Joseph V. Maloney was born on July 19, 1914, in Rye, New York, his father, Joseph, was 33 and his mother, Mary Brown Maloney, was 32. His siblings were brothers Peter, James and Thomas J. Maloney and sisters Sally, Mary and Helen. Joseph attended Milton School and was a Rye High School Graduate, Class of 1933 where he excelled in athletics. In Rye his family lived at 23 Locust Lane Joseph's father owned this home and it was valued at $5,000 ($95,000 in today’s dollars).In 1940 at the age of 25, Joseph was a middle child. Joseph's father was 59 and his mother was 59. Joseph's father and mother were born in Ireland. Joseph and his siblings were born in New York.The census worker recorded Joseph Sr.'s occupation as a Gardner. He worked at a private estate on 890 Forrest Ave owned by JS McCullough, President of NY Telephone. In 1939, he earned $1,300 ($24,700 in today’s dollars) and worked 52 weeks of the year. The family were members of the Church of the Resurrection. Joseph enlisted and served during World War II. He served in the Marine Corps and was in action in the South Pacific. He served throughout as a member of the First Marine Division on both Guadacanal and Cap Gloucester. He then served as a Marine rifleman with Company K, 7th Marine Regiment, First Marine Division on Peleliu. See Muster Rolls Marine Joe Maloney Praises Red Cross from South Pacific J. S. McCullough, Chairman of the Rye Branch, American Red Cross, quotes the following from a letter recently received from a Rye boy, Joseph V. Maloney, with the Marine Corps, Somewhere on the Fighting Front in the South Pacific Ocean: "I am writing this letter in a new Hut just erected by the Red Cross. I thought you may be interested, being local Chairman at home. There are two American Red Cross girls here as hostesses, and it is a great pleasure to talk to them about things back home. They have just come down and can tell us how things are now. In a letter we cannot ask questions and get answers, but with them we can and we appreciate it. We are now having a little rest. It is much better than what we were having for five months. We were wealthy men for a few weeks when we first landed, but it was not long before I was back living as a Private First Class should live. I would have given all my back pay and all the liberty I've had, for about five days in Rye." PAGE EIGHTEEN THE RYE CHRONICLE Friday. May 28, 1943 Three Rye Marines Fought Together Home on Furlough Church Dedicates Parish Honor Roll THE RYE CHRONICLE Friday, December 15, 1944 The Church of the Resurrection honored its men and women in the countrys military service, Friday night, when the parish honor roll bearing the names of 350 members was formally dedicated. Over four hundred attended the service in which visiting clergymen participated with the priests of the parish. Officiating at the Benediction were the Rev. John D. McGowan, pastor; the Rt. Rev. Msgr. Joseph E. Breslin, dean of the Catholic clergy of Westchester County; the Rev. Thomas E. Philbin, of White Plains; the Rev. Francis Scott, Bronxville; the Rev. Thomas F. Farrell and the
Rev. James F. Tully, both of Rye. Three members of the United States Marines, home after thirty months service in the South Pacific, Cpl. Daniel P. Coughlin, Pfc. Richard Doubek and Pfc, Joseph Maloney, formed a special guard of honor.
View Discharge Record Joseph had one son Joseph V. Maloney III with Mabel Corkey on February 14, 1948. They resided at 1305 Boston Post Road (1305 Boston Post Road was the Veterans Housing Project, now a Rye Country Day playing field!). Joseph was a communicant of the Church of the Resurrection and was for many years a member of Rye Fire Departments, Milton Hose Company, which he served as captain. He was employed as an installation man by the New York Telephone Company in its Bronx Division. After a long illness, Joseph died on January 14, 1954, at the United Hospital in Port Chester, New York, at the age of 39. He was buried at St Mary's Cemetery. At the time of his death he was survived by his parents and wife the former Mabel Corkey; a son, Joseph Maloney 3rd; a stepson. Allen McDonald; three sisters, Mrs, Sally Spaulding of Hartford, Conn , Mrs. Mary Kelly of Rye and Mrs Helen Favre of Fort Montgomery N. Y., and three brothers. Peter, James and Thomas, all of Rye. Watch award winning video below based on Joseph Maloney's letters from Guadalcanal narrated by his son Jay Maloney