Let the memory of Major John be with us forever
  • 34 years old
  • Born on August 23, 1949 in ALIQUIIPPA, Pennsylvania, United States.
  • Passed away on October 23, 1983 in BERIUT, Lebanon.
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Major John Macroglou USMC 34 years old , born on August 23, 1949 and passed away on October 23, 1983. We will remember him forever.
Posted by Lotte DEVLIN on 24th October 2018
RIP, good friend.
Posted by David Noonan on 24th October 2018
Remembering you today and the other 240 men who perished with you. As I have for 35 years. RIP Major! Semper Fi!
Posted by Lorraine Stevens on 23rd October 2018
Never forgotten . Thank you and your team for your ULTIMATE sacrifice.RIP Johnny
Posted by Marty Barger on 28th September 2018
RIP John Macroglou, USMC 10/23/83, Brut, Lebanon. SEMPER FIDELIS. Knowing and having the friendship of both of your parents I know what a fine young man you were. Thank you for your service to God and Country. God Bless. Martha
Posted by Anthoula Karakiaouri on 26th September 2018
RIP MAJ JOHN W. MACROGLOU
Posted by Lotte DEVLIN on 23rd August 2018
Happy Birthday, friend. Can't listen to James Brown's "I Feel Good" without thinking of you with a smile.
Posted by Georgene Snyder on 23rd August 2018
Happy Birthday my dear cousin! Your star still shines brightly. I miss you every day. Love, Georgene
Posted by Lorraine Stevens on 23rd August 2018
May the Perpetual Light shine upon him . Long ago but NEVER forgotten Johnny . Thank you for your Ultimate Service Happy birthday in Heaven
Posted by Derrin Smith on 29th June 2018
A significant thanks in remembrance and recognition goes to John W. Macroglou (Major, USMC), an early mentor in my career who encouraged me to apply both my civilian and military training in service to others, which he said is one's highest calling. Yes, we lost him in service on 23 October 1983, Marine Barracks, Lebanon but his words and deeds remain. He was still a Captain when we first met at MCRD San Diego, as I was awaiting my slot to open up in intel school. When I subsequently served in Lebanon in 2009-2010, former USMC Commandant and National Security Advisor Jim Jones and I visited the Memorial together at the US Embassy compound. As the Memorial notes: "They came in peace."
Posted by James Ward on 28th May 2018
I went through THE BASIC SCHOOL with John in 1972-73. We knew each other casually and shared a lot of experiences. We lost touch after that until I had reserve duty at Lejeune in the summer of 1983. John recognized me from a distance and in his usual effervescent way rushed over to say hello. We caught up on our shared trials during TBS, on Greek Orthodoxy, Smyrna, and our families. We made plans to get together for dinner with our wives the next summer at a half-way meeting point in Wilmington, DE (I still live in Southern NJ and somehow I remember that John would be travelling from Baltimore). Although I followed the bombing of the Beirut barracks, I didn't see the casualty list until reading Leatherneck magazine the next February. While giving an address at Arlington in 2006?, I mentioned John to the Superintendent of Arlington who was gracious enough to take me to John's grave. I have visited a couple times since. A likeable, nice guy, and a true patriot.
Posted by Georgene Snyder on 23rd October 2017
RIP Major John W Macroglou USMC 10-23-83 Beirut, Lebanon . You were more than my cousin to me-a perfect big brother. I miss you every day. Semper Fidelis! Love, Georgene
Posted by Lorraine Stevens on 22nd October 2017
Dear Aunt Lorraine ,Uncle Bill and Jimmy , I never will forget the ULTIMATE sacrifice Johnny and his solders made for our freedom . May the Perpetual Light shine upon him .
Posted by Bill Macroglou on 22nd October 2017
RIP MAJ JOHN W. MACROGLOU USMC LOVING AND MISSING YOU MOM , DAD, BROTHER JIM AND FAMILY !!! "SEMPER FIDELIS"
Posted by Bill Macroglou on 22nd October 2017
RIP MAJ JOHN W. MACROGLOU USMC LOVING AND MISSING YOU MOM , DAD, BROTHER JIM AND FAMILY !!! "SEMPER FIDELIS"
Posted by Bill Macroglou on 22nd October 2017
10-23-83 BEIRUT LEBANON MAJ. JOHN W. MACROGLOU USMC REMEMBERING THE 241 SERVICEMEN WHO LOSS THEIR LIVES 34 YEARS AGO TODAY. RIP HEROES GOD BLESS YOU ALL !!!"SEMPER FIDELIS"
Posted by Bill Macroglou on 22nd October 2017
10-23-83 BEIRUT LEBANON MAJ. JOHN W. MACROGLOU USMC REMEMBERING THE 241 SERVICEMEN WHO LOSS THEIR LIVES 34 YEARS AGO TODAY. RIP HEROES GOD BLESS YOU ALL !!!"SEMPER FIDELIS"
Posted by Lotte DEVLIN on 23rd August 2017
Happy Birthday, good friend.
Posted by Georgene Snyder on 23rd August 2017
Happy Birthday my dear beloved cousin John. I will look to the stars tonight that are shining brightly in tribute. I miss you every day. Love, Georgene
Posted by Bill Foley on 29th May 2017
I met John when we were Lts at Camp Lejeune.We crossed paths on Vieques Island and later at MCRD San Diego.John was a great guy and a great Marine. I remember how much he missed his wife and daughter when they were separated.
