Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Lance Cpl. Nicholas Brian Kleiboeker

19, of Irvington, Illinois.
Killed near Al Hillah, Iraq, when the munitions bunker he was working in caught fire and exploded. He was assigned to the 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, based at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Died on May 13, 2003.

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"Nicholas Kleiboeker: I still think about you buddy. Know I will never forget your sacrifice. Semper Fi"
Brandon Gonzales of Ouray, Colorado USA

"2015. Time flies. I still remember."
JBW of Cody wyoming

"Cannot believe it will be 9 years Sunday...Gary & Sheryl I think of you both often and hope you are doing well...would love to see you sometime!"
Megan Steuart of O'Fallon, IL

"To the family of Nick Kleiboeker, In planning our reunion I learned of Nick's sacrifice to his country. I hope to meet some of his kin at the reunion in August. My brother and I were both Marines in Vietnam and I hold a special bond with Marines, expecially my relatives. Sempere Fi!"
Ron Kleiboeker, Capt USMC, former of Lake St. Louis, Mo.

"To the family of Nick Kleiboeker, In planning our reunion I learned of Nick's sacrifice to his country. I hope to meet some of his kin at the reunion in August. My brother and I were both Marines in Vietnam and I hold a special bond with Marines, expecially my relatives. Sempere Fi!"
Ron Kleiboeker, Capt USMC, former of Lake St. Louis, Mo.

"Nick, there are times I can still feel your presence around me. I miss your laugh, your beautiful smile and just the way you always made me laugh. I still don't understand, but God knows. You will always be in my heart.Step-mom, Sheryl."
Sheryl Kleiboeker of Iuka, il

"May 13, 2011 Though its been 8 years, today it feels like I just found out. I miss you more than I can express. I know you are in the arms of God so I know you are safe. I'll see you again some day and I'll get to see your beautiful smile and hold you in my arms again. Until then I'll cherish the memories. LOVE DAD"
Gary Kleiboeker of Iuka , Il.

"Nick, there are times I can still feel your presence around me. I miss your laugh, your beautiful smile and just the way you always made me laugh. I still don't understand, but God knows. You will always be in my heart.Step-mom, Sheryl."
Sheryl Kleiboeker of Iuka, il

"Your were the best friend I had I miss you its been 8 years now and I can still remember you will not be forgoten"
Bill dillon of Shreveport LA

""To the family of Nicholas Brian Kleiboeker ,I am so sorry for the loss of your love one.He died a hero.May you know the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Hopefully we will all meet in Heaven one day where we will rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need someone to pray with you or talk to please call or write my pastor at Gateway Community Church,Rev John B Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd. Covington Ga. 30016 phone 770-787-1015""

"God Bless You, precious warrior. Our prayers are with your loved ones. Your service and sacrifice are remembered~ thank you."
Maureen, VPMM Patrick of Orlando, FL

"Its been 6 years and i can still remember everything like it was yesterday i remember the day that you were giving the kids out there candy and playing soccer with them, you made them happy.
Well everyday at one point or another i think about you, you will never be forgotten you were a good friend.
"All gave some. Some gave all"
cpl_cantu_1371@yahoo.com
feel free to email me"
Jose Cantu of El Paso,Tx

"Hey Bubby, 6 years today,seems as only yesterday the LT Col and 1st Sgt came to my door to give me the news. So fresh, so vivid in my mind. The pain lingers for me, my heart is forever broken. No one knows a mothers heartbreak, its a hurt all her own. As time goes on, though the pain is no less, I know that soon and very soon, not only will I go to see my savior, but I to will see you. I love you, I miss you, even your baby brothers whom you never met want to see you. You are the ultimate hero. you live on in my heart, I am so proud of you, love Momma 5-13-2009"
Teresa Clark of St Francisville, IL

"To the family of LCpl. Nicholas Brian Kleiboeker my name is Jose Cantu and i would just like to say that i am sorry for your loss and that Nick was a great marine and an even better friend. i was one of the Fire team leaders and Nick was in my squad and it just happend that i sepperated from the platoon a couple days before that devastating day. there is not a day that goes by that i dont remember him and funny things that he would do to get everyones sprits up. He will always be remembered.
please feel free to email me
www.cpl_cantu_1371@yahoo.com
"All gave some. Some gave all.""
Jose Cantu of El Paso,Tx

