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December 21, 2006

Our thoughts and prayers are always with you. We pray that you find peace and strength, especially during this holiday season.

Please know that you have many people, some that you may never meet, who think of you often and keep you and your family in our hearts.

Take care.
December 20, 2006
Last Friday, I came home to another American Flag and a beautiful Certificate that was left at our door. The Flag was in a bag and certified, that it had been flown on a mission over Iraq on one of the Predator Planes in honor of Nick. The certificate was signed by the Major, Pilot, Contractor (our friend's brother who delivered it to our door) and another Air Force individual. It is very very nice. I have been given a NAVY Scrap book, which is full of all of Nick's certificates/accomplishments so I'll have to get another one, to proudly display this certificate as well. Christmas is going to be very tough without my Nick. He would have been getting out of the Navy next month and we probably would have been moving. I will forever keep Nick close to my heart. He is my hero, my husband, my lover, and my very best friend and soulmate forever and a day...
December 18, 2006
I thought this blurb from the Binghamton Press was nice to see," The Mildred Faulkner Truman Foundation of Owego has awarded the Village of Newark Valley a special grant in the amount of $8320 to provide fencing for the new Nicholas Wilson Memorial Bike and Skate Park located on Whig Street." This is a lasting memory to our fallen hero. We love you Nick.
Love, Aunt Sandy
November 28, 2006
Dear Linda

It was so nice to have you home for Thanksgiving. I am happy we were able to spend some time together. This will be a though time for you comming up, just know that I am here for you always. I think of Nick and am grateful for everything he did for our great country. I love you Linda.
November 27, 2006
I made it home safe and sound... I would have preferred to have been a kitchen slave and cook the entire meal for Nick, but I did the next best thing....I spent it with my family after all. They love me, I know Nick loves me, and that is all that matters. Back to work I go....
November 26, 2006
Bob, Rachel, Amber, Brian and Mike and Linda--Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Hope you hade a restful and happy holiday.
Love, Maggie Tarbox
November 25, 2006
Aunt Ray, Uncle Bob, Mike, Bri, Amber and Linda: I think about you all often. Especially during the holidays. I am thankful for Nick, and all of you. I just wanted you to know that. I hope you will find strength and some joy during this holiday season. With love...
November 24, 2006
I love you Nickoli....I always will...forever and a day....I wish you were here with me....I'll be home soon...until then, I cannot wait to kiss your urn now that it is almost complete. I love you Nick....I know you know that.
November 24, 2006
We are so thankful for the kind of man Nick was. He was one of the best sons, husbands, brother, cousin, nephew,grandsons there was. We are thankful for his service to our country. Tomorrow several of the women in our family are getting together at gramma's house to put together 4 Marine Comfort Quilts to be given to other families who have lost love ones. We will have lots of good conversation and memories of our special man. He is our Hero.
Love, Aunt Sandy
Whitney Point, New York
November 21, 2006
the holidays are hard, especially thanksgiving, its hard to be thankful, but we have to be thankful for all the lives he saved while over there and all the lives he's touched, he was a great brother and friend. it still seems like it happened yesterday and it's almost been a year already. I miss you so much nick and theres not a day that goes by that i don't think about you, we have a lot of great memories together and thats something that i'll carry with my for the rest of my life!!! thank you for keeping us all safe over here, you are my hero. i love you sooo much, my house is covered in pics of you and the flags we got and every day i remember the sacrafice you made so that we could be here safe today!! thanks again. I love you brother and i'll see you again someday!! Happy thangsgiving in heaven!!
November 20, 2006
We would have been going home to my house for Turkey Day....I had already purchased our tickets and will keep them for another trip. I'm just thankful that my immediate family members were able to meet Nick when we went to Vegas....I've recently been to another is so sad that all of this has taken place. It kind of leaves you numb.
November 17, 2006
Thank you for your entry.....
November 13, 2006
Dear Linda,

