Fallen Heroes of Operation Enduring Freedom

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

Marine Lance Cpl. Nicholas C. Kirven

21, of Richmond, Virginia.
Kirven was killed as a result of enemy action in Alishang, Afghanistan, while conducting combat operations. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. Died on May 8, 2005.

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"Remembering Nick's sacrifice as we near this decade's passing...am thankful to have met his family several times since I paid my first respects in 2006 after our return from Afghanistan, and especially for having allowed an Afghan friend, Colonel Naim Faqir, to hear Nick's story and meet them on Memorial Day, 2014. Col. Faqir was deeply moved and grateful for the opportunity to thank Nick's family for his sacrifice. I share that sentiment with each visit, but especially this year."
THT25, Jbad of Washington, DC

"I drew a picture of Nick Kirven who I never knew but always wanted to draw this picture since 2005. This is one picture I drew not for profit but for respect and gratitude! My goal is to track Nick's family down to give them the original to show my gratitude for his service and their sacrifice! thank you again for letting me follow my dreams! I will make the best of it! The picture isn't shown on the message but is on my facebook HopsonDesign page! if anybody knows the where abouts of his family so I can give this picture to them? I would greatly appreciate it (hopsondesign@gmail.com)"
John Hopson of Charleston, SC

"For CBS newsreport, 6/13/2012, less we forget....6,494 casaulties in the War on Terrorism."

"There is NO higher calling than serving the United States of America in the US Military. We are the land of the free, ONLY because of the brave men and women who serve our country, in the US Military. "Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude. America will never forget their sacrifice."
Jack R. Barnes, President
America Supports You Texas jrbarnes0407@gmail.com
Jack R. Barnes, USN Retired of Amarillo, TX

"As the son of a US Marine my heart aches for the family when i hear of a loss like this. May the family know that the america hurts when we lose a brave man like this. Our family is so very greatful for his service"
Robert J, Miller of Turnersville, NJ

"I think of you often and with a smile, despite sorrow of your ultimate sacrifice. Always remembered, with 'cheers mate' that I had the honor of knowing you and the gift of holding you proudly in my memory. The candle flame burns brightly, as do you."
Sam of Richmond, VA, USA

"7 years, not forgotten."
Trevor of Grand Rapids, MI

"My son, Lt Col John Darin Loftis (Darin to the family) was killed in Afghanistan on February 25, 2012. In trying to move forward I was searching the internet to see if I could gain strength from other mothers. I found the Nicholas C. Kirven, Freedom Isnít Free Fund. My sonís high school class has initiated a scholarship in his name and memory. Seeing what you have accomplished gives me encouragement that we can too raise funds for a substantial endowed scholarship. Like your son, mine was also a friend of the Afghan people. He truly believed education was a key to wining the war on terrorism . Like you, I want to find a way to honor not only his memory but also his principles. You have give me inspiration, thank you."
Chris Janne of Paducah, KY

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

"Dear Beth and Mike,
It was so kind of you to stop and help me as I walked in the rain to Section 60 today for the Rose Event. I am so proud to have visited Nicholas, to have met your friends and to have had the privilege of learning about all of your sons. You all have given me such a renewal of faith in my service. I came to Arlington today to just pay my respects to any service members who have sacrificed for my freedom, but the visit has meant so much more, thanks to you sharing your memories of your loved ones and even your gloves lol. I thank you for being so warm to me. I am amazed by all of your bravery. If you or any family ever need anything at NNMC Bethesda please let me know my email is Meghan.callanan@med.navy.mil
Thank you for stopping,
God bless"
HM3 Callanan of Silver Spring,MD

"Remembering Nick this memorial day. Glad to have met him, proud to have served with him."
Trevor of Michigan

"Our family often thinks of you, Nick, and your selfless service to our country to keep us safe. We love you always, Nick, and hope for continuing strength and healing for your family... Beth, Michael, Pride, Joseph, and family members we never had the privilege of knowing.
We love you and keep you in our hearts,
forever grateful for your sacrifice,
Dave, Mary Anne, Christie, and Lindsay Chamberlain"
The Chamberlain Family of Fairfax, Virginia


I just learned of you from a new friend and business associate who was your Dad's college roommate... Dan Ettelstein.

My son Luke Layman, flies an A-10 from Bagram AFB in Afghanistan and speaks passionately of the Marines there. Today is Luke's 28th birthday.

Just wanted to let you know that the fight goes on and you are loved and remembered. We all look forward to the day when the madness will end.

God bless."
Matt Layman of Burlington, NC

"A friend of mine and I both have sons now in Afghanistan. My son served as Corpsman with Marine EOD in Iraq and now he is Afghanistan. I cannot sleep at night worrying about him and then to read about Nicholas I feel so sad for his family and tear up thinking about his short life and the broken hearts left behind. When I read the love his buddies had for Nicholas I know that he must have been just an amazing young man that I wish I could have known. To Nicholas parents there are no words I can say to improve your pain, but I hope you know that I have such empathy for you right now that I cannot adequately express it here. God Bless you Nicholas and your loved one left behind ~

Soldier, rest! thy warfare o'er,
Dream of fighting fields no more:
Sleep the sleep that knows not breaking,
Morn of toll, nor night of waking.
~ Sir Walter Scott ~"
Mike Cahoon of Bluffton, SC

"Having you and ricky as two of my seniors was the best thing that could of happened.I ended up staying in because carrying the thought of what you and ricky did that day made me realize and see the bigger picture. I will forever try to hold myself to your standard but knowing I will always fall short. After we got back to Hawaii hearing your mother say after she got that phone call her first thought was of us and how we were dealing with it and today it still brings tears to my eyes. At the same time it also showed me how you could be such a great Marine,leader, and a friend becuase your family. My heart and and my thanks goes out to all of them because they had such a huge part of making you who you are. If your mother reads this I hope she will email me (stevierich33@yahoo.com) so I can make sure to send her cards as well as flowers because she deserves that. Just know I tell your story to every Marine that I work with so they know what I expect and to know you and Ricky WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTON! I love you man, I'll see again one day but please dont make me go to the pool, haha!"
Sgt Richardson of 3/3 K Co 2 Plt 2 Sqd

"I was touched by your appearance on the Today Show some time ago, and have carried Justin, Eric, and Nicholas's names in my wallet since that day. I think of you often. Your Son is not forgotten."
Linda Middleton of Virginia Beach, VA

"Memorial Day Weekend, 2009.

