Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Cpl. Nicholas J. Dieruf

21, of Versailles, Kentucky.
Dieruf died due to injuries received from enemy action in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was assigned to 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton. Died on April 8, 2004.

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"Happy Birthday nick I miss you every day brother"
jorge zepeda

"To the family of Nicholas Dieruf,
I remember that day very well and still to this day I am reminded of you and will never forget you. it has been 7 years now I everyday that goes by I think about you knowing I was in Iraq with you and remembering all the great times we had during and before. I miss you so much and I still to this day have tears in my eye's every time I think about you and that tragic day. I will always honor you brother and I will let my kids know what a great man you were and a great friend. To Nicks wife and parent's, he was an amazing man as you know and I will always remember him and know in your heart that he is in a good place now and I will alway's remember him. Semper Fi Marine Love you brother."
Anthony Russell of Dubai, United Arab Emirates

"I just stumbled upon this site after getting an invitation to visit the White House to see the Gold Star Family Tree. Nich has been gone for 7 years and I have never seen this site... Thank you. Thank you to everyone who posted for our family and for Nich. It was wonderful to read note from his fellow soldiers and other people who care. Your words are deeply appreciated!"
Courtney (Nich's Sister-In-Law) of Lexington, KY

"To the family of:Nicholas J. Dieruf
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" 1-3-11"

"Nick You and I Spent a lot of time together In training , I remember when you first got to the fleet nothing would ever bother you and you had a great head on you shoulders It was great serving you and your wife gave the ultimate sacrifice"
Cortney Davis of Logan UT 84321

"June 2, 2008
To the family of Cpl. Nicholas J. Dieruf:
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

"MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH THE DIERUF FAMILY. I WILL NEVER FORGET THAT NIGHT BROTHER (APRIL 8TH 2004, 2345 HOURS) WE WERE ON PATROL. I MADE A WRONG TURN AS POINT MAN AND YOU PICKED UP THE LEAD. SHORTLY AFTER THERE WAS AN EXPLOSION FOLLOWED BY A WELL PLANNED AMBUSH. I DID MY BEST TO FIGHT THEM OFF. I WILL NEVER FORGET YOU ALWAYS SMILING EVEN WHEN YOU WERE ANGRY. THAT NIGHT IS LIKE A LIVE VIDEO IN MY HEAD. YOU AND YOUR FAMILY WILL NEVER NOT BE IN MY PRAYERS. I CANT IMAGINE WHAT IT WAS LIKE WHEN YOU ALL RECEIVED WIND OF WHAT HAPPENED. NICK IS MY HERO AND MY CHILDREN WILL GROW UP KNOWING WHAT A WONDERFUL MAN HE WAS. YOU WILL NOT BE FORGOTTEN BROTHER."
CPL. KUNKEL of DANVILLE CA

"I grew up in Versailles. On Hillcrest Drive. Just stopped by to honor my fellow townsman. My thoughts go out to his family."
G.S. Evans of Dallas, TX

"Cpl. Dieruf-
It was an honor to serve next to you. You will always be remembered. Rest in Peace brother."
Cpl. Petty, Justin of Wichita KS

"Nick was a good man and a good friend to me during both of our deployments to Iraq. I thank God for allowing me to know and serve with a man like him. The family is continually in my prayers."
Cpl. Micah Fell of Victorville, CA

"RIP Marine"
Petty Officer Cawthon of RTC Great Lakes, IL

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

"My deepest condolences go out to the family of Cpl. Nicholas Dieruf. Our boys use to play together in the neighborhood. My son Travis who is also a United States Marine graduated with Nicholas in the year 2000. May God comfort your during this diffcult time. And know that this Marine Mom will always remember the sacifice that your son made."
Tanua Smith of Lexington, KY

"I did not know Nick, but my husband is also in the army and has been for 13 years. Nick and his new wife were married at Centenary Methodist Church just hours before my brother and his new wife. We are also from Kentucky. It saddens me that Nick had to make the ultimate sacrafice. As an army wife I understand the fear of never knowing. Be grateful of the time you did spend together and keep him forever in your heart. Be proud of what he did and who he did it for. God bless you and your family. I am sorry for your loss. If you need a stranger to talk to please contact me. Ethridgek@aol.com"
Kimberly Ethridge of Fort Bragg, NC

"I'll always remember playing baseball and having fun with you when we were younger. In my mind you'll always be young, happy, and full of life. Your memory will not fade. My deepest condolences to your family and your wife."
Robert (Bobby) Cornell of Lexington, KY

"From one Marine family to another
"Though you cannot always see the bird singing, if you listen with your heart, you can always hear his song.
Though the ones we love may leave life as we know it, in our memory, the love we knew will always carry on." unknown author
Our heart and thoughts are with you at this very sad time. Your precious Nicholas will not be forgotten. He was a true American!"
Charles Davis family of Kailua, Hawaii

"To the family and friends of Corporal Nicholas J. Dieruf

Those we hold most dear, never truly leave us. May you find comfort
in love's everlasting connection.

There are many loving and caring Americans from all over the United
States that will never forget the sacrifice that your loved one has
made for our Freedom. In the Support section of this web site you
will find links to many groups that support you at this crucial
time. The Marine Comfort Quilt group would be honored to send a
quilt to the next of kin. Please register so we can send you
our "Love Stitched Together."

Proud Member Of Marine Comfort Quilt group, and Proud Marine Mom"
Sandra Moudy of Placentia, Ca USA

"Rest in Peace Tufelhunden....Semper Fi"
The Taylors USMC of NC"

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

"To Nicholas' Family:

On behalf of the Blanco-Caldas family, we send our sincere condolences to you. We share the same loss ... the same pain. Our prayers are with you and we thank you for his bravery and sacrifice.

From the family of Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas, KIA Iraq 12/28/2003"
Gloria Caldas (his mom) of San Antonio, TX

"We Will NEVER FORGET !"
Please KNOW so many people share your sadness, and we are remembering your family 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 from Montana "

"Thank you Nicholas Dieruf, 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 Cpl. Nicholas Dieruf:
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 Cpl. Nicholas Dieruf:
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