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Marine Major Joseph Trane McCloud lost his life on a mission in Iraq on Monday, December 4, 2006. Trane was born on December 14, 1966 in Elizabethton, Tennessee. He is survived by his wife, Maggie (formerly of Sayville, New York) and their children, Hayden (7), Grace (5) and Meghan (2); his mother and step-father, Roma and Carl J. Anderson; father, Ron McCloud; brother, Richmond McCloud; sister, Dawn Fattore (John); in-laws, Ann and the late Jack Hayden; Jack Hayden (brother in law) and Kelly Fallon (sister in law).

After graduating from the University of Tennessee in 1989, he served 17 dedicated years in the Marine Corps. He was serving in Iraq, with 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, when he paid the ultimate sacrifice; the helicopter he was flying on, crash landed in a lake in the Anbar Province, near Baghdad. Trane was a devoted husband, father, son, and a Marine's Marine, who believed freedom is precious and well worth protecting. Mission accomplished Trane...farewell in peace.

Friends may call at the DEMAINE FUNERAL HOME, 520 S. Washington Street, Alexandria, VA, where the family will be present on Thursday, December 14, 2006 from 5 to 8 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Friday, December 15, 10 a.m. at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, 8710 Mt. Vernon Highway, Alexandria, VA 22309. Interment to follow at Arlington National Cemetery with Full Military Honors.

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Published in The Washington Post on Dec. 9, 2006.
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May 31, 2016
This year on Memorial day a few of us veterans were asked to share with our church about anyone we knew who died defending our country. I was proud to tell them about the great man Trane McCloud. A good man gone to soon.
Rodney Jetton
May 30, 2016
I truly wish my husband and I could meet you. My husband was lucky enough to get to know your husband while they served together in Iraq. My husband was the photographer assigned to Tranes unit, and was forever impacted by his life as well as the pain of his loss. Truly, I hear often of how the world was robbed when Major McCloud died. A great great guy.
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Thank you Major McCloud, for leaving your mark on my husbands life. For respecting his age and not letting rank fool you. (enlisting at 29 is not the norm). You are missed everyday, this I know, for I hear it often thru different times of year.
See you on the other side.
Jennifer Jensen
May 26, 2015
Another Memorial day has passed and there were lots of tributes to the military. I was thinking once again of Trane. Praying for Maggie and the kids.
Rod Jetton
December 23, 2014
Thinking of Trane this month and especially as we head into Christmas. I'll be praying for Maggie and the family, as well as all those who have lost loved ones.
May 27, 2014
God bless you Trane.
James Baron
May 26, 2014
Thanking you on this Memorial Day for your sacrifice!!
Donna Knodell
May 26, 2014
God Bless this Marine and his family.
Army Dad
May 26, 2014
Another Memorial day is here and I'm thinking about my buddy Trane. I'm going to go for a run and try to get back in shape, and I can here him telling me to push harder. He was a great man and I miss him.
Rod Jetton
December 4, 2013
I wish Trane was here to enjoy this Christmas! I was thinking of him and cheering for TN this year and they are doing better. I knew Trane would be watching and smiling. I miss my friend and took some time to look through my old photos of our time together in the Corps. He was such a good man and Marine.
Rod Jetton
December 3, 2013
He was hard on me, but fair. I can only pray that I find comfort by becoming the kind of man that he would be proud of. ICHTHYS.
Alexsander Hernandez
July 2, 2013