Dear Beth, Michael, Mary Pride, and Joseph,

I want you to know that I will be thinking about Nicholas this Memorial Day. I think about Nick alot. Last Memorial Day I went to Arlington, but I moved to NJ last summer. I wear his bracelet every day and I think of the sacrifice he gave us every day. I hope you are all doing OK. I miss you guys. Lots of love, God Bless."
Mary Ann Melville of Ocean, NJ

"Nick, there's still so many days I can't believe you're not here anymore. Robbins and I were talking about you a while back. Believe me, no one has forgotten your sacrifice, and we still shed tears over toasts to you. I miss you buddy. Semper Fi."
Cpl. David Baltz of K Co. 3/3 Wpns

"Beth and family,
I found out about Nick when I read your article in People. I have just found this site and wish I had found it alot sooner. I remember running into you in Target years ago and you told me Nick had joined the Marines. I thought and prayed for him all the time. I remember so vividly Nick and Sean in Atlantic City on the ferris wheel being so brave, while we were screaming! Nick, you and your family are very brave people for sharing him with the world to help make this a better place.
Tonight, we got a call that our nephew, Danny Bennett,was killed on a ship yesterday on his way to Afghanistan. I immediately thought of you and was glad I found this site. So through my tears I just want to let you know that I think about you all the time. I can relate to Pride and Joseph's pain because I lost my brother when I was their age AFTER he got back from Vietnam.
You are always in my thoughts and prayers and if you ever need to talk please call."
Susan Veltri of Clifton , Va

"I met you several times at K-Bay when I'd come to visit my husband. You and he were incredibly close; it was often you and a few others that kept each other sane and still pieces of the people you were as civilians over there in the desert. Your spirit was so contagious, if you were with us we were laughing. You were always the jokster, happy go lucky, a wild spirit and when you and my husband were together it was like that island was yours. I remember you standing on Waimanalo Beach with us on our wedding day. We were all so young and so excited about life and you were so happy for us. I can still see my husband's face and hear his laugh when he'd talk about what you guys had done that weekend or the pictures of you being ridiculous. I often think about how many lives your life and death touched. I can't help but wonder how many of them would be different if you were here, including my own. I am grateful that I met you. Your spirit continues to shine on all your brothers still on this earth. Thank you for the presence you had in my life, for being there for my husband when I could not...that is a debt I could never repay."
Laura of Bowling Green, KY

"When we were in country we all made plans to go to Waikiki beach as soon as we returned to Hawaii. The plan was to walk down the beach in 'Banana Hammocks'. After seven months in full combat gear we were all pasty white except for maybe our hands and face. Sure everyone would look at us like we were crazy, and we surely would not care. Because that is a day in the life of Nick Kirvin. I live every day trying to be worthy of the sacrifice you made for us all that day."
GySgt Horvath of 2nd Platoon

"I just saw a news article on CCN.com about Project Compassion. It featured a picture of an artist's portrait of Nicholas. I'm saddened for your loss. Nicholas was truly an American hero. It's people like him that make me proud to have served my country in the Marines. God bless you, brother."
Tim Linteau of West Caldwell, NJ

"sorry its taken so long, i didnt know you had a memorial site.
may 8th has come and gone. its been 3 years and it feels like yesterday.
i can see it in my head. i remember the last time we talked. you were upbeat, as usual.
i think of you and ricky (all of our fallen brothers) everyday.
i pray for your familys and hope to see you again bro.

semper fi"
elliott keegan of cincinnati,ohio

"I've been thinking of you and Cpl. Schoener today, Veteran's Day. Thank you for your sacrifice.

My son was in Afghanistan with 3/3 Marines and continues to serve with 3rd Regiment today."
Tony W. of Charlestown, Indiana

"November 10, 2007
To the family of Lance Cpl. Nicholas C. Kirven:
Nicholas gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. I cannot and will not let our fallen heroes be forgotten. My deepest sympathy to you. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

"To Nick's Family,
I pass by your home on my way to work each morning, and cannot drive by without thinking of the sacrifice Nick has made for me and my family. I am a naval officer in the reserves, and I work in the intelligence community. I sincerely hope to honor your son's sacrifice with worthy service of my own. My colleagues and I work diligently to bring everyone home safely. Please know that I will show my children the American flag on your lawn, and teach them that freedom is not free. They will know their neighbor, Nicholas Kirven, is a hero."
Rose Crest Lane neighbor of Fairfax, VA

"i went to boot camp with nick in mike company 3096. he was a good marine we will all miss him. all gave some, some gave all"
Bates, James of north port, Florida 9412768216

"Nick.. I'm here in Washington today, and am paying a visit to you...Sadly the Gaza Strip has fallen to Hamas..All think about you and all the other proud service people who are fighting for the cause of freedom...We love you for it..and miss you very much. You and your friends are always in our prayers, and we pray for the President and our troops that someday we will have peace and freedom in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Middle East."
Lt Col Bob Hawthorne of washington dc

"We think about you all the time...its just not the same without you...We will meet again---I know it... Thanks for your service and sacrifice for this country. May God Bless your family and your fellow Marines."
Uncle Bob of Richmond , Va


"I am so grateful to you and your son for making the ultimate sacrifice for me and our country. I will think of you every Mother's Day.""
John of Pensacola

