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PHOTO GALLERY: Marine Cpl. Monahan Procession

The body of Marine Cpl. Christopher Monahan, who was killed in action in Afghanistan Nov. 26, is escorted home

With an honor guard of retired Marines standing by, the body of Marine Cpl. Christopher M. Monahan Jr. was returned to Ocean County on Tuesday.

An escort of nearly 100 motorcycles, comprised of cyclists from the Legion Riders, the Patriot Riders, the Patriot Guard, as well as NJ state troopers, police from Toms River and police and firefighters from Island Heights, guarded and guided the path of Monahan's return, from the Delaware Memorial Bridge to Anderson & Campbell Funeral Home on Main Street in Toms River.

Monahan, 25, a 2006 Central Regional High School graduate who grew up in Ocean Gate but more recently had lived in Island Heights, was killed in action on Nov. 26 in Afghanistan's Helmand Province when the truck he was riding in struck an improvised explosive device.

Two dozen family members, some quietly crying, watched as a Marine Corps detail removed Monahan's flag-draped casket from the hearse that brought him from Dover Air Force Base, and carried it up the steps, where they placed it on a casket carriage and moved it inside the funeral home.

Monahan is survived by his wife Sarah, and his children Nathan, Kierlyn and Caleb; his parents, Christopher M. Monahan Sr. and Sandra Monahan; his  maternal grandparents, Lenny and Linda Adams of Toms River, and paternal grandmother, Leah Monahan of Bayville. He has a brother, Matt, and sister, Kaitlyn as well as extended family.

A viewing is set for Wednesday from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. and his funeral is set to begin at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Barnabas Roman Catholic Church in Bayville. He will be buried at Brig. General William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Wrightstown.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made in his name to the Rotary Club of Toms River, P.O. Box 751, Toms River, NJ 08754, www.hometownheros.org or Toys for Tots, according to his obituary in the Asbury Park Press.

