Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Pfc. Nicholas R. Cournoyer

25, of Gilmanton, New Hampshire.
Cournoyer died in Baghdad, Iraq, from injuries sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his HMMWV during combat operations. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 22nd Infantry, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum, New York. Died on May 18, 2006.

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"Nick, I just watched "Loan Survivor" ..bad idea... I normally don't watch things about war since war is what took you. I hate that you had to pass the way you did and that there was nothing any of is back home could have done to get you out safely. Your always with me, I put this damn tattoo of your initials on my neck witch makes everyone ask me what NC stands for. I tell them it stands for a hero.. A friend, someone who always looked out for his friends, you saved my scrawny * more than once. Thank you buddy... Thank you for protecting our country... You will NEVER be forgotten... I love you"
Caleb Anderson

"Today marks the 7 year anniversary of the day they took you from us. We miss you, Lonnie, and Rob tremendously. Rest easy, brother."

"nick it has been almost 7 years it never gets easy.I haven't been able to stop bye to say hi but i think of you every day i hope my mom and dad are there with you and aunty and uncle i miss you and love you cusin"
michael sidney of Meredith NH

"To the family of:Nicholas R. Cournoyer
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""

"Happy Birthday Nick, you'll always be in our hearts brother. DnW"
J.S. of West Plains, MO

"NICK,im listening to Slipknot at 2am and you popped into my head. you always were such a good dude. I miss you man, thank you for all you ever did. Bless your family bro,ill catch you on the flipside man."
Blaney of NH

"Nick, you are not forgotten. My love to your family."
Mary Ralya of Brenham, TX

"Nick, its nearing 5 years. I will never forget your sacrifice. I didnt have the honor of knowing you, but as a proud soldiers angel, all our heroes are dear to us. Your memorial sits outside of Gilford Highschool. You are not forgotten dear hero."
Terry Breton of Gilford, NH

"Mad wicked Cournoyer. Miss you bro, Life's not the same without you. I try to stay motivated going to the gym but its just not the same without you. I miss our fireman carry runs, I looked like a tree branch on your back and you looked like a tree trunk on mine."
Lago of CA

"hey buddy its dave. i miss you soo bad and wish you were here to share a beer with me tell the boys i said hi and i love and miss them!

P.S i still even knowing what happend that day wish you would of let me drive that truck and you took my spot as a dismount that day"
SGT Breeden, David of 1st platoon B CO 2-22 inf Fort Drum, NY

"May 18, 2009
It has been three years now, and you are greatly missed by all who knew you. I said a silent prayer at your resting place today and for your Mom, Dad and Natalie. You are our hero."
Lynn of Belmont NH USA

"Nick, your one of the greatest friends someone could ask for. I sure do miss you man. May the next world benefit from you, as much as this world, and all of of us has.
Spc Robert Leu of Indianapolis IN

"To Seth Burda, This is PFC Nicholas Cournoyer's mother Lenda in Gilmanton, New Hampshire. Yes Seth we do remember you from graduation day at Fort Benning, GA. I hope all is well with you and your family. When our son passed away I tried to contact you by the phone number Nicholas had in his notebook. That telephone number is no longer in service. I've tried through directory assistance and the internet. I would love to speak with you. Please email me at lenda@metrocast.net"
Lenda Cournoyer of Gilmanton, N.H. 03237

"May 29, 2008
To the family of Pfc. Nicholas R. Cournoyer:
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

"Dear Aunt Lenda, Uncle Denis, and Natalie, I'm thinking of you and praying for you all the time, but especially on this Memorial Day 2008.
May you have peace from God.
Love, Janice"
Janice V. Newton of Los Angeles, California

"Cub Scout Pack 2 & Boy Scout Troop 2 of Antrim, New Hampshire have a tradition of marching for a fallen soldier in the Antrim & Bennington Memorial Day parades. To honor the sacrifice of Nicholas R. Cournoyer, a Scout will march for him in our May 26, 2008 parade, carrying a card bearing his name, picture and a brief note about him. The Scouts of Troop 2 and Pack 2 will not forget his contribution to freedom."
Brian Beihl, Scoutmaster of Antrim, New Hampshire USA

