Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Lance Cpl. Nicholas B. Erdy

21, of Williamsburg, Ohio.
Erdy was killed when his amphibious assault vehicle struck an explosive device while conducting combat operations against enemy forces in Karabilah, Iraq. He was assigned to Marine Force Reserve’s 3rd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division, Columbus, Ohio. During Operation Iraqi Freedom, his unit was attached to Regimental Combat Team 2, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward). Died on May 11, 2005.

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May we honor the lives of those who have fought for our freedom with the way we choose to live our own, I was chosen because of a very close friend who served with the 48 Marines and Corpsmen who sacrificed it all; to read each story, to get to know a small piece of their lives through families and friends. I chose to honor each of them with a bible verse:

Nicholas B. Erdy 5/11/05
"May integrity and uprightness protect me because my hope, Lord, is in you." - Psalm 25:21 (Integrity)"
Haleigh Kilgore of West Virginia

"Nick even though you died when i was young I will see you on the other side, I love you"
Hayden of Owensville Ohio

Even though you died when I was fairly young and I never got the honor of meeting you, I have always felt a sense of great pride when I call you my cousin. Your sacrifice and the sacrifices of all troops should never be forgotten. Hopefully, one day I will get to shake your hand on the other side and thank you for your service to our beautiful country. Semper Fi"
Jon Erdy of Media, PA

"To the family of:Nicholas B. Erdy
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""

"I just learned tonight of the wonderful young man who gave the ultimate sacrifice for freedom and liberty. Nancy Grace's show spoke of the interests, dreams and goals that he followed. His eyes had a strong focus for someone so young. I am so sorry for the loss of this fine soldier and his family is in my prayers. God Bless."
Susan DeRosa of Olympia, Washington

"I didn't know your son, but for some reason when I saw the announcement on a news channel, it hit me very hard. I have children approaching the age of Nick and I can't imagine losing one of them. He is an incredibly brave man to make the decision to become a Marine and have a desire to protect the American people. I'm in awe of him and so many men and women that make the choices they've made. May God bless your family and Nick. You'll be with him again some day."
Elizabeth of Mansfield, CT

"I know its been 5 years now and the pain is still in our hearts. I know you are with God now watching over us Thank you again Nick God has Blessed you"
Jerry Perry of Mt Carmel Oh USA

"I never want to forget the sacrifices of so many young men and women. I am so proud it makes me cry. I understand in theory only that war is a part of human nature but so is love and caring. I wish I could take the families pain away but I can't. I am committed to loving ALL people, myself and our environment. I am committed to working on my happiness everyday because so many have died for my freedom to live my life. Thank you is not enough but it is all I have. All my love and respect. ogersteiner@yahoo.com"
Scott Steiner of Gahanna, OH

"Nick Love you"
Jake Erdy of PA

"I served in The reserve unit in Cincinnati from 1995-2001. I have trained with the 23rd Mar. My heart goes out to you and your families. Eventhough I didnt go to Iraq it still hurts to loose a brother past or present. May God be with you all"
Scott Hale Cpl USMC of Taylor Mill Kentucky

"June 3, 2008
To the family of Lance Cpl. Nicholas B. Erdy:
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"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

I saw the documentary on A&E about your unit and that is how I learned about what happened to you. I would just like to say thank you to you and and the othe Marines who were killed in that blast for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Semper Fi Devil Dog!"

"I am proud to call Nick my cousin. And I miss him very much. Thank you all so much for your thoughts and prayers."
Kaitlin Erdy of New Jersey

"dear erdy family,
I am so sorry for your loss. You son NIck erdy also died with my friend chris dixon. Not a day goes by where i dont think of him. I want you to know your in my prayers and may god be with you."
Natasha of Obetz ohio

"Dear Erdy Family,
I am writing, first, to express my sincerest sympathy over the loss of you son Nick. As my own son gets older I am more keenly aware of your sacrifice.

