Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Sgt. Nicholas S. Nolte

25, of Falls City, Nebraska.
Nolte died at the National Naval Medical Center Bethesda, Maryland, from injuries received November 9, 2004 as a result of enemy action in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was assigned to 2nd Low Altitude Air Defense Battalion, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Air Station, Cherry Point, North Carolina. Died on November 24, 2004.

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"😘"
Melina

"I wish I could meet you uncle I'm doing a report about you I love you so much I'm doing fine.my
mom says you are my guardian angel I love you uncle"
Sophia H. of Omaha NE USA

"I wish I could meet you uncle I'm doing a report about you I love you so much I'm doing you sis my mom says you are my guardian angel I love you uncle"
Sophia H. of Omaha NE USA

"Love you daddy! You are and will always be the best husband and dad in the world. Your sacrifice will always be remembered for our country. Rest in peace my best friend....."
Proudly Alanna nolte

"Your sacrifice will always be remembered. Your determination unmatched. May the peace and joy of this Christmas season be upon your family. God Bless"
Nic Sikora of Falls City, NE

"8 years today, no one will ever forget you, Nicholas."
Melina

"It was an honor to serve with such a remarkable Marine. Thank you Nick for everything as my memories of you while at HMX-1 will never be forgotten."
1stSgt Paul T. Costa USMC of Tallahassee, Florida

"Nick, Here it is almost 8 years since you paid the ulitimate price of Freedom and there is not a week that goes by that I do not think of you. You were one of the finest Marines I ever had the pleasure to serve with. You were a great person as well. I still remember Mike Harrold calling me and letting me know that you had passed. I remember when you were assigned to Second Platoon 1st Squad and I was your squad leader. You impressed me daily!! I have always said if I could 100 Marines like you, we could end the war! You were the example to follow as a Marine and you were my friend. Because of you and others like you, my time at HMX-1 was a blessing. I will look for you at the feet of Jesus on that day when he calls me home......"
Kevin Blakley of Salisbury, NC

"MUAH! xoxox"
Melina

"Son in Law, The Troops are headed home today and the news is packed with joyful reunions..and while I rejoice with them, my heart breaks all over for you, for Melina and Alanna, your Mom and all of us..you will never be forgotten and will always be missed, love you."
Aline of Keene, New York/USA

"November 23, 2004 (7 Years) Not a day goes by that I don't remember this day and how it has changed so many lives.

Nicholas You will NEVER be forgotten!!!!!!!!!! When you left this world you took a PIECE of the SGT MAJOR with you!!! He has never been the same! WE LOVE and MISS YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!! Melina and Alanna your baby girl are in my prayers always!!! SEMPER FI NICHOLAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
Lisa of Ohio

"Sgt Nolte, on this Veteran's Day 2011, I can only convey my thanks. I remember being a boot straight out of PI and for some reason you showed me the ropes that ended up being a road map to the NCO I later became during my time in the Corps. Am proud to have served beside you. RIP Devil Dog."
Sgt Michael R. Dunbar, USMC, ret. of Oceanside, CA

"Everything I want I had with you."
Melina

"Missing you big time<3."
Melina

"its hard to believe how long its been since that deployment.... You are missed"
Sgt Odom of Missoula MT

"Happy Father's Day to the best father I could have asked for to our daughter. Love you!"
Melina

"Nick I miss you brother and hope that I see you again someday. Thank you for being an outstanding Marine and good friend out there pounding the pavement on Recruiting Duty and days in the gym. Thank you for you Honor Courage and Commitment. Semper Fidelis!"
GySgt Briehl Daniel (Ret) of New Bern, NC / USA

"Happy valentines day!"
Melina

"I am reminded daily of the sacrifice you made for my two boys and for all of us. I pray that they live with the passion you have shown all of us. We remember."
Nic Sikora of Omaha NE

"To the family of:Nicholas S. Nolte
I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. My heart cries out for you in your grief and you have my thoughts and prayers. He died a hero defending freedom. May you have the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Prayerfully we will all meet in Heaven one day where we will rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need prayer or need someone to talk to, please call or write my pastor: Rev. John Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd., Covington, GA 30016. (770)787-1015.
Your friend in Jesus Christ, Polly Ballew Covington,Ga" 1-3-11"

"Of all the things I wish I could say, Only one come to mind. Thank you, I wish I could have taken half of the blast for you, So would have been able to hold your daughter. I'll never forget how stong of a leader you were. Thank you!!!
Some people live an entire lifetime and wonder if they have ever made a difference in the world, but the Marines don't have that problem.
--Ronald Reagan--"
James Mercer of Edwards,CA

"God Bless You, Nick. The world lost a good man in you. It was an honor and privilege to have known you. No words can express my sympathy for your family.