"Funny, I was just looking for pics of myself in Afganistan. As soon as I think about that place. I think of you Nick and I think about everything we endured. The ultimate sacrifice you madee was for all of us even us, the ones that were there. I think about you and all the others that are with you now. Thank you Nick"
Sgt Chase Jones of Kentucky


From the memories of Scout Swimmers coarse to MCIWS...I swim free because of your sacrifice!!!"
Sgt Matise, Joseph of Kaneohe Bay, HI


"Semper Fi, Marine. I just meet your parents tonight at Outback Steakhouse in Faifax, VA. Divine intervention was at hand, my wife and I had plans to go there but did not know when. We did some chores around the house and feed our dog and cat and dropped some clothes off for donation. We then changed clothes and went to Outback. I am a Former Marine and my wife is a Marine wife. I put on my Marine Tee shirt and my side arm as I'm a Federal Police Officer. To Outback we went. The wait upon arrival was about 20 mins. While waiting in the front area, in walked your parents and your Dad looked over at me and nodded his head towards me as to say "Semper Fi." My wife asked if I knew him and I said no, he is probably a Marine. Fellowing behind him was your Mother wearing a USMC shirt. I saw her and told my wife, yeah he is a Marine. After the 20 mins went by, we were seated. A few short momments went by and your mother approached our table and asked if I was a Marine, I stated a Former Marine, I served the Corps and my Country from '89-'93. I asked your mom if her son was in the Marine Corps, she said yes that you were killed in Afghanistan, she was wearing your Dog Tags around her neck. We spoke briefly and then your parents were seated at their table. I and my wife began to speak about my Marine Corps days and how I was almost killed while serving in the first Desert Storm. God was on my shoulder during that War. I lost six Marine buddies from my Platoon during that war. My wife and I began to tear up as we thought about your parents emotions and the heartache they will feel forever. I told my wife I would like to buy your parents dinner tonight. I told our waiter that the couple seated over there as I pointed to your father I wanted to buy their dinner tonight. Our waiter got your parents waitress and we were handed the bill, which I paid without your parents knowing. After our meal, we could see your parents finishing up their meal and asking for the check, to which the waitress motioned to our table that the bill was paid by that couple being my wife and I. We then walked to your parents table and they thanked us for what we did, and we thanked them for your service to our Country and for fighting for my Freedom as I fought for yours. We all hugged each other and more tears flowed down everyone's face. Then your Dad gave me the website to which I am on now. Having never known you or your family, I will tell you this, that my wife and I shared a bond with your parents that will live with us forever and will never be forgotten. Now, for your parents I will tell them this, that I did not tell them that night at Outback. I have a son who is 10 yrs. old and his name is Nicholas as well. I served in the Marines with 3/3. That would be 3rd Battlion, 3rd Marines. Just like your son. I was with India Company, stationed at KMCAS, Kaneohe Bay, HI. Back in '89, we called it Kaneohe Marine Corps Air Station. Lastly my first name is Joseph. I'll tell you God wanted us to meet. Just wish there was some way I could contact you? If you read this feel free to call me for anything, 703-967-7891 or email (atcamilo@aol.com). You are in our Prayers. God Bless your family. Semper Fi. Joe."
Joe and Annette of Manassas, Virginia, USA

I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Semper Fi Devil Dog!"

"Hey Nick, I think of you often and have toasted to you many times. I still have the picture the night all of us met Shooter Mcgavin at the "W" in waikiki. Ill always think of you as my little brother and dear friend."
Sgt. Borman, Chad A. of Mesa, Arizona

"Hey Buddy, I was just thinking of you and all the great times we used to have. I can't wait till we meet again. You were always a great friend and I thankyou for everything you have done.
I'd show a smile but I'm too weak, I'd share with you could I only speak just how much this hurts me. I love you Nick. I miss you SO Much"
Cody Hendricks of Kaneohe Bay,HI USA

"hey nick i just wanted to let you know i miss you bud you always knew how to make the situation better and we are greatful and blessed to have had you as a part of our lives thank you nick we love you
see you soon man but not to soon"
Cpl Ryan lane of pittsburgh pa usa

"Nick, went to your grave yesterday. I didn't know you, but I was in 3/3 with you and know what you did in Alishing. You're an American hero, and a grateful nation mourns you today. Semper fidelis."
Captain Mike Schroeder, USMC of Quantico, VA

on this early morning of memorial day 2006, I cant help but think about you, and all the brothers I have lost. Too many. I miss all you guys. You will always remain in my heart as a Marine I trained side by side with. Until the day comes, guard those pearly gates. I be there to relieve you. I miss you. Your fellow Marine and "Brother-in-arms."
Neal "skinny" Walker of Orlando, FL

How I miss you so much. I had another dream about you last night. I love how you come to me so often as you do. Memorial Day is comming and, just like last year, not a moment will go by when thoughs of you are not running through my head and heart. I have loved you deeply ever since that first day of gym at Chantilly and will continue to do so for the rest of my life.

I love you"
Sarah Giberson of Fairfax, Virginia

"Dear Nick, I miss you man. I miss the days back when we would all play ball all day and you would always be the best on the court. I know we lost touch when you left Chantilly but whenever we would reunite is was like you had never left, and I see myself still waiting for you to come back. We spent elementary, middle and parts of high school all together and the college years just don’t seem right without you. And today marks one year that you where taken from all of us, I will be at your grave tomorrow, see ya brother."
Sam Hosseini of Oak Hill, VA. USA

I was just thinking about you today and how nice it was when you came to Chantilly. Reunited again. I can still remember are days of playing basketball in middle school or sneaking out in 8th grade just to ride bikes around the neighborhood with everyone else. I miss you buddy. You are still in my thoughts."
Sam Yousef of Fairfax, VA

meeting you last year really had an impact on my life. i only wish i was able to visit nicholas as much as you visit my brother to send all the prayers and well wishes to you, i know i am not much of a writer please know that our family thinks of you often. i hope i will get the chance to see you again and give you the biggest hug, you are stronger then you give yourself credit for, many prayers and much love"
Amanda Lee Arciola of Elmsford, New York

