CPT Torre Mallard — Torre was born in Anniston, AL into an Army family. As an Army brat, he called many places home. He developed an outgoing, humorous personality and beamed with an infectious smile that helped him make friends quickly. Despite a lighthearted nature, Torre had a relentless focus on the things that mattered to him: faith, family, academics and his Army career.
Torre attended the United States Military Academy at West Point where he earned a degree in Computer Science. He displayed leadership qualities early, captaining the Sprint Football team during his senior year. While Torre entered the service at a time of peace, he and his classmates observed the events of September 11, 2001 during their senior year. They would become the first class to graduate into an active war in decades. Torre knew exactly what he had signed up for when joining the military and was very proud to serve his country. He considered it a privilege to lead America’s sons and daughters in service.
While stationed at Fort Hood Texas, Torre first deployed to combat as a young Second Lieutenant. He completed his first tour successfully and returned safely with all of his soldiers. He was on a fast-track and was quickly promoted to Captain. He took Troop Command in the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment. It was during his second deployment to Iraq that Torre’s vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device. On March 10, 2008, in Balad Ruz, Iraq, Torre paid the ultimate sacrifice when he was killed in action.
Torre was married to the love of his life, Bonita Mallard, and was a devoted, loving father to his two sons, Torre Jr. and Joshua. Proceeds from Captain Mallard’s socks will be donated to help rebuild the Light of the World Church in Slidell, Louisiana, the place where he and Bonita were married.