"Today is the 5th Anniversary of the war in Iraq. I am driven to thank you again, Nick, for your sacrifice to keep us safe and free. We all miss you so much."
Lynn of Belmont NH USA

"Dear lenda and dennis cournoyer,
You probably dont remember me but i met you in georgia at our graduation from basic.I have been trying to get ahold of nick for so long with no luck.The last time i spoke with him was right before he left for iraq.I was looking all over the internet trying to find a myspace page or some way to get in contact with him,but instead found this.I dont even know what to say.....he was one of my best friends and he will truly be missed.I just wish i could have found out sooner.Deepest condolences.....seth burda"
pfc Burda of portland,OR

"Dear Lenda & Dennis Cournoyer, This is Christina Hackett (Tyler Hackett's Mom). When Tyler told me of your loss my heart sank. I can only imagine the pain of losing a son. I pray every day that God walks with our sons who protect us. I have dedicated a light in Nick's memory on the Christmas Tree in the town square. God comfort you and your family during this season of gathering in his love. Remembering Nick and Tyler as young boys brings a warm feeling to my heart. He is dearly missed."
Christina Hackett of Greencastle, PA

"in memory of lance corporal robert moscillo who was killed in action defendeding our country. he was killed on may 1, 2006. gone but not forgotten."
debbie didonato of fremont, n.h. usa

"To the Nicholas R. Cournoyer family,my deepest sympathy and prayers go out to you and your family during your time of personal loss. I too am a Cournoyer and live in Michigan, but I do feel your pain and may the Lord be with you to help lighten the burden you now have"
sharon cournoyer coppy of Genesee, Michigan usa

"Nick..you will be missed but not forgotten..nor your bald * head bouncin around at all the a voice of reason shows..regulatin that fool at the black cat for *in with jimmy..and the never ending support for the tunes!! gags and jimmy in tempus mori im sure feel the same..cheers brother!! till we meet again! natalie, i am so sorry, best wishes in your time of loss..words cannot express...sincerely glenn farmer,humboldt,california"
glenn farmer of humoldt county,california

"To the Cournoyer Familiy from me to you...Your son Nicholas has touched so many people and it is so sad that he is gone...some days I cry about it, and others I just look up and say a prayer...my condolences are with you all..I remember when I last saw Nicholas..he was the first person I told of my enlistment to, and he told me that I was crazy but if it was what I wanted then to go ahead and do it..I have come to realize that when you loose someone you are close to, it sticks with you forever..there are days that go by, and I say to myself it cant be real, but now...as today marks the one month date of his death I cant live on in denial anymore...it just does not seem real...this summer it is going to be really hard to not see him in person but to see him in spirit..Nicholas was an awesome friend to all who knew him...May he rest in peace...RIP Nicholas...you will always be remembered by all your friends and famiy. Especially me...love u"
PFC April M Driesse of manchester, NH USA

"Nick, I was thinking of you and your family today. I am wearing the red ribbon, in your memory and have had many questions as to who you are. I have told everyone, that we are very proud of you and what you believe in. I told you when I met you how proud of you I was, wished you safety and peace. We miss you and we love you."
Lynn Carey of Belmont NH USA

"My son is Nicholas Cournoyer. We are grateful for your support from all over the country. Nick was proud to serve in the military. Our hearts go out to Nick's fallen brother's families. It seems as though the loss will never lessen, however we find comfort in each other and hope that you do as well. In time we know that we will be reunited with our son."
Lenda & Denis Cournoyer of Gilmanton, N.H.

