories about Mike while we were there. I also climbed with Mike in Dahlonega Ga, trained with him, worked out with him and most memorably, laughed with him. We had some close calls together, I truly did love Mike and cannot ever forget him. My thoughts go out to his family, this site has brought back many old memories of what a truly great guy he was.
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Mike Davis, Las Vegas, Nevada

July 01, 2008
Thank you for your sacrifice and service to us and to the people of Afghanistan. You will be missed but never forgotten. May peace be with your family and friends in their time of grief. An Army mom.
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Merry Thompson, Ludowici, Georgia

June 30, 2008
-thank you for your sacrifice. We will miss you.
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PFC. Loshbaugh, Carthage, New York

June 30, 2008
Stand strong and proud at the gates which accept my fellow brother in arms now. Though fallen, never will you be forgotten. Loosen the boots, and hang up the tags brother. Your tired and weary nights have passed. Rest In Peace until we all meet again.
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Shannon Englehart, Okeechobee, Florida

June 30, 2008
SORRY ABOUT YOUR BROTHER–MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU AND YOUR FAMILY!!
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Angela Bennett, White Oak, West Virginia

June 30, 2008
I am sorry to hear that Michael Maltz died. I do not know him but I am a friend of a friend, and a former soldier myself. I also served as a firefighter/EMT in Arizona and would have done the same thing in his shoes. He died responding to help wounded civilians, and that is truly honorable. Good night brother!
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Jerald Fraley, Reno, Nevada

June 30, 2008
NEVER FORGET in Memory of My High School Friend Mike Maltz who always looked out and protected me. Remember our Trip to New York City.
Our 30 Year Reunion is here and that’s how I had found out about your death looking up the place and date. Now I must let everybody know your here with me now. We Will Never Forget You Here Pal! Love You with many Tears in My Eyes on this day 6/29/08. To the Family and Friends of Master Sgt. Michael Maltz please visit my Myspace website NEVER FORGET in Memory of My Dear Friend Mike. He WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN HERE. www.myspace.com/securitypolice Mike Imagine after 30 Years I Was the Chosen one To Keep Your Memory Alive. Love You
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Steve Maritas, Roseville, Michigan

April 26, 2008
To the Maltz family, Please know that just as your loved one will forever remain in your hearts and minds, his sacrifice and that of your family, will remain with the people he died defending. Words cannot express our gratitude for his bravery and selflessness, or our heartache for your loss. God grant you the peace that passes all understanding.
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The Neal family, North Carolina

March 28, 2008
Wow, I also just found out today that we lost an American hero!! Mike and Bev and the boys were our neighbors while assigned to Patrick AFB Fl. back in the mid-90’s. He was my next door neighbor and the guy I would just shoot the bull with, whether it was about the AF or life in general. I recall, with a big smile, the way the young boys would come over and hang out with us and how Kyle had a bit of a crush on my daughter who was just a few yrs. older than him. Mike was the “poster boy” of what an American Airman represents and it truly saddened me to hear about him passing. He left an impression on me that will live on forever.
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CMSgt Mike Rowland, Lackland AFB, Texas

March 24, 2008
Mikey, I thought about you a lot yesterday how fitting to be on Easter Sunday I know where you are and you have been rewarded for all the good you have done it’s a shame you had to go so soon. I looked at all the pictures I have and looked at your stuff I have on the fireplace mantle and I salute you. We miss you love Uncle Dan and Aunt Linda happy 5th
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Dan Ivory, Largo, Florida

March 03, 2008
Saddened to find out that Mike was taken from us. I have not stayed in touch with the happenings of the Pararescue units and men over the past several years. I googled Mike and was very shocked to find out of the crash. I was a student of Mike in Lackland AFB in 1992-93 (Balls 4 ) and though I was medically discharged after nearly making it through indoc. I was very impressed and highly motivated to become a PJ and represent them as Mike did. He is a pure testament to what this country is and what it will hopefully be in the future. He will be sorely missed. My sincerest condolences, Mike Reeder
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Mike Reeder, Evansville, Indiana

February 27, 2008
I served with MSgt. Maltz in Saudi Arabia from June 2001 to September 2001 when we were both assigned to the CAOC. I was shocked to hear of his passing, and my thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. It was truly and honor to have served alongside you, and I will never forget our adventures in the desert! If anyone would like to hear a couple of nice but humorous stories about my experience with MSgt. Maltz, feel free to contact me. RIP MSgt. Maltz
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Bryan Smith, Tuscaloosa, Alabama