I served with Nick at HMX-1. He was an outstanding Marine, and an even better man."
Joshua O. Ray of San Marcos, TX

"Happy Valentine's Day!"
Melina

"5 years ago I lost a brother and I still think of you everyday, we spent alot of time in school together and at 2nd LAAD I miss you brother and you will live on in all of us semper fi!"
Joe Owens of Dayton OH

"Watched the video of our first Christmas with Alanna tonight:) Merry Christmas in Heaven baby:)"
Melina of Havelock, NC

"Missing you like crazy today..."
Love Melina of NC

"To The Nolte Family , I was in your home today cleaning carpet , I had a tough time , my eyes kept tryin to tear up , I saw pictures and read a letter , and I want to say it was an honor to be there. I can't imagine your grief and the pain you feel on a daily basis , Please know Melina , You and Your Daughter will be in my prayers. Love In Christ , Mike ~Van Go Carpet Cleaning"
Michael James of New Bern , NC , USA

"Nick,
There is never closure, time doesn't heal....it's been 4 years today and it still hurts like hell! I think of you everyday. There are so many things that have happened in my life in the last four years that I wish I could have shared with you. You are an uncle and you would love Sophia. She knows all about her Uncle Nicky. You never leave my mind and heart. I love you!!!"
You Big Sis - Jessica of Omaha, NE

"4 years ago today you died for us all, thank you...we love and miss you so..."
Melina of Havelock, NC

"November 18, 2008
To the family of Sgt. Nicholas S. Nolte:
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, FOUR YEARS LATER AND STILL THOUGHT ABOUT. THATS ALOT SAID ABOUT ONES LIFE. ON THIS 233 BIRTHDAY OF THE CORPS, MAY WE ALL REMEMBER THOSE WHO HAVE GAVE THEIR LIVES TO PROTECT OUR FREEDOM!!
YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN!!!"
(CPL) TIM HOLSTEIN of CHARLESTON, WV

"4 years ago today is the day you began fighting so hard for all of us...thank you."
Melina of Havelock, NC

"you are not forgotten..."
Melina of Havelock, NC

"I got to work with Nick at HMX-1, The more I think of him the less I can remember there being a better Marine that I got to know. It is nice to read how he has impacted so many people and how nobody has forgotten him. Remember what he has done for us, and that every day should be Memorial Day. Randy Naeve rsnaeve@yahoo.com"
Randy Naeve HMX-1 of Wyoming

"You were one hell of a marine, You were one hell of a friend, chup, chup! The time I spent with you at HMX-1 will be pressed between the pages of my mind forever. I will strive to be patient, understanding, just and firm ,so that I may walk post with you again at Heavens gate."
Jamin "Buck" Martin of Harrison, AR (870) 416-6096

"You were one hell of a marine, You were one hell of a friend, chup, chup!"
Jamin "Buck" Martin of Harrison, AR

"remember when..."
Melina

"You'd be almost home now, three years ago today. You're not forgotten."
your wife of Havelock, NC

"Sgt Nolte it was an honor to have served with you in alpha btry 2nd laad."
Cpl Bailey of Cherry Pt/NC

"Sgt Nolte,

You are a true warrior! I think about you all the time. It was my honor to have served with you and the LAAD Marines during our time together with the 24 MEU. The ship ride over to Iraq was enjoyable. I still have the picture I took of you and SSgt Erb on the ship.
I always pray for strength and courage for your family to live a good life.

Take care my friend.

S/F Your ACE SgtMaj, SgtMaj Rethage USMC Retired"
SgtMaj John Rethage of Mentor, Ohio

"Dear Nicholas,
my brother will be soon going to iraq and you could only imagine the heartache this brings to me. i ask of you please,please watch over him for us. i hear so often people say what a wonderful person you were to them and i consider myself grateful everyday to have had a chance to experience your wonder first hand. thank you nick for what you have done for this country, you have truly made everyone proud.
forever in my heart."
Janelle of salem, ne.

"Dear Nick,
I keep looking at that family picture of us all. I knew it was a special moment when it happened, I didn't know it would be the last picture of us all together. I miss you and think of you, and talk to you all the time. Thank you for watching over Takis, I felt you were with him, with us all. Love always, your mother-in-law."
Aline Pepe of Keene, N.Y. U.S.A.

"Nick, I miss you man. Just thinking the other day about the time you accidently stabbed yourself in the leg with a pocket knife at the ACP! You refused medical attention because you didnt want the Seargent of the Guard to think you were a bad Marine!"
Andrew Scallan of Arlington, VA

"My husband, I miss you more everyday."

