Being There for Brayden McJilton, Son of Fallen U.S. Marine


Sometimes giving is easy. Sometimes it is not. Giving from the heart stirs a bunch of emotions. The AWC fundraiser this Saturday, May 16, 2015, for little Brayden McJilton, son of a fallen Marine from Camp Pendleton, is filled with emotion.



Josh McJilton was a brave hero. The 27-year old knew he was unarmed in a parking lot in his hometown of Wauseon, Ohio. He knew he was saving a woman from a man with a loaded gun. He intervened anyway. In his final act on April 25, 2015, Josh lived and died like a U.S. Marine. One day, 3-year old Brayden McJilton will understand what his Mommy Lydia knows. His Daddy did a courageous thing in sacrificing his life for someone else. From that moment on, Brayden will have pride to help fill in where there is only the pain of loss.


It is infuriating the alleged perpetrator, Romualdo Cordoba, Jr. stalked his estranged wife and mother of their children, and shot a good Samaritan stranger, Josh McJilton.

It’s too bad the bad guy had a gun. If only the good guy did. The wrong guy died, and now heartbroken loved ones have to live with it. At least now, the U.S. Marshals have captured him. He was just caught in Texas crying to cross his way into Mexico.


Photo: Romualdo Cordoba, Jr. – Just Captured by U.S. Marshals



A scheduled AWC Customer Appreciation Day set for May 16, 2015 has been set aside. Now a sale and charitable benefit for little Brayden McJilton is in place from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at the AWC, Inc. facility located at 2420 Industry Street, Oceanside, CA 92054.

AWC is a veteran-driven company. People are planning and preparing to make the event a success. If you can attend, you’ll enjoy free food and drink, and meet other quality, caring people. Plus, there will be plenty of great firearm and tactical gear products at great prices with a portion of proceeds going to this great cause.

A number of AWC team members have stepped up for the benefit event for Brayden McJilton to happen. For example:

One U.S. Marine actually asked his wife to change the date of their first baby shower so he could play a key role in the benefit. She graciously agreed. He and a colleague have dedicated many hours of effort in customizing and refurbishing a Marine Corps Field Desk/Shooting Table to be donated as the main prize. It has a $1500 value.

CEO Bryce Stirlen postponed a trip home to Chicago to be with his family.  Proof, people today do still care about helping others in need.


We do hope you will be able to join us this Saturday, May 16th, from 9:00 to 3:00 at the AWC location at 2420 Industry Street in Oceanside. If not, making any kind of donation to the cause would be greatly appreciated. 100% of all donations will go to 3-year old Brayden McJilton.

Finally, we hope you will be kind enough to share news of the event with others in the Southern California region. Cut and paste a link, email it to friends and family if you can.

AWC, Inc. thanks you. Josh’s family will surely thank you, too. Let’s help to turn things around for little Brayden McJilton by showing him the joys of giving.

AWC to Benefit 3-Year Old Son of Murdered U.S. Marine Joshua McJilton


AWC to Benefit 3-Year Old Son of Murdered U.S. Marine Joshua McJilton

Veteran-driven AWC, America’s leading Tactical Gear and Gun Parts Company,  announces a public Fundraising Event at its Oceanside, CA offices on Saturday, May 16th from 9:00 am -3:00 pm. It will support the 3-year old child of fallen U.S. Marine, Joshua McJilton, also from Oceanside. A portion of proceeds from a one-day sale, and all proceeds from a raffle drawing will benefit a trust fund for McJilton’s 3-year old son, Brayden. The unarmed 27-year old hero was killed on April 25, 2015 on a family visit in Wauseon, Ohio. His bravery saved the life of a woman he did not know during a domestic dispute. The alleged killer, Romualdo Córdoba Jr. remains on the run.       


Oceanside, CA.  May 9, 2015  – “Leave No Man Behind.” It is an unwritten but unwavering U.S. Military code. It also serves as the inspiration for the mission of AWC, Inc. to support 3-year old, Brayden McJilton, the “little man” left behind in the killing of his father, U.S. Marine and civilian hero, Joshua McJilton, of Oceanside, CA.

Police and U.S. Marshals are searching for 38-year old, Romualdo Córdoba Jr. He is considered armed and dangerous. An April 25, 2015, a Wauseon, Ohio parking lot surveillance video allegedly shows him shooting and killing unarmed 27-year old Joshua McJilton, who intervened in a domestic dispute between the suspect and his estranged wife, Melinda Cordoba.

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(Photo: Romualdo Córdoba Jr.)

“My husband was a hero,” cried Lydia McJilton, Josh’s wife of 5 years, and Brayden’s mother. “He always was. He jumped in to help like any Marine would have.” Joshua McJilton spent 4 years as a forward observer for the   1/11th U.S. Marines out of Camp Pendleton.