You dont know me, but I feel as though I know you and your handsome angel. I have seen all of the tributes that you have made for him, and it brought me to tears. I am the wife of an army soldier, and you are living all wives worst nightmarem, and I want you to know that you are admired and thought of by a stranger. You are so strong, and courageous. I do not know why God takes some young people, and men like your husband that seem to have a lifetime ahead of them. But I do know that your husband is now in Gods army, and forever your angel. I wish that I could somehow take away your pain, and bring Nick home. You are a wonderful women, with a husband that will eternally be our nations hero, he died serving all of us, and I thank him for that. God Bless you.
November 12, 2006
I still can't believe he's gone, and I still cry when I see his photos. I remember Nick when we were kids. We always sat next to eachother in home room because we shared the same last name. I still have all of our class photos from each year with him in them. I can't remember a single negative thing about him, and I can only remember him smiling. He was the nicest, most sincere person in school, and everyone just loved him. I've never met anyone as big hearted, and probably never will. I will never forget him, and my thoughts and prayers are with his loved ones.
November 08, 2006
Veteran's Day is upon us. I went to the funeral home yesterday and met again with the director, he is so kind, he had me laughing. He also stated that he was a retired Navy pilot, served his 20 and got out. I took along pictures of Nick and me and us and our friends....he said "Linda, I'm not into men, but Nick is a good looking man", and I was like "you're telling me, this I know!" I spent about an hour there and we discussed many things and it was kind of a relief or a peaceful thing. They did want I wanted them to do no questions asked. They are very professional and stayed true to my every concern/request. Nick is now again, safely home with me, sealed professionally and will be sealed permanently should something happen to me, our ashes will be combined and taken to a designated place. I miss my Nick. I just put out the flag, ribbons, etc. Saturday is Veteran's Day, and I'm going to another funeral. It is going to be hard, but I am going. Please keep praying for our troops...I still cannot believe that my Nick is never coming home. I love him more than words can say....and at my work, we remember him all the time and all the crazy wacky stuff he'd do when bringing me lunch or just in general....Nick still keeps us in stitches even though he is gone....He's not gone, he's not far away...He's here with me. And I think he visits from time to time, if you only knew!
November 04, 2006
Dearest Linda,

I know you're being so very brave and I know that Nick would be so proud of you. I miss you and I can't wait to see you next week. It'll be so great to catch up. Take good care of yourself.