Secondly, I wanted to tell you that our family greatly appreciates the Nick Erdy Scholarship Fund that has been established at St. Louis School in Owensville, Ohio (where Nick attended). My son David was a winner this year, with Alex Peed, on May 19th, 2006.

Your thoughtfulness in these sad times is amazing and our family feels blessed to have a son meet your criteria. We pray God grants you serenity and peace."
The Lawrence Family of Batavia, Ohio

"Hey Nick!!
I miss you! i wish you were here in cincy right now i really miss you,ive been thinking ab u a lot late lee how much i missed you i just say erin yesturday at the mall i was w/ ashley! well i g2g love you,your sister in law
Josie of Cincinnati,OH

"Nick, i will always miss you.
I love you as a cousin and a soldier.
We will remember you always, for the bravery you had shown. Rest in peace."
Kaitlin of USA

"Thank you for your sacrifices. Nick and the other brave soldiers will never be forgotten."
Michelle P. of Batavia, Ohio

"To the Erdy family:
I thought you might enjoy reading this winning essay written by Ashley Gilkerson about the sacrifices made by your son. She is an 8th grader at St. Louis school and was the winner of the First Annual Nick Erdy Scholarship Award.

Sacrifice (sak re fis) verb- 1: to offer or perform as a sacrifice. 2: to give up for the sake of something else. 3: to sell at a loss. 4: to make a sacrifice hit.

This is the definition of sacrifice according to the dictionary, but somehow that passage doesn't really grasp the concept of sacrifice. Nowhere in that passage did they explain the pain, suffering, and mourning sacrifice can cause. Nowhere in that passage did they explain how brave someone has to be to make a sacrifice, and facing death is the ultimate one. Nick Erdy is the shining example of sacrifice, and he should be remembered as a hero.

There are many men and women in the past who have given up their lives for our country, such as soldiers, fireman, and police. However, there is one man who sacrificed his life for the good of all humanity. That man was Jesus. Jesus died for his people just like Nick did. To all the relatives of Nick Erdy: you should be so proud. It is an honor to die for one's country, because he will never be forgotten. Nick Erdy gave up his life for his country. His family knows exactly what sacrifice is because they have lived it. What they are going through is extrememly rough, but they can rely on one fact: he is a hero.

Nick Erdy is a hero. There can't be a land of the brave without any brave people. Our country couldn't be free unless we have freedom. Nick Erdy was a brave man who protected our freedom. May Nick rest in peace with God. He's in a much, much better place than we are, where there is no suffering, pain, or war. God bless his family, his friends, and all of the people at St. Louis School. We will always regard Nick as a hero. Nick Erdy is sacrifice.

Below is a poem Ashley wrote about Nick and the sacrifices he made.

He went to St. Louis, he walked down this hall. He probably couldn't have guessed, one day he'd give it all. He fought for his hometown, he fought for his land. We all will agree, he was a very brave man. He fought for our country, the brave and the free. He fought for our freedom, which doesn't come free. He worked with many others, he worked with the best. Now he's with God, enjoying eternal rest. Who is this guy? You may say. He's someone who took the time of day, to fight for what he believed in. His name is Nick Erdy, he went to school here. He has touched our hearts, one thing is very clear. Nick Erdy is sacrifice. He's a true hero, and what he thought about himself, we'll never get to know.

God Bless the Erdy family and all of the troops giving their heart and soul for a better country. We will never forget...."

"Hello, your son is in my prayers and I thank my fellow Marine for his service. My cousin actually graduated with LCpl Erdy...his name is LCpl Sadowy. I'm in Iraq right now and always keep 3/25 close to my heart...they are my motivation.
LCpl Kristy Grachek
5/14 Detention Co
(originally with Comm Co-Cincinnati, OH)

OHHRAH! Rest in Peace Nick."
LCpl Grachek of Cincinnati, OH

God Bless Bill and Jane Erdy! Nick, Today is your birthday and we all miss you. Thank You for the laughter and your personality is remembered. We love and miss you!"
Jones of Shawnee, Kansas USA