"Nick,

There's so much to say, yet nothing says more than I ever could. This is my 4th time to Iraq, I know that you are here with me. Melina worries, Nick worries, but I don't seem to be so fearful. I am thankful that I've known you, thoroughly happy that you are with your Dad whom you missed so much since his passing, and yet the tears still continue to fall. If and when my day should come, meet me at the Gates, it will be good to see you again and see one of the reasons that I pushed forward when I cared not to. We promised each other retirement, neither one of us believing in an EAS or death. Alone, I couldn't make it another day. You are in Good Hands old friend, watch over me, guide my rounds straight and true should I ever have to kill, and keep me safe."
Sergeant David Frederick(USMC) of TQ, Iraq

"Nicholas Nolte, as a new Marine walking through the gates of HMX-1 I was greeted by Nolte at the gates. As a corporal at the time of my arrival Nolte was the only one who didn’t push the barriers with the new fish. Working with him frequently he and I shared the life goal of opening up a mountain climbing school out west; it was clear that we had a lot in common from the beginning. On a particular day, my wife had killed the battery on our truck in a town about 30 miles away. Asking my SSGT if I could go and assist her, he quickly responded “she should know how to work the jumper cables”. Nolte overheard the conversation, got into his vehicle and took care of the problem for me. This was the type of Marine and more importantly MAN that I remember when I think or speak of Nolte. I know that if he was given the opportunity Nick would have continued to further the progression of Man, Father and Marine."
Ryan Jensrud of Washington D.C

"Hey Nick,
thanks for keeping an eye on me over here and getting me home safe. I did what I could and I hope I did allright by you."
Takis of Camp Bucca, Iraq

"Happy Father's day my love...another year gone, another year brings us closer to you. Too many milestones pass without you here to celebrate with us (2 lost teeth , I still remember you finding them for the first time!). I keep reminding our little girl that you are watching us at all the special times, and that you would be here the way we need you to be if you could. I'm always letting her know how much you loved her, how special she was to you, and how you tried so hard to be such a good father, right from the minute you found out she was on her way. I could not have asked for a better father for her. Happy Father's Day sweetheart. Thank you for making me a mommy. And tell your Dad I said hi and Happy Father's Day too, I'm glad you guys are together. I love you."
Melina

"I am doing what I can to bring awareness to those who have lossed loved ones and to remember the sacrifices of all fallen soldiers, and thier families. God Bless. I am sorry for the loss of Nicholas, and all he may have been."
Merilee of Massachusetts

"My name is GySgt Kato and I am the S-4 Chief for the Marine Detachment in Ft Bliss, TX. We are going to dedicate a room at the school house to this hero and we need to get in contact with a family member for a photo of Sgt Nolte. I can be reached at 915-568-3150."
GySgt Kato, Carlos of Ft Bliss, TX

"I love you and miss you sweetheart. I know you are still with us. Not a day goes by that I don't think of you."
your Melina

"Nick was the most outstanding Marine I ever met, and one of the finest men I ever had the honor of knowing. God bless you, Nick."
Kevin of Alexandria, VA

"I never got a chance to meet Nick, but I know that he was an amazing man, father, and marine. I ran across some pictures of him recently, that Melina sent me in 2003, and the love he had for his family is so apparent in those photos. My condolences go out to all that have morned his loss. And to Melina, you know that I love you and miss you very much. I still look forward to the day that Alanna and Abigail can meet and play together. I feel like I haven't really been there for you in your time of need, but know that my heart goes out to you and Alanna and to all that have suffered in Nick's loss.
Your friend, Erica"
Erica Sanders of La Mesa, CA

"Happy Father's Day! I will always remind our child of the ways you showed your love for her. I will always remember how happy you two made each other. Thank you for always helping with her, for rocking her at 3am and strolling her around the living room even when you had to wake up at 5:30, for never once complaining. For always insisting I take a break. For the fun times you showed her, the tickles and the smiles and the games. Thank you for always appreciating your child and enjoying every second of it with me. Thank you, Nicholas, for making me a Mommy and giving me our baby girl. I am so lucky to have had you to share it with."
Melina

"Hi Everyone,

I just wanted to let everyone know that we are having the 2nd Annual Nick Nolte Day on September 9, 2006. It will be held in Nick's hometown of Falls City, NE. If you are interested in attending, you can contact me at jess.nolte@yahoo.com."
Jessica - Nick's Sister of Omaha, NE

"I went to MOS school with Sgt. Nolte. I was a young private then and I still remember to this day EVERY single talk i had with him. Sgt. Nolte taught me what it was like to be a good Marine. Whatever inperfections i had, he cared enough to help me correct them. He told me i was a good Marine and coming from Sgt. Nolte, it meant a great deal to me. I just hope i can continue to live up to his expectation of being a good Marine. Thank you Sgt. Nolte for all your guidance. You will be missed.