We haven't spoken for years having lost touch and track with each other. I thought of you last night. I'm not sure why and thought I'd try to find you on Facebook. I sent some Maggie a friend request. I hope it was you. In searching for you, I read about Trane's death. I am so sorry for your loss. You were an inspiration for me back when we lived together now over 20 years ago. And you still are. Please reach out to me. I'd love to reconnect. My e-mail is - Sharon (Brock) Herbst
Sharon Herbst
July 4, 2012
It is the 4th of July and we are honoring all our veterans. I wear a braclet i made to remind me of Trane each day but today i just wanted to come to his site and say I sure miss you and I'm thinking of Maggie and the kids. I'm not near as good as he was and I wish he were here now. Miss you Brother!!
Rod Jetton
February 3, 2012
I didn't know him, however, I want to tell his family he was a brave man.
December 14, 2011
Each december I think of my friend and his sacrifice for our country. I miss you. I wear a camo 550 cord bracket I made in Dec 2006 and think of you maggie and the kids each day. my prayers are with them and all marines who are in harms way. I just wish so bad you were still here!! Happy birthday.
rod jetton
December 5, 2011
Thinking of you on this day. I have never met you, but my granddaughter sat with your children while you were at the wake for your beloved hero. She was a friend of Michelle's (your neighbor). God's grace be with you now and forever.
Ellen O'Neal
December 3, 2011
To the family and friends of Maj. Joseph T. McCloud:
Please accept my remembrance of Joseph on the anniversary of his passing and know that he will never be forgotten.
Peggy Childers
December 3, 2010
To the family and friends of Maj. Joseph T. McCloud:
Remembering Joseph on the anniversary of his passing. May our fallen heroes never be forgotten!
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
Peggy Childers
November 11, 2010
Dear Maggie,
As I acknowledge this veterans day, my mind continues to wander towards the service of Trane. I was a classmate of his in high school, and was familiar with his reputation as a great guy. As a retired Navy Corpsman, I mourn the loss of any Marine, but the loss of your dear husband has haunted me for years. I have probably mentioned in the past , that I try to keep his memory alive in Grosse Pointe when I make presentations to groups about the military or the flag. As a wife and a mother,I cannot concieve the grief of the type of loss that you have endured. I pray for strength for you and your children. Thank you for lending Trane to our country to do a deed that only the bravest of Americans have stepped up to do. May peace be with you.
lisa armentrout
June 29, 2010
We think of you and your beautiful family often. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Me Ke Aloha
Karen @ Steve Kumasaka, DDS and Staff
Kaneohe HI
Karen Ishimaru
May 31, 2010
Your husband and family are in our thoughts on this Memorial Day and every day. Thanksgiving is the day for giving thanks for what we have-Memorial Day is the day we give thanks for all we take for granted.
Blessings to you as you carry on the work of raising your children to know the character of their father.
Tony and Esther Harrison
1/75 RGR RGT (with Richmond, 1991-1994)
Heidelberg Germany
Tony and Esther Harrison
December 25, 2009
On this day and with each day that we enjoy our freedom, I would like to give thanks and let you know that I do not take our troops for granted. May you experience God when you feel your loss.
Donna Gillette
December 14, 2009
Arlington, Dec. 7, 2009
October 27, 2009
Dear Maggie,

My name is Jim Vacca and I was Richmonds' best buddy in Army Basic Training. Trane sounds like he was a hell of guy and I am so sorry for your loss. Although we haven't met, I think about you and your kids, and about Richmond often......I just wanted you to know that your husbands sacrifice has touched my life and to say Thank You for being as strong as I know you are.


Jim Vacca
(Former US Army SGT and Friend)
Utica, MI
Jim Vacca
September 30, 2009
To the the McCloud Family.Not often enough do former Marines communicate with each other and that is a sad statement. I just learned by default of the death of Trane. I am hurting right now beacuse I had a relationship with this man. Trane was one of my young Marines while we served on board the USS Missouri. I recall when he was promoted, I recall when he became the ship captain's orderly, and I recall when his paperwork was approved for him to attend Officer Candidate School. By the time he made it to Camp Lejeune as a Second Lieutenant and platoon commander I went to visit him. I kept calling him sir and he said and I quote, "Sgt Brown, stop calling me Sir, you were with me before I became a officer." And I responded, "No Sir, the respect to be called Sir you earned." We left it at that, then he tried to get me to leave 2nd Marines can come with him. Trane was a good person, he was smart, well read, and motivated to achieve. I lost a friend when he left us, but you lost more. Trane always had a book in his hands, always. I remember when!!!
Timmie Brown
May 26, 2009
It is Memorial day.
I have found myself thinking about the Man, the Marine, his family and the lives he enriched.
I did not have the opportunity to know Trane but I met his Mother when I lived in Michigan. She left a strong impression on me despite how little we knew each other. I was touched when she shared the loss with me one day as we got to know each other.
I thought these past few days of trying to find a way to send a message of heartfelt thanks to you all for his sacrifice, and yours.
I've sat this evening and read all that people have written about him. What a treasure. His family, his children and all those who have been touched by him carry a legacy within them.
I am thankful to have this location to be able to post a note with which I can somehow reach out to thank him and his family for everything.
Maggie Wald
April 11, 2009
My deepest respect and gratitude to the family, especially his children. Thank you, Marine. Rest well.
A Fava
February 25, 2009
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Kenna Larra
February 17, 2009
I had the pleasure of Serving with LCPL McCloud aboard USS MISSOURI (BB 63). I cannot imagine it will assuage any grief; but even then, he was clearly a cut above - a consummate professional. I am better for having served with him. I am sorry to have learned recently of his passing. I am sure there are thousands of Marines who are better men/women/leaders, and servants of our nation, for having served with Joseph Trane McCloud. "LCPL McCloud, reporting all Marine Detachment spaces are secure! Time 0120." I still remember it.