November 02, 2006
Tonight, I looked at Nick's ashes for the first time. I am having something added to his urn and have to re-visit the mortuary...that is my decision. I was told not to view it alone, which I did, because I can do whatever I feel is right and whatever I want to...I have that right. And, that entailed an hour+ crying. But, to touch what is left of him, I wondered why it had taken me so long to view it. I didn't know if I wanted to, it was so easy, yet I didn't want to, but I finally did, now it will be permanently sealed. If you think about it, Nick's memorial Service was held on February 23rd...he was not cremated until February 25th, and I arranged to pick Nick at a date appropriate for me. It was also made clear between parties, that the next time an NAVY EOD casualty comes home...the wife should be taken to the back before the door is lifted. I had to produce another death certificate today, which opened the wound again....and that is probably why I decided to view my Nick. It's my personal business so I'm not sharing any information with anyone...Just keep praying for our troops....
October 30, 2006
I am soooo sorry about your loss. It was brought to my attention
through the Yahoo EOD Memorial Group. My son’s name, Staff Sgt. Russell
J. Verdugo KIA 5/23/05, Baghdad EOD was added to the wall last May
also. I and my husband Neil were blessed to be invited. We sat next to
his widow, Kari. Russell loved his job but more importantly his new
bride, Kari. I pray that you and Kari find peace from the God’s Holy
Spirit as you both grieve the loose of your beloved husbands.
I still cry at times too over memories that just flood in. I also
re-watch Russell’s videos, and pictures he took and his and Kari’s
wedding weekend photos. They had only been married about 6 weeks when
Russ went to Iraq. Kari was the love of his love. We keep in contact,
which is a blessing for me.
I am proud of the sacrifices made for us and our nation and our world
for freedom by our fine men and women. So many have made the ultimate sacrifice over the years for our freedoms, but we miss them so.
We shall be with them again in the “Sweet By and By”.
September 29, 2006
Today is a very sad day...Today is the one year mark, that I last saw the love of my life, my Nick. It is also the last time that we spent quality time together. Nothing mattered more than the two of us being together as they kept postponing the plane to Iraq. At least we had an additional five days together. Nobody can ever take away the memories that I have. Every time I think about the crazy stuff we did together, I've been writing it down and will transfer over to the computer and make a book out of it. I miss him so much and life will never be the same. I know he will always be by my side.
September 12, 2006
Today marks another sad day. Nick and I were due to go on a trip together over the Labor Day weekend, and I still went and took my sister with me. It was very sad especially the first night, but I know that Nick would have wanted me to have a good time, as it was my birthday. My sister and I had a wonderful time. I needed all the laughs that were involved, many funny stories of our trip. But, I thought of Nick the entire time, I love Nick and always will.
September 02, 2006
The Change In Command was on Friday...with Mr. Fleck handing over control to a new Commanding Officer. Admiral Bullard was there...a man that I sincerely respect and trust. Admiral Bullard, I sent a note to along with a picture of Nick and me, and he was very touched by it. Labor Day is approaching, I know Nick and I would have had a wonderful time, and I still plan to....
August 31, 2006
Today I received a picture...Amongst Nick's belongings that were returned to me, his wedding ring was not one of the items. The picture I received, clearly indicates that I was never far from his heart...I knew that he always wore it on his watch band when working...A picture was being shot of an IED that they came across...It's just his hand, but the ring, you can clearly see....So, I know he had it on when he died. Not a day goes by where I do not think about him, or that I can't believe he is never coming home to me.
August 25, 2006
Check out the EOD Website, they've actually posted one picture that I sent them, course I sent them many, but at least one was posted. I am looking foward to the Ball again next year, I'll be taking my neice with me.