Lcpl Abel Zarate"
Abel of Los Angeles, CA USA

"Nick,
I remember well the night you died, because it was the same night I signed my enlistment papers. When you left for Iraq I very much doubted you would be killed or even hurt. Even after you got hit by the IED, I was so sure you were going to be fine that I didn't cancel my appointment at MEPS to go see you at the hospital with the rest of the family. When I came home that night after signing up with the Air Force, I should have know there was bad news on the answer machine by the cold rain falling on the empty house. I often bragged to my friends that my brother in law was the best Marine there was, so good that he even guards the President. I even got a little mad at their "Jarhead" comments. I guess I didn't think you could die. I had a hard time crying for you too, and I don't know why. I did cry when I held my sister outside your church back in Kansas, but it was dark and no one saw. And even then I think, I cried more for my sister than for you.
I felt bad for a long time thinking how happy it would have made you to hear while you were in Iraq, that your brother in law had decided to become a Marine like you. Felt bad that I didn't write you and tell I thought the world of you. You tried so hard to be my big brother. Wrestling and joking with me, giving me your Marine MP shirt, your backpack( which I took to Bootcamp) and several other trinkets which I boxed up after you died to save for your daughter when shes older. In my mind we had all the time in the world to become brothers. I should have reciprocated better.
The day I left for BMT, my sister had my brother give me your Marine MP coin. When my TI picked it up and asked me what I had it for, much to my surprise and relief I cried. When TAPS played before bed at night, I cried for you. Even though it was Air Force BMT, not Marine bootcamp, I started to realize what you were thinking and how selfless and honorable you really were. I thought if this is how much this sucks, Marine boot must be hell on earth. I missed you then more than ever, whishing I had your advice at my side. I even got angry that they killed you and thought about joining EOD to get rid of the IED's that killed you. Then I decided special forces, TACP maybe, then I could kill them and get them back. I really didn't know what to do. One night I held your MP coin in my hand and decided to follow your lead as a cop. Now I am a Security Forces member, and your coin sits in the BDU pouch over my heart, right behing my Police shield patch. For along time though, I regretted my decision on joining the AF, wishing instead I joined the Corp like you. But when I went home for Christmas, I opened up the box of your stuff you gave so long ago. I recognized a shape that was familiar to me now, but wasn't before I joined. It was the now rusted keychain you gave me in 2002. I had never really looked to closly at it, just assummed it was some Marine Corp thing. But then I realized it was my police shield and read Air Force Security Forces. You gave that to me at a time before I knew what SF were, or that I was even going to join the AF. Before we knew you were going to die. I take it now as a sign that you support my decision, and hope to make you as proud as you have made everyone. I thankful for my military exspirience because, even in death it has brought me closer to you. And thank you Nick, for my niece and for that time you spoke to me in basic. If you ever do again, know I will take your word to heart. I love you Nick and I'm sure that in this time we are apart you are thinking of numerous Marines vs. Air Force jokes. Until we met up again, Semper Fi my brother,
Takis"
Amn Takis J. Pepe of Elmendorf AFB

"Nick, you will not be forgotten. Thank you for your leadership and dedication at HMX-1. I will never forget the hours we spent in the gym in the barracks basement. I think about you often and I cannot express in words how you have impacted so many young men and more importantly so many Marines. You are missed, Semper Fidelis."
Andrew Scallan Jr of Arlington, VA

"Nick,
You are greatly missed by your friends and family. You were a brave man and fought for what you believed in. You will always be in my prayers"
Brandi Liberty of Kansas City, MO

"Sgt. Nolte, you are the most kind and amazing person I have ever been lucky enough to know. I remember the night before you left for boot camp and no matter how sad anyone was, you assured them that this is what you were meant to do, it was your destiny. I will never forget the look on your face when you walked across the front of everyone in San Diego in uniform, showing your family for the first time that you had accomplished your life-long dream of being a Marine. Please know that you will never be forgotten and that your service to me and all of our country makes me more proud than anything has in all of my life. To even be able to contribute to this website is honor enough for me. Thank you for giving your life for a cause you have believed in since you were 8. The way your family and friends grieved for you and now honor you and your life for always is a memorial in itself. Thank you again. Your life and thereafter will never be forgotten and I am forever grateful and proud to be able to say that I knew and loved Sgt. Nicholas Nolte, United States Marine Corps."