February 10, 2008
Thanks is an understatement. I want the family to know that I Thank them for what they have given. Godspeed and keep your head up. He expects it. SSG Hawthorne, Boca Ciega H.S. 82nd ABN DIV.
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Scott Hawthorne, St. Pete, Florida

November 20, 2007
HI MIKE ITS ANNA GOD BLESS U AND YOU’RE FAMILY. TOO BAD WE COULD NOT GET IN TOUCH. U ALL R FOREVER IN OUR HEARTS.
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ANNA MALTZ, ROCKY POINT, New York

November 11, 2007
You are remembered and respected. Thank you Master Sgt. Maltz!

September 21, 2007
I served with Mike at the Combined Air Operations Center near Riyadh back in 2001. I knew that working in a support position while his comrades were out in the field was driving him nuts, but he persevered and did a great job during the first days of ENDURING FREEDOM. Ironically, many of the same people who knew Mike then were back at the CAOC when news of his death was announced. It was an honor to know him, and he will be missed.
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Dave Shillibeer (MSgt, USAF, Ret), Dalzell, South Carolina

August 15, 2007
There is nothing that I can say or do to take away the pain or bring you peace in your time of sorrow, but I will offer you and your family my heartfelt condolences. I also offer you my prayers that in time the pain will easy and the memories of your HERO will carry you through each day and night. I want to thank your HERO, for his/her selfless act of becoming a member of the armed forces, his/her willingness to defend the United States of America, all that we hold sacred and for the sacrifice that will forever be etched in the memories of all those who knew him/her. Though tears can never bring him/her back, we hope that our tears express our gratitude for the sacrifice that he/she made and our sorrow at his/her passing. I believe for every fallen HERO there is a star shining brightly up above to remind us of the precious gift we were given. Your mission on earth is complete and you are now a member of GOD’s Heavenly armed forces. Stand down brave warrior and take your rightful place in Heaven with all the HEROES who have passed before. I made a special promise to LE RON A. WILSON, a dear family friend who joined the Army with three other friends, one of whom is my son (Le Ron was killed in action on 07/06/07 at the age of 18) on the day he was laid to rest as I touched his coffin, that I would never forget him nor would I forget those that gave their lives for our country before him, with him and after him and so when I came across www.legacy.com, I thought what a great way to keep my promise to Le Ron, so I will continue to leave tributes in each guest book until the day there is no longer the need to leave these tributes to a FALLEN HERO. REST IN PEACE, HERO, YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN!! PROUD MOTHER OF A U.S. SOLDIER currently stationed in Germany
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Althea Barrett(Queens, NY)

August 15, 2007
Sincere sympathy and love, Pat – R.N.
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Patsy Jo Reed Sircy, Gainesboro, Tennessee

July 05, 2007
Thank you for the sacrifice made by Master Sgt. Maltz and the sacrifice made by everyone who loves and misses him! May God bless all of you!!
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Ohio

June 13, 2007
Mike and I met 6 years ago, at a Langley AFB airshow. He was with his helicopter crew and I was with my AWACS crew. We were both Master Sergeants and talked about how to inspire our young airmen, his children, and what a great airshow Langley put on. We kept in touch off and on through e-mail until we both deployed in 2003. I miss him very much and am so grateful I had a chance to know him. He was wonderfully unique and I will always remember him fondly and with great admiration.
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Cindy Walker, Williamsburg, Virginia

May 30, 2007
Michael-I never had the pleasure of meeting you, but my stepson TSGT Scott Duffman admired you very much. He named his Weimaraner puppy “Maltz” in honor of you. But then I am sure you know that as he joined you in Heaven on February 18, 2007 when the helicopter he was riding in crashed in Afghanistan. He left behind a beautiful wife Mary and a 4 month old baby girl named Sophia. They both loved him so much and still do. We miss Scott and hope that the two of you are taking care of everyone in Heaven. I know your family misses you too. We as Americans, my husband and I both retired Air Force members praise you for the sacrifice you made for all of us in America. Thank you for being Scott’s friend. Trudy Duffman (Shiloh, IL)
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Trudy Duffman, Shiloh, Illinois