August 22, 2006
As another day passes, so does the anger, the sadness, the being alone. I do have a good support group here...I am very thankful for that. My sister and I talk everyday....even though I'm number 12 of 12, she stepped up to the plate and took care of me. She totally embraced Nick when I made the call that I had married a younger man, and she was so excited when we all spent time together in Vegas in April of 2005. Recently, her youngest daugther asked her to go to the movies with her to see the movie World Trade Center, my sister refused, her daughter went with friends, and could barely make it home....When she got home, she said "mom, even though I've only met Uncle Nick one time, it's because of that incident that we lost him and now Linda is miserable. She hit that one right on the head. Things are getting better, but no easier by any means. Every day is still a challenge. Last week, I cried all the way home from work. I try to stay busy and have many projects to work on. I've done some traveling as we were to do when Nick got home, and most importantly, had a suprise trip planned for him and I...He knew nothing about it....So, me and my sister will be going. We recently lost another EOD tech from the Mobile Unit that was stationed in Sicily, Italy....same situation, one died, one survived. I met the Commanding Officer of NAB today for lunch, as he is being re-assigned. He spotted my rememberance bracelet and asked me, where did you get that from, I fished through my pocket book, pulled one out for him with his name on it....a very special afternoon. I'll always remain close to the ones who look out for me, and love me. Thank you to all my friends from here and MN and WI and all over...for keeping in touch. I know that each and everyone of you who have had the priviledge of seeing many of the pictures that others have not seen, truly appreciate them, and that is why, because you all have been kind and endearing...therefore, you received them. Still, not a day goes by where I do not wake up and say hello, I love you, and kiss Nick's Urn.....some wacky stuff has happened from time and time around our pad, but that is for a few of us to know....

Take care to all, and I'll add more pictures later....
August 22, 2006
Dear Linda-
I can't tell you how much this website touches me. I receive updates everyday and review the enteries. Your sister's entry is so moving. You are such a lucky women to have had such an awesome husband, lover and friend. As I read your entries, I see how you are moving on as though Nick would want, but you are also keeping him in your future. We go way back to 2nd grade and here we are in our 40's and still looking bright into the future. I know we will keep in touch. Take Care, Your Friend from St. Peter, Lori
August 09, 2006
Nick's mountain biking buddy made it home safe and sound, they are coming over for dinner tomorrow night, can't wait to see them again! And, I talked to one of our other friends who was injured in a similar attack and survived...he's been discharged from the hospital but has a ways to go, and I could hear it in his fiance's voice, they are very happy, matter of fact, they are getting married this weekend. I am glad that he survived the same attack as Nick, but I do miss my Nick. All of the Florida EOD guys, we've all kept in touch ever since Nick's tragedy....One of them said it best, it is sad that it took something like this to be able to become closer because we all have our lives and goals and projects....but all in all, it is a good thing. Most of the Florida guys that Nick went to school with, all ended up out here in Sunny San Diego....We all partied in Florida together, then all made it here, how strange...Nick and his friend changed orders so we didn't have to go to Virginia Beach..turns out, best decision for us, and for his friend and his family. Just an update, that's all...and I hope everyone read my sister's entry, she said it the best.
August 06, 2006
It was the annual picnic in the park today...The band that plays, has played last year at our major January conference, and silenced the crowd as I was shooting a video, that there was one person who was not with us tonight...and his name is Nick Wilson............the crowd went nuts.