"Nick today I was thinking about you alot, its hard to believe that in less than two months it will be a year since we lost you; to me it still feels like yesterday. I still think of you every second of my life, I miss you so much. Its weird how things I used to love doing dont feel the same without you. You brought joy and comfort to my life, and for the 14 years I had with you I am so thankful, those were the best years of my life. I know you are watching over me, Pride, mom, and dad because there are certain times in the day where we can feel your precense. My big brother I just wanted you to know that I love you and never stop thinking of you, and i never will. I love you so much, I love you so so much. Take care Nich."
your little brother of Jobes

"Today is your day, your 22nd birthday. We love you,we honor you,and we miss you. Saddness lies heavy in our hearts. Our tears of sorrow and our tears of happiness remember what you have given us. Our memories of you are what hold us together in this life. Thanks Nich, for loving us like you did......"
Uncle Rich, Auntie Chrissy, Kaitlin, Becca and Sam of Jacksonville, FL

"nick, i miss you man, from the bottom of my heart i miss you. i can only hope and pray that some day we can reunite some where bigger and better. i dont know what else to say, you changed my life man. i miss you, see you in the next one buddy"
cpl. thomas lawler of 2nd plt, 1st sqd

"I've written about 10 messages and erased them all. I wanted to tell you that you're an inspiration, how your story of both your life and your service for our country means more to me and I'm sure other people than you or your survivors probably realize at first. I could write for hours about how I know you will be missed, how much your family loves, respects, and honors you and always will. In the end all I can think of to say is, "Thank you". On behalf of us all, thank you for everything you gave for us. I never met you but i wish I had. I know your family misses you and always will and without ever meeting you I will too. I know you're looking over them and they're looking up to you. Just keep sending them inspiration. God Bless"
of Arlington, VA

"Missing you like crazy.........We are all lost without you"

"As a veteren of K Co 3/3 (1986-1990)MCAS K-Bay it saddens me to hear of the loss of my brother Marine but I know he left us bravley fighting to keep my family safe from the evils of the world keeping with the highest traditions of the Corps. I'm now to old to reenlist but if I could I would."
Lcpl. Robert Blaylock of Lakeside CA, USA

"As a mom of five young children, I am so grateful for the sacrifice of this brave solder Nicolas C. Kirven. You are loved by many. Words can not express the emotion. He payed the ultimate price for our freedom. May God be with his family in this time of sorrow and may you find comfort in the fact that we think about Nicholas' sacrifice for the love of his country. May we NEVER forget! Thank you!"
Jill Hughes of Houston TX"

I come on this site every so often and read the wonderful things that your loved ones have to say about you. I've always wanted to post something on here for you, I just didn't know what to write. The truth is I'm still not sure. I just wanted to tell you that you are one of the greatest men I've ever known, and if you were still with us I'd say the same. You did more to better me as a person than you will ever know. I think about you everyday and laugh about the good times we had. You are not forgotten nor will you ever be. I love you and I'll see you again."
Cpl Adam M. Corcoran of MCBH Kaneohe Bay Kilo 2nd

"My Nicholas,
Tonight was Halloween and like I had planned, I was wearing the Marine costume I bought the first year you were in the Marines...to show you how proud I was. I still am so proud of everything you have ever done for me and this country. Anyways I got lots of compliments on it, and I didn't even have to explain, it just felt good to be representing my hero. I love you.

Your Sarah"
Sarah Giberson of Fairfax, Va

"nick, we kind of lost touch after high school yet ive always considered you one of my greatest friends. i still cant believe that your gone. i know your in a better place but ill never know why a person as caring, unselfish, and brave as you had to be taken away from us. i wish things could be different. you have an amazing family and everyone misses you so much. i remember back when we used to play basketball at all hours and party the nights away. youll never be forgotten nick, and i know we'll meet again. bros forever."
jason robinson of chantilly, va

"I'm back at school. We're going to do this year together Nick, just like we did the last three. I feel you when I walk to class and when I make my way home. I have put my painting skills to use and have you on my wall in my room. I miss you a lot. I think about you constantly. I pray for your family at night. You're with me all of my days. I will never understand why God let me be so lucky in having you in my life.
from me to you,
Megan Clayton of Charlottesville, Virginia

You are an American Hero whose ultimate sacrifice will not be forgotten by a grateful nation. Rest in peace Marine. You will be remembered for always being faithful to God, Country, Family and the Corps.

"Dear Nicholas,
Not a day goes by that we don't think about you, talk about you and most of all miss you.
Your life though, way too short, had such an impact on so many. Your family can take pride in helping to mold you into the wonderful person you became.
We are all so proud of you.

Our prayers are with your family and your Marine brothers, as they attend the memorial service for you and Ricky in Hawaii. I wish we could've been there as well.
Comfort comes from knowing you're in Heaven and that we will all be reunited one day to take part in true peace, something we will probably never see in this world.

We love you Nicholas,

The Bastians

John 14:1-3
"Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. 2In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. 3And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am."
The Bastians of Wauwatosa, WI

My name is SGT. Krystian McKeown and it has been along time since i had someone to talk to that understood the true atrocity's of war. It is weird that i dont know you at all but I feel as if I know you better than most Individuals not in your Unit. I know you are walkin the staraight and narrow and that life is great for you i guess I just want you to know that noone hasf rgot about you and it will be along time till anyone does. you lived as a Model Soldier and Marine and I hope that everyone remembers you and what you did."
SGT Krystian McKeown of Washington, D.C.

