Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. Nicholas C. Mason

20, of King George, Virginia.
Mason died in Mosul, Iraq, when a suicide bomber entered his dining facility and detonated an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the Army National Guard's 276th Engineer Battalion, West Point, Virginia. Died on December 21, 2004.

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"I never knew you, but came across your name on a friend's Facebook. Praying for your family today. Thank you for everything you've done."
Jakki of Fl

"Well, it's been almost 8 years. Seven since I first found this website. It's interesting to see the things I wrote then and to compare them to how I feel now.

I didn't know you for very long before you died, but now, 8 years later it seems like I've known you forever. I'll never forget talking about college and how you gave me that vest even though I really didn't have much to offer in return. It's fascinating that some of the things I didn't give much through to then have stayed with me through all these years.

I'm much older now and a lot of things have changed. I've seen much, much more of the world. I've done well for myself in some ways and let myself go in others. I sometimes wonder if you'd recognize me, or if I'd recognize myself. Then I think about whether or not I'd recognize you. If we would have stayed in touch over the years and remained friends or if we'd simple be friends on facebook, maybe wishing each other the best every year.

I guess it's hard to say because we'll never know. But, what do I know is that you've been a huge influence on me.

You've kept me grounded when things have been going well and I lost sight of where I came from. And you've keep me strong when it's gotten rough and I needed something to get me through the day. I appreciate that.

I realize that's not a lot, but it's all I can give. God speed my friend. I'll keep the fire burning for as long as I can."
Rogers of Here and there

"Nick, I just want to let you know I still think about you and who you'd be today."
Jared Davis of Berryville, VA

"To the family of:Nicholas C.Mason
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""

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth."

My Dear Nick,
We will never, ever forget the sacrifice you made for the freedom of people throughout the world. Seek out your brotherhood of soldiers in heaven today and know that each of you are greatly loved and admired."
Kevin Kitterman-Roth of Arkansas

"Nick...as Memorial Day 2011 approaches and the "SOME GAVE ALL-FRASIER/MASON RIDE 2011 winds down; I reflect on not only the remarkable guy my cousin JOSH FRASIER is but the remarkable guy I never had the personal pleasure of meeting NICK MASON. THANK YOU NICK for all you did here to ensure a better life in freedom for the RED/WHITE AND BLUE....YOU live on in the hearts of those who knew you and in the hearts of those of us who never got to meet you."
Michelle Madison of Spotsylvania, va

"Just a note, you will NOT be forgotten. I see the monument at Co. 1 everyday driving by, and it makes me say a pray again, for you, your family and all our service men & women who gave it all and who are giving their all yesterday, today and tomorrow."
Lori Deem of Virginia, USA

"We will never forget you.
Always in thought and prayer."
Trevor Albert of Williamsburg, VA

"We honor your memory today Nick and thank you for your service and sacrifice. Scholarships in your name have contributed to the college education of both of our sons and we are grateful. You are still making a difference in people's lives....a true hero.
The Dodd Family"
Jon, Tina, Jonathan & Joe Dodd of King George, VA

"Nick,
It has been 6 years to the day now that you are no longer with us. But there is'nt a time that i don't think about you or our other friends that were lost that day. I still wear underarmor shirt which is something i did'nt do until i met you. I'm still telling countless stories of you being so fearless and all the close calls you have had and how you were never scared in any of the incidents. I don't know how my life would have been without you but i'm glad that you were in my life before you left us. I miss you Nick and i will never forget you man."
Ssg. Sinque Swales "Black One" formely of Cco 276th Engineers of Richmond,Va

"Nick,
There is'nt a day that goes by that i don't think about you. I still remember the time that C16 got mortared and you were'nt even scared. You were pissed off that they flattened your tire on the 5 ton. I never knew you to be scared or not do what you were told. You are forever a great soldier and a good friend. I will never forget you."
Ssg. Sinque Swales of Charlie Company 276th Engineers of Richmond,Va

"Today is your birthday son. As we do every year your friends and family will get together at the cemetery and honor you. We will also reminisce about the many entertaining ways that you put a smile on everyone's face. As always we love you, miss you and are very proud of you.
Dad"
Vic Mason of King George, VA

"well, its memorial day, and im kinda nostalgic! i remember being there that day as a combat lifesaver. i lost my best friend tommy dostie in that attack, and seeing everyone else we lost. i am so sorry for the loss of the mason family, and for every other family that lost so much that day"
sgt. Sean Lawrence, 133rd maine natl. guard of Readfield, Me.