Very Respectfully,
Joseph Raskin
December 26, 2008
I've been thinking about you all month but even more so since the 14th. My family just had a great Christmas thanks to you and so many others sacrifice. I have had Maggie and the kids in my prayes each day because I know this had to be a hard time. I hope they got to hear stories about how great a guy you are. Thanks for always taking care of me in A company and for all you did to keep us safe!

Rest easy, sleep well my brother.
Know the line has held, your job is done.
Rest easy, sleep well.
Others have taken up where you fell, the line has held.
Rest easy, sleep well, peace, peace, and farewell...
Rod Jetton
December 15, 2008
To the McCloud family, I wish for you the peace that only our Father in Heaven can provide. I first met Trane when he was 5 years old and watched him grow into a wonderful, responsible young man. As he grew up I lost touch with him. He was truly a Marine and committed to the Corp, his family, and God. May he enjoy a beautiful birthday in Heaven with his papaw and mamaw McCloud.
Beverly McKinney
December 15, 2008
Safely Home
Happy Belated Birthday in Heaven. May God hold you in the palm of His hand. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Michael Iezzi
December 6, 2008
We thought about you all on Wednesday and will be sending Trane birthday wishes next Saturday.
Hugs to you and the kids.
Love from Beth, Michael, Pridie, Nicholas in heaven, Joseph
December 5, 2008
Dear McClouds- I am still so sorry that you lost your Trane. I am a Grosse Pointer, and former classmate of Tranes, as well as retired military. Driving past the GP War Memorial is nearly unbearable for me, as all I can think about is how you must feel. Seeing Richmond last year at the fundraiser nearly broke my heart in half, and I admire your strength to carry on. I have spoke to a number of boy and girl scout troops since then, and get to brag how my name is next to his on the Desert Storm plaque - seeing that he is a true hero, and this community will always honor his memory, and I will personally make sure of it. I am still deeply troubled by his loss, and think of your family frequently, hoping that you are ok, despite the fact that I have never met you - but I know you and respect you as a military family. Peace and best wishes to you all. Most sincerely, Doc Armentrout
Lisa Mazur Armentrout
December 4, 2008
In Memory of Joseph ~ (Debra Estep)
Holding you all in my thoughts and prayers.

The Wind on The Downs

“I like to think of you as brown and tall,
As strong and living as you used to be,
In khaki tunic, Sam Brown belt and all,
And standing there and laughing down at me.
Because they tell me, dear, that you are dead,
Because I can no longer see your face,
You have not died, it is not true, instead
You seek adventure in some other place.
That you are round about me, I believe;
I hear you laughing as you used to do,
Yet loving all the things I think of you;
And knowing you are happy, should I grieve?
You follow and are watchful where I go.”

(Written by Marian Allen during World War l )

Two lines that I wish you to keep near your heart…….

“You seek adventure in some other place.
That you are round about me, I believe”

I did not know Joseph, but I am remembering
his service and sacrifice. He is my hero. !

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

The Other Side

i'm over on the other side
where life and death softly divide.
left my skin and bones behind
now i'm over on the other side.

can you feel me there with you?
my breath is gone but i'm not through.
loved you then and i still do
from over on the other side.

i can fly. really fly.
below the earth ... all through the sky.
tell em all i did not die.
i'm just over on the other side.

it's good here on the other side.
the sweetest songs...the bluest skies.
thank you for the tears you cried
but it's good here on the other side.

i can fly. really fly. below the earth...all through the sky.
tell em all i did not die.
i'm just over on the other side

the world is smaller than a needle's eye.
where life and death softly divide.
when you leave your skin and bones behind
i'll be waiting on the other side.

i can fly. really fly. below the earth ... all through the sky.
go tell em all i did not die.
i'm just over on the other side.