"Nick, you were my heart, my soul, my everything. You were the one person I could trust with all the little details of my life. Through the good and bad you helped me get through the last six years of my life, as I know I did for you. I was looking forward to spending time with you when you came home, and then visiting you in Hawaii like we had planned, but God obviously had a different plan set ahead. Now that time has passed and it is starting to really sink in I know that you are a true American hero and died for a rightful cause. I look at all of the pictures and letters you used to send me and wonder what would have been in store for our future together if things worked out differently. Practically every time I am in DC I make a stop at your grave and whoever comes with me literally has to pry me away, because I never want to leave your side, as always. I am sorry if I ever took you for granted, but talking to you every day made it seem unreal that you were actually in war. Know that you will forever be in my thoughts and prayers, and will always occupy a huge space in my heart. I love you so much and miss you even more. So here I am now supposed to go on with my life and living it to the fullest, as you would have wanted me to, but also knowing in the back of my head and heart that every day that passes is one day closer to when I will see you again in Heaven.
With all of my broken heart;
Your Sarah"
Sarah M. Giberson of Fairvax, VA

"Nick, my brother,my role model, my hero, from the day you left this earth, every breath I take is painful knowing you are not here. Words can not describe how much i miss you and how proud I am of you. My dear brother you gave the ultimate sacrafice for our family , and for our country, and for this I am forever in your debt. I know one wonderful day we will be reunited again. Until that day I have to say goodbye to the person I have always looked up to the most in this world. Nick I love you SO much and I hope that one day we can have peace in this world.This is what you fought for, this is what you died for. You will always be remembered big brother."
Joseph Belle of fairfax,Virginia

"To the Kirven Family, I wish (with tears in my eyes from reading the tributes) to extend to you my most sincere condolences on your loss of your fine young Marine Nick. What a great man he is. He is a True American Hero and always will be remembered and honored. May God Bless all of you."
Mary Ghaney of Brooklyn, New York

"For the last week or so my husband and I have been lucky enough to listen to stories about Nicholas Kirven through the memories of one of his dear friends! Our cousin Lcpl Loren M.Lynch (Mitch) was lucky and VERY proud to be able to serve with Nick In Afgahnistan and in Hawaii. Mitch has sent pictures and videos home of this great Marine so that we his family could see what a great friendship the 2 of them shared. Loren is now home on leave and there isn't an hour or even minute that we have spent with him that Nicks name has not been mentioned. Even though I see the sadness in his eyes when he thinks about Nick it's always followed by a look of joy when he has a memory of something the two of them did together. My husband (Mitch's Cousin) was also and will always be a Marine and I a Marine Wife, Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Kirven family as well as all our fellow marines in 3/3 kilo Company. Nicholas Kirven was a great person and an oustanding Marine and even though we never met I know this thanks to the memories of just one person trying to keep his memory alive. God Bless you Nicholas Kirven and thank you for Protecting us! SEMPER FI"
Eric and Erica Willard of Orlando, Florida USA

"To the family of Nicholas Kirven- As I told you the day of Nicks wake when my nephew came home everytime I looked at him I would think of Nick. When Mitch landed at the airport last sat. in Orlando the joy of seeing him home also reminded me that part of the reason was because of heroes like Nick. I traveled to D.C. that sad day to represent Mitch at the funeral and as promised when I look at Mitch I think of Nick and say thanks to a great American hero. Your family is in my prayers daily."
Alan E. Willard of Orlando, Fl

"I went to bootcamp with Kirven in platoon 3096. He was a great guy, and when I saw what happened to him on the news it upset me to know that he was gone. I was hoping to see him when he got back."
CPL Mark R. Miller of MCBH Kaneohe Bay, HI

"to the family of nicholas kirven,
no one knows the pain you feel but, the hope that things will seem somewhat less numb i pray will help you. i met you today at arlington and you all seemed like some of the most real people i know. nothing can be said to ease the pain but know you are all in our family's prayers. if you need someone to talk to or yell at, i myself am at the anger part of greif. don't hesitate to write,aarciola@hotmail.com much love and prayers"
amanda arciola of elmsford ny

"Nick, I just can't stop thinking about you. Everything we have done and planned to do keep running through my mind. Remember that time we called Rusty from the fighting hole in SOI and you put him on hold to return fire from the other guys, I could not stop laughing. Or when we went to the bar in D.C. with Pride and you got kicked out by some guy that looked like Michel Jackson.Or the time in Sasabo Japan when you did the worm dance and broke the table in the bar. God that was funny.I look back on those days and all I can do is laugh. I miss you so much man. We will meet again one day."
Cody Hendricks of Kaneohe Bay,HI/USA


I've spent many days visiting and revisiting this site. Reading all the posts left by those who ache in your absence. There are days I wake up that I don't believe any of this ever happened, and then there are days when nothing can shake it out of every thought that develops in my mind...either way, I think of you and your wonderful family every single day. You gave me so many brilliant stories & memories. Even in the few short years I knew you, I could tell of them for a lifetime to come. Sometimes you didn't even have to speak to so very gracefully ensnare a crowd of people that always, on cue, paled in your presence. You knew what you wanted, were, and what you were willing to give before any of us even knew ourselves. It's hard not to get angry when you find someone like you and it's taken away, but then again, just knowing you to begin with is a far greater blessing than I could have ever discovered-- one that will make me stronger all of my days. Thank you for being. Thank you for it all. Thank you for you. You may have left this world, but you'll never leave us, this above all i'm certain."
Megan Clayton of Potomac, Maryland


You were a brother to me. After all the time I spent with your family through high school, I was never more suprised to hear you were joining the marines, and then I was incredibly proud to hear of your achievements once you were a marine. As Pride told my sister, the four of us were always supposed to be together till the end. Well your end came sooner than the rest of ours, but know that you will always be in our prayers, and that I hope that you look down upon us often from up there. You always believed that 'Freedom Is Not Free' and you have proven that, and know that everyone who you have left behind appreciate everything you and your family have sacraficed for us. Miss you bro..."
C.J. Cross of South Lake Tahoe, CA

"I didn't know Nick but I heard about your son on another forum. That was very special what John Glenn did for Nick. From one hero to another.

