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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.

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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