Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Staff Sgt. Nino D. Livaudais

23, of Utah.
Died as a result of severe injuries in Iraq. He was assigned to A Company, 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Fort Benning, Georgia. Died on April 3, 2003.

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Theres not a day that goes by that i dont think about you and Jackie and the kids, i will never forget the fun times nor the hard times. It was an honor to serve our country with you, thank you for teaching me and many others how to be a RANGER. I also want to thank you for being my friend, you and jackie meant so much to me and jenn. Your honor, dicipline, and courage will never be forgotten....... I LOVE YA BRO.


"I wish i got to see you one last time.
Cousin im very proud of you! I know deep inside of all the sadness i have, this is what you were meant to be a hero for america, and theres no doubt in our minds that you died in vain.
I know your in a better place and this is not the end of you. We love you! I LOVE you cousin. Rest In Peace."
Quinzhan Muya of Syracuse, Utah

"i know its been years since you died but i still cant get over it
its like i was too young to understand your death so know that i understand i feel like you died yesterday i cant stop but to cry every time i see your face or read the report or just any time i see your name and im not one to cry but when it comes to your death i cant help it
im in school right now and its taking all my power not to cry i just wish i could talk to you about whats going on in my life all the feelings i dont understand and how my temper is taking control and i cant stop it i wish there was someone i could talk to but there isnt and im afraid of what i might do i love you and miss you so much and now i dont understand how i will get over your death i dont understand how anyone could you was such a great guy and i will always miss you
love raven"
raven of phenix city,al

"I am proud that you served your country. I know you will be missed! My daughter sleeps better at night because of you!"
Robert Plumb of Michigan City, IN

"miss u"
raven siple of phenix, al

"miss u"
raven siple of phenix, al

"gud job"
joey of phinix sitty

"i remember one day in afaganastan, on the HLZ you were yelling at us to get all the * in the jeeps because we just got a resupply, it was so funny because when you started yelling at us, sfc bourdoue started yelling at you because you were yelling at his guys (2nd plt) and it was the first time i seen an NCO yell at another NCO, it was like you were on our level. well brother i miss you and i will never forget what you tought me when i first got to battalion, i love you bye"

"December 30, 2007
To the family of Staff Sgt. Nino D. Livaudais:
Nino 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

"For me Nino set a standard for friendship, one that has yet to be rivaled by anyone else. He was one of the few people I trusted, and he was always there for me during harder times. My only regret was not keeping in touch more often, I just always thought he would be around... I know how nieve that sounds, but it gave me something positive to look forward to... His return...Relieving all the good and bad times, and telling new storyís from our separate paths...Our paths ended in the Arlington cemetery, where a particular song kept playing in my head. One that he said was made for his funeral, but it had a comedic value not appropriate for his services. Either way the thought of it made me smile, and we had that one last joke for old times sake.

Rest in peace, love ya man.

Jackie...Donít be a stranger, contact me at e8s0p1@yahoo.com"
Casey Espinoza of Ogden, Utah, U.S.

"Nino, You are one of the greatest Men I have ever known! I am honored to have had the opportunity to have you in my life and thankful for the gift you and Jackie have given the family. The most beautiful boys ever! You touched my heart and soul in a way that only a lucky few could know. You had posed a question to me one day that I never knew could change my world. You had said to me, "if you were to die tomorrow would you die happy?", of course I chuckled and we went on talking. Later I found myself pondering that question and found that the answer to it was NO. After the loss of your beautiful life I knew I had to change that answer. Because of the strength and life that you had given selflessly to this country I did exactly that. Thanks to you, today my answer to that question would be YES. I love you and will forever miss you.........I think of you always...........Vonnie"
Vonnie White of Basalt, Idaho/USA

"I have been wearing a KIA bracelet with SSG Livaudais' name on it for over a year now. I am honored to wear the name of such a hero, and am each day reminded of the ultimate sacrifice he made so that we may live in a free and peaceful land. With utmost respect and gratitude,"
Allison of Rochester, NY

I would like to say thank you to you and the other two Army Rangers who were also killed in that blast for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Rangers Lead The Way!"