Song lyrics by Don Conoscenti
C Desert Muse/SESAC
(Used with permission)

“I hope it brings great comfort to any and all.
Peace on you. DonCon” 4-2008

The Other Side –
(To hear the song)


Deb Estep ~ Ohio
Proud Air Force Mom SSgt Vince – Lackland AFB
Proud Air Force MIL SrA Dana – Randolph AFB

Remembering The Fallen – Blog

Angel and soldier drawing I have shared here.
December 3, 2008
Maggie, our thoughts and prayers are with you today.

Rob, Jennifer, Madeline and Amelia Colby
Rob Colby
December 3, 2008
To the family of Maj. Joseph T. McCloud:
Joseph 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"
Peggy Childers
August 23, 2008
I knew him as Maj. McCloud in Hawaii. Can't believe it. RIP sir. Guard the gates till we can come relieve you sir.

SSGT. Marine (Animal House)
SSGT Marine
July 6, 2008
I didn't personally know Lt Col. McCloud; however, as the sister of Lt. Col. William G. Hall (Marines) that was also killed in Iraq, I feel as though we have met. I will keep your family in pray...please do the same for my family.

Semper Fidelis

Dolores Perry
June 15, 2008
You are remembered and respected. Thank you Maj McCloud!
February 12, 2008
Rest in peace Maj. McCloud
Semper Fi

Echo 2/3 Gulf War Vet
Brian McPhillips
December 16, 2007

Just wanted u to know I think about u everyday and miss u. Wish you were here and know your family misses you to. I will be praying for them today and over this holiday season.

Thanks for keeping us safe and for being such a good friend!!!
Rod Jetton
December 14, 2007
December 14, 2007
Happy Birthday in Heaven
Happy Birthday in Heaven. May God hold you in the palm of His hand. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Michael Iezzi
November 25, 2007
My name is Debbie Elam and I am the Chairman for the Virginia Memorial Quilt Project. Our Project's Mission is to present the immediate family of each fallen soldier from the State of Virginia with a numbered memorial quilt. Please contact me at the following:
Debbie Elam, Chairman
Virginia Memorial Quilt Project
2621 Linbrook Drive
Richmond, VA 23228
or you can email me at You can view our work on We hope to hear from you soon! God Bless.
Debbie Elam
September 25, 2007
Trane was a fellow classmate of mine at GP South and was in several classes of mine throughout those years. I remember Trane as being both serious and fun-loving. I would not have thought that our 20th reunion would be the last time we would speak. He loved the Marines and I applaud his service to our country and morned with his fellow Grosse Pointers when we heard about his death. Everyone from the Class of 85 has had wonderful things to say about Trane. He is remembered well here at home.
Steve Palffy
September 25, 2007
Father we entrust our brother Joseph to your mercy. You loved him greatly in this life: now that he is freed from all its cares, give him happiness and peace forever. Welcome him now into paradise where there will be no more sorrow, no more weeping or pain, but only peace and joy with Jesus your Son, and the Holy Spirit forever and ever.
May God hold Joseph in the palm of His hand. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. My deepest sympathy.
Michael iezzi
September 17, 2007
Mrs. McCloud and family,
Trane and I were classmates from junior high through high school. We were never really close but I always admired Trane and knew what a good person he was.
I was at the War Memorial today in Grosse Pointe and saw a poster of him in the entrance. I was so saddened and shocked to hear of his death.
As a mother myself I can only imagine your grief.
My deepest sympathies.
Chris Ann Roncone (Voudoukis)
August 18, 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 heart felt 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, 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.


