Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

Remembering the servicemembers who died in the service of their country.

Army Pfc. Nicholas H. Blodgett

21, of Wyoming, Michigan.
Blodgett died in Abdalluyah, Iraq, when his patrol vehicle hit an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, Schweinfurt, Germany. Died on July 21, 2004.

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"I was in the trail vehicle when Nicholas died. I tried to get him out but was not able to with 7.62 rounds cooking off from the fire. Nick was a great guy."
Larry underwood of Little Rock, arkansas

"April 5 2013. I can't believe it has been almost 9 years. I went to basic training with nick in ft knox
We actually were battle buddies. His bunk next to mine. For those short few months i got to know him ,he was a great man. We helped each other with everthing. I miss you"
James Cawthon of Amarillo Tx 806-476-6201

"To the family of:Nicholas H. Blodgett
I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. My heart cries out for you in your grief and you have my thoughts and prayers. He died a hero defending freedom. May you have the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Prayerfully we will all meet in Heaven one day where we will rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need prayer or need someone to talk to, please call or write my pastor: Rev. John Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd., Covington, GA 30016. (770)787-1015.
Your friend in Jesus Christ, Polly Ballew Covington,Ga""

"My name is Pauline and I deliver Civil War replica quilts, to our families of our Fallen Heros. The organization is called Home of the Brave Quilt Project. If you would like a quilt in memory of your son please contact me. Any one that knows this family please contact them to contact me. Pauline Keiser
h.keiser@sbcglobal.net""
Pauline Keiser of kalamazoo, MI

"Hello. Most of you probably don't know me but I went to high school with Nick's brother Matt, who was in the same art class with me. Matt and I talked about anime sometimes and got on pretty on well. I think I met Nick a few times, but I was better friends with his friends than with Nick personally. Nick's death sparked a lot of debate between my friends and I about the ongoing war which ultimately led to my decision to enlist in the Air Force, turning down a commission to gain some real world experience at the so called, "grunt" level where real work gets done. The people we love in this world and even those flocks we do not know yet are too precious to leave untended. Our role is too important to leave up to just those who find no other recourse in life. Those who give themselves in service freely understand this and know that only by putting forward our best efforts can we make others understand the difference between regimes that send their soldiers to harass people and countries that send their soldiers to shield strangers from peril. For those who ignore their own reality and still choose hatred, little can be done except to bring them to justice and to all others as much love as we can express. In my time serving, I have brought some justice down upon the heads of those responsible for numerous atrocities which I cannot speak of in great detail. Most of them remain alive and will suffer in solitude until they regain their humanity or death takes them to judgement. And I know that many of their former targets and those who would have been caught in their unrealized terror will instead now live on, roaming the Earth freely to learn, love, dance, work, grow, laugh, cry and experience the full gamut of humanity under the watchful eyes of God. As I witness the growth of the Arab Spring, I pray that the seeds planted by our fallen and the support of the Free World in general grows in to a brotherhood in the Middle East with those we have given our sweat, riches and blood to defend. I can never know the pains you must have undergone when Nick was taken in to God's Kingdom, but I want you to know that I have assured that his death and his example were not in vain. Some day near the end this century if we should be fortunate enough to meet, I will tell you of these things should you care to know. Until that time they must remain shrouded in a vague description. I hope that it helps you find solace to know that Nick's mission does not end with him, nor would it even end with me. This week I will personally make sure that his story is told to my class and I will continue to seek a better future for our world in his memory."
Senior Airman Anonymous of Grand Rapids goes with me, wherever I go

"April 23, 2008
To the family of Pfc. Nicholas H. Blodgett:
Nicholas gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. I cannot and will not let our fallen heroes be forgotten. My deepest sympathy to you. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
www.IraqWarHeroes.org"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

"Nick was awesome, he always made me laugh, I told him not to join the Army but he wouldn't listen to me, but I guess we do need someone brave enough to fight our battles, and he did a good job doing it, I'm proud of him no matter what"
Heather V of wyoming, Mi.

"To the friends and family of Nicholas Henry Blodgett. My name is SGT POLLARD previously of 3rd Platoon Anvil Troop 1-4 cav. I worked with him, knew him, and will never forget him. He brought my spirits up many of times when I was down missing my wife and son. I do not mean to bring up memories, but I just found this sight and had to post and think about all three of the friends that I have lost: Nick, Childress, and CPT Houghton. My prayers go out to everyone who cared for nick and not a day goes by that I dont think of any of the brothers I lost."
james m pollard of schwienfurt, Germany

"20, April 2006

I just found this site tonight being on staff duty at my new duty station on Biggs airfield in El Paso, TX. I'm now in 4 BDE 1 CAV, I was in 1/4 cav prior to this in Schweinfurt Germany And served with Nicholas in OIF 2. The night he died I was just getting off of my guard shift at the Iraqi National Guard compound. Before I went to bed I was talking to my relief when we heard a call on the radio that one of the 3rd platoons tracks was damaged by an IED. I didn't know who it was at first who was driving until the next day when PFC Stone told me that Nick was killed in the blast.

I knew Nick before we were deployed. He would always come to my room asking what I was doing. We would usually just smoke a cigar and drink some beer and talk about back home. We didn't have a care in the world at that time... We thought we were going to be going home after spending our time in Germany.