So today, they did the annual La Jolla Concert...many from my work came, and they acknowledged Nick and fellow fallen addition to the Chadwick Center.

Lee, Nick's favoriate friend outside of the military....Him and his wife showed up, and that is the Vegas wedding I went to.....seemed to fill in a few pieces.

Enjoy, pictures for some of you to follow..
August 05, 2006
I sure miss talking to you! Even though it was always on the phone 3-4 times a week, some times more then that, it was like you were right here all the time! I am just so glad that you and Linda went on vacation with us so we could finally meet face to face! You are an awesome person and we will hold you in our thoughts and hearts forever.
You once commented how you knew you had to get out and make something of your life or you would be stuck forever. Not many people at that young age would have chosen to do just that. I am glad you made that decision. My only regret is that a part of that decision in your life, has taken you so early from my sister and her family. The best part of that decision is that you made Linda the happiest she has ever been. You are the love of her life and her strength. Only "you" can her through this tradegy along with the help of her family. She has so many awesome memories with you. Each day when we talk, we talk about you, she shares more memories and is always sending me pictures. We were so looking forward to you and Linda coming home together to Minnesota. I have many pictures of you and Linda through out our home. They may change from time to time because I keep getting new ones from Linda, but your wedding picture will always be a permanent fixture as it has been since you & Linda were married. You and Linda created a beautiful home together. The love is there for all to see whomever may walk thru the door. And wherever Linda may go in her life, you will always be with her and your love for each other will always shine bright! You will always be each others heart & soul. Nothing will ever change that...
We love and miss you dearly Nicholas.
Your family,
Randy, Ev, Tiffany, Chad, Lynn & family, Tara and Marc.
August 04, 2006

Thank you Nick for calming my temper, thank you for showing me and teaching me the problems that I thought were so hard, you made them so easy.... thank you most of all..for making us complete... I know you know what I am talking about.....I miss you dearly. I am having a bracelet made for both of us, with our pet names......can't wait to see it...from Tiffany's.
August 03, 2006
I tried to submit my entry yesterday, but it has not been posted yet, so forgive me if you read the same stuff twice, I can get it deleted. It has taken me a couple days after Nick's birthday to write this. My work and I, as well as our friends, celebrated his birthday. My work took me out for lunch, and then we came back to the office and my boss had made a heart shaped cake, so they put 26 candles on it, sang happy birthday to Nick, and I blew out all the candles....We had to open the door, thought the smoke alarm was going to go off. Then, as planned, our favorite friends, Lee and Heather, came over as well as another Navy Wife, Cinde, who is the wife of Nick's mountain biking buddy, who is due home on Sunday! That was a fast 6 months no doubt. It is hard to believe that they were at our house, and Nick's friend had to deploy, and now he is coming home safely, that is good news! I had indicated that Nick would have wanted something big for his birthday, still cannot even imagine what he would have come up with, but I'm certain he would have received it. Like I said in previous entry that has not been posted, I could write a book about all the funny moments we have had, our travels, our ups and downs, the valleys and the hills, the deployment issues....but I am keeping a journal so when I remember things, I immediately write them down. It's amazing to myself, that I remember stuff from 1999, 2000 up until today's date. Nick and I were never far from each other, only on deployments. There are many memories and pictures that I have that nobody has seen except a select few, and that will remain the same way. I know Nick is happy with me and would want me to go on. I know this because time and time again, we had to talk about the "what if's" every time he deployed....I'll never forget on our road trip to San Francisco when Nick was asked the most "can you belive it was even asked", question....that set the stage for alot of things....he knew then and there, what that was all about. I know I made Nick happy....and had I not been caught off guard, I had a card at my work...that Nick sent me when he was in Bridgeport, doing the seal/donkey training....He called home and asked me if I had checked the mail and I said no, and he said can you go check it, and i said sure, is it going to make me cry and he said probably....Nick had taken the time out to look for a card for me, which truly and totally explained our love and how he felt about me....I sat down on one of the patio chairs and read it and cried and he just smiled.....I am having that laminated, but again, I would have had Nick's card to me read at his Memorial Service, it would have just been another reminder of the love and admiration we have for each other... Never a day went by when I got home before him, or him before me, that we didn't sit down and chit chat about each other's day....Nick was the romantic, Nick was the funny guy, he never got mad at me for anything, but when he did, watch out....then I laughed at him cuz he never got mad and it was hilarious......and then he'd say "sweetie, do you get the point", and I'm like "yes" and kept laughing... Nick has done some crazy crap when it comes to money spending, nobody has any idea, but all in all, I could never stay mad at him. I can honestly say in almost 6 years of marriage, we might have went to bed mad at each other maybe 6 times....and of course.....we were so in love, it really didn't matter, we discussed our issues and onward we go....