"Nick,

Thinking of you today! Thank you for being willing to stand for our country. We love you and miss you!"
Krista Meisch of Lynchburg, VA

"Yesterday would've been your 25th birthday.. I can't believe how long its been Nick. I think of you every day and miss you terribly. Took wayyyy too many shots with you last night (I even drank some shine with your 'ace' too) - you're a bad influence =) Love you brother. Miss you. C."
Carley of King George, VA

"Nic,
You were a special part of our son's life and we think of you all the time. Daniel misses you dearly. We will always love your sweet smile."
The McElrath Family of King George, Va

"Mr. and Mrs Mason,
I am so sorry for your loss. I have seen Nick alot of times in the mess hall. Although I did not know him personnally, he was the type of guy that was always happy.I think about that day often. It'll never leave me.God bless you both.He did not die in vain. He is a hero."
Steve Campbell of Freeport, Maine

"On MOnday, June 29, 2009, I found a KIA bracelet with the name of Sgt. Mason. It appears to be broken and could have fallen off someone's wrist. I found it in Colonial Williamsburg, VA. It also mentions Sgt. David A. Ruh..but the rest is cutoff. If it is your bracelet, please contact me, vabeachygal@yahoo.com"
Nancy Hart of Virginia Beach

"December 13, 2008
To the family of Spc. Nicholas C. Mason:
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, I know a lot of your friends from good ole KG an i never got the chance to meet you but i know a lot of your friends that i knew said a lot of great things about you. I appreciate everything you did for this country, you are a great person an no one will ever forget that."
Ryan Hooks of Norfolk, Va, USA

"Nick, I know you don't know me, but I'm the guy who gave you C.P.R. Not a day goes by that I don't think that I could have done more. I want to appologize to you and your family for not trying harder, and pushing longer. I don't know if it would have helped, but I sure think about you a lot. I am sorry. I feel like I failed you. There is no way to bring you back, and I hope your family can forgive me. I feel like I gave up too early. God will judge me in the end my friend. Thank you for your sacrifice."
Tim Byrd of Shelton, WA/USA

"We still miss you, bro."
Jared Davis of Winchester, VA

"Mason,
I will never forget that day aslong as I live. So full of energy, so full of life, sometimes it doesnot seem fair, however the Lord has his reasons."
Sgt. Alfred Wicks of Richlands, Va

"Nick,
There are days that I still can't believe that you are gone. Growing up in a military family, you always think it won't happen to you or anyone you know. we continue to think of you daily and realize what a great sacrifice you made for our country. You are our Hero and you will never ever be forgotten."
Jen Gilley of Spotsylvania

"nick.
ill avenge you.
your cousin,"
drew of stafford ,virginia USA

"I want you to know that I think about you often, miss you and love you."
Melissa Batton (Mason) of San Diego, Ca

"We miss you..."
Lindsay Gardner of Midlothian, VA

"SGT Mason, it's been 2 years since I walked out of that DFAC and you flew out on angels wings. God bless you and your family forever."
LT of Fairfax VA

"I was recently going through my old year book and I came across Nick's picture. When I saw it, it made me think about the great sacrafice he made for his country and our country. It is such an honor to even write about him. I want to let the Mason family know that they are always in my prayers and Nicholas will never be forgotten.

"The Lord is your light and your salvation. Who is there to fear?"
-Psalms 27:1"
Jennifer Wright of King George, Va

"It is going on 2 years now and I catch myself thinking of you all the time, some days which are harder than others. I know time is suppose to make it easier but the only thing that helps us is knowing you died doing what you loved and you wouldn't have had it any other way. I have a new found respect to all who serve our country and continue to stand behind them while the war continues. There will never be a day that goes by that I won't take a moment to think of you and all those fun times our family used to have. I will make sure that my son knows who you are and the hero you became. I will always miss you, love you and will never forget you."
Jessica Brennan of Stafford, VA USA

"we will always remember you in our hearts, for the things that you did to help keep our country safe. Ps. you will never be forgotten."
The Payne Family of King George va