Best wishes to you,
Scott of Houston, TX


The news came as very unexpected, and hit me pretty hard. Guys like you aren't supposed to die... but then again, it is guys like you that show us the true definition of a "soldier" and a "hero".
Maybe what hurt the most was that I hadn't spoken to you in so long. You will always be one of my favorite all-time players that I have ever coached, and some of those same qualities I saw in you then, I am sure helped to make you a great soldier. From all the other letters and messages I have read, you were so much more to so many people.
I have struggled with the fact that I couldn't attend the wake or funeral, but I send my deepest condolences to the family and friends of Nick Kirven. God Bless You!"
Chris Cockerham of Bluefield, WV

"To the family and friends,

Our prayers are with you in this most difficult time and we thank you for your loved ones bravery and sacrifice. May God strengthen you from knowing that fellow Americans and people around the world care about you and grieve with you in your loss. Your loved one is a hero. Greater love have no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13.

God bless you.

Home Front Ministries
Shepherd of the Hills Church
Porter Ranch, CA""

"My dearest cousin, you are and always will be in my thoughts and prayers and I will always charish our memories close to my heart. Our family will never be the same without you. I love you Nick, I love you so much. Please watch over our family. You are my hero...a true American hero...God Bless You, God Bless all the Soldiers. Thank you for the sacrafices you made to keep us safe and free. You will NEVER be forgotten. I miss you...I love you...we will meet again
semper FI
Kaitlin Hackney of Annandale VA

"Nick, You saved me from not having a date to homecoming freshman year. It was by far the best and most memorable dance of my high school career. You were an amazing person and a wonderful friend. You always knew how to make people laugh and your smile was contagious. Thank you for fighting for our country. You are a true hero and will never be forgotten."
Missy Marchi of Sterling, Virginia


You were so much more than just my brother. You inspired me more than anyone ever has before and I know that you will be with me always. You are a true hero and I will miss you forever."
Pride Kirven of Fairfax, Virginia

"Your Boston cousins honor and salute you as the true hero that you are. We wish we had had the time to know you better. We will always remember you for your bravery, your patriotism, your strength of character and your commitment to an ideal. We are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of your young life and ever grateful for your ultimate sacrifice. We are proud to call you our familyís American hero.

The Hanscom and the Horne Families"
Margaret Hanscom of Canton, MA USA

"Nicholas you are our hero- you always have been. I can't count the times I attempted to act or include myself with you and pride when I was a kid. You made the ultimate sacrifice and I am already started on telling the whole world your story..i am so proud to tell it and greatful to have someone like you watching over us all."
Kelly Connolly of atlanta, georgia

"Family of Nick Kirven,

I went to PVI with him for a short time. I played on the Freshman football team with him. I liked him then, my respect for him has grown a helluva lot more now. His courage is a direct result of the guidance and love that his family showed him."
Rory O'Neil of Cleveland, Ohio

"Nick will always hold a special place in our hearts.. He was truly an American Hero and we will miss him very much. We thank God that we had the joy of knowing this wonderful young man. Our prays are daily with the family."
Rick and Rita Follett of King William, Virginia

"Nicholas, you are ever in our hearts. We honor you as we fly the flag daily. You were a dedicated Marine and served your country faithfully. How proud we are of you, a true patriot."
Wayne and Bebe Alexander of Chester, Va. USA

"To: Rusty and the rest of Nick's family
From: Charlie Diradour and Dr. Ann Ritter
We are saddened to hear of the loss of Nick. Those who serve are blessed as are their families. We pray for your soul Nick as well as for those close to you.

"It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly...who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who have never known neither victory nor defeat."

Teddy Roosevelt

All our prayers;
Charlie and Ann"
Charlie Diradour and Dr. Ann Ritter of Richmond, VA

"Nick you were everyone's shinning light. Where allwayz there when a friend needed and you never let us down. We all learned so much from you and Im thankful for everything you taught me. You will never be forgotton"
Steven Mullins of Kaneohe bay, HI/USA

"Nick, You are my brother and friend. I will never forget the great times that we had together. Alot of the things I've learned in life that make me a better person I have learned from you. You were the brother I never had. You will be missed. I love you bro."
Lcpl. Cody Hendricks of MCBH Kaneohe Bay

"I did not know Lance Cpl Kirven for very long, but in the short time I spent with his squad I realized the love and respect they all have for him. I am in the army, but I had the honor of being on patrol with him on May 8. Even though he didn't know me very well, he offered to let me tag along with his team that day without hesitation. His squad was the tightest group I have known in my short time in the military, and the loss here is deep, as I am sure it is back home. To his family and friends I offer my deepest sympathy, Nicholas is someone I will never forget."
Trevor of Afghanistan

"To the entire family,

I know how incredible the loss is--it's something that I can barely even fathom. I do want to thank you all, however, for developing such an amazing human being, and for allowing me to be a part of your lives. Nick was always surrounded by an aura of complete generosity and kindness--he infected the world with it. I truly believe he, in his tragically short life, made everyone who knew him a better person simply by being himself. He always let his true colors come through for better and for worse, and honestly, he is one on a very short list of people that I cannot say a single bad thing about. No one is perfect, but he was awfully close. When times get the worst, remember that, and know that he couldn't have been that way without your guidance, dedication, and love. Each one of you is gifted, and I am so fortunate to have you in my life.

Nick--I miss you like crazy, buddy. Thank you so much for all you have done for everyone who knows you, and for this country. No one will forget. Just don't forget to say hi to all of us every now and then. And just be patient... We'll all meet again eventually."
Jessica Tretler of Arlington, VA


Your courage is inspiring, your loss shocking, and your life a memorial for all those who wonder the price of freedom.