"Hey Cuz,
Its been almost 6 years now since you left us. You were always there for me when I needed someone to talk to. You have helped me through so much and even though your gone, it still feels like your right there by my side every step of the way. I miss you like hell man. You will never be forgotten cuz. Love you much"
Courtney Dugan of Germantown, IL

"Nick, I regret how we fell apart as we grew older, but I will always remember the days when we were young. More than cousins, we were playmates. I choose to remember those days. In these memories, you will always live."
Cecil Keith of Russellville, Arkansas

"Nick it seems like just yesterday I was watching you wrestle with your uncle and you singing in the choir!! Your smile always brightened a room!! You are missed so much and I love you and will never forget all the silly things you did to make us all smile!! You have a heart of gold and I know you got that from ya momma who is one of my dearest friends!!! Nick I love you miss you but I know as time runs down here on earth i will get to hug you again in heaven!!"
Maggi O'Dell of Patoka IL

""I will never forget the days we played spades in the pistol factory.""
Daniel Leal of Livermore, CA

"Heres health to you and to our corps
Which we are proud to serve
In many a strife We fought for Life
And never lost our nerve
If the Army and the Navy
were to look on Heavens sceens
They will find the streets are gaurded by United States Marines"
Matt Minker of Doverr DE

"I love and miss you."
Megan

"hey bub you died five years ago today . we miss you and love you very very much. see ya soon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
love punk"
punk brit of st. francisville il

"hey bub you died five years ago today . we miss you and love you very very much. see ya soon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
love punk"
punk brit of st. francisville il

"To Nick's Family,

I was in Nick's platoon in Boot Camp and trained with him at Engineering School. The loss I felt after hearing the news five years ago will never leave me. I will never forget his bold, fearless character and compassionate heart. He was a true honor to know and serve with. He would often tell me of his family history of service to our nation and how much he missed them. May God bless you all.


Semper Fi

Brandon Gonzales"
Brandon Gonzales of Ouray, Colorado

"5 years ago today my sweet baby, you went to guard they gates of heaven. They keep telling me it gets easier with time, it doesnt Nickolbe, I guess I just continue to learn that I cant change the decisions God has made. I miss you so very much, I miss your smile, your laugh, your big dimples and all the little silly things you used to do.I miss the smell of your cologne and the strength I could feel in your arms when you gave me a hug. I know that somehow, you can see us, I feel you in my spirit, I see you in my dreams. The amazing thing is, you are alive. I must hold on to this, I know that I will see you in heaven.I love you so very much and we all miss you deeply, Love your Momma"

"To the family of Nick,
I served with Nick in 2003 in Iraq. I was in 2nd CEB and had the great fortune to get to know him. There is not a day that goes buy that I dont recall the day we lost him there in Iraq. He is truly a patriot and deeply missed. I send this message to you today to let you know he has not and never will be forgotten.I pray for you all as I know that he is deeply missed and I will always be greatful for the sacrifice he made for us all.

Justin Cordova
Lance Corporal
United States Marine Corps
justin.cordova@yahoo.com"
Justin Cordova of Beaumont, Texas

"teresa this is mike dunbar. email me if you see this i'd like to hear from you. mdunbar23@hotmail.com"
mike dunbar of odin il. usa

"hi bub i miss you so much everything is goin crazy i wish you were here to see it with me the date is feb.29 a leap year i love you very much and everybody else does too oh and j.d finnaly came home and jess had a baby boy i know u cant read this but your in my heart and dreams love ya punk brit"
punk britt of st.francisville il

"man i wish u were here to see whats goin on j.d finnaly came home we all miss u very much love ya see ya soon"
sis brit of st. fransisville

"January 19, 2008
To the family of Lance Cpl. Nicholas Brian Kleiboeker:
Lance 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

"Nicholas,
I would like to say thank you 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!"

