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07-09-07, 01:58 PM
They're revved, white and blue
Motorcycle ride aids injured Marine
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Iselin residents Sue McCartin-MacIntyre and her husband, Jerry MacIntyre, met Marine Cpl. Joshua Maloney on a train in February after the two men, both wearing baseball caps with the Marines logo, started talking.

"I believe in fate," McCartin-MacIntyre said. "We met Joshua by sheer coincidence while vacationing in Washington, D.C."

On Sunday, the Iselin couple participated in a fundraising motorcycle ride for Maloney, who lost his right hand while instructing a convoy operations class at the Marine Corps base in Quantico, Va., in January.

The third annual NJ Leatherneck Combat Wounded Poker Run went through parts of Middlesex County, including South Amboy, and ended in the Port Monmouth section of Middletown in Monmouth County.

Maloney, 23, of Pittsburgh has been in the Marine Corps for five years. He had returned from two tours in Iraq uninjured before losing his right hand in Quantico.

McCartin-MacIntyre is an 11th- and 12th-grade U.S. history teacher at Colonia High School in Woodbridge.

When the couple returned home, she made a few telephone calls to find out where she could have her students write to Maloney.

After he received the letters, cards and pictures, Maloney called her asking if he could visit her class to thank the students for their words of encouragement.

Maloney also met with Jerry MacIntyre's motorcycle friends. From that point on, the motorcycle group decided to raise money to help Maloney with his future plans.

Although he is not sure what school he will attend, Maloney said he hopes to go to college and become a football coach.

After Sunday's ride, the fundraiser was held in the parking lot of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2179 in Port Monmouth. The event included an all-you-can-eat pig roast for $15, 50/50 raffles, entertainment and vendors selling T-shirts.

The NJ Leathernecks is a nationwide club, and the Gung-Ho chapter has been in New Jersey for five years, said Paul Hadinger of Middletown. The motorcyclists pay $25 to be in the run.

Last year, the group honored Jeremy Trakimowicz of Manchester. Trakimowicz, 28, was severely wounded when a roadside bomb detonated in Fallujah, Iraq, on June 24, 2005.

The president of the club, Tony DeSantis of Middletown, said the club donates 95 cents of each $1 raised to its recipients.