Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Lance Cpl. Nicholas B. Morrison

23, of Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
Morrison died due to hostile action in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Died on August 13, 2004.

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"I am Gregory Morrison SFC Retired, I am a Viet Nam Era Vet. I thank God everyday for all the Blessing I have received. I want to say Thank you for Giving your life for our Country. One who Gives, is life for Freedom is truly a should be Honored. I Want to Thank YOU and your family for your commitment to our Country."
Gregory Morrison of Millington, TN

"Nick Sophie speaks of you often, almost as if she knew you although she never had the opportunity to do so. I think of you on a regualr basis as well. You were a great kid and a good solider. We all still love and miss you."
Mike Bastian of Pontiac IL

"As I remember my son Brent today on his birthday, 7/26/11, I also remember all of the Fallen Heroes. Peggy and I became friends months after losing our sons and have remained close all these years. Out of the darkness of grief, life-long friendships have formed and we talk about you often. You are one of my heroes and you will not be forgotten."
Molly Morel of Martin TN

"To the family of:Nicholas B.Morrison
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"3-26-11"

"Nick was the one and only mine in my heart of hearts. I dated him since I was 16 yrs old and miss him each and everyday! even, now 10 years later I think of him in every way. One day we will be together again. . .I miss and love you! and if everyone ever knew I was the last one in PA to see you and I was the last one to hear your voice. . . I love you so much! always and forever!"
Denise of Pennsylvania

"Today is not only the day that is the title of a lame horror series... Today is the day that lives in our minds as the day we lost a friend... A brother. Miss you Nick. Can't believe it's been six years. Always thinking of you, warrior."
Forest L. Hewlin of Warrenton, NC

"For memorial day, we visited the Middle East Conflicts wall in Marseilles Illinois. My boys wanted to make a rubbing of a soldiers name on the wall and they chose Nicholas. Today we honored Nicholas, and all of the soldiers who died while serving and protecting our country. We did not know you Nicholas, but we will not forget you. May 31, 2010"
Jennifer, Kyle and Parker of Illinois

It was nice to see you at Arlington again this year. Somehow I just knew you would be there. I am glad you had the opportunity to ride with the convoy of trucks bringing the wreaths from Maine to Arlington. You continue to honor your son's memory! God Bless!"
Col(Ret) Werner G. Schmidt, Jr. of Boiling Springs, PA

"July 3, 2008
To the family of Lance Cpl. Nicholas B. Morrison:
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

"Nick was not just my cousin. but i was a very good friend too. i used to come over to his house and play baseball and football with him. im going to miss him alot."
Nathan Hollenbaugh of chestertown, maryland

"Good morning, my name is Gunnery Sergeant Miller and I was the section leader of LCpl Morrisons CAAT Plt. There is not a day that goes by that I don't think of LCpl Morrison. He impacted my life so much. There is so much I want to say, but words on the internet can't explain what I feel. There are emotions out there, that I have. I know it has been a few years, since I talked to you. But there is so much I need to say to you. I blame myself for your lost. I play back that patrol every night in my head, and think of what I should of done different. I will never forget your son and I hope that someday we will talk and I can tell you in details on how I feel. I am sorry for not leaving a message sooner. I thought I was strong enough to handle it. Forever in my mind.
Gunnery Sergeant Miller (910) 526-8299"
Gunnery Sergeant Miller of Jacksonville, nc USA

"I am proud to wear his name on my rememberance bracelet. We will never forget the sacrifice he and his comrades have selflessly laid so that freedom will perpetuate. We will never be able to express the gratitude that those of this and other free nations owe to heroes like Lance Cpl Morrison. God Bless you and your family. Thank you."
Brandon of San Marcos, Tx

"I knew Nick for many years. School, football, work and just hanging out. He was a great person and an even better friend. I am currently stationed in Oak Harbor, WA in the US Navy and just want the Morrison family to know they are always on my mind and in my heart. God Bless. Love ya Nick."
Stephen Hockenberry of Oak Harbor, WA

"I think of Nick and Peggy, Joe, Joey and Sammy often! Nicky was hands down and undeniably THE cutest, sweetest little guy at the ball field back in 'our' day!! What a wonderful time in our lives....He and his family will remain in my heart the rest of my life."
Gretchen W. McCarren of Newville, PA USA