Currently stationed in Germany
Althea Barrett(Queens, NY)
August 9, 2007
Mrs McCloud and family,
My name is SGGT Reyes, I was your husbands platoon Sgt when he was a Lance Corporal in the USS Missouri.
He's a very good Marine and friend.
I've just found out about events today, and im so sadden about your loss.
There were about 60 Marines (brothers) onboard the USS Missouri, about 58 of them probably doesnt know what had happen, I'll make sure his service in the Marine Corps is never forgotten.
"Trane" LCpl McCloud is one of the last Battleship Marine, we dont forget..
Rolan Reyes
August 3, 2007
Thank you for the sacrifice made by Maj McCloud and the sacrifice made by everyone who loves and misses him! May God bless all of you!!
July 27, 2007
Mrs. McCloud,

I doubt you remember me, but I met you briefly after your husband took me on an exhausting "boots and utes" run through the trails by your Alexandria home. I could never keep up with that man! I was only one of two Marine combat correspondents who had the honor of working with him at the Naval Media Center. He was a good man. He was firm. He was proud. And everything he said and taught had a purpose and heart. The funny thing is, even in broadcasting, he always managed to see things through the eyes of an infantryman. I just found out today that he passed last year; and when I found this site, I just had to let you and the rest of his family know that he was a positive influence in my life. I'm very sorry for your terrible loss. We will never forget him.
David Annarino
May 20, 2007
To Richmond and the McCloud family:
We are very sorry for your loss. Thank God we have men like this. His kids have a great father.
Mike Pullano's Pizza
May 3, 2007
To the McCloud Family,
I have been overseas for several years and just recently found out about Trane. He and I served together at OCS, and he was indeed a good man. Please accept my family's sympathies, as well as our wish that time will slowly put your lives back together.
M Boykin
April 6, 2007

Robyn Garside
March 4, 2007
My deepest sympathy goes to you. I lost my little brother on the same flight that day. I guess we were going throught the same thing at the same time. If there is anything I can do for you please let me know.
Crystal Webb
January 29, 2007
Trane McCloud was my hero. In my ten years in the military, I never met a more intelligent, compassionate, dedicated man. I worked with him during his short stint in Public Affairs, at a time that he was itching to get back into the fight as a Marine infantry officer. His heart was with the grunts, but he put his mind into being one of the most professional PAOs I have ever worked with. His energy was boundless; his integrity beyond reproach. When I read his obituary, his accomplishments as a Marine fellow working on behalf of inner-city teachers sounded just like the Trane McCloud I knew. I hope the Marines who learned from him at Quantico become half the person he was. It was an honor to know Trane McCloud and to share a few moments with him, to learn what it means to be a leader. My deepest condolences to his family. I would have followed Trane McCloud anywhere. This is a great loss for America.
Lieutenant Ron Flanders
January 26, 2007
We grieve with you and pray for your family in this time of loss. May the Lord wrap your family in his comfort and may you find peace in the memory of your hero, Joseph. Semper Fi.
Lee Sirotnak
January 23, 2007
Dear McCloud Family,
Even though we have never met I feel as if we are a part of a family. My daughter's fiancee was killed in Iraq by an IED on 10/3/05. I pray that you will feel God holding you as close to His heart as He has held my family this past year and a half. May you know His comfort and peace.
Claire Zawistowski
January 18, 2007
Dear Mrs. McCloud,
May God bless you and your family. I did not know Trane, but I know his reputation. As a fellow Marine, I grieve his loss with you. Our Corps was a better place for his service. You and your children have every right to be proud of his legacy. I am confident Trane rests in peace, and I pray that you will find some solace knowing that your Marine Corps family will always stand with you.
Semper Fidelis,
Michael Geffroy
Major, USMCR
Michael Geffroy
January 10, 2007
To Joseph's family and friends-
My family and I are praying for you and your family during this difficult time. We send our deepest empathy as we lost our Marine on 11/30/05 in Fallujah. We are comforted to know that our Marines are serving their country with such honor and bravery. We are so proud of our Marines and all of our other service men and women for all that they have done and continue to do to keep us safe and to give us the freedom we have that so many take for granted.
They are true Heroes and need to always be remembered for their selflessness and sacrifice to better our world. We will forever be united in the loss of our heros. We are so sorry for your loss and hope our words will ease some of the pain, and maybe fill some of your emptiness.
Yesterday, Today, Forever – Semper Fi - Marines!
Our sincerest gratitude for their bravery-
The family of Cpl. William "Billy" Taylor
2/6 WPNS
KIA outside of Fallujah 11/30/05
Joshua and April Morales
January 7, 2007
“Paid in Full”
In Honor of The War Against Terrorism’s Fallen and Injured Marines

Marines through and through, they paid the price
Six thousand miles away, we live the life
For which they paid with their blood, spirits and bodies
We will never forget what they paid in full