"Semper Fi"
of omaha

"Nick,
You lived your life to the utmost and to the highest standards of the United States Marine Corps. I have still retained the issue of Leatherneck Magazine w/ the notice of your death. We all question Why?, How come?, Why not me?, but it is not for us to question but to remember you. I still remember the long weekend when you went all the way back home to get your new black dodge truck. You knew it was out of bounds but assured me that you would return safe and on time for your Monday shift. I said ok, knowing that you would keep your word and would arrive back for work on Monday, and sure enough you did, and nothing else was ever mentioned about it. Nick, it was a great pleasure and honor to serve with you at HMX-1."
(Cpl) Tim Holstein of Charleston, WV

"It was an honor to have served with you Sgt. Nolte. You were a Marines' Marine. Semper Fi."
Douglas E. Tuthill of Newport, RI

"Hello Everyone,

My name is Jessica Nolte. Nick is my brother. Thank you for the wonderful, heartfelt messages on this website. You have no idea how much they mean to my family. If anyone wants to get in contact with me, my email is nbagirl4ever@yahoo.com. I would love to hear from anyone that knew Nick.

My family is having our first annual celebration in Nick's name. The party will be on July 16, 2005. I know a lot of Nick's Marine friends could not attend his funeral. If anyone is interested, please let me know."
Jessica Nolte of Omaha, NE

"I am so sorry to hear what has happened. My husband was a friend of Nicholas.
I am not sure where I could began to say how sorry that we both are. We will pray for your family."
Melissa and Justin of staioned in Jax Fl

"I am very sorry for your loss. I am also a wife of a soldier at Cherry Point. I live nearby and always think of you when I pass by. Even though we have never met my heart aches for you. God Bless you and your daughter."
Tina of Cherry Point

"Nick, you and I worked together just about every day for 2 years. For my last six months you and I ran the daily shift quite often. You existed to inspire others to be the caliber of Marine that you are. I left the Marine Corps a few months before you were due to get out, but somehow I knew you wouldn't stay away. The Corps. was in your veins. What pains me the most is knowing the love you had for your new family. You leave behind a beautiful wife and child. Know that if they ever need anything they may call upon me and my family and I will do all that I can. You always were a hero to those who knew you, now you are a hero to the world. God could not find a better warrior to guard the gates of heaven. May God always be with you as you protect your loved ones from above. The Lord took you from the hell that exists in this world so that you may experience all the glories and paradise of heaven. Rest now Nick, for you fought well, and know you will always be remembered and honored by generations of future Marines who will try to emulate you. You have made the ultimate sacrifice for my families freedom, and for that brother, I thank you. Semper Fidelis."
Cpl Jason Jones HMX-1 of Hamilton, NJ

"A survivor learned a lot from sergeant
April 01,2005
TIMMI TOLER,
DAILY NEWS STAFF
Jacksonville, NC

Lance Cpl. Eric Knudson shifted his weight in his wheelchair as he waited for the memorial service to begin for 15 Camp Lejeune Marines killed while assigned to Iraq with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit.

He knew and served with most of them, but he wanted to pay special tribute to Sgt. Nicholas S. Nolte.

"He was a really good man," said Knudson, 21. "He taught me a lot."

Both Marines were part of the personal security detachment for Col. Ron Johnson, commanding officer of the 24th MEU. Knudson said he had only known Nolte for about seven months, but the mission made the group a tight bunch.

"It was kind of wild over there," Knudson said. "You were always in the road, always aimed outward and waiting for something to happen."

On Nov. 24, 2004, Knudson was traveling with six other Marines in a Humvee en route to a meeting. The group was about 45 minutes from the Marine base in Kalsu, when two explosives went through the Humvee.

"I covered my face with my hands and waited for the shrapnel to stop flying," said Knudson. He suffered wounds in his right leg, but Nolte was mortally wounded.

"He was sitting right beside me," said Knudson. The rest of the Marines suffered minor injuries. Knudson said Johnson was in a separate vehicle traveling behind and was not injured.

Knudson spent 69 days at the Naval Hospital in Bethesda, Md. He's undergone 36 surgeries to remove shrapnel from his leg, and he still needs physical therapy before he can walk again.

He said none of that mattered Thursday.

The memorial was a chance to remember his friend and send a message about what it's like to fight for others.