"I am not sure what brought me to this page tonight. Maybe it is because today would have been my step-sons 40th Birthday and he as well as the Mason family have been on my mind of late. We saw Vic a few weeks ago and for those that have lost a child, there is an immediate bond. I constantly here of good things about both of these young men. Nic died in service for our country and Larry, Jr died as the result of an accident. These two young men are highly thought of and respected in the memories of those that new and loved them. They were both raised in a community of loving, giving christians hoping to make a difference. I think this speaks tons for what this community can do with their children. God bless us all as we continue to live for God's purpose and to show that his love will get us through."
Deb L. :-) of King George/Farmville VA

"Nick is a person that will never be forgotten! I have the utmost respect for the man who gave his life so that I and the rest of the Us may have thiers! My thoughts and prayers will forever be with you!"
Kourtney Guinn of King George,VA

"Memorial Day '06
Nick "Superman" Mason.
We'll never forget you, We'll never be the same without you. We'll recollect the good. We'll remember the bad. We'll praise the many we might have had. We'll do the best we can without you. We'll never forget you Nick. I remember I heard it on the radio on the way to Richmond. My parents knew to keep it a secret, they wanted me focused on a big test for grad school. I found out and knew then I had to focus for you. I know you want us to move on. I know selfish was never in your vocabulary, not at VT during our poker games, not at the Crab Shack before closing time, no where, no how.. You were always the least concerned about yourself and the best team man I've ever met. Your a great person my friend. I know your well, I know we miss you. I'll never forget Nick "Superman" Mason."
Patrick Carlton White -PCW of Auburn, Alabama

"We want to thank you for the sacrifice you made, Nicholas will forever remain in our hearts.

Thank you.
Keith, Kathie & Katie Kelly"
The Kelly's of King George, VA

"hey i was just looking up my name and you had the same name as me."
nicholas claude mason of jonesboro

"It's been a little over a year since we lost a great person. And the memory of Nick is still strong in everyone's heart. A truly great person left this earth doing what he loved to do and will always be remembered for doing so. Prayers and Thanks go out to the Mason family for raising such an outstanding young man.

http://www.mytakeonthings.com/media/ourheroes.wmv

A good site that showes all of our heros in action."
Virginia of King George, Virginia

"I never had the chance to meet this extrodinary man but he is a friend of my very best friend. I wish to send Nick a thank you. Not only did you go to Iraq for me and everyone else reading or not reading this but you did what I could not do. It takes a brave and loving heart to give your life so that the rest of us can have a life. For the family, my favorite book is by Max Lucado, God Came Near... while this book brings tears to my eyes every time I read it it brings me comfort and strenght. I'm sure you will adore the chapter I did.. Jesus saw my, your, and Nicks face that day he was to be crucified. He knew your life, fears, and hopes. He knew this day would come and hoped you would come to Him for comfort and strength. I hope you get a chance to read it and as the Christmas holiday rolls in, remember to love the ones you still have here on Earth as if it's their last and enjoy the memories of those already in Heaven as if you will see them again someday, and I know you will!"
Shannon of Apalachicola, FL USA

"Wow, it's been a year. It seems like yesterday. We still miss you and know that you are in a better place. Although it's gotten easier to deal with it, there are little reminders in my life that bring me back to a funny memory of you. We know you are looking down over us... I'm keeping your family in my prayers and hope they find strenght and support this holiday season..."
lindsay g. of richmond, va

"The week of Dec. 21st I wear my Duct Tape ribbon in honor of Nick. I saw his mother in the grocery store a few months ago... strong, resilient, and beautiful, wearing bracelets engraved with reminders of Nick. I want her to know that we have not forgotten the sacrifice that Nick made for us. I hope that this holiday season the Mason family can reflect on all of their fond memories of Nick and find peace in knowing that he is with his savior. May they have a Christmas filled with blessings!"
Lauren Gwin of King George, VA

"As December 21 is coming soon I start thinking about Nick. Although I did not know him well, I knew him through a friend. I miss him, the week of December 21st I wear my yellow ribbon in honor of Nick. I was listening to the radio the other day and Kenny Chesney's new song " Who You'd Be Today" came on the radio and I thought of Nick and my Grandmother.My Grandmother died December 21, 2001 then Nick died on December 21, 2004. I cried during the whole song. To his family I want to say that I am sorry and you have a lot of people here to support you. Stay strong.. Here are the words to Who You'd Be Today.