"to the livaudias,
I'm sorry about your lost. i knew nino in high school, I'm so sad to know that he is gone, but i know he will never be forgotten."
ramon of ogden,ut

"May he and his brothers rest in peace."
Ann K. of Long Island

"I was honored to know both Nino,Jackie and their children. He was a true testament to the title Ranger not only in name but also in his heart. If you knew him you would know that he truly wanted to make a difference not only for his own children but for people everywhere. Because of his loyalty to his country he made the ultimate sacrifice along with Jackie and the boys . For that I will always be grateful and honored to have had them as friends. Thank-you all God bless always and I'm always here for anything."
Jennifer of Bristol,Tenn.

"i have a memoreal braclet with this soliders name on it. I decided to find out more about him so i came here. i am sorry for the loss but stay strong, i will not forget him any time soon."
mike of washington dc

"To the family of Nino D. Livaudais, I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. He died a hero defending freedom. May you have the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Hopefully we will all meet in Heaven one day where we will rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need prayer or someone to talk to please call or write my pastor,Rev John B. Pearrell at Gateway Community Church 11677 Brown Bridge Rd. Covington Ga. 30016 phone 770-787-1015. Your friend in Jesus Christ"
Polly Ballew of Covington ,Ga U S A


Miss you brotha. You were a good friend, and I was honored to have been amongst those who laid you to your final rest. You'll be in my heart always.

I was that which others could not be.
I went where others feared to go,
and did what others failed to do.
I asked nothing in return, and readily accepted the thought of eternal loneliness . . . Should I fail.
I have seen the face of terror;
felt the stinging cold of fear;
and enjoyed the sweet taste of a moments love.
I have cried, pained, and hoped . .
But most of all, I have lived times others would say were best forgotten.
At least I can say I am proud of what I am . . .
Chris of Columbus, GA

"To the family of Ranger Livaudais, I offer my sincerest condolences and prayers. This Ranger is a hero to all of us in the Ranger and Airborne community. May God bless you!"
Sgt. J.D. Larsen of 19th Special Forces Group, Utah

"Uncle Nino I haven't seen you since I was little and you were in high school, I've never even met your family. I remember you as a great uncle and person. I will always remember you and what you did for the safety of this country. LOVE YOU ALWAYS!"
Amanda Livaudais of Temecula, CA

"I received my KIA bracelet today in honor of Nino Livaudais. I shared his story with my family and I will wear this bracelet in honor of Nino's altimate sacrifice for our country. Your family will be in our prayers."
Terry Ayers of Hicksville, OH United States of America

"To the friends and family of Nino D. Livaudais:
No words can express how truly sorry I am for your loss. It hurts so much to know how many of us have had to bare this horrible pain. My husband Justin Linden was KIA on June 4, 2004 in Iraq. Your loved one was obviously a strong, brave, and courageous man. I look forward to the day we will all be reunited in heaven, but until then, they will live on forever in our hearts. GOD BLESS!"
Sarah Linden of Portland, OR USA

"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 citizen in arizona

"I want to thank you all for the kind and comforting words. This website has been a comfort for not only me but for mine and Nino's children too. Because of your messages I can better show my children what Daddy fought for. These messages show the "America" that Nino and I love so much. And at the bottom of the page they read the Ranger Creed that their Daddy lived until his last day. Your support for Nino, our soldiers, our country, and our family is greatly appriciated. For all of those who visit this page please read the Ranger Creed at the bottom. If you understand the Ranger Creed, you understand the Ranger. It was etched in Nino's heart and he meant every word of it.
To Nino-Thank you for going to the greatest of legnths to ensure a safe place for me and your children to lay our heads at night. You've always inspired me to be a better person. I love you babe and miss you more than words can say. May God Bless you and the Country you so loved.---"
Jackie Livaudais of Alabama

"dear family,
I never had the chance to know your son, but i do have a fellow ranger friend that knew your son and speaks very highly of him. im sorry for your loss . guess god needed his fellow angels more than we did. god bless and good luck."
morgan of bellingham

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

"In Loving Memory..Its been a year..

