I met Colonel Peeler at a 3rd Marine Div reunion about 5 or 6 years ago in San Antonio. I was at the reunion with my Dad, who fought at Iwo Jima with the 3rd Mrine Div. I was fortunate enough to sit next to the Colonel and talk to him for a good hour that evening. I was very impressed by the man and was so glad that he was willing tonshre some of his combat experiences with me. The man was a tru warrior yetca fine gentleman.
Col.Peeler was a true american hero & I miss him terribly. Mike Sohn
Colonel JJ Peeler was an officer and a gentleman... the epitome of a Marine! He was an exemplary combat leader and instilled a sense of pride in the Marines with whom he served.
I was a young Corporal in the 2nd Battalion 9th Marine Regiment when then Major Peeler assumed command back some 48 years ago. We crossed paths again at the 2/9 reunion in November 1993 in D.C. and then again at the 3rd Marine
Division Reunion in Savannah the following summer, where my wife, Katrina, said of Colonel Peeler, resplendent in his Mess Dress Whites, "My, that man can dance." And dance he did, with my wife... a nice memory. While visiting his family in Beaufort, he and Margie, along with his daughter, called on us in Bluffton, SC. After the death of his beloved Margie, we spoke on the phone for hours and he told me how he was so saddened and we cried together... The world, the country,
the Marine Corps, and those of us who knew and served with John Peeler will miss him. Ooh rah!
Roger B Spurr USMC 1963-1974
I had the honor of being one of the Plt Ldrs who had the privilege of replacing John as Item Co 3rd Plt Ldr in Korea.It was a tough act but fortunately there was a Peeler trained Plt Sgt who kept me in line and out of too much trouble.
Several years later my wife and granddaughter and I had the additional honor of traveling back to Korea with John on a Military Historical tour. They still talk about the experience. To adapt an old bumper sticker. "Goodnight John, where ever you are" Semper Fi to a great Marine... Dave Seiler
John was our neighbor so my wife and I only knew him for a couple of years. We really liked John. He is one heck of a guy. He is in heaven now and probably laughing and telling a joke. He is our hero.
My prayers go out to the family of Mr.peeler ... I will miss him dearly ... I worked at independence hill where he would always come buy stamps from me at the front desk , my best and most favorite part of my day is when he'd come and see me .. He always had a huge smile on his face and he would always high five me . . Its sad to say he's gone .. But he is with the good lord now , to his family ...my condolences to you all . . May god be with you at your time of grieving, I myself hurt very much .. I wish I could have said good bye .. May you rest in peace hun .. Il never ever forget you .
Col. J.J. (Jockstrap) PEELER, whose love for our Beloved CORPS and his Troops knew no bounds. He is a Legend that all Americans can be proud of Honor, Service, and commitment was the core of his character. Semperv Fi Honorable Colonel. Sgt. G. Peck - Hotel 2/9 3dMarDiv
I would like to extend my sincere condolences to all the Peeler family. Col. Peeler was truly a great Marine and outstanding Marine officer. I first met Col. Peeler in December 1966 in Phu Bai Vietnam when he was the battalion commander for 2nd battalion 9th Marines. I was a radio operator in the command bunker so I saw him almost daily. At first he struck fear in me, I was nothing more than a lowly PFC and he was a Lt. Col. at that time. After a time I realized the only thing I needed to fear was not doing my best. He always brought out the best in all his Marines.
I believe he is the main reason many us 2/9ers are alive today. He stood up against his superior officers in September of 1967 and argued that many more would die if we didn't move from a small hill right outside Con Thien, South Vietnam. For more than 10 days we had been getting shelled constantly and were taking casualties daily. His leadership and persistence to do the right thing made it possible for 2/9 to leave that hill.
Next time I met Col. Peeler was in May 2006 when I was passing through San Antonio. He invited me into his home one evening and we sat and talked for hours. We even talked through dusk until he abruptly interrupted our conversation when he realized he hadn't lowered the colors for the evening. It was the best way to find his house on the street, old Glory and the USMC flag flying proudly in his front lawn. The last time I saw him was at the 2/9 reunion in November 2006.
I'm sure that Col. Peeler has now been given a new commission…commander of the Marines who are guarding the gates of Heaven. May God give him peace and eternal rest. His family should know that he made a huge impact on a lot of lives. I was proud to serve under his command.