"I am honored that I was able to meet you and hold you close during the Visitation of our beloved Lance Corporal Jason Frye who was laid to rest on October 18th,2005. We grieve for Jason as if he were our son since he loved our daughter so much. Please know I will light a candle for you at Mass and pray for you. Nicholas and Jason are together now. God Bless you."
Kathy Odato of Landisburg, PA. USA

"As a nurse that took care of fallen soilder's i can tell you that i think of each one of them every day...and that we tried our best to bring them home...i pray for every one of you that some day you may find peace...Thanks for protecting me Nicholas!"
jen of Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

"I just want to let you know your son is remembered and revered, especially as we approach the anniversary of his sacrifice. My son (Sgt. Brian Stokes)served in Iraq with him in the 2/2 and Nick's pictures are in his photo album. As a mother, I think of you often and add you to my prayers. May God grant you strength and peace."
Heather Grossnickle of Gibsonville, North Carolina

"I am so sorry at the loss of your son, I am the father of 3 young boys and am also a former Marine and live in Eastern Pennsylvania. I am happy to offer to the family of Nick a free oil portrait of your son. No strings or gimmicks, just a small token from a grateful citizen and Marine. Please email me at psmiley1@aol.com for details and check out my artwork at www.yessy.com/smiley

Look under the "Fallen Heroes" section.

My deepest sympathies and thanks."
Paul Smiley of New London, PA

"From the playgrounds and the schoolbus to the classroom and the workplace, you were always there for me. Having grown up with you, I look back fondly on the times we shared and the friendship we had. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Morrison family. May God bless you."
Scott Whistler, USN of Newville, PA

"I knew Nick personally because he was my boss at Food Lion in Carlisle, PA before we all got laid off. Nick truly was a great guy. He was always there for me. In fact I remember having problems with one of the front bosses, where Nick stepped and and pulled me under his department telling me "I'll take care of you." I know Nick believed in what he was fighting for. He wasn't afraid of anything. God bless you Nick. Thank you to all the soldiers fighting for our country. I am in Army ROTC now and hope I get the chance to serve my country as you all did. Don't give up, believe in our country and what we are fighting for."
Scott Darhower of Carlisle, Pa

"I did not know your son well, but I do have some good friends who knew him well, and they all had the best things to say about "Cheddar Bob," as he was called by his CAAT team members. From what I understand, he was a good Marine who brought a little sunshine into an otherwise drab existence. I saw his memorial service at FOB St. Micheal in Mahmudiyah, Iraq, and I stopped to pay my respects. It may not help to ease your pain, but some of the people he went there to help, Iraqis, also stopped and came to the position of attention to pay their respects to a fallen hero. Your son gave his life for his country, and more importantly, he gave his life defending people who couldn't help themselves. He will be missed in 2/2, and he will be missed outside of it, as well."
Lcpl Elliott 2/2 G Co





"We are so sorry for your loss. We lost Army Spc.Joshua Justice Henry on 9-20-04. This was the hardest day of our lives. We honor these guys as our Heroes and hope no one else has to go through with what we are all dealing with. Rest in peace Nicholas, and thank you for serving your country to the fullest"
Henry family of Vandergrift , PA

""I'am a marine with 2/2 I was a CAAT marine with your son. I would just like to say a few things even though i know it wont ease the pain. Nick or Cheddar Bob as we called him was a fine marine and even a greater person. I remember there where times when i felt down and just hated life and i needed to talk to someone nick would always sacrifice some time to help me out wether it be just some friendly advice or make me laugh with his humor.He made us all better people just to have had the privilage to be around him or even work with him. he is deffinately missed by CAAT and all that knew him in 2/2. the most memorable thing i remember about ole cheddar bob is his homur and his pink shirt flip flops and straw hat he used to wear i dont know why anyone would wanna wear that around town but he picked up all kinds of chicks. Only nick would sacrifice his pride to bring a smile to others faces. I miss him more and more as the deployment comes to an end i miss seing his face around the FOB most of all I miss his company. We all came to Iraq thinking we were invincible, just young fellars who couldnt be scratched I guess we were wrong we have lost A true Brother in nick. and even i was injured in an IED blast last week. many have made sacrafices over here but they were for a good cause. I have heart felt sorrow for your loss I know nothing can replace nick I can't even imagine what went through your mind when you got word of his death. Life must be hard without him but for many of us life was made better by knowing your son. We are doing everything we can to stop the terroist who harm our brothers lifes our own and the familys back home.I just hope the violence ends before we lose another great brother as fine as your son. I didn't realy know what to say in this im just a simple 19 year old from Eastern, Kentucky who happens to be a marine but i hope every lil bit helps. Im sorry for your loss. "HE may be gone but not Forgotten".