"I take great pleasure in serving this country, and I'd do it all over again even if I knew I was going to be injured," he said. "I know the same goes for Nolte. I know he'd do it all again. If I could have taken his place, I would have.""
Ed McDermott of Fredericksburg, VA

"Sergeant Nicholas S. Nolte's memory and sacrifice were given tribute on the United States Sentate floor and entered into the congressional record by Senator Nelson from Nebraska on April 04, 2005. To view the Senator's remarks visit the website http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/R?r109:FLD001:S03131"
Former Marine Sergeant Ed McDermott of Fredericksburg, VA

"Nick was a "Marine's Marine". He had the total respect of every Marine he worked with, top to bottom. He was always the one to watch, the one to challenge superiors, peers and subordinates alike. It is my personal belief that all of us at HMX-1 were made better by knowing him.

May God bless the Nolte family for having produced one the greatest Marines I ever met. Please take comfort in knowing that as long as there is a Corps, his sacrafice will be burned into the hearts of generations of Marines to come. Every time you see a Marine, know that a piece of Nick lives within that devil dog.

Semper Fi!"
Shawn Hussey, Former Marine Sergeant of Salem, OR

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

"To Nick and his family: The day that we left for bootcamp on the buddy program back in late May of 98 seems like it was forever ago. But I remember how you were across the squad bay and to the left from my rack. You helped me through bootcamp by letting me see the good things that had happened to us each day. And how every time one of our Drill Instructors said something funny while tearing an unlucky recruit a "new one", you would stand there at the position of attention without loosing your bearing at all. One of the proudest days of our lives was that morning on top of the Reaper, when it was official...We were U.S. Marines.
Unfortunately, I fell out of touch with you after boot camp, and only heard about you through our recruiters back in Lincoln. I found out about you passing away a few days before Christmas and my prayers instantly started for the Nolte family. If I had stayed with my unit (the 24th MEU), we would probably have been fighting side by side. And you my friend, Nick, are a Marine that embodied the spirit of the Marine Corps. Semper Fi Nick, keep guarding the gates of heaven until we meet again!!! My deepest sympathy to Nick's family. We will all miss you Nick, Oorrah!"
Nick Plurien of Reston, VA (formerly Lincoln, NE)

"Reference: Bathon, Z. (2004, December 5). 24th MEU honors fallen brothers. The United States Marine Corps official website. Identification #200412612813. Retrieved on December 13, 2004 from the World Wide Web:http://www.usmc.mil/marinelink/mcn2000.nsf/ac95bc…

“Captain Michael S. McFadden, Sergeant Nolte’s officer in charge, said Nolte epitomized the word Marine. ‘I know I speak for all the Marines of the LAAD section and the (Marine Air Control Group) detachment when I say that we were extremely saddened when we received the news of Sergeant Nolte’s passing,’ said McFadden. ‘I was fortunate to have worked with Sergeant Nolte for most of the year. And in that short time I could not have been more pleased with his performance…He was a fine man, a loving husband, a proud father, and outstanding Marine. I have been associated with few men of such high honor.’ Staff Sergeant Terry A. Erb also spoke of Nolte’s dedication to his men and his duty as a Marine. ‘As a Marine I can’t think of anyone else I would like to serve beside,’ said Erb. ‘While lying on a stretcher awaiting his (medical evacuation), he looked up to the MEU (commanding officer) and said he was sorry we didn’t make it to Haswah. This was indicative of the commitment Nick had to the mission, and the Marine Corps. To me, his devotion to duty and his love of the Marine Corps need not be questioned. For he was one of the most dedicated Marines I have ever known. He will always be remembered as a true warrior and a brother.’ Nolte was assigned to the Low-Altitude Air Defense Detachment, Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 263, and the MEU’s Personal Security Detachment.”"
Ed McDermott of Fredericksburg, VA

"Reference: Tysver, R. (2004, November 26). Marine from Falls City dies of injuries received in Iraq. The Omaha World-Herald. Retrieved December 05, 2004, from the World Wide Web:http://www.omaha.com/toolbox/story_printer.php?u_id=1269239

“A roadside bomb in Baghdad has claimed the life of a Nebraska Marine, who died Wednesday in a military hospital of wounds received November 8th. Sergeant Nicholas S. Nolte, a native of Falls City, NE died at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, MD., a day after surgeons amputated an arm and a leg, his family said. ‘The only thing you can say is, that he was doing what he believed was something good. We have to be proud of that,’ Matt Santo, and uncle from Falls City, said Friday. He re-enlisted with the start of the Iraq war, Santo said. ‘Ever since he was little, he wanted to be in the service. He wore Army fatigues. It was something he like,’ Santo recalled. ‘He thought it was neat to protect his country. He was proud of it’ On November 8 in Baghdad, Nolte was in a Humvee when his convoy was hit by a bomb. His father, Bradley, died several years ago. ‘He had both his legs broken. Both his kneecaps were broken. He had a broken arm and some really bad shrapnel wounds,’ Santo said. Nolte was flown to the United States, where doctors worked to save his limbs. However, his injured arm and leg became infected, and the decision was made to amputate. He died the next day.”"
Ed McDermott of Fredericksburg, VA

"Reference: Associated Press. (2004, November 26). Marine dies of injuries received in Iraq. AP Wire and wire services.http://www.charlotte.com. Retrieved on December 04, 2004, from the World Wide Web using the Netscape search engine.