To your family, from our family, we grieve for you. We can't imagine the pain or anguish you must feel to lose a child. One can only hope that the valor for which he served, the cause for which he fought, and the place that he now calls home, offer some solace."
The Caron's of Reston, Virginia - Don, Ann, Emily, Kristen and Grace of Reston, VA, USA

"I went to grade school with Nick and knew him for some time. Even at that age you could tell he was meant for something special. Thank you Nick, you are a hero to everyone. We'll always remember you."
John Patrick Tener of Oakton VA

"To Nick's Family:
I send my sincerest condolences to you & for your loss. I was deeply saddened by the news of Nick. My son, LCPL Cody Hendricks spoke of Nick frequently & is now dealing with the loss of his friend & fellow soldier. To Nick's Mom - From one mom to another, I can only imagine your sorrow. It is hard knowing that our sons are in harms way to serve our country - how noble they are. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. Nick was well loved by many that knew him & will never be forgotten.
"Thank You Nick for your acts of courage
to ensure our freedom, you will be
missed by all that knew you"
Sharon George Briones of Greensboro, NC

LEONARD WAHL of valley stream ny usa

"Dear Nick's Family,
I seviced with your son in Hawaii. I was his squad leader when we were both scout swimmers with Kilo Company. This loss saddens me to no end. My family sends all our sympathy and prayers. I did not go with the company to Afganistan, I was sent to Iraq early and missed the deployment with the company. Nick was always in my platoon and his actions at scout swimmer course actually helped me get throught he course. He was always fun and made even the worst times feel good and make you want to be a part of it. I am thankful to have had him in my life and he will always be missed in my life. Thank you for having such a remarkable son. My love and prayers."
Sgt Fairbairn, Christian of Ewa Beach, Hawaii

"Nick came into our life thru Robin and Rusty....we came to love him very much...the water balloons he threw at us in jest at Nags Head, the visits he and Pride made to us in Richmond and the beach...Our kids Heather and Jeff loved Nick very much....Having served 22 years in the Air Force myself---we were comrades in arms..we talked about service life...we talked about the team spirit...we talked about watching out for your fellow team members...Nick loved Beth , Michael, Pride, Joseph, Rusty, Dr Kirven, and Robin and Joe very much...our entire family, and extended family, appreciates the sacrifice he made for this great nation...We appreciate all the heroes---and appreciate the kindness the folks at Dover AFB, and the Military District of Washington and local Fairfax Police did in ensuring Nick's day was special...To all of Nick's family, and extended family, neighbors, and friends---we send our condolences....We pray we all get peace and comfort in putting Nick to rest--and we pray for our President and our Troops. We love you Michael and Beth, Joseph and Pride, Robin and Joe, and Rusty and Dr Kirven."
LtColonel Bob Hawthorne, USAF Retired of Upper Marlboro MD

"To the family and friends of Lcpl Nicholas Kirven,
I am so very sorry for your loss...I never met Nicholas, but can't help feeling a loss. My brother, Lcpl Loren Mitchell Lynch is currently serving with 3/3 Kilo 2nd plt, and was with Nicholas May 8th. Nicholas wasn't aware, but he helped my family on a daily basis. Starting in November, my brother has been sending us the many pictures & videos Nicholas was taking of their deployment in Afghanistan....as you know, these pictures are everything when you're missing a loved one. Nicholas' smiling face was a fixture in the many pictures, and it is obvious he was proud to be a Marine. Once again, I'm so sorry for your loss, the 3/3 kilo, and the entire USMC family is grieving with you. Sincerely,"
Kari Ellison of Orlando, FL

"Dear Kirven and Belle familes,

The courageous sacrifice of Nicholas brings back too painful memories of my nephew, Stephen McGowan, also buried recently in section 60, following his death in Iraq. What most impressed us was the kindness of so many friends and strangers, including that of your cousin, our friend, Kathy Connolly/Cooper. We will try to comfort her now, as she tries to comfort you. The ceremonies and family remembrances contained in the program distributed during the services for Nicholas were a most impressive and loving recognition of what Nicholas accomplished and the role a loving family played in making him who he became. They also made me wish he could have met my nephew, whose life and gifts were similar. My family will visit Nicholas often, as we visit Stephen and the other heroes in Section 60."
Steve Gillingham of Fairfax Station, VA

"Dear Michael, Beth, and family,

Our entire family was very saddened and stunned to hear your news about Nicholas. We cannot even pretend to imagine the great pain you must feel about losing a child, particularly one of which you are so very proud. It must be some small comfort to know he died serving his country and protecting our freedom and the freedom of others. We want you to know that we are here for you and would welcome the chance to help you in any way we can. You will constantly be in our thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time for your family. God bless you.

With love,

The Sheble Family"
The Shebles

"Dear Belle and Kirven families;
My heart aches for all of you in the loss of your most beautiful and gifted son, Nicholas. In the short time I knew him, I was so touched by his gentleness, his many amazing talents, his composure, his strength and his beautiful spirit. He has made the supreme sacrifice for all of us in this country and we will never forget.
He has touched so many in so many ways in his life cut short. Even through his tough times growing up, Nicholas and your family were able to extend lessons learned and help to my children. Arden, Harrison and I owe him and you all so much. Nicholas will always be our hero and now he is the hero to the entire country."
Cam McIntyre of Centreville, VA


Although my family did not know you personally and only met you at one of Joseph's basketball games, your parents and Joseph are very dear friends of our family.
My three sons Jacob, Nicholas and Logan and our entire family want you and your family to know how very brave we think you are. You gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom and the freedom of the people in Afghanistan and for that we are very grateful.

Your mother has described you as "the most kind, loving, warm son," and I know that's true because I know her and she is also warm, kind and loving. She and I talked once about the personality similarities in our boys named Nicholas even though my Nicholas is only just 3 years old. We laughed once when I called my son by a nickname ("Nickles", I believe) and she said that she used to call you that as well.

I wish the people of Afghanistan could know you and what you sacrificed for them and us.

