Curtin, Michael, SgtMaj

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Sergeant Major
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9999-Sergeant Major/First Sergeant
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1995-2001, 9999, 6th Comm Bn
Service Years
1975 - 2001

Sergeant Major

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Last Address
New York

Casualty Date
Sep 11, 2001
KIA-Killed in Action
Terrorist Attack
New York
Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF)
Location of Interment
Calverton National Cemetery (VA) - Calverton, New York
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Drill Instructor Cold War Medal

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September 11, 2001 Fallen
  2018, September 11, 2001 Fallen

  Tributes: Sep 2, 2011  

In Tribute to Sgt. Michael Curtin
45 years old.   Residence: Medford, N.Y.
Died in World Trade Center

I met Mike Curtin in 1976 on Okinawa. We became good buddies. We then were both stationed at Camp Pendleton. A little later, he became my brother-in-law. We had many good times together. He was a real marine and a good man.

Helga, I am so sorry for your loss. Hang in there.

Girls, your dad was one of a kind.


*** Posted by Patrick Murphy on 2011-03-23 ***

That's my name. I am from England. It's nice to know that one of us were there, brave lads!

*** Posted by Mike Curtin on 2010-11-12 ***

Mike Curting was my dad's partner. God bless. Rest in peace.

*** Posted by Peter Thomann on 2010-09-11 ***

I Served with the SgtMaj at 6th Comm and he had a profound impact on my life and carrier. I am also a police officer and within our division I pass a picture of Mike daily and am reminded of who we lost on this day. You will never be forgotten. I won't let it happen. I can't. Your life deserves to be remembered. You are missed. God Bless and Semper Fi'

*** Posted by MSgt Matthew C. Grubb on 2010-09-11 ***

We have the same name. I did not know Michael but I felt loss. Rest with Angels
The Curtin Family Ireland (EIRE)

*** Posted by Marian Quinlan Curtin on 2010-09-11 ***

Very nice memorial. Dear Papo_NYPD police officer Santos Valentin. You are truly missed. You are our hero, thank you for saving other Americans. We will meet someday. Love your big sis Al..

*** Posted by alida silva on 2010-09-10 ***

semper fi mike rest easy

*** Posted by hank kuhn on 2010-09-10 ***

Sgt. Major Curtin was one of a kind. He loved his wife, daughters, the NYPD, the U.S. Marine Corps, and his men. He was there for us and never left one of his men behind. For that, Sgt. Major, I will always be indebted to you.

*** Posted by Kevin V. Arias on 2010-02-12 ***

I met Mike in the summer of 1979 at Paris Island. He was a model marine. The di I expected, then again on a westpac out of Pendelton—what a great guy he was! I only wish I knew he lived only 25 minutes from me 30 years later! We could have had some fun! May god bless you, Mike, and your family.

*** Posted by hank kuhn on 2009-09-12 ***

A Man who is sorely missed. May his deeds and ultimate sacrifice never be forgotten, Semper Fi Mike

*** Posted by Charlie on 2009-09-12 ***

I knew Mike Curtin as a young teenager. Even then I knew of his commitment to serve his country, and even then it was evident that he was a young man of character and courage. I had heard of Mike's bravery and knew that he had died courageously on September 11, 2001, but only today did I learn of his many other heroic actions. Mike was a true American hero; many thanks to him and to his family for his greatest sacrifice.

*** Posted by Carol Cassidy Fine on 2009-09-11 ***

A week ago, I purchased a NYPD Memorial bracelet to honor the members of the NYPD who lost their lives in the 9/11 attacks. My bracelet has the name of Michael Curtin, ESU Truck 2. I wear the bracelet daily in memory of those who served and lost their lives that fateful day. I say a prayer daily for Michael, his wife, his three girls, and all of the fallen officers. After reading and learning about Michael, I can truly say he is and was a true hero. God bless.

*** Posted by Phil Morrow (Trenton, MI) on 2008-09-17 ***

I had the privilege to grow up with Mike. We joined the Marine Corps together after High School, and then we both went on to become Police Officers. He was always there for me, as he was for all. The word "can't" was not in his vocabulary. I recently met a Nassau County Detective, who noticed I was wearing one of my many Mike Curtin tee-shirts. I told him how I grew up with Mike. He looked at me with sincerity in his face and stern voice and told me that Mike was his 1st. Sgt. in the Marine Corps and that Mike was the reason that he became a Police Officer. Let us not forget Mike's wife and his girls, who are just as amazing as Mike. We miss you, Mike. Semper Fi!

*** Posted by Charlie Mahatcek on 2008-09-09 ***

I was honored, and extremely fortunate, to have had Michael Curtin as my Platoon Sergeant during our tour of duty at Marine Barracks NWS Earle NJ. I got to see his professionalism and dedication to duty on a daily basis. I can fully visualize Michael's unselfish heroism in his efforts to save lives on 9-11. He is a true American hero, and I will never forget him. Semper Fi and God Bless!

*** Posted by Lloyd Layton on 2007-09-11 ***

I did not have the honor of meeting Michael, but I wear a bracelet with his name on it in his memory. I wear it as a reminder that life is precious. And whenever I feel like I can't accomplish something, I look at his name, and it keeps me going. The Sheriff's dept I worked for went to NY to assist in the recovery efforts after 9-11. It was such a moving experience, I will never forget it. I wish his family well. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

*** Posted by Susan Clavin on 2007-09-09 ***

3 years ago I visited New York on a field trip, and we went to see what's left of the twin towers. We also went to the church of 9/11. Everything was so real. After I'd seen how many families lost a loved one, then I wonder, "What if I was there?"

*** Posted by VeRoNiCa on 2007-01-24 ***

My name is Jesse Curtin I am the grandson of Andrew Joseph Curtin who resides in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. My Grandfather is a distant cousin of Michael, and I would like to send my deepest regrets to his wife and daughters. Although I never met Michael, I feel a strange bond to him. I have always wanted to be a police officer, and Michael's story has only made that feeling grow. Michael was a hero, giving his life to try to save others, not only on Sept. 11, but also in 1993 when the WTC was bombed and in 1995 when he found the body of a fellow Marien and took several hours to pull him out. On that day he remarked, "we never leave our brothers behind." This touched me on so many levels when I read it and shows the loyalty and heroism that Michael had. He was a good man and will always be in my heart. I love you Michael, and God Bless You.

Jesse J. Curtin

*** Posted by Jesse Curtin on 2006-12-25 ***

I didn't know Mike Curtin on a personal level, but my son Peter attended school with Mike's daughter Erika since they were in elementary school. I asked my son when he came home from school that day if anyone he knew at school had been affected by the attacks and I was deeply saddened when he told me, "Yes, Erika Curtin's Dad is missing." I remembered what a sweet young lady Erika is and how proud her parents are of her. After reading elsewhere how loved and respected Mike Curtin was by all who knew him, and how dedicated he was to his family, friends, The Marine Corp and The NYPD, I can see why his daughter is as wonderful as she is. As the saying goes, the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. I'd like to say thank you to Sgt. Curtin for his devoted service to all of us and may God bless him and his family.

*** Posted by Jackie Healy on 2005-03-04 ***


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