Sincerely, LCPL.Young
"Semper FI""
Lcpl. Young of FOB. St Michael , IRAQ

"I never knew Nick as a soldier, but i loved him as a little brother. He had alot of pride and always had to be the best in everything he did (including beating Joey at basketball on the family basketball court). We lost a great person, whom would have done great things. Morrisons', I love you all. I am always close by."
Chad of Hummelstown, Pa

"To the family and friends of Lance Corporal Nicholas, B. Morrison,

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

"My son GySgt Ronald Baum was a member of the 2nd/2nd..2nd Intel Div/2nd Mar
He was killed in Al Anbar Province May 3rd 2004..my thoughts and prayers are with you. Please if you need to talk to someone who is walking the same walk of grief that you are, my email is connincrew@aol.com. It helps to talk with others going through the same grief and horror. We are so proud of our Marines..Semper Fi..and we have to be as strong as they were..so we need reinforcements here at home. Anytime, anytime. Please feel free to call 1-814-934-2206...anytime.
God's blessings and strength during this time of sorrow.
Connie, Gy Sgt Baum's MOM"
Connie Hilling of Williamsburg, PA

"My son. Lt. Neil Santoriello was killed the same day as yours. We share your pain. Dickinson College is planning a memorial for my son, perhaphs I can meet you in Carlise.
All who are serving are heroes."
Diane Santoriello of Verona, Pa

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. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"I am very sorry to be informed of the loss of your loved one. May God be with your family through out this very trying time. I feel very blessed and thankful to have soldiers like your son so we all can feel secure under the blanket of freedom he has provided us."
ryan knisely of East Berlin, pa

"I am very sorry to be informed of the loss of your loved one. May God be with your family throught this very trying time."
ryan knisely of East Berlin, pa

"My heartfelt condolences for your loss. As a veteran I understand the ultimate sacrifice Nicholas has given for the cost of freedom. He will never be forgotten."
Troy C Dahlin of Duncannon, PA

"I am so sorry for your loss. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are will you."
Tara Harvey of Itt technical institute

I am deeply saddend by the loss of your brother in service to his country. May God be with you and your family during this trying period."
Earl Zimmerman (Joe's Instructor) of Carlisle, PA

"Our hearts go out the the family of Nicholas B. Morrison in your time of sorrow. He will always be remembered as a true American Hero."
The Crochet Family of Chauvin, LA

"May peace be with you Nick...Newville will long remember you. A legacy in our hearts, many memories you have left behind."
K. Howland of Newville, Pennsylvania

"We extend our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of this brave patriot, Nicholas. God bless those who choose to fight for our freedom."
The Starr Family of Glenshaw Pa USA

"Thank you brave soldier for sacrificing your today for my children's safer tomorrow. You have our utmost respect and gratitude.
May G-d provide your family with comfort in their time of sorrow. May you forever rest in peace. Neither you nor your sacrifice will be forgotten.
A grateful citizen and a Proud Marine Mom,"
Lily of Wakefield MA

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

"To Nicks family,

I cant even understand or feel what you are feeling now. May you know that I am praying for you, and hoping you all heal from this tragic time. The world grieves with you and crys the same tears of a loss. I am most certain he was a great man,friend and son. I have suffered other losses of different ways, but just as much I have loved them, as you have love for Nick. May you find strenghth in our Lord at this time in need. God Bless your family."
Gale Rahn of Shermansdale, Pa. USA

"Nick will be remember by most for the sacrifice he made for our country, he gave all he could give. We will remember him for how he touched our lives, for the passion that he had, and the happiness he gave his family. We love him very much and will miss him dearly. He will always be in our hearts and memories. He was just promoted, called to a higher duty. We are so proud of him and will never forget him!"
Alice Rahn & Family (Cousin) of Ickesburg, PA

"To Nicholas' 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 the family of Nicholas Morrison;

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

"To Nicholas' 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 Nicholas Morrison, 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 Morrison:
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 Morrison:
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