John Gabriel Warden, a.k.a. “Wardy”
Lance Corporal (promoted to Corporal after the war, and then to Sergeant in the Individual Ready Rerserve)
Graduated High School- 1999
5 foot 9 inces, 180 lbs
John Gabriel Warden, was born on May 21, 1981, and is an only child. He is the son of a career Marine father and a home maker mother from the Philippines. His father met his mother; an office assistant, while he was stationed at US Naval Base Subic Bay in the Philippines.
Warden was born on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton in California. Since his father was in the military, they moved a lot. Other than California, they lived in Japan, Hawaii, and North Carolina. They ended up back in California before Warden’s high school graduation. Warden is no stranger to travel. People mistakenly believe that he is of mixed Spanish, Italian, or other Mediterranean type heritage.
Warden’s mother passed away from complications to an illness before he became a teenager. His mother’s passing affected him greatly, but he and his father kept each other strong. Within weeks of graduating high school, Warden’s father passed away from a heart attack. Soon after, Warden enlisted in the United States Marine Corps.
Enlisting out of San Diego, Warden went to Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego. After 13 weeks of boot camp, he graduated and was assigned to the Marine Combat Training Battalion in School of Infantry West, aboard Camp Pendleton. After graduation, he went directly to his military occupational school aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, California. He was assigned to the Marine Corps Communications and Electronics School, Bravo Company to become a Field Radio Operator. He graduated near the top of his class, so he was selected to go to the follow on Multi-channel Equipment Operators Course. He started out as a 2531, but became a 2532. Shortly afterwards, they changed the MOS’s so he became a 0622. Upon graduation of MEOC, he was promoted to Lance Corporal and received orders for 2nd Marine Division, Headquarters Battalion, Communications Company, MUX platoon. MUX stands for Multiplexer, Multi-channel or Microwave; Ultra high frequency; Transmit.
Warden participated in a few stateside deployments, and met the other members of the team as they arrived in MUX platoon. He was a mentor figure to them, and volunteered them to be on a fly away team. The team found themselves traveling to Kuwait to participate in Operation Intense Freedom, the Invasion of Iraq in early 2003.
He is their team leader, and feels the need to take care of his guys. Warden often steps up for them. He thinks quickly on his feet and often takes control of the situation. Warden drifted around aimlessly after the Marines, but then landed a job in Iraq as a contractor. He was able to land the job thanks to his old Iraq War, Marine friend, Parker. Warden takes a job overseas because he believes that it will help see the original plan through.