May 06, 2007
Your son was a true warrior and hero…god bless you…peace
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Roger and Joann Young, East Patchogue, New York

December 26, 2006
To the Family and Friends of Master Sgt. Michael Maltz: My deepest sympathy for your loss. I did not know him, however I was raised in St. Pete and was looking through the fallen soldiers from the area and came across his tribute. May you forever feel his presence in the beautiful memories of him and all the joy he brought to your lives.
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Regards,Teresa, California

September 24, 2006
Paying Tribute to Master Sgt. Michael Maltz, may he rest in the Mighty Hands of God and know that he is a True American hero that shall NEVER BE FORGOTTEN. I Pray that God’s Loving Grace and Comfort will continue to be with the Maltz family. There will never be enough ways, to humbly thank these Heroes, for their Supreme Sacrifice, my brother among them. KIA-Vietnam 1967. “Greater love hath no man than this that he lay down his life for his friends.” – John 15:13 May the memories of your loved one, live in your heart always.
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Garnet Jenkins, Grand Junction, Colorado

July 13, 2006
“You wanna flip burgers for a living or do you wanna be something special?” I don’t think there was one day went by at OLH-MACOS that I did not hear that from then SSgt. Maltz. He dropped me one day at the reception desk and left me in the lean and rest position for just over 8 hours. When he finally came back around to discover me in that possition, he said “BAILEY, who dropped you?” I said “You did Sergeant”. He said “When was that?” I replied, “This morning around 0700” – it was around 1530 then. He said, “Oh, I did? Well…KNOCK EM OUT!! When a cadre drops you and says knock em out, that’s the way to make you do the amount of pushups required to pass that current week’s evaluation. He then recovered me. SGT Maltz was a model human being, Sergeant, CADRE. He pushed me and drove more than any one has ever done so before. No one believed I could make it through the Pararescue Combat Control indoctrination course at Lackland but him. I owe graduation to him. I know that many many more people owe their lives to him. He was an outstanding human. You could trust him with your life. He had your back. What an extreme loss to this country and his family and friends. He will be sorely missed. God Bless you MSGT Maltz and your entire family. If anyone would like to hear more about my experience with him, and there was a lot of things that are funny now, but not when I was going through them, feel free to drop an email. C. Scott Bailey of Castaic, CA USA
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Scott Bailey, Castaic, California

June 28, 2006
I would just like to thank all of you for sharing your memories and heartfelt thoughts about my dear brother Mike. He is so dearly missed by all of us. It really helps to hear strangers talk so highly and fondly about him. He truly touched so many and his legacy will live on. MY THANKS TO ALL.
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Terri Maltz Strippoli, Hauppauge, New York

June 15, 2006
I knew Mike when he was stationed at Elmendorf AFB, AK. In fact, we were very close. I then departed to Nellis AFB, NV where on his way to Texas he paid me a surprise visit. I was very pleased. After that visit we just kinda lost touch with each other as we went our separate ways. I enjoyed his company and we had a lot of good times and good memories, which I will always treasure. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to his family and I am truly sorry for their loss. I have photos of Mike in Alaska if his family would like any of them, please contact me via e-mail.
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Adrenna La Marca, Surprise, Arizona

May 29, 2006
Mike, I have been thinking about you all day thank you for your sacrifice, i can remember all the talks we had you are dearly missed.
Uncle dan
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Dan Ivory, Largo, Florida

May 13, 2006
Just heard of this sad news today. What an honor to have met and known such a character. Being coached by you in 1991 has greatly affected my will and desire to succeed in so many facets. The way that you embraced life was beyond belief. Thanks for upholding a passion for what you believed in that lives in the hearts and minds of so many who carry the torch after you.
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Kent Hersman, Clintonville, West Virginia

March 16, 2006
My heartfelt sympathy to the Maltz family in the loss of Michael. I did not know Michael, but my heart is broken and I am saddened for your loss of such a fine young person and hero. May God bring you peace in your heart as you reflect on all the wonderful memories you hold so close. Please know that you are in my heart and prayers. Michael on the 23rd it will be 3 years since you were taken. You are a hero and you will never be forgotten. I send each of you a hug from the most inner part of my heart. Love and Peace. Tom “To live in the hearts of those you leave behind is never to die” ~Robert Orr~
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Tom Gugliuzza-Smith, Springfield, Virginia

