Marine Killed In Afghanistan Left Behind Wife, Three Children

Funeral arrangements announced for 25-year-old Christopher Monahan of Island Heights

Christopher M. Monahan's last tour of duty in the Middle East was his third deployment away from his wife and three small children.

The young man joined the U.S. Marines after he graduated from Central Regional High School in 2006. He lived most of his life in Ocean Gate, but had moved to Island Heights before his deployment, according to his obituary from Anderson and Campbell Funeral Home in Toms River.

Monahan - a Marine Corps motor vehicle operator assigned to Combat Logistics Battalion 2, Combat Logistics Regiment 2, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, II Marine Expeditionary Force - was killed on Nov. 26 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan, the Department of Defense said earlier this week.

The 2006 graduate of Central Regional High School was previously deployed twice to Iraq before his deployment to Afghanistan.

His obituary from Anderson and Campbell describes Monahan as "an amazing and loving father, son, brother, grandson and friend."

He leaves his wife Sarah, and his children Nathan, Kierlyn and Caleb; his parents Christopher M. Monahan, Sr. and Sandra Monahan; maternal grandparents Lenny and Linda Adams of Toms River and paternal grandmother Leah Monahan of Bayville; his brother Matt, sister Kaitlyn and his best friend and second brother Rob Zilavetz. Chris is also survived by many loving aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins, according to his obituary.

Monahan's visitation will be held from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 5, at the Anderson & Campbell Funeral Home, 703 Main St in Toms River. A Mass of Christian Burial to celebrate his life will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday at at St. Barnabas R.C. Church, 33 Woodland Avenue in Bayville. Burial will follow at Brig. General William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Wrightstown, NJ.

He was the second Central Regional graduate killed in action in little more than a year.

Army Sgt. John A. Lyons, 26, class of 2003, died in late October last year of wounds he suffered when insurgents attacked his unit using small arms fire, in Ghazni province, Afghanistan.

Lyons' name is one of four plaques at the newly-dedicated War Memorial at Central Regional. The dedication ceremony was held the day before Hurricane Sandy hit. Monahan's name will be on the fifth plaque.

Patricia Scaduto December 04, 2012 at 12:23 PM
Too young, too many deployments. My heart and prayers go out to your family. My dad served in WWII but he was lucky and came home. He was serving his country and I hope that all Americans appreciate the sacrifice these young people are making. When I see a person in uniform I thank them and God Bless them. He is at peace and may your family in time find the same. God Bless you all and your family will be in my prayers
Ryan Hardy December 04, 2012 at 07:16 PM
Our wars in the middle east are totally illegitimate! WE are the real terrorists, for killing innocent women and children with drone strikes. This poor man was just a cog in the machine, I feel bad for him.
Larry Cataldo December 04, 2012 at 09:18 PM
Charles December 05, 2012 at 02:02 AM
I served with Cpl. Monahan in Iraq on my 2nd deployment which was his first, He was a good man and great Marine. He Died so that Americans can have all of our freedoms, one for instant, freedom of speech. That being said have some respect, there is a time and place for your political views and this is neither. Let him rest in peace, and let his family and his brothers in arms mourn in peace. RIP Monny, SEMER FI -Cpl. Trippi, USMC
Pags56 December 05, 2012 at 01:09 PM
Go easy brother, RIP. Semper Fi.


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