Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Lance Cpl. Joseph L. Nice

19, of Nicoma Park, Oklahoma.
Nice died due to enemy action in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, California. Died on August 4, 2004.

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"Joe was a great Marine and a better friend. He was the best of us. I will never forget you Joe. May the lord watch over you and the ones you left behind."
Fellow CAAT White Marine 3/7 of Orange County, CA

"I am Joey's youngest sister Miranda. My time with Joey was limited, But he is my hero. He is always going to be in my heart. Steph, Megan, and I miss you Joey. We love you."
Miranda Nice of Sidney, Oh

"we miss you so very much you will never be forgotten love u lots"
family in newark ohio of newark, ohio

"Remembering all the times we went camping while you were young. I will always miss you Joey."
Marilyn of Prague, OK.

"It will be 8 years this year and I still miss you Joe. You were a great friend. I know you are in a better place and I will see you again but till then I'm still here remembering my hero!"
Rachel Beams of Choctaw, OK

"I have worn Lance Cpl Joseph L. Nice's name for the past five years. I have his KIA bracelet from www.herobracelts.org. I have often wondered about who he was. I am again thinking of that today. I will continue to keep him with me, and to always remember his sacrifice. Thank you."
Patricia Falcone of Spring, Texas

"As i am sitting here tonight the tears roll down my face for you brother. another yr passes and i have not forgotten that day.
to the family: please contact me i would love to speak with you.
Sgt Moyer of Moore , ok

"Dear Joe's Family

I had the pleasure of being Joe's teacher at Choctaw High School, I Was doing my student teaching and Joe was one of my students, I served in the United States Marine Corp and Joe had told me that he was going to join up, I was very proud of him ,I used to tell him how proud it is to earn the title U.S. Marine and tell him about boot camp One of my greatest memories that involves your son and I always smile when I think about it, they had an auction and the students had to bid to see who can hit me in the face with a pie and Joe bid $20.00 and won and he wacked me in the face with a whip cream pie. i loved it and so did he, He told me that it was fun. I was very sad when I heard about his death but in my classes when I talk about these brave people fighting for us, I always tell my students about one of my favorite students of all time, Joe and I still to this day shed tears over him, I miss him and am very glad to have had the opportunity to be his teacher.
Semper Fi Joe Ooh Rah"
Mr Buckmaster of Porum, Oklahoma

"Joey was my older brother. I love him alot and really miss him. I'm proud of him and he died doing what he always dreamed of.Love you bro"
Jonathon Nice of Shawnee, Oklahoma

"July 3, 2008
To the family of Lance Cpl. Joseph L. Nice:
Joseph 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

"To the family of Lance Cpl. Joseph L. Nice:
We are the proud owners of an American Flag
in your son's honor and memory.
The Goode Family
Lynchburg, Virginia"
David Goode of Lynchburg, VA

"To the family- your loved one is not forgotten. Remembering Joseph and thanking him. May you be comforted by remembering his loving life.12/14/06"

"To Joe's family and friends, I didn't really know Joseph all that well, but I went to school with him, we talked every now and then, but not as much as I wish we had. Joseph was a kind, passionate, loving, caring man. I joined the Marine Corps in July of 2004, when I returned home from bootcamp, I heard the news of Joe, I was shocked, but all together I really know what its like to lose someone you really love. If we could bring him back, I'm sure everyone who knew him would. But remember, I am serving our country to and Joe sacrificed his self for this country, its an honor we get in the military, and what Joe did, is one of the most powerful sacrifices, he joined the Marine Corps and served his country. WE LOVE YOU JOE AND MISS YOU!!!"
Lisa Bishop of Midwest City, Oklahoma

"To the family of:Joseph L. Nice, I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. He died a hero defending freedom. May you have the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Prayerfully, we will 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, Gateway Community Church, 11677 Brown Bridge Rd., Covington, GA 30016. (770)787-1015. Your friend in Jesus Chirst, Polly Ballew."
Polly Ballew of Covington, Ga U S A

"Joey was my cousin. I used to see him a lot when my grandfather was alive and lived in Nicoma Park. My grandfather adored him and loved him lots. I still remember getting in trouble because we were to loud on a road trip to a family reunion. Or because we would hide. I love him and miss him a lot. He'll always be my hero. I know he'll always be with me. He died doing what he wanted to do and died a TRUE HERO. And I thank him and love him for fighting for our life. I miss you Joey!"
Christy Jones of Afton, OK

"To Joe Joe's family,

Joe was a dear friend of mine. I loved him very much. The news of his death made me break down. Joe was a wonderful young man. I will miss him dearly. He was my first boyfriend and my first true friend. He taught me many things, but mostly taught me how to be proud of myself and not be ashamed because I may be a little different. He loved me for who I am. I don't know how the world will go on without him with us. He had so many plans and so many dreams. I wish he would've had the opportunity to live out his dream of becoming a lawyer.
Joe you are dearly missed."
Amy Griffin of Chester, Va

"To the family and friends of Lance Corporal Joseph L., Nice,

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 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

"To Joseph's family, My son has been serving with Joseph in the 3rd/7th, and is a better young man for having had the priveledge of doing so. They are all our sons, and we are greiving with you. Please know that he is safe, and in the company of heroes, and the glory of God. We are forever thankful for his, and your, brave and willing sacrifice."
Susan Stiver

Please KNOW so many people share your sadness, and we are remembering your family in your loss and your deep grief. Your HERO, Joseph, will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

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

"To Joseph's Family and Friends:

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


The Family of Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas, 82nd Airborne
KIA Iraq 12/28/2003.
Gloria Caldas (Big Ern's Mom) of San Antonio, TX

"To the family of Joseph,

My heart goes out to you as you begin the long process of grieving for your precious loved one. We lost our son in April, he was a Corporal in Twenty-Nine Palms and also in the third-seventh. They probably knew each other. I understand your pain and am about 4 months ahead of you. My faith in the Lord has been the only thing that has guided me through these dark days. I pray He will minister to you in the same way. God bless all of you and please know someone cares and is praying for you. Your loved one was a hero and gave it all for his Country and for our freedom."
Terri Bowman of Las Vegas, NV USA

"Thank you brave soldier for sacrificing your today for my children's safer tomorrow. You have our utmost respect and gratitude.
May G-d provide your family with comfort in their time of sorrow. May you forever rest in peace. Neither you nor your sacrifice will be forgotten.
A grateful citizen and a Proud Marine Mom"
Lily of Wakefield MA

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

"To the family of Joseph Nice;

Our sincerest condolences to your family. Our family has also lost a precious life in the battle for freedom. Joseph is a true American hero and will always be remembered for his bravery and sacrifice he gave his country. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you during this difficult time."
The McClain family---azquail@att.net of Tucson, Az

"Thank you Joseph Nice, 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. Joseph Nice:
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 Joseph 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. Joseph Nice:
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 Joseph, 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