"Nick I never knew you personally but i know megan who is a very good friend to my girlfriend. I salute you for you died for our freedom in this country I will always look up to you. Tahnk you from the bottom of my heart thank you. And to megan and the family Im so sorry for your loss im sure nick meant the world to you guys. I to have a brother in the service in the Army and he will be deployed next month and i pray to God for his safety. So it means a lot to see everyone who writes here about our fallen brother. Again thank you so much for raising a brave and honorable son."
Joey Santiago of Orlando Fl

"SSGT Jenkins,

Please don't feel as though you have failed Nick. He is more proud of you than anyone could ever be. Don't ever think that it should have been you instead, because this happened for a reason. Take what Nick has taught you and teach others the same.
I never really thought it was possible to miss someone as much as I miss Nick...coming up on four years, and I can still see his smile when I close my eyes. I love you Nick."
Megan of Albers, IL

"It should have been me. I failed you Nick. I'm sorry."
SSgt Jenkins of Camp Lejeune

"I am just thinking of and missing you my sweet boy. my life has forever been changed. i love you, momma"

"I finally finished school and I know you would be proud of me. I seem to get a lot of client's that are just returning from Iraq and it makes me think of you. I will never stop missing you and I will always love you."
Megan

"3 years yesterday. I miss you baby."
Megan of Odin, IL

"3 years ago today was the last time I heard your voice. Your words to me...I love you , Momma. I will always cherish those last and final words, my precious son. I will see you in Heaven. Love Momma"

"My name is Cameron Schilling and I have started “Portrait of a Soldier” which donates a portrait sketch of every Illinois soldier who has fallen in Iraq or Afghanistan. All 122 sketches will be on display for a Memorial Day Presentation in Chicago, Illinois on May 26-31 at the James R. Thompson Center in downtown Chicago. After the ceremony the sketches will be given to the immediate families of the Illinois soldiers. I would invite any friends or family members to come and honor these men and women from Illinois who have given their lives to our country. For more information please contact OperationHomeFront.org at 866-417-8889 which is an organization headed by the Lt. Governor Pat Quinn of Illinois who is in charge of the Memorial Day Presentation. Thank You.

Please check out www.portraitofasoldier.org
To contact Cameron email cameronschilling84@hotmail.com
To contact Operation Home Front call 866-417-8889"
Cameron Schilling of Charleston, Illinois

"I can't stop thinking about you. I miss you so much, I don't know why this had to happen. Everything just hurts, and it's been almost 3 years, but I still remember everything like it was yesterday. I love you so much, and I always will."
Megan of Odin, IL

"Life seems really hard sometimes, and then I sit down and think of you and everything you went through. I need your help Nick, please. I miss you so much."
Megan of Odin, IL

"well brother, i just returned from afghanistan and you were in my thoughts at all times. i came back and got a tatoo in your honor. i want to be at your gravestone on the third anniversary of your passing. i am getting out of the corps here in a few days, and not a day passes when i dont think of you and your antics. i miss you so much brother, know that i will never forget you. mrs. clark, i will be in contact with you when i get home. i am sorry for all of this."
Cpl. Glatfelter of Okinawa, Japan

"Hi baby boy, i miss you. I love you so much. please tell David to call me, he owes me this. i know you know what is happening down here. little shane nicholas will be home in a week or so and your other brother will be home sometime, hopefully this summer. And your momma is finally giving you not 1 but 2 baby brothers. the 3rd will be here in july or august but i dont know if its a boy or another baby sister for you.i know you would be so proud, i know how much you loved kids.i wish you were here, i love you."
momma

"Happy New Year Nick, I wish that I could have spent it with you.

I miss you more each day.