We hope and we pray that somehow their loved ones find comfort
In God, in the flag, in the memory of their loved ones’ bravery
They’re gone now but we see them still…proud, strong, willing
Covering each other’s backs… courageous, moving forward

What kind of love did they have for us to be willing
To give it all for the Black, White, Jew, Christian, Muslim?
We don’t comprehend but we honor you now and forever
You are Our Marines…some living…some not
Forever in our minds we will cherish your lives

Lives too short yet immortal they’ll be
Highest brotherhood of the few, the proud
They stand at attention, and we gaze with awe
Some know their names not, but our admiration for them
Flows limitless within us, between us

They sacrificed their limbs or their lives
Freedom still rings, a soft sound across the miles
It tolls slowly; all of creation takes note
Of the lives that were lost for people unknown

Out of sight but not lost; forever among us
The starched blues marching straight
Toward the place where we will meet them
Many years from now…how we loved them…
Well done beloved Brothers and Sisters…You’ve paid it in full
Always Faithful Marines, You Have Paid it in Full
Glen Nevogt
January 6, 2007
I much appreciated the long story Representative Rod Jetton has written in his many e-mails. May your trust and hope stay firmly grounded in our Anointed Liberator Christ Jesus to keep you and rescue you from each and every evil until that Day you see Trane again in the great celebration with the LORD in heaven.
David Houser
January 3, 2007
Dear Maggie and Family,

It is impossible for us to know your grief at this time but I want to assure you that I, along with those that have signed your guest book, share your loss. My prayer is that God will comfort and console you and your family at this time as only He can do. I thank you for your sacrifice to this Country and I pray that God will bless and keep you.
Alan Karberg
January 3, 2007
Greater love hath no man than he lay down his life for his friends. May God be the comfort your family needs in this dark time. May He wrap His arms of love around you in a way that warms you hearts and reminds you that Trane is His and always was. My heart aches for what you are experiencing. You are not alone.
Don Brenton
January 3, 2007
Please accept my deepest sympathy for the loss of your Hero, and my sincere gratitude for his service. May God grant you strength and peace.

The Land of the Free, Because of the Brave

In memory of PFC Chase Edwards, USMC
KIA 06Apr2006
Renee Owens
January 3, 2007
My heartfelt sympathy to the Mc Cloud family in the loss of Joseph. I did not know Joseph, 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. My heart was touched by the many wonderful/beautiful things written about you. Joseph you are my hero and you will NEVER be forgotten. I live close to ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY and I visit there two or three times a week. I promise each time I am at ANC I will visit/honor Joseph. I did attend Joe's service at ANC.
I send each of you a hug from the most inner part of my heart.
Love and Peace

To live in the hearts
of those you leave behind
is never to die"
~Robert Orr~
Tom Gugliuzza-Smith
January 3, 2007
Dear Family Mc Cloud,
I have come to know Joseph Trane through my friend Rod Jetton and am in awe of his service and all Women and Man which service to preserve our freedom here at home.
Our prayers and thoughts are with you and yours in this very difficult time. God will guide you.
With Deepest Respects,
Brigitte Bollerslev and Family
Brigitte Bollerslev
January 2, 2007
To Trane's family, in your time of grief, please remember that the measure of a great man is the fact that a great man lives on in all of us long after his death. There are stars in the sky that have been dead for millions of years, yet they shine on, as we can still see them. In the same way, a great man like Trane will live on for generations in the hearts and minds of all of those who he touched and in all of those who he helped through his actions. His personal star will burn brightly for generations to come. We pray that God willing many more men like Trane will shine to protect our great country and way of life. I am confident that your family's great sacrifice will not be in vain. To everyone - please look forward and shine on brightly to keep Trane's lamp burning. I am sure that is what Trane would want.
Matt Menghini
January 1, 2007
To The McCloud Family,