“Nolte was a member of a low-altitude air defense battalion based a Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point that had the duty of shooting down incoming enemy aircraft or missiles, said Captain Bruce Frame, who confirmed Nolte’s death. Nolte was part of a detachment from his battalion that was attached to the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, based at nearby Camp Lejeune, Frame said.”"
Ed McDermott of Fredericksburg, VA

"Reference: Associated Press. (n.d.). Funeral held for NC based Marine. Honor the fallen: Marine Sgt. Nicholas S. Nolte. The Military City official website. Retrieved on December 13, 2004 from the World Wide Web.http://www.militarycity.com/valor/524620.html

“About 500 people-including many veterans-filed into an auditorium Tuesday to honor a North Carolina-based Marine who died from injuries suffered when a roadside bomb his vehicle in Iraq. Following the service, people waving flags lined the streets as Nolte’s funeral procession made its way out of the town toward Maple Cemetery in Salem, where he was buried. Nolte is survived by his wife, Melina, and their 3-year-old daughter, Alanna, of Cherry Point, North Carolina. He also is survived by his mother, Anita Nolte of Falls City and sister, Jessica Nolte of Omaha.”"
Ed McDermott of Fredericksburg, VA

"Reference: Associated Press. (n.d.). Nebraska Marine dies of Iraq injuries. Honor the fallen: Marine Sgt. Nicholas S. Nolte. The Military City official website. Retrieved on December 13, 2004 from the World Wide Web.http://www.militarycity.com/valor/524620.html

“Nolte was being treated for injuries received when a roadside bomb his vehicle near Baghdad. Four other Marines also were injured. Nolte was a 1998 graduate of Falls City Sacred Heart and enlisted in the Marines after high school. As a member of the Presidential Helicopter Squadron HMX-1, Nolte guarded both President Clinton and President Bush.”"
Ed McDermott of Fredericksburg, VA

"Reference: Bone, T. (2004, December 02). Marines honor fallen comrade. The New Bern Sun Journal. Retrieved December 04, 2004, from the World Wide Web:http://www.newbernsj.com

“Colonel Stephen P. Lynch, commanding officer of Marine Aircraft Group-28, Nolte’s parent command, said before the services the news of Nolte’s death was ‘a hard hit’ to the entire group and especially the 2nd LAAD Battalion. ‘We knew he would pull through,’ said Sgt. Daniel Contreras, a fellow Marine from his unit. ‘He was a real strong guy, with more energy than the Energizer Bunny on steroids. When we got the word he didn’t make it, it took a long time to sink in. For me, it was a gut-check.’ Contreras said Nolte would long be remembered for his boundless energy and his passion for Marine Corps perfection. ‘It was always 110 percent,’ said Contreras. ‘In his physical fitness testing, he was always high first class, in drill he was one of the best, and when it came to his gear, he always had to have it perfect, even if it meant buying his own.”

“After his four-year enlistment was up, Nolte couldn’t give up the Corps, said Contreras. ‘He wasn’t out long. He came back in and went for Stingers.’ Contreras said Nolte made it clear he wanted to go to Iraq. ‘He did everything he could to get on that detachment,’ he said. ‘When an opening came up, he was right there to volunteer.’ Colonel Lynch says the loss of LCPL Blair, and now Nolte, ‘Is a deep personal loss for all of us. For the Marines of that battalion and the whole group, it has hit home,’ he said. ‘Most of us old-timers take this with the same sense of personal loss as losing a young member of our own family, but please don’t ever call them kids,’ he said with a notable choking of his voice and a pause-‘They are Marines-Marines who have made the ultimate sacrifice.”Reference: Bone, T. (2004, December 02). Marines honor fallen comrade. The New Bern Sun Journal. Retrieved December 04, 2004, from the World Wide Web:http://www.newbernsj.com

“Colonel Stephen P. Lynch, commanding officer of Marine Aircraft Group-28, Nolte’s parent command, said before the services the news of Nolte’s death was ‘a hard hit’ to the entire group and especially the 2nd LAAD Battalion. ‘We knew he would pull through,’ said Sgt. Daniel Contreras, a fellow Marine from his unit. ‘He was a real strong guy, with more energy than the Energizer Bunny on steroids. When we got the word he didn’t make it, it took a long time to sink in. For me, it was a gut-check.’ Contreras said Nolte would long be remembered for his boundless energy and his passion for Marine Corps perfection. ‘It was always 110 percent,’ said Contreras. ‘In his physical fitness testing, he was always high first class, in drill he was one of the best, and when it came to his gear, he always had to have it perfect, even if it meant buying his own.”