I love you!"
Megan of Odin

"Nick..you were an inspiration to me. I won't forget you"
Sgt Jenkins of Taqaddum, Iraq

"My name is Cameron Schilling. I am a college student from central Illinois. I am the first generation of my family not to serve his country. I am extremely grateful for the sacrifice you and your loved one has given for the United States. I am disappointed by the way the news media has covered this war and the deaths of our youth. The media has stopped listing the names of the soldiers killed in Iraq and people only talk about the soldiers when we reach a specific milestone in deaths. If you just started watching the news today you would not even know there is a war going on. Partisan politics have replaced coverage of our young generation who have traveled to a foreign land in the name of the United States. Whether you believe the war in Iraq is wrong, right, justified or not everyone should pay even just a little more attention to what these young men and women are sacrificing. This is what I would like to do. I want to do my part in honoring these soldiers and their memories. Along with being a college student I am also a budding artist. I draw pencil portraits of local people in my community. I want to offer a pencil portrait sketch to the immediate family of every Illinois soldier killed in Iraq. Please contact me at cameronschilling84@hotmail.com."
Cameron of Illinois

"I am so sorry for your loss. Please know that you are not alone in your grieving for him."
Donna Murphy of Riverside, CA

"Missing you so much. I went to see you last week. Things are just so different now. I wish I could just lay next to you forever. You are the most amazing person I know and I miss you so much it hurts.

Teresa, if you read this, e-mail me!"
Megan

"Nick,

I couldn't go to your grave on the two year mark. For some reason it has gotten harder instead of easier. I feel so bad, but I know you realize how much I love you. I am slowly gathering the strength to visit you. I miss you as much today as the day I lost you. I love you."
Megan of Albers, IL

"It is the two year mark today. I was depressed all day. You were in my head since i have woke up. I really realized today how much i really miss you man. I wish you were all the time. I went out and saw your grave. It looked really nice whoever put all those things out there. I also saw the candle was still lit when i went out there about 930pm. I miss you alot man. I knew you very well but not as much as prolly some of the people on here. I will never forget you Nick. May 13, 2005"
Brandon Jones(brodie) of odin il USA

"as we approach the two year mark of your life being torn from us, the waves of emotion begin to overwhelm. i just extended my contract to take a squad to afghanistan into the early part of next year. the end of your contract is coming up brother, and i am sure we would have kept in touch after we got out. mrs. teresa clark, tonight i tried to get through, but the number was busy. i will try again some other time. the three squad leaders all wear rubber bands to remind us of you on a daily basis. i wish you could be here with us brother, you are missed by us. i love you brother, rest in peace."
Cpl. David Glatfelter of Kaneohe Bay, HI

"Lauren, thank you for your kind words. I wish you and your husband all the best and I will keep you in my thoughts.

Nick, I miss you more and more each day. I cannot believe it has been almost 2 years. I still remember everything about you, from the way you smelled to the way you looked when you smiled at me. There are so many pictures and memories swirling around in my mind and heart every day. I just wish I could talk to you one last time and let you know how much you meant to me. I would not be half the person I am today if it wasn't for you. You have made me stronger and taught me the value of life and so many other things. I love you with all my heart and I always will. I miss you and the only comfort I have is knowing that I will someday be with you again. I love you."
Megan of Albers, IL

"Nick, Man what can I say you and me talked to Gysgt Sapre at the same time, you introduced me to him, and then i let for Boot camp soon afterwards, you never know how much you touch people when your here with us, but at least your home now with the one you truly love much love man we miss you down here and wish your family the best your family will be in my prayers, as well as you in my heart. Semper Fi DevilDawg"
Todd Hammond Marine4ever of salem il usa

"To those reading this message. I knew Nick my whole life, as most of did too. Nick was my first ever crush in kindergarten, it was pretty funny. Nick was an amazing person, full of potential. I would like to say to Megan ,be strong sweetie, I think about you and the Kleiboekers often. I am married to a marine right now and I know it has to be hard for you. I know two years is coming up soon but just think, he is so happy were he is, and be happy for him. I love that everyone is keeping Nick's memory alive, don't ever stop. Nick is a great man to be rememberd. Take care and God bless all of you!"
Lauren of Centralia, IL, currently North Carolina Cherry Point

"To those reading this message. I knew Nick my whole life, as most of did too. Nick was my first ever crush in kindergarten, it was pretty funny. Nick was an amazing person, full of potential. I would like to say to Megan ,be strong sweetie, I think about you and the Kleiboekers often. I am married to a marine right now and I know it has to be hard for you. I know two years is coming up soon but just think, he is so happy were he is, and be happy for him. I love that everyone is keeping Nick's memory alive, don't ever stop. Nick is a great man to be rememberd. Take care and God bless all of you!"
Lauren of Centralia, IL, currently North Carolina Cherry Point