"I leave you peace; my peace I give you. I do not give it to you as the world does. So don't let your hearts be troubled or afraid." John 14:27
I only know you and your family through Rod Jetton's newsletter. My sympathy to your family at this most difficult time. And I would also like to express my appreciation for the ultimate sacrifice that Joseph has made on behalf of our country.
Peggy Shull
January 1, 2007
Dear Maggie and family,
Rod Jetton shared the story of Trane; and as we got to know him, it felt like we had lost a member of our family. I would have been so proud had he been my son--such a fine person and Marine. My husband is a former Marine--they just have a special place in my heart.
I know the "bigger" the person, the bigger void they leave when gone, so I know it will not be easy. Just know you are in the thoughts and prayers of so many.
God bless and keep you and the children. Dee
Dee Maupin
January 1, 2007
I've come to know Trane through my friend Rod Jetton and am in awe of his service to preserve our freedoms here at home. You should be very proud. God bless you, keep you and comfort you.
Mark Andrews
December 31, 2006
May God Bless you and your family I thank God for men like Joseph Trane for the love they have for US as United States and us(the people) Thank you for suporting you husband as he served in the Marines for our country...
Susan Muller
December 31, 2006
Maggie and family, my prayers and thoughts are with you and yours. Rod is a friend of mine and I read each of his emails and will continue to pray for you.

My son just graduated from high school and has joined the army. He went to basic training this past summer.

God bless you. Your husband is a true American hero.

Georgia State Senator Don Balfour
Don Balfour
December 31, 2006
Maggie and family, I heard about Joseph's traggic death through Rod Jetton-my state representive. I am truly sorry for your great loss and my prayers are with you. Please know that we are so greatful for the many brave men and women who have given the ultimate sacrifice. God Bless.
Roger Williams
December 31, 2006
To the McCloud Family, Americans owe so much to your father, son, husband, brother Joseph McCloud. The freedoms our country enjoys do not come without a steep price. Good Bless all of you and grant you solace knowing that so many of your fellow citizens appreciate what Joseph and his fallen comrades have done for our beloved United States.
John Hagan III MD
December 31, 2006
Maggie and Family,
Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. Thank you for enduing your loss so we can enjoy our freedom. It takes courage to be the one who stays at home and cares for the family.
Gloria Ventura
December 31, 2006
May the arms of our sweet JESUS
Marie Fleschute
December 31, 2006
My family appreciates Trane's service to our country for our freedom. We will keep you and your children in our prayers for faith in Jesus Christ. Please accept our sympathy and may God bless you and keep you safe.
Judy Stroud
December 31, 2006
I recieved the link to this guest book from Rod Jetton. My heart goes out to you in this time of sorrow. Your loss is a loss for the Country. It is people like Trane that have made this country great.I did not know him, but after serving 21 years in the Corps I know we can never honor him enough. Semper Fidelis Robert R. Bryant
Robert Bryant
December 31, 2006
Maggie and kids,
People often express their thanks to our service members without recognizing the sacrifices made by their families. I appreciate you for all of the times that he was serving our contry and you had to keep the home fires burning, being both mom and dad. You made it possible for Trane to protect our freedom.
"Thank you" seems so inadequate.
From the information Rod Jetton has shared, it sounds like Trane was a wonderful husband, father, Marine, and friend.
You are in my thoughts and prayers during this sad and difficult time.
Stacy Taylor
December 31, 2006
I'm so sorry for your loss. He sounds like such a brave and wonderful man. Rod Jetton has let alot of people know about Trane and what kind of man he was. You must be so proud and heartbroken. He's with Jesus now. My prayers are with you.
Cis Moore
December 28, 2006
Our thoughts and prayers go to you and your family. Although we didn't know Trane, we have heard such wonderful things from Mr. Hayden about him. God bless you and yours in this time of sorrow. You, Trane and your children will be forever in our prayers
Laurie Cunningham
December 26, 2006
Dear McCloud Family,
I was very sorry to hear about Trane. I've known him since elementary school at Trombly in Grosse Pointe Park. We graduated together from South. Although we never had any shared interests, I've always remembered him because of his kindness and his great smile. I'm honored to have know someone like him. I wanted to express my sympathy and let you know that you are in my thoughts.
Mark Walston
December 25, 2006
Merry Christmas to the McCloud family from the Kirven/Belle family. As we gather this morning at Arlington Cemetery to light our memory candles for our son, LCPL Nicholas Kirven, we will say a special prayer for the other brave men and women who surround him. You are always in our thoughts and prayers.
Beth Belle
December 24, 2006
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Such pride you must have for this hero. Peace.
Grace Leinberger
December 23, 2006
December 23, 2006
December 23, 2006
My Deepest and most heartfelt sympathy goes out to the family of Maj. Joseph T. McCloud.
The price this Brave Marine and his family have paid for this country and for freedom, Will Never Be Forgotten.
There is so much thanks to be given, to these young heroes, for their Courage, Dedication and Service.