Trish, Tom and all,
so sorry for your loss and hoping you know that many prayers are being sent to you during this difficult time. Sending Prayers and blessings,
Colonel, May you rest in peace. Semper Fi, Luis Hernandez
My condolences and deepest sympathies to the family of Col. Peeler. The veterans of "The Greatest Generation" deserve our thanks and deep respect. May he rest in peace after honorable service to his country and a job well done in life. Sincerely, Mrs. Clark Anderson
I want to give my condolences to the Peeler family. The Colonel was a hard charger and a great leader. The first time I met Col. Peeler was May 67 in the jungles of V.N. He impressed me from that night on (long story). 37 years later in 2004 my brother-in-law was retiring from the Air Force at a base in San Antonio. I knew Col. Peeler lived in SA because I looked him up in the 2/9 network.. I called him a week ahead to make sure he would be home. He told me to call him when I got to town. I did and he suggested we meet him at the Crockett Hotel. My wife and I had breakfast with John and we talked for 2 ½ hours. Attached is a photo of John and I after breakfast. He didn't remember me, but I didn't expect him to. You can't know every man under your command. We had a great conversation and he told us about his career in the USMC and about his family. I remember one story about his Uncle that was a Texas Ranger (long- long time ago). He also asked me if I wanted to do some shooting some day at his ranch. I would have loved to have gone to the ranch, but we had to catch our flight back to New Jersey. The last time I saw John was at the 2/9 reunion in 2006 in Arlington, Virginia. I know all his family members loved him and he was a great man. I'm proud to be one of his 2/9 Marines.
God Bless Col. J. J. Peeler.
Semper Fi, Richard Ambos
Richard W. Ambos
9 Kevin Dale Place
Jackson, NJ 08527
Uncle Johnny was my one and only Uncle. I have many fond memories of his visits and his great stories of him and my mother. He was a Great Uncle and will be missed dearly.
From the Item company, 3rd battalion, 1st Marines. I31. We are mourning the loss of an incredible man, a wonderful leader. We are so blessed to have known him. God bless the USA he served and loved so well. We are Proud to be on the list of men he called his own. Well done, good and faithful. Love and highest regard to col. John J. Peeler USMC (RET) and those who loved him.
Condolences from the Officers and Marines of the Alamo Detachment Marine Corps League. Semper Fidelis.
GySgt USMC (RET)
Three War Marine...Col. Peeler. The Colonel lived a full life and was a hero. He Rests in Peace.
With deep respect, much admiration and Always Faithful.
CWO-5 Luis R. Lozada, USMC (Retired)
The Marine Coprs has lost a great Marine and I lost a friend.
Semper Fi, John
He was my daddy's oldest friend from high school he was my friend too and attended Hub Masons funeral this Jan. I loved Col. Peeler/ he was such a nice man daddy would have been heartbroken / I hope they have a drink in heaven/ I will miss him. God bless his children and grandchildren / they will miss him so much. Col Peeler was so comforting to me when my dad died. I'll never forget that.
As a kid it was always special when the Peeler cousins were home for a visit. I loved listening to his stories. We were blessed to have him.
Our condolences from Dr Mangat's office.
My most heartfelt condolences on your loss. John and I served together in Vietnam in 1966-1967. As a company commander in Hotel Company, 2nd Battalion 9th Marines, John was my battalion commander. I could have asked for none better! He was both a leader and mentor, and remained so over the years. As God would have it, I talked to him just a few days before he passed, hoping to see him in San Antonio over the Christmas holidays. I really looked forward to my grandsons meeting him. I would very much like to meet with some of the family at that time. As we say in the Corps, we can share some 'lies and sea stories.' He would love that! God bless your family, and Semper Fidelis. Rich Johnson
God Bless and Semper Fi dear brother Marine.
Respects to Colonel Peeler, and appreciation to his family which served as did he. God is nigh, Semper Fi.
Col Louis Dechert, Past President, Korean War Veterans Association, USA
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
My condolence to the extended family of Col. Peeler!
He lived a great life and certainly a proud leader of the Brotherhood of Marines.
USMC Ret, RI RS SAT
To the Peeler family we are deeply sorry for your loss. May the scripture at 1 Corinthians 15:26 provide solace.