"My email address is steuartml@yahoo.com

Brodie, thanks for writing, I know how much you miss Nick. We all do. I don't think I have meet you Mike but you seem to be a nice guy and I'm sure you miss Nick lots as well. Full Metal Jacket was like his favorite movie, I even watched it with him. :) Keep remembering the good times."
Megan of IL

"I had the good fortune to spend a lot of time with Nick growing up together. There are so many good times deer hunting together, watching full metal jacket over and over and over lol, running his moms van over a 100 down the country road and ramping the bridges when he was only 15 man we had a lot of fun. But the thing that I never got to tell Nick but i hold closest is the way he helped me fall in love with God. I was a christian a long time before i knew nick but one night i can remember him coming to me and laying hands on me and praying for me for a long long time and shortly after that i really fell in love with God and there is no better example of what a true friend really is than one that will cry for you and pray for you to have the relationship with God that he knows God wants you to have with him.Thank you Nick"
Michael Dunbar of Odin IL

"Hey man. The date is March 15, 20005. I have all kinds of pictures of you. I wish you were still here man. I miss seein you. You were like one of my best friends. I had a dream about you like 6 months ago. I had this dream when Josh was in Iraq. I got a call from billy and he told me to come over because his mom had a surprise for me and billy. So i came over there and she said when you hear a vehicle pull up go outside the house. Later we heard one so we went outside and it was a military vehicle. We both thought it was Josh, but it was you. Me and billy started to cry and was like Nick i thought you were dead, but you said to us "Guys i told them to say i was dead because i never wanted anyone to worry about me while i was over there so i did this so that you all could go on with your lives without worrying about me" Then i woke up. It was so hard when i heard that you died. I think that is the hardest thing i have ever went through. I pray one day that i will be able to see you in another dream of mine or your spirit there with me. Well acctually i can feel you with me. Like you are watching over me. I just wish i could go back in time and stop you but i cant. i really miss you man. I will never forget you. I miss you man."
Brandon Jones of Odin, illinois

"megan, send me your email address and I will talk to you, ok? mine is loves2huntnfish@yahoo.com"

"Hey Brother

We thank your for your services and most of all your parents and family for allowing yourself to be one of us.. May you rest in God's arms and watch over the rest of us who continue to keep our country free...Thanks Nick...."
LCpl Max Mendieta of Lubbock, Tx

"Thank you so much for writing Kaleigh. I wish you and Dave all the best. What you have both said to me...I can't even explain how that feels. I loved him just as much as he loved me and I hate the fact that he's gone. Theresa...I'm pretty sure you never really liked me and I don't know why. I just want you to know that I am in pain just like you are. Nick was a huge part of my life and he still is to this day. I have never felt for anybody else the way I felt for him. I just want you to know that I loved him with all of my heart (I still do) and I would never ever have done anything to hurt him. I supported him through everything and it was hard, but I did it. He talked about Brittany all the time, he loved her so much. He loved you all. I just want you to know that I will always think of you as part of my family, just as I do Gary and Sheryl. Losing Nick was the hardest thing I've ever had to go through and I know it was for you too. You and your family are always in my thoughts.

I love you Nick."
Megan of Illinois

"Nick,

You are and always will be a hero for giving your all to protect families like mine. I wear your hero bracelet ( ordered online). Even thought I do not know you, I thank God for the brave men and women who are making the world safer for my children. May God hold you in a special place in His heart."
William J. of Sacramento, CA USA

"1/25/05
Thank you Nickolas for taking the fight to those cowards who would destroy America. My family and America owe you our sincere gratitute and pray that your loved ones find peace. You are our hero Marine and we will remember you each day we raise our flag in the front yard. Semper Fi. From a very grateful American family."
Jim and Margie Shaw of Pasadena, Maryland

"kaleigh, thanks for writing. i know how much my son is loved. i also know that i will always have question, questions only a mom would have. i know that i will never truly know what happened that day, but what i do know is that nick loved his family so much, & was especially close to his little angel brittany. i also know that brittany and i were the last here at home to talk to him on mothers day may 11, 2003. nick was always eager to please me, no matter what happened in his life, he shared with me because he always sought my approval, and he knew, he would get the support he needed from me. i hope you david come home safely, and i am praying for all of our troops, God bless, nicks momma"
nicks momma

