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Age:   25
Hometown: Stokesdale, NC
Date of Death: 12/6/2006
Incident Location: Ramadi, Iraq
Branch of Military:   Army
Rank: Sgt.
Unit: 1st Battalion, 37th Armor Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored
Unit's Base: Giessen, Germany

Daniel Baker remembers meeting Nicholas R. Gibbs at age 7 when they lived on the same dirt road.
"I went down the dirt road, and we started throwing rocks at each other," Baker said. "That's how we met, and best friends ever since."
Gibbs, 25, of Stokesdale, N.C., was killed by a sniper Dec. 6 in Ramadi. He was a 2000 high school graduate and was assigned to Giessen, Germany.
Baker recently got a replica of one of Gibbs' tattoos, a cross with angel wings, on the back of his shoulder. Baker put "Nick" in the center. "He would take the pain for me; I'll take the pain for him," Baker said.
An avid Ohio State football fan, Gibbs was ready for a national championship win for his team in January. He was planning to drive his dad's Corvette, go to a welcome-home bonfire in March when his enlistment ended, and have a steak and a beer at his favorite restaurant, Logan's.
After he was laid off from his job at Timco Aviation Services, he decided to join the Army as a way to serve his country after the terrorist attacks of 2001.
He is survived by his mother, Debbie Halstead, and his father, Michael Gibbs.
Source: Associated Press
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