News of Josh McJilton’s death hit AWC hard. A number of U.S. Marines and spouses are employed at the company, making the highest quality tactical gear, and parts to build a gun legally. They’re doing the following to assist their fallen comrade:

  1. Transforming a previously scheduled “Customer Appreciation Day Sale,” into a public fundraising event. 10% of proceeds will go to a trust fund established for Lydia and Josh McJilton’s 3-year old son, Brayden McJilton.
  1. Hosting a Raffle Drawing. ALL proceeds benefit Brayden McJilton trust fund. AWC is donating a customized, refurbished Marine Corps Field Desk/Shooting Table (work done by U.S. Marines, Jordan Leete and William Smith, Jr.). The winning prize has a $1500 value.

“Our company proudly honors veterans,” said AWC CEO, Bryce Stirlen. “The brave actions of Joshua McJilton prove being a hero, and his U.S. Marine Corps training were in his heart and DNA. We are trying to salute him in a helpful way.”

“My Josh would have been so proud humbled by this,” said Lydia McJilton. “I am beyond grateful. I don’t have words to express how thankful I am.”

The Brayden McJilton Fundraising event will be held from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm on Saturday, May 16, 2015 at the AWC facility, 2420 Industry St. Oceanside, CA 92054. (760) 650-2737.

About AWC, Inc.

AWC Inc. manufactures and sells the finest quality tactical gear, and gun parts made in America. Headquartered in Oceanside, California, the veteran-driven company proudly supports the Second Amendment in serving legal citizens, law enforcement, and military customers.

For more information, visit or call (760) 650-2737.


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Hunt for Romualdo Córdoba, Jr. Alleged Killer of Unarmed U.S. Marine


A nationwide search for a killer is in high gear. The target is 38-year-old Romualdo Córdoba Jr. Pictured above, he is considered armed and dangerous. The suspect was last seen around 1:00 a.m. Saturday in the small town of Wauseon, Ohio in the northwest part of the state. Authorities say a surveillance video shows Cordoba shooting and killing 27-year old Joshua McJilton, a husband, father, and U.S. Marine.

Wauseon Police just gave AWC the latest information. Please share it with whoever you can.

“We have an idea where the suspect might be hiding, but we’re not sure,” said Assistant Chief of Wauseon Police, Bill McConnell. We’re still working with local authorities throughout the Toledo area, and on the state level. We’re even looking possibly at Oklahoma. The U.S. Marshals are also involved in the search.”

The U.S. Marshals always get their man. In this case, it appears they’re not looking for much of one in Romualdo Córdoba Jr. Notice we didn’t use the word “manhunt” in the title. Here’s why.

Police say Romualdo Córdoba, Jr. was an estranged husband who had been stalking Melinda Cordoba. Early Sunday morning in the parking lot of DB Billiards in Wauseon, video shows Romualdo Córdoba, Jr. using his car to block in Melinda. He banged on her window with a gun in his hand. He fired a shot.

Josh McJilton, a U.S. Marine stationed at Camp Pendleton on the Southern California coast went home to Wauseon to visit his family. On his way to meet friends, Josh witnessed the conflict between the Cordobas and intervened to save a woman in need.

Police say Romualdo Córdoba Jr. fired one bullet into the leg of Josh McJilton, and another in his upper body. The fallen Marine was rushed to the Fulton County Health Center where he was pronounced dead.

“There was no relationship between these people,” said Wauseon Assistant Police Chief McConnell. “Josh had no prior relationship with Melinda. He didn’t know Romualdo Córdoba Jr. either.”

Many are calling Josh McJilton a Good Samaritan. We see a tragedy involving a U.S. Marine being a U.S. Marine, as he was trained. Josh McJilton was a true hero who showed the ultimate courage and bravery. He knew Romualdo Córdoba Jr. had a loaded firearm. Josh also knew he himself was unarmed.  

Asst. Chief McConnell added, “Josh did not have a gun in his hand. It’s that simple.”

Semper Fidelis.

While Josh McJilton saved the life of one estranged wife, he leaves behind his own loving wife, Lydia, and their three-year old son. They met right here in Oceanside, California where AWC is headquartered, and started a family.

Lydia McJilton has flown to Ohio. She’s had some heartbreaking questions in the media. “How do you tell your child your dad was murdered,?” she asked. “How do you serve this country, come to your hometown and get murdered? That doesn’t happen. At least not to my Josh.”

Sadly it did. If you have any information which could help to the capture of Romualdo Córdoba Jr. you are urged to contact the Wauseon Police Department. The phone number is (419) 335-3821. Here is the Wauseon Police Department Facebook page.

Romualdo Córdoba Jr. will be caught. It’s not a matter of if. It’s a matter of when. It’s not a matter of where. It’s a matter of who he will be facing. It could be members of the U.S. Marshals or U.S. Marine Corps. It could be police officers, or even an armed citizen.

If you can, please pray for the loved ones of Josh McJilton. Stay with AWC for more. There will be more.