Soon after, we got orders to go to Iraq. Being over there for a few months Nick wasn't in the happiest of moods. I could tell he was missing home at times, but he would stay strong and we would still smoke our cigars and talk about going home when it was all over.

The night before Nick was killed, he wasn't in good spirits. He had some kind of argument with one of his NCO's and didn't have a great day. I ask him what was wrong and all he said was, "I don't know why God does this to me sometimes I don't know what he wants from me." I went on to tell him that God has a plan for us and when it is our time he will take us. That was the last thing I said to him. It is strange though, because I'm not a religious man. I don't go to church often and I don't pray. But, there is not a day that goes by when I remember the words that I said to him. I think that God was telling me something. That I should never forget.

We will never forget the things that we love. Nick was my brother in arms and will always be in my mind and my heart.

I want to give my condolences to Nicks family, I knew your son and your loss will not be forgotten..."
SPC Philip Wroblewski of Schriever, LA

"I never thought I'd see myself writing in your memory. I'm sorry I couldn't get you out. Bradley(SSG Shadden)also tried. Words will never describe how I truly feel. I wish there was more I could have done. That night will never be forgotten. The only smile I can muster is when you picked up my section I gave you crap. I said "to the bat cave alfred!" and you just smiled and said roger Sergeant! I'm still suffering from you not being here. I feel it was my fault. I will never forget you. To the family of Nick. I'm deeply sorry for your lost and I apologize for taking so long to write. That night is still to fresh in my mind. I apologize. Nick will forever be in my memory."
SSG JORDAN, METOYER of FORT KNOX, KENTUCKY

"Robert, Rita, and Matthew,
I am still deeply sorry for your loss. I am honored I could bring him back to you. I wish it had been under different circumstances, but it was not to be. Thank you for your strength as I returned our Fallen Trooper to you. Your courage and decency will always be with me."
1LT Andrew Rohrer of C Troop, 1-4 Cavalry

"Veteran's Day, 2004

To the family of Nicholas Blodgett,

We do not know you, but the Town of Holliston has honored those who gave the greatest sacrifice in Iraq for their country by placing their names on telephone poles around town. Nicholas Blodgett's name has been placed in front of our home and we wanted to let you know that his sacrifice is being remembered and honored by our family and our town. We thank you and honor his memory.

The Servidios
Holliston, Massachusetts"
Nicholas Servidio of Holliston, Massachusetts

"To the family of Nicholas,
I did not know your hero's name when i picked him up for his final helicopter ride. I do now and i want you to know that i was proud to be a part of his tribute. Thank you trooper."
CW2 P. Sherry of Iraq

"We Will NEVER FORGET !"
Please KNOW so many people share your sadness, and we are remembering all your family and loved ones
in your loss and your deep grief. Your HERO, Nicholas, will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge Montana "

"Thank you brave soldier for sacrificing your today for my children's safer tomorrow. You have our utmost respect and gratitude. May God provide your family with comfort in their time of sorrow. May you forever rest in Heavenly peace. You will not be forgotten. For the families; may time provide happy,loving memories in place of present sorrows. Remember, sometimes your smile of the memories may be your source of joy."
a very grateful citizen/family in arizona

"Private Blodgett, goodbye soldier and thank you. You are my hero."
Bill of Houston, Texas

"To Nicholas' Family and Friends:

On behalf of the Blanco-Caldas family, we send our sincerest condolences. We share the same loss ... the same pain. Our prayers are with you in this most difficult time and we thank you for your loved one's bravery and sacrifice.

Sincerely,

The Family of Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas, 82nd Airborne
KIA Iraq 12/28/2003.
Gloria Caldas (Ernie's mom) of San Antonio, TX
gloria.caldas@banksterling.com"

"To the family and friends of Nicholas H. Blodgett:
Words cannot express the heartfelt sympathy that we feel for your' loss. May your love for him, all your treasured memories and the love of your friends, family AND a grateful nation pull you through this most trying time.
With sympathy and the deepest of gratitude,"
Proud Americans of Texas

"There are no words to express the sorrow we feel for your loss.
May God bless you and help you through this time.
Nicholas you are our hero."
SSG Killian/Fiance' Jacqueline of Schweinfurt 1-4 Cav

"To Nicholas' Family:
There are no words to express the sorrow we feel for your loss. May God bless you and help you through this time."
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"Thank you Nicholas Blodgett, you will not be forgotten. Your bravery goes beyond words. I want to express my deepest gratitude for your sacrifice. To the family and friends, my prayers and deep condolences in your loss. May God strengthen you from knowing that fellow Americans and people around the world care about you and grieve with you in your loss. God bless you all. A very appreciative fellow American,"
Leo Titus of Grayslake, Illinios

"To the family and friends of Pfc. Nicholas Blodgett:
May God's grace be with you during your time of grief. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and we feel your loss and share in your sorrow. Bless Nicholas for the sacrifice he has made to make a better life for the rest of us."
The Ford Family of Wells, Nevada

"To the family and friends of Pfc. Nicholas Blodgett:
I am saddened by the loss of your loved one. He will always be remembered as a hero for fighting for freedom. I hope that this website will be a source of comfort and encouragement for you during this difficult time, and in the future as you recall the memories of Nicholas, who continues to live on in your heart."
Tim Rivera of Powder Springs, Georgia

Honor them by remembering... Freedom - is their gift to us But his soul goes marching on