My sons Jacob, Nicholas and Logan want you to know that they will look after Joseph for you. They feel very sad for your family but they know you are in heaven.

Thank you Belle and Kirven families for the beautiful gift of your Nicholas' life and for your sacrifice. We will NEVER forget!!!

The Winans Family"
Jill Winans of Fairfax, Virginia

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 "

"Dear Beth and Michael,

Words cannot express our grief over the death of your lovely son, Nicholas. Please know that he did not die in vain. He was fighting for the ideals upon which our nation was founded and for all of us. Because of young men and women like him, we shall prevail.

His words and pictures from Afghanistan, which you were so kind to share, show a truly kind-hearted and good-natured person. They will remain locked in our hearts forever. Only loving parents of similar spirit could have raised so outstanding a young man. We are honored to be your friends.

In loving memory,
Bea and Dave Shore"
Beatrice and David Shore of Potomac Falls, Virginia, USA

"I wish to pay my respects to Nich and to his family, My condolences to the entire family from another Marine Family here in Texas. I did not know Nich nor his family, my connection is thru my Son, a Marine who was with Nich when he died. My Son and all of Nich's fellow Marines in Kilo co. are reeling from his loss. I want to pass my deepest respect and heartfelt condolences to the entire family at this tragic time. I'm not good with words...but, I just want the family to know that another Marine family is thinking of them at this terrible time and wish in some small way we could take some of the hurt away, it can't be done, I know! But...we are hurting...not near as much as you, not near as deep, not near as whole as you. I hope you can understand what I am trying to say....I wish there was more I could do or say to take some of the pain away. I...as a parent of a Kilo Co. Marine have had days of endless worry and concern for our Marines and my Son and know that I have been so far spared any greivous news, I only wish you could have been spared as well. I am sorry...so very sorry for your Loss and feel terrible in a way as only a parent of another Marine could! May God Bless Nicholas and keep him in his arms. Please know that you are in our Thoughts and Prayers and will be for an eternity. We will never forget your Son."
Jon K. Burns of Wimberley, Texas

"To Nocholas' Family and Friends:

On behalf of the Blanco-Caldas family, we send our sincerest condolences. We share the same loss ... the same pain. Our son returned safely from Afghanistan, only to lose his life in Iraq. Our prayers are with you in this most difficult time and we thank you for your soldier's bravery and sacrifice.

By His Grace,

Gloria Caldas
Proud Mother of Fallen Hero
Capt. Ernesto "The Big Ern" Blanco-Caldas
82nd Airborne, KIA Iraq 12/28/2003
San Antonio, Texas

"Nick you were the best cousin i could ever ask for. You were always there for me when i needed you such as at Pop Pops funeral. You ment everything to me as a role model, hero, and cousin. I love you with all my heart and i wish you werent gone but here with us but you were out defendng our country and what was free. You died doing the best because you were the best Marine I know. I miss you and will see you again in heaven. God bless and be well while you are in the frount row seat watching us from above. Nickolas my hero and cousin I love you."
Sam Hackney of Annandale, Virginia

"Nick ~ You took the road less traveled! You did this to help make our homeland safe and to get "the bad guys" who threaten and scorn the very freedom we enjoy. You will always stand tallest among men. You inspire each of us to take on the toughest challenges and not settle for second best. To the call of 9/11 and less we should ever forget - FREEDOM IS NOT FREE. Our family and this great Country will forever be indebted to you. There is no possible way to repay this debt but to re-dedicate ourselves in your name to have more purpose, courage, strength, and conviction in our own lives. We mourn for your family and love them as our own! You have such a big heart and will be missed by all. God Bless you Nick. YOU ARE OUR HERO!"
the Cantrell family of Chantilly, Virginia

"Nicholas, you accomplished so much in your short time and grew into such a courageous and caring young man. We know you can feel the love and loss of those you left behind. Thank you for being such an inspiration to Kelly and Caitlin; much of what they grow up to accomplish in life will be a result of you."
John Connolly of Atlanta, GA

"Nick I will always remeber the times we had together. I am so sorry I wasn't able to come with you to afganistan and I will not live without that guilt... I was just remebering when we went to californa for assult climbers school and all the trouble we tried to get into... nick I will never forget you...and you will always have my respect and friendship"
Cpl. Micah S. Richmond of MCBH, hawaii

"I was able to keep up with Nicks military life through emails forwarded by my cousin (his father). Nick and his squad were right in the middle of the fight with those responsible for the attacks on our Country. I was touched by his maturity and courage as he battled for our freedom and protection. I knew, as I'm sure he did, that they were in constant peril. Nick and our other soldiers that have given their lives for us will forever be Heroes. He did not waiver in his duty and we must not ever forget him for that."
Butch Johnson of Fort Myers, FL

"Thank you, Nich. My son, my hero. I just hope and pray that I am and will be worth the ulitimate sacrific you have made. I love you."
Dad of Fairfax, VA.

"Dear family members of Nicholas-

Please know that our hearts are aching for you. We have read the articles about Nicholas and know that he was a wonderful young man and a hero. Please accept our deepest gratitude for his contribution to the people of Afghanistan and for the ultimate sacrifice for our country."
The Gillingham Family of Fairfax Station, VA

"Thank you Nicholas Kirven, you will not be forgotten. Your bravery goes beyond words. I want to express my deepest gratitude for your sacrifice. To the family and friends, my prayers and deep condolences in your loss. May God strengthen you from knowing that fellow Americans and people around the world care about you and grieve with you in your loss. God bless you all. A very appreciative fellow American,"
Leo Titus of Grayslake, Illinios

"To the family and friends of Lance Cpl. Nicholas Kirven:
May God's grace be with you during your time of grief. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and we feel your loss and share in your sorrow. Bless Nicholas for the sacrifice he has made to make a better life for the rest of us."
The Ford Family of Wells, Nevada

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