"You don't know me, but I'm David Glatfelter's girlfriend. My name is Kaleigh Peterson, Dave's currently in Hawaii preparing for deployment to Afghanistan this coming month. He has no idea I'm writing this, but I felt like I had to tell you how much your son is missed and loved by those boys. In all the time I've known Dave I have never heard him talk so highly of one person. He respected him. Meghan, Dave told me once a while back that he and Nick used to sit and talk about what they missed most about home, and Nick would always mention you first. I want to do whatever I can to help you, Nick's family, and Dave get into contact. My prayers have been with you everyday since Dave told me the news that unfortunate May day...and I want you to know that my prayers will always be with you. God Bless You Nick, you are a hero to me, and your memory will forever live on in the hearts of those you touched."
Kaleigh of Mechanicsburg, PA

"Nick,

I miss you so much right now and I would do anything to see you and talk to you. :-(

I love you baby."
Megan of Albers, IL

"David,

Thank you for posting that, you have no idea how much it means to me to hear you say that. If you would like, feel free to contact me as well. 618-660-8355. I would enjoy talking to you."
Megan of Albers, IL

"my dear david, thank God, all i can say is thank God. i have your picture here, i have been waiting for so long for this. please, when you come home, call me. actually brittany did tell me you called and that you would call back the next day, i waited and waited, but no call. thats why i asked you to email me. maybe we can help each other heal. in case you no longer have my phone # it is 618-948-2121. i cant wait to hear from you. God bless, nicks momma"

"maam, i dont know if your daughter told you or not, but i called late one night a few months ago. i had finally worked up enough courage to call, and then i almost choked up when the young girl answered the phone and i had to explain that i was one of nicks friends. i am returning to the states in a few days, and i really want to get into touch with you. i think it would bring me spiritually at ease. nick was my friend, my brother, and my pal. meghan, he talked about you often, he truly did love you. i wish you could have seen his face when the little iraqi kids came up to us. he had a genuine love for what he did, and i loved that about him. rest in peace brother. maam, i will get into touch with you...."
Lcpl. David Glatfelter of Okinawa, Japan

"david glatfelter, please email me loves2huntnfish@yahoo.com. tell me what happened to the puppy dog nick had with him. love nicks momma"

"I too have a tattoo in memory of Nick. It is an American flag inside a heart and underneath has NBK in the middle with 1983 on one side and 2003 on the other. I am glad to know that I am not the only one who has a tattoo in honor of this wonderful man. LCPL Glatfelter, I respect you for doing the same. May God Bless You. Nick, baby, I love you and still think of you every single day of my life. If you were still here, you would be my husband...but now I must be patient...I will see you in Heaven baby. I LOVE YOU SO MUCH!"
Megan of Illinois

"well i guess the only thing that never changes is that you are born and that you die, but in your case thats not true you will live on in the hearts of your friends and family forever...man we did so many things together and laughed at so many things and frowned upon the things we dint approve of, you were my friend neighbor, and now your my hero theres not hardly a day i dont think about you and your ugly little yellow truck workin at goody's or chillin in the garage listening to leaving on a jet plane, playin ball in the backyard or just messin around shootin cats with a pellet gun, PAIN HEALS, GLORY FADES, BUT LEGENDS AND FRIENDS LAST FOREVER"
Patrick L. Dagg of Odin, IL

"To Nick's Family,
I never had the privelage of meeting your son, your brother, but his memory will live on forever in my heart. Being a friend of one of his marine brothers, I know he is greatly missed by all. Thank you Nick, for everything you've done for this country! You are truly a hero!"
Forever Remembering

"Nick, it seems as though I know you as a grandson! To know "mama" as well as I do, I know you honored your commitment to the U.S. Marines. You gave all that we may be free..
Now through God who is now your Commander-In-Chief, I know you had a part in the great gift for your "mama."
You were so blessed to have this great family and also your brothers you served with.
Know that God is taking care of your mother and the family.
The Ultimate Price you paid gave me the honor of knowing your mom so very well. Love and huggs EVE"
Evelyn Snyder of Hemet, CA