"Dear Mrs and Mr. Erdy,
My name is Maddie Humbert and I go to St.Louis school. Right now we are doing a report about Nick. After hearing that were going to do that, I was very truley inspired. God bless you and Nick. :)"
Maddie of batavia , Ohio

"Dear mrs and mr erdy
my name is samantha baker
im doing an essay for st.louis school.I
am so inspired by you and Nick.He is my roll modal and hero!! I am 11 years old."
samantha baker of batavia ohio cincinati

"Nick, when I heard the news, all the memories came rushing back at once. I remembered your bright smile and your laugh that lifted the world. At first I refused to believe it, but then they announced it at school and I had to accept it. As all the students of McNicholas and I watch your family and you drive by our school to GA I tried not to cry and be strong for your family and friends who were looking at all the students, but soon I found myself back when my dad passed away when I was six. I didn't quite know you but you were there at his funeral, and now thousands of people were doing the same for you. I couldn't help but let all the tears fall from my eyes. I realized you were only a couple years older than me and it could have been any of my friends or even my older brother. But it wasnt, it was you. In that moment I was lifted to a better place. It made me a better person than i was before. I never thought it could happen to a good old country boy. I saw your family at the Clermont County Fair, they were watching the lamb show, as if they were waitting for your name to be announced and for you to come out with you lamb. Your sister was crying, once again I tried not to cry but then I saw the pain in her eyes. You were and still are a great man.I thank you so much and I will never forget the things you've done. Theres nothing I can say to show you how I feel, but some how I think you know just how much everyone loves you and will deeply miss you. thank you for paying the ultimate sacrifice. Rest in peace and may God bless you."
Lisa of fayetteville ohio

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

"To The Erdy Family,
Our Family, Our City, Our Country grieves with you. We are so saddened by your loss. Your Soldier is OUR HERO! We will never forget him or the others who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless You and your Brave Marine..Semper Fi!!"
The Grogan Family of Lakeland, TN

"Nic was laid to rest today and I struggle to find words to share with anyone who may read them. I hope that knowing that my thoughts and prayers are with Nic's family will provide some level of comfort. I will forever cherish my memories of Nic."
M. Sleeper Cheatham of Chicago, IL/US

"Death leaves a heartache no one can heal; Love leaves a memory no one can steal. We are deeply sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
From the family of LCpl Branden P. Ramey, KIA 11/8/04"
Sandy of CA

"We are deeply sorry for your loss. America will forever honor your Hero.
The Courage, Honor, and Valor that your Hero showed will always be remembered.
We are grateful for the sacrifice that was made and we will NEVER FORGET.
God Bless your family and please know that you are not alone.
All of our prayers are with you."
Jennifer and SSGT Larry Mays of Massillon, Ohio

"Lcpl Erdy - you will not be forgotten. Semper Fi Marine"
3/25 Wife of Akron, OH

"Lance Cpl. Nicholas B. Erdy, "thank you" isn't enough for the ultimate sacrifice you gave to each of us. Our prayers are with your family during this difficult time"
Jerry & Toni Longville of Akron, Ohio

"We will honor the Memory of Nicholas B. Erdy for the "ultimate" sacrifice he has made for us and the fight for our Country. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, Bill."
Stephanie Erdy of Hilliard Ohio USA

"My heart goes out to the family and friends of Nicholas."
Marine MOM 3/25/4th of western NY

"We will never forget. Thank you Hero!"
3/25 Sister of Massillon, Ohio

"To the family and friends of Lance Corporal Nicholas B. Erdy,

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

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. 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. Please use our link and register so we can send you our "Love Stitched Together."

Proud Marine Mom and Proud Member of Marine Comfort Quilts "
Sandra Moudy of Placentia, Ca USA

leonard t. wahl of valley stream ny usa

"Thank you Nicholas Erdy, 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 Lance Cpl. Nicholas Erdy:
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 Lance Cpl. Nicholas Erdy:
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