March 02, 2006
A great friend. Mike will always be in my thoughts. Brian
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Brian Banks, Islip, New York

January 06, 2006
Mike was my best friend in the world. A great neighbor and a great friend. His dedication to his family and the Air Force led me to the military. Also to the volunteer Fire Dept. Which led me to my career as a fire man. Mike your always with me, i will never forget you and what you did for me. With love A1C Todd Willis USAF
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Todd Willis, Abilene, Texas

December 30, 2005
Michael was and is my FAVORITE cousin. We were so close. It was shock and disbelief when I got that dreaded phone call. He is and always will be my hero. His smile and sense of humor will be missed. I think about him every day and I wish I could just talk to him one more time on the phone. I love you Mike and will never ever forget you or your beautiful face. Love your favorite cousin, Michele
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Michele Vais, Long Beach, New York

October 22, 2005
I met a Pararescueman and asked if he knew Mike and how was doing, and to my shock and sorrow I heard of his passing. Mike was a great man and father to his two sons. I met Mike when he helped me coach his sons’ swim team. He became a good friend to me as well as a example of what an Airman should be. To Kyle and Cody; I am deeply sorry for your loss and pray that you are doing well. I will never forget Mike and what he meant to my life.
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Jeff Roberts, Navarre, Florida

September 09, 2005
“No greater love hath a man than this…that he would lay down his life for his brother.” Sgt Mike Maltz was a friend, that sadly I lost contact with after he transferred from the 1827th EIS to become a Pararescue. It was a struggle for a man who had to fight bureaucracy to do what he loved. I was deeply affected by his passing, though I hadn’t spoken to him in nineteen years. “That others may live!” God speed Mike!
Peter M. Hanton, TSgt, USAF Retired
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Peter Hanton, Millbrook, Alabama

August 29, 2005
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Wanda Cobb & Family, Jax, Florida

August 24, 2005
Thanks for being the single most influential person I will ever have known. Your words and actions have touched countless people and I’m just sorry that I never had a chance to thank you. My heart goes out to his family. HOO-YAH SGT. Aug-93 BALLS 1
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Jake Wallendal, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

August 03, 2005
MSgt. Maltz, Thanks for all the instruction you gave to me when I was a struggling PJ trainee back in Jan ’93. You taught me to be the rock I am today and how to persevere, never giving in or quitting on anything. You’ll always be an inspiration to me even though I received all that ribbing you gave me when I was struggling with my water confidence training. At least I know there’s a guardian angel looking down on me and expecting only the very best out of me always. Thanks for being the leader you were and giving me all the inspiration I’d ever need to be successful in life. The entire country, and myself especially, owes you a debt of gratitude for your service and devotion to duty to the profession. One final “HOO-YAH, SGT!!!” Very Respectfully, “mini-mike”
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Mike Park, Albuquerque, New Mexico

June 16, 2005
Michael, I’ve been trying to locate you for so many years. It was such a shock two weeks ago to discover that you were gone. I still can’t believe it. I’ll never forget the way you were ready to try anything in Alaska back in the late 70’s — hangliding, rugby, skiing, running all over Alaska. Just plain horsing around. I’ll never forget that scratchy laugh, your always upbeat attitude – man you should have been a comedian. Heck – you were! 🙂 And even though we lost touch in the eighties, I thought of you – “what the heck is Mikey up to these days?” – I’d think that every time after I’d tell someone about my USAF years and about the big guy from Long Island. I’m so proud of what you became and did in Pararescue: as a PJ, a jumpmaster, a leader, a teacher, a coach. If anyone was meant to be one, it was you. You truly were a hero — are a hero. And I have no doubt you were thinking of your own boys that day you went out to rescue the two injured children in Afghanistan. You will be sorely missed. But you will not be forgotten. Your friend always, Jeff
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Jeff Kasbohm, Minneapolis, Minnesota

May 26, 2005
My thoughts and prayers are with MSgt Maltz’s family during this Memorial Day. I will forever be grateful to him for preserving & securing the ideals of our great nation. God Bless. CMSgt. Franciska Blankenfeld, United States Air Force
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Franciska Blankenfeld, Colorado Springs, Colorado

May 12, 2005
I was Michael’s nephew it is dearly missed
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Daniel Ivory, Largo, Florida

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