"to david gladfelter, please son, call me. call me collect, i want so bad to talk to you, lt raider says he is trying to get you to call me. please, dont be afraid, as nicks marine brother, as his friend, if you want to help nicks momma, please call me my name is teresa clark 618-948-2121."
teresa clark of st francisville il 62460

"nick, not a day goes by when i dont think about you. your death was not in vain, i want you to know that. we finally finished that ammunitions point. we couldnt even work a day without our minds on you. i want you to know that we prayed for you and your family. i dont think there was a dry eye at your memorial in al hillah. i know i didnt have them. i stood up and talked about our past, being roommates back in camp lejeune, doing things that bored kids do. i couldnt help but laugh at all the stupid stuff we did. i remember when you used to borrow my cell phone to call home and you would let me say hello to your sisters. i know that anyone in that platoon would have taken your place in that bunker. i would know i was right there. i miss you bro, i am getting a tatoo in your honor, it has the outline of iraq. on the top it will have "we laugh together, we cry together", and on the bottom "we live together, we die together". on the inside will be NBK 5-13-03. that date will stay in my mind forever, it was the day i lost my brother. we went through a lot. i love you bro. and i speak for everyone in 4th platoon, 2nd Combat Engineer Battallion, in saying we love you and miss you. Rest in Peace brother"
Lcpl Glatfelter, David G of okinawa, Japan

"To the family of Nick;


I give you this one thought to keep-
I am with you still – I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sunlight on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush,
I am the swift , uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not think of me as gone
I am with you still – in each new dawn
~ Author Unknown ~

Our prayers are with you for now and always - we will remember your wonderful hero."
DLK of Oregon

"To the family of Nick;


I give you this one thought to keep-
I am with you still – I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sunlight on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush,
I am the swift , uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not think of me as gone
I am with you still – in each new dawn
~ Author Unknown ~

Our prayers are with you for now and always - we will remember your wonderful hero."
DLK of Oregon

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

"hey bubby, its june 6th you are 21 today. i will never forget the day you came into my life, and never will i forget you giving it for all of us. in my heart you always live on. i live you, i miss you deeply, you are my hero, love momma"
teresa clark of st francisville il

"hey bubby, its just your momma, again. its been a year, not a day goes by that i dont cry for you. not a day goes by that i dont think about you. you are my life, i know you can see whats going on down here, i know that you are with me and the girls and sammy. i know that you are looking down on your marine brothers, watching over them, loving them as only you could, and protecting them. i know how much you loved us, and you know how much we all love you. you are cherished my dear son, you are loved, with a love that no one can break or corrupt. i promise we will be together again, and when i get there, i will hold you and hug you for so long. until then, i still smell you sweet cologne, i still feel your arms around me, i can still hear the final words you said to me on mothers day of last year, "i love you momma". no one can ever take that away. i love you son, love always, your momma"
teresa clark of st francisville, il

"In Loving Memory..Its been a year..

At the rising of the sun and at its going down, We remember them.
At the blowing of the wind and in the chill of Winter, We remember them.
At the opening of buds and in the rebirth of Spring, We remember them.
At the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of Summer, We remember them.
At the rustling of leaves and the beauty of Autumn, We remember them.
At the beginning of the year and when it ends, We remember them.
As long as we live, they too will live;
for they are now a part of us, as we remember them.
Rest in Peace Dear Soldier! We will NEVER FORGET!!"
The Grogan Family of Lakeland, TN

"hey Nick! Tomorrow it'll be a year since you have gone away from this earth to a better place....I know that you were not my real brother but you always treated my a like I was you sister and I love you for that! I just wanted to let you know that you are greatly missed and that everyone misses and loves you!! You are very brave!!!!!"
Hillery Clark of lawrenceville il

"God Bless and God Speed..."
TSgt Cheri Clark of Abilene, Texas

"Nick:

I never knew you and you certainly never knew me. But that didn't stop you from laying down your life to protect me and my family.