At the rising of the sun and at its going down, We remember them.
At the blowing of the wind and in the chill of Winter, We remember them.
At the opening of buds and in the rebirth of Spring, We remember them.
At the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of Summer, We remember them.
At the rustling of leaves and the beauty of Autumn, We remember them.
At the beginning of the year and when it ends, We remember them.
As long as we live, they too will live;
for they are now a part of us, as we remember them.
Rest in Peace Dear Soldier! We will NEVER FORGET!"
The Grogan Family of Lakeland, TN

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

"Nino I know it has been a long time since we last saw each other but what you did is a good thing for the country and the US Army I am proud to say I knew you and I only hope I can do as well as you did, when it is my turn to deploy. My deepest sympathy to the Livaudais."
Spc Amos Salas of Ogden, Ut

"Thank you Nino Livaudais, 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

"Dear Family of Staff Stg. Nino D. Livaudais

I tired unsuccessfully to locate a Utah address to send a card to the family. We want you to know that your son's ultimate scarfice does not go unnoticed by those he was potecting. We are so grateful that young men like Nino are willing to serve in the armed forces. We also lost a son about Nino age and so we know the heart ache you are feeling at this time of the year. May your family & loved ones be comforted knowing that we care about your lost, we pray for your comfort at this time of grief."
MM Pratt of Mapleton UT USA

"Nino, You will be missed but always loved and remembered for your sacrifice for those in Iraq!!! Big Brother Tom"
Tom Livaudais of Oakley, CA

"Our prayers are with your family during this difficult time. Thank you brave soldier, your courage and sacrafice will never be forgotten."
Ken and Maritza Holley of Pembroke Pines, Florida

"Dear family and friends,

I'm deeply sad for your loss. For I have lost another great hero and friend too, mu uncle, Staff Sgt. James W. Cawley. Both of these great heros will never be forgotten. May God be with you."
Lindsey Seamons of Allyn, Washington

"To the Family of SSgt. Livaudais,
Our condolences to your loved ones at this time. Your son truly is a HERO and a Freedom Fighter. May the Lord bring your family continual comfort and strength. We have a son who is still over in Iraq who is an Airborne Ranger attached to a Sniper Scouting unit HHC 1-15th. His name is Sgt. Logan Sibert, and he too sends his condolences."
Kathleen V. Sibert of Redondo Beach, California

"To the family of SSgt Livaudais,
I want to express my condolences to you. I do not know you or your husband but I want you to know you are in my prayers and thoughts. My brother was also killed while in Iraq. He too was from Utah. I know that God took the Best of the Best. I pray that you will feel Peace and comfort at this time. Your husband is a hero in my eyes. He will never be forgotten.

Kim Coons, sister of SSgt. James W. Cawley"
Kim Coons of Roy, Ut

"To the family and friends of Staff Sgt. Nino Livaudais:
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 Nino 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 Staff Sgt. Nino Livaudais:
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 Nino, who continues to live on in your heart."
Tim Rivera, of Powder Springs, Georgia

I regret knowing your husband's name. Because that means he made the front page of the Ledger Enquirer. I am so sorry for you loss. Please take some comfort in knowing that his story is making a difference. I have students who did not understand why they should care about this war. I have posted your story on the bulletin board in my classroom and it has hit the heart strings of many of my students. Thank-you for your sacrifice."
Christie Nestor of LaGrange, GA

"The Ranger Creed
Recognizing that I volunteered as a Ranger, fully knowing the hazards of my chosen profession, I will always endeavor to uphold the prestige, honor, and high esprit de corps of my Ranger Regiment.

Acknowledging the fact that a Ranger is a more elite soldier who arrives at the cutting edge of battle by land, sea, or air, I accept the fact that as a Ranger my country expects me to move farther, faster and fight harder than any other soldier.

Never shall I fail my comrades. I will always keep myself mentally alert, physically strong and morally straight and I will shoulder more than my share of the task whatever it may be. One-hundred-percent and then some.

Gallantly will I show the world that I am a specially selected and well-trained soldier. My courtesy to superior officers, neatness of dress and care of equipment shall set the example for others to follow.

Energetically will I meet the enemies of my country. I shall defeat them on the field of battle for I am better trained and will fight with all my might. Surrender is not a Ranger word. I will never leave a fallen comrade to fall into the hands of the enemy and under no circumstances will I ever embarrass my country.

Readily will I display the intestinal fortitude required to fight on to the Ranger objective and complete the mission though I be the lone survivor.


RIP Brave Warrior..We shall never forget you.."
The Taylors, USMC of NC

Honor them by remembering... Freedom - is their gift to us But his soul goes marching on