Phil Schmeer December 05, 2012 at 03:48 PM
A United States Marine Died for his country,Cpl.Christopher Monahan chose to go to war for his country,we honor his Bravery,we honor his Supreme sacrifice.God Bless Christopher and his family. Semper Fi !
Joseph Herbert December 05, 2012 at 04:04 PM
Uncle Moe, UR a pig, politicizing the passing of an American Hero~
Joseph Herbert December 05, 2012 at 04:05 PM
Ajv you must be Uncle Moe's evil spawn~
Joseph Herbert December 05, 2012 at 04:11 PM
Lew; But for men like this brave Hero you'd still be British, oppressed as so many were by the "Great Empire" who created the 'Concentration Camp'. Thomas Jefferson wrote "Freedom requires the occasional sacrifice of Patriot's Blood that we may remain free."
JerseyVet December 05, 2012 at 04:26 PM
Marine Cpl. Monahan thank you for serving and given the ultimate sacrifice for your country. It's men like you that help preserve the freedoms we enjoy in America. God bless. and rest in peace. Everyone please take moment of silence for this proud marine and his family. Amen
brokeninbayville December 05, 2012 at 05:09 PM
You are really low with this statement. He served YOU and the rest of us, no matter who sent him there or for what reason!!! The rest of us are thankful for the service of our military and always pray that they will return home safely. It is a risk, but not one to be taken so lightly as in your statement.
brokeninbayville December 05, 2012 at 05:11 PM
God Bless Cpl. Monahan and his family and thank you for your sacrific to protect our freedom. Cpl. Monahan was the class of 2005 not 2006 and he will always be remembered at Central Regional thru the Fallen Heroes War Memorial erected at flag pole.
Mike Simpson December 05, 2012 at 05:16 PM
Rest In Peace Cpl. Christopher M. Monahan Jr. - you will be always Honored and Remembered.... http://www.njrunforthefallen.org/index.html
Art Sholty December 05, 2012 at 09:29 PM
@ Uncle Moe, just one question.................are you a member of our armed services now? Are you a veteran? This young man died for the cause of FREEDOM, oil had nothing to do with it. It's people like yourself that do not understand what it is to be in a conflict situation, seeing and hearing all the carnage that goes about you and you call it oil, political oil at that. You make me sick. Art Sholty Korean Vet.
Ajv December 06, 2012 at 12:15 AM
Joseph = douche
Ajv December 06, 2012 at 12:28 AM
Joseph is 48 stand for your IQ?
Jersey Shore Mom December 06, 2012 at 12:34 AM
I was near water street in Toms River & saw the procession forming. How I wish I had a flag to join the flag line, I wanted to jump out of my car. I SALUTE Marine Cpl. Monahan. God bless his family/children & hold them in his embrace. This ultimate sacrifice derserves a hero's memorial. Thank you for your service & my freedom. Please end this war. No mother should have to endure this lost.
Bill C December 06, 2012 at 01:26 AM
"I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your breavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours, to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of Freedom" Abraham Lincoln
ed crowley December 06, 2012 at 02:56 AM
I hope the media will give the family the videos and pictures. His children will not remember his funeral.
Ashley G December 06, 2012 at 03:19 AM
Reguardless of what anyone has to say he is still someone's son, brother , father & some of you need to keep your rudeness to yourselves! It was a beautiful service & I thank anyone who chooses this lifestyle reguardless of the outcome! We love you Chris! Rest in peace!
KAITLYN December 06, 2012 at 04:14 AM
FIRST OFF MY BROTHER FAUGHT FOR WHAT HE LOVED AND THT WAS FAMILY FRIEND HIS BROTHERS IN THE MARINES AND EVERYONE ELSE THAT ENTERED HIS LIFE HES A GREAT MAN AND ITS NOOONES BUISNESS WHY OR WHY NOT PICTURES AND VIDEOS ARE POSTED I THINK ITS WONDERFUL SEEING THESE PICTURES THIS IS THE LAST MEMORY OF MY BROTHER AND IT WAS ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL AND I WAS SO HAPPY TO SEE HOW MANY APPRICAITE AND CARE FOR HIM SO IF YOU HAVE ANYTHING TO SAY MAKE IT BE NICE CUZ REQARDLESS OF THE REASON HE PASSED HE STILL WAS MY HERO AND OLDER BROTHER
frank reynolds December 06, 2012 at 06:04 AM
hopefully karma catches up with you. this girl just lost her brother and youre busy on the patch lecturing her because you deemed yourself to be the grammar police. kaitlyn my heart goes out to you and your family. my thoughts are with chris' wife and 3 children. ignore the trolls on here and know your brother was someone you can always be proud of.
ralph f ferrara December 06, 2012 at 11:28 AM
as a father of a marine who unit that chris replaced i feel that this brave marine should be praised my son was also injury in a ied attack all who think that this war is for Bush or oil should think about the 3 thousand that died o 9/11 and sttop whinning about war for oil maybe their should get off their asses and due something for their country and see what it is all about
Mike Simpson December 06, 2012 at 01:41 PM
Extract from Gov's Executive Order # 118.. WHEREAS, Corporal Monahan was a dedicated Marine as well as a loving husband, father, son, and brother, whose memory lives in the hearts of his family, friends, and fellow Marines; and WHEREAS, Corporal Monahan’s heroism, patriotism, and service to his country and his fellow Marines make it appropriate and fitting for the State of New Jersey to remember him and his family, to mark his passing, and to honor his memory; NOW, THEREFORE, I, CHRIS CHRISTIE, Governor of the State of New Jersey, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and by the Statutes of this State, do hereby ORDER and DIRECT: 1. The flag of the United States of America and the flag of New Jersey shall be flown at half-staff at all State departments, offices, agencies, and instrumentalities during appropriate hours on Thursday, December 6, 2012, in recognition and mourning of a brave and loyal American hero, United States Marine Corporal Christopher M. Monahan Jr.
Tracie Monahan December 07, 2012 at 03:43 PM
So many haters? Cpl. Christopher Monahan is special to so many. I will always love you Chris, through your beautiful children! And, I love you Kiatlyn. Don't listen to these fools, nothing can change the bond you had with your biggest brother!
tuna stick December 07, 2012 at 03:55 PM
Kaitlyn, please know that all of us are grateful for your brother's service and bravery. May your memories of him be something you carry with you for the rest of your life. And as for the others here who disagree, pay them no mind. Not everyone is capable of being hero. God bless you and your family.
KMcWade December 07, 2012 at 04:38 PM
"Greater love has no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends." God Bless Corporal Monahan and his service and dedication to his family, friends and nation. Semper Fi. Kaitlyn and Tracie, please just ignore comments of the few who have shown their hate here. These poor low lives have nothing better to do than write hateful comments about people they don't even know. Not one of these haters would have even a modicum of the bravery or character that Corporate Monahan possessed. You have my condolences on your loss.
1stcav December 07, 2012 at 05:10 PM
LEW :So the construction worker who just this week had an air conditioner unit dropped on him , his family shouldn't grieve as much as the brave military family does ! Oh well ...you couldn't even shine this Marines low quarters or clean that construction workers boots !!! Insensitive in either situation at the least..so nonchalant about life in general are we...whey off subject ...sorry all ....RIP Cpl Monahan and may all family members heal as quickly as they can in this hard time of personal loss ....Kaitlyn..all us Vets know your Brother IS our HERO..forever in OUR Hearts...Amen....
brokeninbayville December 07, 2012 at 06:39 PM
Kaitlyn, there are so many jerks in this world, and apparently in Bayville who reads and writes nasty things to the Patch. Please don't take these idiots to heart. Your brother is and will always be a hero in our hearts and your memories. Please don't even reply any more to these idiots. We'll take care of them for you.
kathy torres December 09, 2012 at 07:09 PM
people get killed everyday on the streets of this country unfortunatltly mostly because of bad drug deals. Everyone of these people has families.The difference in them getting killed and a soldier getting killed is the soldier lost his life defending your freedom so you could write stupid crap like this.If it were your family member which would you be more proud of? Your family member fighting for your freedom or fighting to keep his drugs.Think about that before you open your big trap again!
Anthony December 12, 2012 at 02:23 PM
A young man died in service of his country and I admire his courage. Soldiers do not decide the battle. His heroism begins when he answers the call of his government. Politics count but not on the day of a hero's burial.
KAITLYN December 23, 2012 at 07:57 AM
My brother would absolutely love all the hate comments they don't bother.me what bothers me is these people Gould of protested so I could of cane out side and show them how monahans really take care of business Christopher I love you hope u enjoy Christmas <3
Glenn Merkle January 15, 2013 at 01:20 AM
Chris, You may not be here with us as we press forth in this deployment physically but I know you are waiting at the gates to bum another cigarette. You still owe me a pack, man. So many hours spent with a beer in hand at the Barracks, brother, you will never be forgotten. I'll leave a carton for you when we get back. Thank you for everything, Chris. -Glenn
Jason Walters May 30, 2013 at 12:51 PM
I'm in Afghanistan right now. I am a Marine Corporal. OIL HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS MARINES DEATH. Words cannot describe how sick this makes me.
proud May 30, 2013 at 01:50 PM
Thank you for your service gentlemen. Corporal Walters, please stay safe.

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