In closing, I want everyone to know, that I love Nick, I will always love Nick.. Nick and I communicated about many many things, people have to understand that. He knows about my upbringing, I know about his, and we chose to take the higher road and get out of where we were at and live life. I will never forget the day he asked me to marry him, we were on the beach in Florida, it was raining, and we were still walking down the beach, and he said "can we stop for a moment", he started drawing a house in the sand and asked me....and of course I said yes...I still have the tape and I view that often along with all the videos and pictures I have of us, him, trips, etc.

This will be the last entry I make for a while....but feel free to send them. I am used to being without Nick on the Holidays, but the birthdays (both of ours) and the date of death and anniversary will forever get me.

I love you Nick....always have, always will....You can count on me no matter what...Just like old times...I am the go to girl...and I loved everything about you, I loved doing everything for you, and I know that you loved and still love me....Not a day goes by where I do not say hello, I miss you, I wish you were here, and more importantly, I kiss your Urn every morning, if not two or three times a day...You, darling, I will love forever...I wish many could see that.
August 03, 2006
Happy Birthday Nick. Jon, Lynn and I think of you often.
August 02, 2006
happy birthday in heavan nick!! i'm sure that God has his hands full with you up there...hehe i can just see it, your prolly askin God if you can dig some bike jumps or somthing!! well hope you had a great birthday with a huge cake and some ya
your lil sister
August 02, 2006
Nick, I'm always late with the Birthday greetings but Happy Birthday. You are always in my heart and mind. Never a day goes by that I don't see something that either brings a smile to my lips or a tear to my eye. Monday I was just imagining your first birthday in Heaven and it must have been spectacular!
One of my fondest memories of us is 7 bus loads of 5th graders heading to Washington,D.C. and you wanted Aunt Sandy to go too. You and your friend were always giving your mom and me a heart attack because you would go right to the edge and then turn and give us that fabulas ear to ear grin.
You are a true hero to everyone who knew you, whether you were just born or 25. Thank you for serving the way you did to help keep our beautiful USA free.
I'll see you again someday and I was thinking that maybe we could go skydiving together because I understand I won't be afraid of heights in Heaven. Love you Nick.
Love, A.Sandy
August 01, 2006
Nick, yesterday marked your 26th birthday! Such a handsome young man you were. Your beautiful blonde hair, sparkling blue eyes and that warm winsome smile were some of your most endearing features. Those have always been things that I remember.
When you were a very little boy I would leave work with great anticipation because I was going to pick up my "Nicholas J. Punkinpuss", as you were affectionately nicknamed, and spend some quality time with you. Whether it was just sitting in a chair together, or having you stand in a chair helping me wash the dishes, or walking hand-in-hand, those are the precious memories that I have of you. Watching a bird in a tree, or swinging on a swing! What fun I always had with you.
When we moved to Oswego in 1988 all of that pretty much stopped because of the distance, but I truly cherished those special times with you as a little boy.
But guess what? You were never out of my heart or out of my thoughts. I might not have talked to you but I knew what was going on by keeping in touch with your mom and dad. I can honestly say, that never a day has gone by since the time that we moved up here that I didn't at least think about you.
I'm sad that you're gone, but I know that God has allowed this seeming tragedy for His glory. We are selfish creatures and we want you here on earth with us, but God needed you more. Besides, I know that someday we will be re-united in heaven and you can fill us in on all that has gone on with you.
Your family really misses you, but like me, they know that you are in a far better place.
Until we meet again, I love you Nicholas J. Punkinpuss, and I always will.
Aunt Becky
July 30, 2006
Nick, Your Uncle Don and I are so proud of you for serving your country. It takes a special young man to do the job you did. You were a hero in our eyes and you always will be. Words cannot express the pain we felt when your Dad called us with the terrible news. I said goodbye to you in my heart when we went to your Memorial Service in California and in New York. I wanted to say it here so the world will know a little more about you and how special you were.
We fell in love with you the first time we met you as a little baby. We watched you grow and mature into the wonderful young man you were. But, we remember you best as our ‘little nephew’. You were so full of energy and always looking for a new adventure. You were so full of wonder about the world around you. Always curious. You had the brightest smile and were so full of love for your Mom and Dad, your brothers and sister, grandparents, and numerous aunts, uncles & cousins! I will always treasure the moments I had with you and I am so glad I was a part of your life.
I am a Mom too, and I know how deeply you are loved by yours. My heart aches for your Mom Rachel, she is like a sister to me. Your Dad is my only brother, and I feel his pain almost as deeply as he does. I know how much Brian, Mike, and Amber meant to you, and I know how deeply they love and miss you. The bonds you form in childhood last forever and you will be forever in their hearts. They are so much a part of you and you of them, that spending time with them, is like spending time with you, and I have learned from your death how precious that time is. I know you will miss being with your nieces and nephews as they grow, but I’ll bet you will be cheering them on from heaven.
You were a special nephew to us and we miss you deeply. I’ll always listen to ‘I’m Proud to be an American’ with tears and thoughts of you and the family who loves you. And always with pride in you and all your comrades who are still serving, and those who are with you in heaven. We will love you always, Uncle Don, Aunt Ellen, Angie and Jonathan.
July 30, 2006
Here is a note from our neighbor Ed Davis (Gramps we called him!) and a note from his cousin that we saw and had dinner with from time to time when she was down from LA.......

Hey Linda Lou..... I just opened this email from Donna. She has asked about you so instead
of relaying the message to you I thought I'd just forward the whole thing. She has nice words
about you in the 3rd paragraph. see message below.