"To the Family of Pfc Nick Cournoyer,
My son 1LT Rob Seidel was killed with Nick. I want you to know that Rob thought a lot of Nick, the "Destroyer".
He shared stories and pictures of the men in the platoon when he was home in Feb and those men were family to him. My heart goes out to you and I want you to know that my prayers are with you that God will Bless you and help you through your pain.
Nick is a Hero to all of us."
Sandy Seidel of Gettysburg, PA/USA

Please KNOW so many people share your sadness,
and we are remembering your family in your loss and your deep grief.
Our nations HERO, Nicholas will be remembered by name.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Pat & Sandi Breckenridge / Montana God Bless you ALWAYS.
May we never forget: FREEDOM ISN'T FREE!"

"I cannot find the words. Your grief is shared by so many. God Bless you at this time of sorrow. In our town of Alton, NH Nicholas was spoken of at our Memorial Day Celebration and we all prayed for him and also for you to find stregnth. Let us not forget those who gave their lives so that we may have our freedom. Thank you Nicholas...Rest In Peace."
The Baker Family of Alton, New Hampshire

"I am sorry for your loss, and thank you for this supreme sacrificee. Words cannot express my sorrow that so many military families are facing out of the spotlight. You loved one will never be forgotten. My father served in VietNam,and died years later due to complications of injuries from his service. He is with us. God bless you"
Kay Nelson of Bethesda, MD

"Although Nick had a hard outside shell, for those who knew him personally it was only a shell. Nick had the largest heart and was always willing to give the shirt off his back if it would help someone else. I have become a the proud mother of a two year old son since last seeing Nick. I have a very deep respect for what it takes to raise a child. I send my deepest sympathy's to his parents. Mr. & Mrs. Cournoyer I want you to know that you raised a great man. He will never be forgotten."
Sara Eisenhauer (DeSchuiteneer) of Belmont, NH

"To the family of Pfc. Cournoyer, your loved one was killed with ours May 18, 2006. My baby brother was LTC Daniel Holland. We are devastated by his death and want you to know that we are truly saddened by the loss of your Nicholas. They are both heroes. May they rest in peace. And God bless you and help you in your time of such sorrow and pain, Mary Ralya"
Mary Ralya of Brenahm, TX

"To the family and friends of Nicholas, our prayers go out to you in this time loss. May you find confort in the days to come.
Nicholas will not be forgotten by his brothers of the 22nd Infantry Regiment.

President, 22nd Infantry Regiment Society"
E. Q. Skip Fahel of Sarasota, FL

"To the Cournoyer family from the Wahl family. our heart and prays are with Nick and your family. we fully, understand the heart. healing is a slow process. Always be understanding and supportive toward one another. You all loved Nick very much and in your own way. he loeved you ii ver much. As he knew you all loved him dearly. reflect on the many many fond and precious memories each of you shared together. Nick is resting now still he is with you, you only need to place your hand over your HEART! Nick thank you for being a military brother to our son Gregory. You are together now. you hadn't known one another prior, you do now. you have not died in vain! you are remembered TODAY, and all the tomorrow's: never evr to be forgotten. You have touched the hearts of so many to those in your community, friends ( the old and new), your miltary family (brother's and sister's)and your loving family. reach out to your community and political leaders TODAY> Request that a street be named in Nicholas honour. He not only served his COUNTRY, he served his community, county and state. You are in my prays!"
leonard_wahl@hotmail.com of Texas

"If he can stand in battle to ensure our freedom,
We can stand in grief with his family to honor him……

In Remembrance of Pfc. Nicholas Cournoyer,

To the Cournoyer Family, our sincerest and heartfelt condolences are extended to you for the loss you have endured. We pray that in time grief will turn to pride and the pain of loss will be replaced with peace in knowing your loved one is in the hands of the Lord.

For every fallen hero, there is a bright star that shines in the evening sky to remind us that freedom is a cherished gift and it is not without sacrifice.

May you take comfort in knowing that many families across this great nation grieve with you in your time of sadness.

Our prayers are with you for peace and healing.

Bruce and Karen Thurston of Gilford, NH

"Thank you Nicholas Cournoyer, 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 Pfc. Nicholas Cournoyer:
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 Pfc. Nicholas Cournoyer:
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