Posted by Reed Bonadonna on 25th May 2017
Major Macoglou and I were stationed together at Camp Geiger. He was a major and I a mere 1stLt, but he was a friend to junior officers and really to all who came in his path. A gallant gentleman.
Posted by Mike Albano on 6th January 2017
John and I served together at MCRD San Diego in the late 1970s. He was in 3rd Battalion, I was in 2nd Battalion; but our Companies were on training schedules that were adjacent to one another. As a result, he and I became good friends. My last remembrance of him was playing basketball together one afternoon at Edson range. I was devastated when I learned of his death. A finer man/Marine would be hard to find. RIP my good friend. Semper Fidelis.
Posted by Georgene Snyder on 11th December 2016
Johnny was more than my cousin - he was my brother. I talked to him every day. We never missed a day we did not talk by phone. I miss him every day. Love you Johnny , Georgene
Posted by Vince Biancucci on 11th November 2016
I woke up today thinking of John. What a wonderful young man. It is sad that he was taken from us in his prime. John was a difference maker. He is a true hero. God Bless!
Posted by Jim Macroglou on 23rd August 2016
Happy Birthday John. Not just my Brother - my best friend as well. RIP Bro.
Posted by Lotte DEVLIN on 23rd August 2016
Remembering John on his birthday. His birthday is the week after mine, and on the same day as my wedding anniversary. Still makes me smile to think of him and his friendship.
Posted by Gregg Gerasimon on 29th March 2016
I've been in the Army now for 17 years but I never knew this event in Beirut hit close to home until today via a google search ... My dad's sister married into the Macroglou family a long time ago, so I suppose Maj. Macroglou was somewhat of a distant relative. I can't believe my dad never spoke of it... surely he must have known. Peace to the Macroglou family, and memory eternal to Maj. Macroglou and the other marines who were there with him. Αἰωνία ἡ μνήμη - LTC(P) Gregg Gerasimon MD, US Army
Posted by Ann & Jimmy Campagna on 23rd October 2015
Will always remember the party before you left. I remember telling you not to go. He said it would be his last journey. I guess it was. I remember hearing about the bombing early in the morning. I woke my husband up cause I was hysterical crying. We knew John's morning routine. I told my husband Jimmy, I know he was in the mess hall that early. My husband was speechless cause he knew I was right! Who knew that would truly be his last journey! Will always remember that smile and dedication. Thank you for your service. Think of his family often.
Posted by Michael Perich on 23rd September 2015
A real American hero . He will never be forgotten .God Bless the Macroglou family .
Posted by Lotte DEVLIN on 23rd August 2015
John was one of my best friends my sophomore year at Duquesne. We lived on the same floor at the William Penn and would spend endless hours talking about how to make the world a better place. I still think of him often, and always with a smile.
Posted by Jim Macroglou on 23rd August 2015
Happy Birthday Bro - still missing you.
Posted by Greg Melder on 25th July 2015
On the last day of AUG 1982 I walked onto the Reserve Center to report in just back from BootCamp and ITS, a 17 year old PFC in Alphas. A Marine in P.T. gear was exiting and said good morning to me and I returned the greeting. He initiated a conversation and we sat on a bench outside the main hatchway and he talked to me for about 15 minutes about The Corps, and what I could do to serve the Corps, about my college, my major, OCS and TBS, mortars, my girlfriend, my family, He just talked and I listened. As he said goodbye, he reached in his briefcase and tore off a piece of legal pad and wrote his name and two phone numbers on it. He said "If your ever onboard Lejune and need anything or any help, don't hesitate". The note read, Maj Macroglou. He was the outgoing I&I on his way to The 8th Marines, and he took the time to talk to and encourage a 17 year old PFC. THAT WAS A LEADER OF MEN.
Posted by David Marcussen on 25th May 2015
Major Macroglou was our Company Commander as a Captain at MCRD San Diego... John will always be remembered by those Marines he trained and worked with! A great leader, a great Marine... a true friend! Semper Fi Sir
Posted by Pat McCon on 2nd April 2014
John was a great guy - we were together in the high school band. After he graduated I never saw him again, but worked with/for his dad (Bill) at the Aliquippa Tin Mill. We miss you, John!
Posted by David Noonan on 23rd October 2013
I served with the Major while he was Operations officer for the 8th Marine Regiment along with MSgt Roy Edwards. The Major was exactly what I always thought a Marine Officer should be. I was just a young Corporal back then, but I respected him very much. Not a day goes by for the last 30 years that I do not think of him or the rest of my fellow Marines killed that day. SEMPER FI!
Posted by Ronald Moore on 17th September 2013
I apologize for misspelling the last name,it's really Mccroglou.If I can help in any way,please feel free to contact me?
Posted by Ronald Moore on 17th September 2013
I AM SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS.Would this have been the same John Mcgroglou that attended Duquesne University in Pittsburgh PA?He was my best friend then,and I miss him terribly,please put my mind at ease.Thank you
Posted by LORRAINE MACROGLOU on 18th December 2011
"THEY CAME IN PEACE" "SEMPER FIDELIS" DEEPLY LOVED AND SADLY MISSED BY MOM DAD BROTHER JIM

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