MAJ Sean Christopher Maples, born in Toms River, NJ and a resident of Seaside, CA, passed away on October 14, 2018 surrounded by his family after a courageous eight-year battle with melanoma. He graduated from Monsignor Donovan High School with Varsity Letters in four sports. He earned a nomination to attend the United States Military Academy at West Point, and graduated in May 2007 with a Bachelor of Science in Geopolitics. Upon graduation he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Infantry. After completing the Infantry Officer Basic Course, Ranger Course, Air Assault School and Airborne School, MAJ Maples was assigned to 1st BN, 501st IN (ABN), 4th BDE, 25th ID at Fort Richardson, AK. MAJ Maples deployed as a Rifle Platoon Leader to Paktika, Afghanistan in 2009.
MAJ Maples entered the Special Forces Qualification Course (SFQC) in 2012 and on completion of the SFQC, he was assigned to 3rd BN, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) in Washington, where he served as a Detachment Commander for multiple overseas deployments. He was selected to attend the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA, and received his Masters of Science in Defense Analysis in 2018.
MAJ Maples' multiple awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Combat Infantryman's Badge, Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Ranger Tab, and Special Forces Tab.
MAJ Maples leaves behind a legacy of living a beautiful life filled with humor, love, bravery, strength and service. He was known to his friends and family for his epic pig roasting skills, fantastic sense of humor, practical jokes, and his ability to bring people together. He had a knack for carrying heavy things up hill, a love of photography, and gave speeches that moved everyone to tears. He was a diehard fan of the Philadelphia Eagles and Phillies. Most of all he was an amazing friend, a dear son, the greatest brother, an adoring husband, and a fantastic father who cherished his children and a proud soldier. MAJ Maples was preceded in death by his father, George F. Maples.
He is survived by his loving wife Katie Raychel; three children, Cillian (6), Nora (4) and Nessa (1); his mother, Virginia Maples, Beach Haven West, NJ; sister Taragh (John) Mulvihill, Chandler, AZ; sister Bernadette (John) Campbell, York, PA; father in law and mother in law, Jerry and Mary Lou Raychel, Willow, AK; brother in law Jeremy (Alaina) Raychel, Fairbanks, AK; and his nephews and nieces Shane, Erin, JT, Claddagh, Rahla, and Jeremy.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 15, 2018 at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Chapel at West Point, NY. Interment will follow in West Point Cemetery followed by a reception at the U.S.M.A. at West Point.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to The Green Beret Foundation, Task Force Dagger or The Unquiet Professional.