May he rest safely in God's Care and may God's Loving Peace and Comfort be with the McCloud family.
I am the sister of such a young hero, who made the Ultimate Sacrifice in Vietnam, 12/6/67.

May the Peace of God and the memories of Joseph, remain in your heart always and give you comfort
and strength through the difficult days ahead.
~ Softly and slowly, time heals.~

"Wait on the Lord, be of good courage and He shall strengthen your heart" Psalm 27:14
Garnet Jenkins
December 23, 2006
There is nothing I can say to ease your pain, I wish there was. I am praying for you and your family daily. My heart aches for you...I can't even imagine the pain you are in right now. Please remember I am here to help out in any way. Frankly all of your neighbors here in Hawaii are here to help. Please rely on us!

Your friend,
Kate Mandel
December 21, 2006
Dearest Maggie and McCloud Family:
My thoughts and prayers are with you daily. I had known Trane since he met Maggie. What pride and joy, I felt for her when I did. He offered love and honor in all he did. I knew him as an extremely loving, giving husband, father and friend to all. He will be forever remembered, and his presence always felt, for what he offered to his family, friends and his country.
Know Maggie, Hayden, Grace, and Meghan you are near in thought and I will be reaching out often.
Love, Gretchen
Gretchen Eagen
December 19, 2006
Maggie, Hayden, Grace, Meghan, Ron, Roma, Richmond, and Dawn,

There are no words strong enough to express my sypathy for your loss of Trane. As 1985 Sig Ep pledge brother of his, I feel blessed to have had four great years to build a lifelong friendship. Each of you can take great pride in the man he was, and the legacy he leaves.
I was honored to have been there with you to pay my vast respects to Trane. When that beautiful American bald eagle flew over us all at Arlington, I knew at that moment, Trane was watching it all with his ever-present smile, as his soul was delivered to heaven on those graceful wings.
Wade Hutchens
December 18, 2006
Thank you Trane for your service to our country. God Bless to the family and the Wilbers Family will say prayers for you in this time of sorrow.
Gary Wilbers Family
Gary Wilbers
December 18, 2006
Dear Mrs. McCloud and family,
My husband and I want to express our deepest sympathies to all of you. It is so very hard to understand why our good die young. The only thing I know is that when we look at your husband's face and read what he stood for and the many things that he did for his country and his family, we only wish there were more like him in our world. May God grant you his strength, his comfort and his peace. Thank you for loving and supporting a man who loved his country and fought to keep it free!
Delvin & Beverly Garland
December 18, 2006
Semper Fi !
God Bless Lt Col McCloud!
Carl Swearson
December 18, 2006
Ms. McCloud and the entire McCloud Family: I never had the privilege of meeting or getting to know Maj. McCloud. I only learned about him from Rod Jetton following his death. To say "thank you" to Maj. McCloud for his service and sacrifice seems so insignificant, particularly in light of all that he did and all that he gave. Know that you are in my prayers, and I pray that somehow God will comfort you as only He can. May God Bless You All.
Troy Robertson
December 18, 2006
Rod Jetton has told me of you and your family and please accept my deepest sympathy. May God keep you and your in the palm of his hand always. God Bless.
Fayrene Cope
Doniphan, MO
Fayrene Leroux-Cope
December 18, 2006
God Bless you all! I am a friend of Rod Jetton and he has told us all about your husband, father, brother, and son. He truly did protect my family and all with his work and his devotion to duty. I will continue to pray for him and all of those who loved him.
Again, God Bless You All.
Linda Glaus
Sikeston, Missouri
Linda Glaus
December 18, 2006
Words will never be able to express what Trane meant to all of us who knew him. He left the world a better place than he found it and I know I am a better person for being able to call him my friend.

Pat and Sherry Schmid
Pat Schmid
December 18, 2006
You are to be comended by all Americans for your dedication of service. You will missed by many friends and loved ones. Thank-you for all you have done!
Jon Pierce
December 18, 2006
I am very, very sorry for your loss. It appears from what I have learned about Trane, is that he gave of himself to many and that he loved serving his Country---great attributes! We appreciate Marines like Trane!
Brent Speight
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