Sunny days seem to hurt the most
I Wear the pain like a heavy coat
I feel you everywhere I go
See your smile, I see your face
I hear you laughing in the rain
Still can't believe your gone

(Chorus:)
It ain't fair you died to young
Like a story that had just begun
But death tore the pages all away
God knows how I miss you
All the hell that I've been through
Just knowing, no one could take your place
Sometimes I wonder, who you'd be today

Would you see the world
Would you chase your dreams
Settle down with a family
I wonder what would you name your babies
Someday's the sky's so blue
I feel like I can talk to you
And I know it might sound crazy

(Chorus)

Today[6x]

Sunny days seem to hurt the most
I wear the pain like a heavy coat
The only thing that gives me hope
Is I know, I'll see you again someday

Someday, someday"
Melinda of Richmond VA

"It's been almost a year and I still can not get over the shock and grief of Mason's death. I didn't know Mason for very long. He was assigned to my recon platoon almost exclusively for the last month his unit was in Iraq. During this brief time me and him spent alot of time together as he rode along on my vehicle and me and him were often on the gruond conducting operations together as our unit doesn't provide for many bodies. His enthusiasm and zeal for his job constantly amazed me for someone who had been in country so long and I really came to enjoy the long nights spent together manning some sort of position, huddling close to keep warm as we told jokes and stories to pass the time. Of all the people I met in Iraq, Nicholas was the one person I made the strongest connection with and of all the things that happened during my time overseas I can honestly say that his death had the most significant impact on me. I found this website while searching the internet for his name hoping to maybe find a little bit more information about the person I served with so briefly. I can't even begin to try and offer anything to the family and friends that knew him in life, but I can only hope that this message finds you well.

Spc Rogers, Daniel. US Army
Thecla923@aol.com"
Daniel of Ft lewis, Wa.

"Nick, it's been seven months since you were laid to rest. Even in your absense, your spirit still motivates me to excel with every bit of effort I have to perform my duties. I will continue to serve this country and continue my education. All that I accomplish will be dedicated to you and our American brothers who continue to serve and those who have perished in the name of the Lord. Keep watch over us. You are missed..."
Jared B. Davis of USS Saipan (LHA-2); Durres, Albania

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

"Hi,
I was actually in Iraq with Nick. We used to watch westerns and the Dukes of Hazzard together. I can honestly say that few people inspired me as much as he did. He was a good person who was always happy and he was a professional soldier that always did his job without complaining. I can tell you that he was without a doubt one of my closest friends in Iraq. Not a day goes by that I won't think of what a wonderful person he was and how lucky I was to have known him."
Cpl James Bell of Gloucester, Va

"I met Nick through a friend of mine who was assigned to the 229th. Although I barely knew him, his loss has been felt throughout the Virginia National Guard family. We truly have lost one of our own."
PFC Burns of Shenandoah Valley, VA

"Having graduated from KGHS in '90, I did not have the pleasure of knowing Nicholas, but I knew his dad - who didn't? King George is an awesomely small, but tight community. We come together in grief to celebrate the live of our brother.

To Mr. and Mrs. Mason: Know that your son is respected and appreciated.

To Carli: Thank you for being so strong and supportive.

Love and Peace to you all."
RG of San Diego, CA/USA

"I think of Nick everyday that goes by. I keep little things that remind me of him where I work, in my car, and in my home. I am proud to say that I was a friend of his. I want to thank Mr. and Mrs. Mason for "making" one of the best people I have ever met!! Always in my heart Nick."
Sarah Schmidt of King George VA

"Nick,
Though you are here with us in spirit each and every day there is a hole in my heart that can never be filled. I could not have asked for a better son and friend nor could I in any way be prouder of you. You stood up for what you believed in and served your country, community and family with dignity and honor. We grieve daily your death and rejoice in your life. You lived each day to the fullest and brought joy, laughter and love to all that you touched. Your sacrifice will never be forgotten and your life will serve as a standard of honor, bravery and committment to family, friends and community to which we all should strive to attain. I love you.
Dad"
Vic Mason of King George, VA

"Nick was a man who I will always the utmost respect for. He lived his life with no regrets. His smiling face and good nature are something that are rare in this day and age. I only wish I had gotten a chance to thank Nick for all he did not only for our country, but for me personally, and I know he knows how much he meant to all of us. The Masons are always in my heart and everytime I rip off a piece of duct tape I think of my hero."
Seth Finck of King George, VA

"Always respectful, kind and smiling, He would shake your hand when he greeted you and ask how you where, this is the way Nick greeted everyone. Full of life and happiness that infected all around him. There will always be an empty place inside us without Nick around. We will forever honor his sacrifice and his memory."
The Blakley's of King George, VA

"There isn't a day that goes by that I do not think of Nick. He truely touched my heart in such a special way. His smile, laugh and courage were contagious. Nick will forever be in my heart and there is no way i could ever forget him. He is my hero."
Linsey M. Hammersley of King George, Va.

