Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Lance Cpl. Nickalous N. Aldrich

21, of Austin, Texas.
Aldrich died from a non-hostile vehicle accident in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California. Died on August 27, 2004.

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Stanislav Riley of Massachusetts

"I was Nickalous's Platoon Sgt stateside just before Iraq and we both were in Golf Company 2/4 there. Nickalous had one of those goofy in a good way personalities. The sort that lightened the mood for those around him. I hope his family, and loved ones can take comfort that he lives on watching over us from Heaven's gates. Thank you for raising him right, and I'm proud to have served with him."
GySgt Scott A. Sherman USMC (RET) of Schertz Tx USA

"My sweet lil Pug. My lil bros twin. We love you and think of you often. Remembering you and Cw always being together. Those memories keep you close to our heart. Vern, Johanna, Jen and David. My thoughts and prayers are always with you all. Happy Memorial Day"
stephanie Hoch Coy of austin, Texas

"To the family of:Nichalous N.Aldrich
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"3-15-11"

"I went to High School with Nick and took Latin with him. Thinking of him today. God bless him and your family. RIP Nick."
Sarah of Austin, TX

"I proudly wear a Fallen Warrior bracelet w/your name ... in your honor. You will not be forgotten."
MSgt Scott J. Sojak of Yokota AB, Japan

"March, 2009
Dear family,
An engraved paver with Nickalous' name has been donated to our library Veterans Courtyard.
If you would like, please email Friends2@Westbanklibrary.com so we may tell you about it. With our sympathy, Pamela Gilliam"
Pamela Gilliam of Austin, TX 78746

"March 18, 2008
To the family of Lance Cpl. Nickalous N. Aldrich:
Nickalous 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

"Nick, we were so close to comin home without having lost anybody from our squad... still to this day i'm haunted by that moment...guess i'll see you at the pearly gates when my time comes. You are missed brother, and your passing serves as a reminder to us all that your devotion to duty and courage as a Marine are what made "ya'all" the hero you are to us all. Semper Fi my friend."
H. Mollo of Phoenix, AZ

"It has been a few years now since you passed. I remember all of the fun times we shared.You were a really close friend and I will forever cherish those times. I wish you were still here."
Tiffany of Austin,TX

"PUG, i did not get the chance to meet you, and for that i am sad but if i had i would thank you for all that you have done and to Jonna i apologize and give my greatest sympathy for the loss of your baby, and your biggest man."
Laura King of San Antonio TX

"You mean a lot to me Marine."
EMc of Texas


to family and friends of Nickalous N. Aldrich,

I attend the community college in our area and we are doing a tribute to Fallen Heroes in Iraq. I am writing a poem concerning Nickalous, and would appreciate additional information concerning him. It is an honor to bring remeberance to those who stood in our place so that we can bask in the privelege of freedom. What were his likes and dislikes, what were his hobbies, did he have brothers and sisters, did he play sports in school, his birthdate, etc. It would mean everything if you would allow me to do this in memory of your son. With your permission I will gladly post a copy of this work to you via E-mail.

Kelvin Parker of Virginia Beach, Va

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!"

"To the family and friends of Lance Cpl. Nickalous Aldrich:
I am so sorry for your loss. Words cannot express the graditude we have for Cpl. Nickalous Aldrich for dying to protect our children."
Sacheen Gamble of Shoreline, WA/ USA

"No words can ever heal your pain. I know this as well. My husband was killed in Iraq on 6/8/05. We have 4 small boys who will never see daddy come home again. All of our soldiers are heroes. Their sacrifice, as well as ours, will not be forgotten."
Barbara Allen of barballen7@hotmail.com

"Hey Nick you are greatly missed buddy I still think about the crazy stuff we did Back in High School and how good of a friend you really are and I can't think you enough for fighting for what you believe in and this great country. I know you are up in heaven watching over all of us I just ask you to please keep watching the rest of our buddies and all of the other soldiers over the globe god bless you and your family."
Chris Wood of Austin,TX

"Semper Fidelis Marine"
LCPL Peeples of 3rd MAW

"You are a true hero, thank you!"
Violet Sepulveda of San Diego Ca

"To the Aldrich family
I extend my deepest condolences and sympathy. I was with Nick in Ramadi and what happened that night still haunts me, but I find comfort in remembering the times we spent together. He was a comical eddition to our many climbing trips, with Brian Teague and myself.We lost a brother that miserible day and he will never be forgotten. Should your family ever need anything please do not hesitate to contact me."
Cpl Marc Coiner of San Clemente CA

"To the family and friends of Lance Corporal Nickalous N. Aldrich,

Those we hold most dear, never truly leave us. May you find comfort in love's everlasting connection.

In the Support section of this web site you will find links to many groups that support you at this crucial time. The Marine Comfort Quilt group would be honored to send a quilt to the next of kin. There are many, loving and caring Americans from all over the United States that will never forget the sacrifice that your loved one has made for our Freedom. Please register so we can send you our "Love Stitched Together."

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

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

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

"To the family of Nickalous,
Our sincerest condolences for your loss. Our family has also suffered the loss of a precious life in the battle for freedom. Nickalous is a true American hero and will always be remembered for his bravery and sacrifice he gave to our country. May God bless you during this difficult time."
The McClain family--azquail@att.net of Tucson, AZ

"To Nickalous' Family and Friends:

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


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

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

"Thank you brave soldier for sacrificing your today for my children's safer tomorrow. You have our utmost respect and gratitude. May God provide your family with comfort in their time of sorrow. May you forever rest in Heavenly peace. Neither you nor your sacrifice will be forgotten."
a grateful family in Phoenix, AZ

"Thank you Nickalous Aldrich, 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. Nickalous Aldrich:
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 Nickalous 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. Nickalous Aldrich:
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 Nickalous, 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