“After his four-year enlistment was up, Nolte couldn’t give up the Corps, said Contreras. ‘He wasn’t out long. He came back in and went for Stingers.’ Contreras said Nolte made it clear he wanted to go to Iraq. ‘He did everything he could to get on that detachment,’ he said. ‘When an opening came up, he was right there to volunteer.’ Colonel Lynch says the loss of LCPL Blair, and now Nolte, ‘Is a deep personal loss for all of us. For the Marines of that battalion and the whole group, it has hit home,’ he said. ‘Most of us old-timers take this with the same sense of personal loss as losing a young member of our own family, but please don’t ever call them kids,’ he said with a notable choking of his voice and a pause-‘They are Marines-Marines who have made the ultimate sacrifice.”"
Ed McDermott of Fredericksburg, VA

"I can still remember checking into the security department of HMX-1 in 1999, and one of the first Marines I would meet was LCpl Nick Nolte. Though we were the same rank at the time, there was something inspiring about him. Within the next several months, he would teach the Marines I came with and me not only how to be good Marines but how to be great Marines. He would say things such as, “A good uniform does not make a good Marine, a good Marine makes a good uniform.” He was the symbol of the Marine I would push myself to be. People can say many things about Nick but he was never just an ordinary Marine, he was the epitome of an amazing Marine.

Over the next three years, we would both continue to inspire each other and the Marines under our charge. We were both promoted to the rank of Corporal in March of 2000, and now the teacher and the student were peers. Nick would remain in Quantico as I went to DC, but I would continue to hear stories of how hard Nick pushed his Marines towards perfection. He never would allow them to fail themselves or the Marine Corps. He had the ability to motivate people to great things, and there was never a younger Marine who did not benefit from his wisdom.

In November of 2001, I would return to Quantico and reunite with Nick. Even though I would soon out rank the individual who was responsible for inspiring me to the success I was able to achieve, he never let it show. The greatest honor was when he called me Sergeant. I said, “Nick, you don’t need to call me Sergeant we are brothers.” Nonetheless, that was not Nick. He would stare at you and show that amazing smile saying, “Good to go, Sergeant.” He was always the definition of a class act.

I will never forget the time we spent together as members of 2nd Platoon, or the seven days in Camp David. The chewing out you gave me during my first week on post, or the respect you gave me after my promotion. You were the only person who loved being a Marine more than I did, and you proved it everyday. If I stayed in there would have been no greater honor than to serve in combat by your side. I feel sorry for the Marines who will never be able to benefit from your leadership, inspiration, and motivation.

You are an amazing human being, and I wish I could have had the pleasure of dying next to you. Nevertheless, I know the gates of heaven need your protection now more than ever. I will carry your memory with me for the rest of my life, and you will never be forgotten as long as there is air in my lungs. Hell will truly show its fury towards the cowards who took your life. God Bless you Nick, and thank you for being a part of my life."
Ed McDermott of Fredericksburg, VA

"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 and friends of Sgt. Nicholas S. Nolte,

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 our "Love Stitched Together."

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

"I am so sorry for your loss. I lost my friend, Spc Isaac Nieves, on April 8, 2004. Both Isaac and Nick will live on as heroes to this country.

I am sorry for your loss and continue to pray for Nick and his family. He is a hero to this country and to those whose freedom and life he was so bravely fighting to defend."
Jen Yousey of New York

"On behalf of the Mracek family, we send our sympathy. We understand your grief, as we lost our precious Cory, SGT US Army, in January 2004. Our pain is enormous, but know that there are many people who care and appreciate our soldiers. He is a hero, as are all of them. Just know that we understand your grief and if you ever need to talk, please get in touch.
mracek@gpcom.net"
the Mracek's, Pat , Jim, Stacy, Heather of Hay Springs, NE

"Thank you Nicholas Nolte, 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 Sgt. Nicholas Nolte:
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 Sgt. Nicholas Nolte:
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