"The other day when I was trying to find a temporary fix for a blanket I had ripped, I grabbed some duct tape and taped it up. As soon as I had finished, I thought to myself, this is what Nick would have done! When I took it home to have my mom fix it, I told her and my sister that it reminded me of him. Becky then shouted out, it should be WWND, What Would Nick Do instead of WWJD. Nick always had his ways of fixing problems, even if it was just giving you his smile. Although he is no longer with us in person, he is with us in spirit and if I ever need help with something I know I will always ask myself, what would Nick do? My thoughts and prayers are with everyone whose lives have been toughed by Nick and especially his family."
Lindsay Gardner of Richmond, VA

"There are no words to express the pain my heart feels right now. Nick was an amazing person that I was lucky to be able to call a friend. He died doing what he knew what right and doing a job he loved. He is my hero and will never be forgotten."
Martina James of King George VA

"Last night I was rummaging through old photos and came across several of Nick and my brother and many of their other friends. In every one, Nick was either laughing or making someone else laugh. I realized that I will always remember him so - laughing, and everyone laughing with him. I have such wonderful memories of Nick that I must believe, as we all should, that as time goes on the joy of his memory will begin to outweigh the pain of the loss of his death. Although he will always, always be missed by many - he gave hundreds, maybe thousands, priceless memories that no coward in the desert can ever take away. His family is included in my daily prayers, and his life celebrated continually."
Lindsey B. Moore of King George, Virginia

"SGT Nicholas Mason will always be in our prayers and hearts. I will remember our awesome vacations to the Outer Banks (and the lighthouses). He was the one who introduced me to Office Space and house rules. He always wore a smile on his face even if he didn't want to. We all will miss you!!!"
The Brennan Family of Stafford VA

"To the family and friends of Nicholas C. Mason:

I would like to express my deepest condelences on the loss of your family member and friend. I lost my older and only brother on April 7, 2003. I know that no words I can say will take away your pain. Please know that I have been keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time and I will continue to do so. And while we have never met, we share an eternal bond as the family members who must grieve our loved ones. I would like to extend my hand to you and let you know that if you ever need a shoulder to cry on or need to speak with someone who understands this surealistic nightmare which you are experiencing, I am here for you. May God bless you and guide you as you stuggle to understand the loss of your loved one. May he also help you to find strength in the love of friends, family, and in the memories you will always hold so close to your heart. Those memories and your love will keep Nicholas' legacy alive forever. (obxdk@yahoo.com)"
Barksdale Watkins of Richmond, VA

"You and your family will forever be in my thoughts, dreams, and prayers Nicholas. I will forever wear your duct tape and never forget all the advice you gave me...I am honored to have known you. We are all so proud of you.
C."
Stephanie Miller of King George, Va / USA

"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 ALWAYS. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"Vic, Christine, Carley, we love you all. We are so sorry, so devastated by the loss of your Nick that words escape me. Believe me when I say that we share and feel your pain. I want to turn the clock back and change time and bring him home. If there is anything, and I mean anything, that my family can do for you, please, just ask. I can still see Nick in that damn cowboy hat. Love,"
the Dodds of King George, VA (USA)

"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

"Nick Mason will live on throughout everyone he ever met. He was a friend, mentor and comic relief all in one. He was proud to serve this country and I'm proud that I knew him. You are missed..."
Jared B. Davis of King George, VA/USA

"My heartfelt condolences as you grieve the loss of Spc Mason. I know this isn't easy. My husband was killed in Iraq on 7 Nov 03. Please know that there are others who are praying for you and know exactly what you are going through. My prayers for peace in your hearts and minds as only time and the Lord can heal your pain. God Bless you."
Donna Gilmore of Stafford, Virginia

"To the family of Nicholas C. Mason: the supreme sacrifice made by your son is not lost on this grateful father. May there be some peace and comfort for all of you on this sad Christmas Day. God Bless Nicholas and each member of his grieving family."
Walter of Yonkers, NY, USA

"Thank you Nicholas Mason, 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 Spc. Nicholas Mason:
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 Spc. Nicholas Mason:
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