Sometimes I lay on my couch at night and feel so guilty that I can close my eyes and feel safe and warm in my home, but there are brave soldiers like you who are putting their life on the line thousands of miles away.

Thank you, soldier. I am not worthy to wipe the dust from your boots.

Rest in peace always."
A proud American of Illinois

"It is the soldier, not the reporter who has given us the freedom of speech.
It is the soldier, not the campus organizer, who gives us the freedom to demonstrate.
It is the soldier who salutes the flag, who serves beneath the flag, and whose coffin is draped by the flag, who allows the protestor to burn the flag. Father Dennis Edward O'Brien

Thank you Nick for giving us the freedom we so cherish."
Suzanne of Centralia, IL

"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 "

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

"hey nick we had some great times man, and i miss u. i'm headed over there, i know u will b with me"
josh of odin

"Nick, I still remember those days at Goody's where we'd talk about anything and everything. I know you are in a far better place now. Rest in Peace."
Leah of Carbondale

"Vreselijk als een militair sterft op het slagveld! Ik wens de familie veel sterkte toe met het een plaats geven van de verlies."
Royal Netherlands Army Captain F. van Rosendaal of Holland

"hello my precious sonny boy. its been 8 months and it seems like it was just yesterday. i dreamed of you last night, it was so real son, you were home on leave, then i woke up and i cried. you are home son, in your heavenly home. me and sammy and the girls miss you so very much. i love you and until we meet again, semper fi my baby boy, love momma"
nicks mom of st francisville, il

"Thank you Nicholas Kleiboeker, 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

"Rest in Peace Brave Warrior
The Taylors in NC"

"nicholas i miss you sweetie, on this thanksgiving day i will see you soon, love momma"
teresa clark of st francisville, il

"Thank you for fighting for our freedom and for the freedom of other people in the world- you will forever be in my thoughts and prayers- I never had the chance to know you- But you will always be in my heart and I will always be greatful-"
Rebecca Wagner of Hewitt, NJ

"Nick, I love you. Thanks to all those who left messages on here, you all are so sweet. Nick is very loved and missed by all..."
Megan of Illinois

"Nick, you know that we all love you lots. You will forever be in my heart and prayers. I would like to say thanks for being a big brother to me. You cried with me through all the sad times and laughed with me through the happy ones. You showed support on the times I needed it. We all love you and miss you. You will forever be in our prayers.

"Once A Marine, Always A Marine"

P.S. Thanks for saying the prayer a while back for Hoss at church. And thanks for helping him pull through his cancer. Honestly, I don't think he could have done it without you. Your prayers really helped him a lot. And also, you guys were like brothers, and thanks for helping me have one more cousin that fought cancer."
Amanda Steinkamp of Junction City, Illinois

""Nick we all hated to see you go, sorry it had to be so soon! You were loved by everyone you came in contact with, you touched alot of lives and helped alot of people and we thank you for that! You will always be remembered as "one of the few and the proud a MARINE"! We all love and miss you Nick!"
Nicole Hill of Centralia, IL.

"Nick,It's sad that you will never know how many lives you touched just by being your sweet caring self.For those of us who knew you,your passing was very hard.We take some small comfort in knowing you died doing what you had always wanted to do...serving your country and protecting our freedoms.You will always be remembered as a true hero."
Rev. Lori Webb of Centralia,Illinos

"To the family and friends of Lance Cpl. Nicholas Kleiboeker:
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

"Teresa, Gary,Jessica, Jennifer, Brittney, and everyone else that Nick ever came in contact with, my prayers are with you for ever. Remember, Nick did not die in vain. He fought for our freedom and he loved what he did. He died doing what he loved-protecting you and this country. He was a great man and he's up with God now. I love you all."
April of Patoka, IL

"We thank you for the sacrafice Nicholas made for us. Our prayers are with your family during this time. Thank you brave soldier!"
Kenneth and Maritza Holley of Pembroke Pines, Florida

"Rest in peace, brave, young Marine. Your fearless courage will be remembered. Prayers of support and strength to your friends and family."
Souvigney family of Antioch, TN

"To the family and friends of Lance Cpl. Nicholas Kleiboeker:
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