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Age:   25
Hometown: Falls City, NE
Date of Death: 11/24/2004
Incident Location: Anbar province, Iraq
Branch of Military:   Marines
Rank: Sgt.
Unit: 2nd Low Altitude Air Defense Battalion, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing
Unit's Base: Cherry Point, Neb.

You could trust Nick Nolte with your life. After all, both Bill Clinton and President Bush did. Nolte was a member of the Presidential Helicopter Squadron HMX-1 _ better known by the call sign Marine One whenever the nation's commander in chief was onboard. "Ever since he was little, he wanted to be in the service. He wore Army fatigues. It was something he liked," said Nolte's uncle Matt Santo. "He thought it was neat to protect his country. He was proud of it." Nolte, 25, of Falls City, Neb., died Nov. 24 of injuries he sustained in a Nov. 8 blast near Baghdad. He was based in Cherry Point, Neb. A 1998 high school graduate, Nolte enlisted after high school and then re-enlisted at the start of the Iraq war. In the Nov. 8 blast, Nolte injured his arm and leg, which became infected. The decision was made to amputate and he died the next day. Nolte liked to hunt, go camping and to drive a four-wheeler. His father, Bradley, died several years ago, leaving the young Nolte his four-wheeler. He is survived by his wife, Melina, and a 3-year-old daughter, Alanna.
Source: Associated Press
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