How's Linda belle? Tell her I love her dearly and keep my mental images of the nickster in my heart so dear - the man was a living doll; so deep was their love for each other - none so cherished that I have come accross...
Donna Davis
July 30, 2006
Well its Nick's birthday and it is still hard to believe that there will be no party and no photos. Linda and Nick used to take and share with everyone they knew. And as everyone knows they had many friends, I was lucky enouth to meet most all of you in the short time I was there in febuary. Looking back at all those pictures I realized that Nick may have been here a short time but the time he had with Linda that young man lived lived lived! He bungie jumped, rode his Harley, did crazy stunts on his quad when they camped in the desert. His life was full. Those two were always going somewhere special and they were always together. Linda made him very happy in the short time they had together, but I think that even she can say that wonderfull man lived and she helped him do it. As long as Linda has a refrigerator Nickoli will always be with us all. Thank you Linda for all you did for him when he was here and I think that he will always be with you. I will always remember him and you together . He was the bravest man or the craziest one I know. Love you both
July 30, 2006
Happy Birthday in heaven NIck . Words cannot express how much we miss you. We know that you are in heaven with Jesus and for that we are grateful, but we would sure rather you be here with us, your family.there is not a day that goes by that we don't remember you. mostdays still with many tears. We have the best gift of all and that is our memories. no one can take them from us.You were a very special gift to us given to us by God, we don't know why he chose to take you from us, but we know He doesn't make mistakes. He is giving the strength and courage we need to face our new life without you in it. Happy birthday my wonderful son. We will love you forever, until we meet again. love you so very much. Dad and Mom
July 27, 2006
Where do I begin...On Monday, it will be another sad day in my life....this weekend, we would have been having another Nick's Birthday Party...Around our house, it's not just birthDAY, it is birthday WEEK for both of us...every day leading up to our birthdays, a small gift, whether it be a gag gift or something personal from each other....that was always so much fun cuz we played tricks on each other and then when the big Bday arrived...then we got the big gift...I am at a lost for what Nick would has asked for this time, last year or year before, heck i don't know, he wanted a surfboard, he got it, one of the years he wanted a skim board he got it, one of the years he wanted more $$ for parts for the quad, he got it, I seriously do not know what he would have asked for this year, but I can imagine another toy of his liking...and we I always made it work out....I miss Nick so very much, and again, today I found out there has been another tragedy, on the Italy base...Nick's mountain biking buddy is due home soon...Not sure if I told anyone, but Nick's mountain bike was stolen about three/four weeks ago, I had it locked up to our beach cruisers and someone took it...I was in tears that day and stayed down there for about an hour sobbing....our beach cruisers are now on our patio.. We will be moving soon, that is Nick and I, and I'm never giving up anything, he left everything to me for a reason, and he will forever be my one and only husband.....I get visits every week from friends, and military folks, but more importantly, I'm back at work, diving in....and I know Nick would want me to do that. I kiss his urn every day, I wake up every morning between 3-4 am....does that say it or what?

Keep the entries coming, for those of you whom I have contacted lately, I'll be in touch tomorrow...

And as for the latest entry, I plan on making one again on Monday...which would have been Nick's 26th Birthday....I love you Nick and always will.
July 27, 2006
well, your birthday is in 4 days, we are having a party for you!! in rememberance of you, i miss you so much!! sometimes i just look at your picture and i can't believe that it's true. you were my big brother, i looked up to you always, and i will always remember the crazy times we had together, getting the truck stuck and walking to school cause you ran out of gas. happy birthday nick!! you will never be forgotten. the town of newark valley is dedicating a bmx park to you!! your the local hero! i miss you nick, i'll see you again someday
July 24, 2006
Thank you for the wonderful note you left on our son Brent Adams's guestbook. I immediately called up Nicholas's site to make sure that I had signed his book as well. I had promised Brent that none like him would be forgotten by me and I've tried to sign them all. Please know you and your family are in my heart, thoughts and prayers. In reading your and others messages here, it is plain to see the type of man Nicholas was in life. To those who are in pain at the loss remember this: You were blessed with this man - for some a longer time than others - but hold on to those blessings you were gifted as you remember the hours, minutes, days, weeks, months and years you were gifted.
Pam Adams (SFC Brent A. Adams, KIA 12/1/05, Ramadi, Iraq)
July 17, 2006
Tomorrow marks another sad day, as I will be dropping Nick's friend off at the airport. It will be tough to go to work after that, but I'm so busy, it'll take my mind off of everything. I miss Nick so much...still very hard to fathom.....Me and my family as well as me and my co-workers have fond memories, and laugh most days when we say "remember when Nick did that?"....It's all good, but it is going to be very tough for the next couple years...that I know and feel every day....Enjoy the tributes, I've received many kind words....They are worth the they show our great love and admiration for one another, as well as how much fun we have had, never being home, always on the go go go....Again, enjoy!
July 16, 2006
There are now three Tributes to Nick that I have created, and have two more if not more, to go...I still do not believe he will never be coming home. A bunch of us, Nick's friends and my friends, gathered last night in Old Town. One of Nick's buddies created a picture frame that will be hung in the Old Town Saloon, a place we frequented with friends. Nick's birthday is at the end of this month, I plan to spend some time at Rosecrans, and take him with me, so I have him next to me, then we'll come back home. Nick is beside me...where he'll always be.
July 08, 2006
Another day has passed, as many more will. I received the rest of Nick's uniforms as I had them updated back to his rank which he earned while in Iraq and also dry cleaned. One of the military vendors made a big cedar chest for me, in which I am able to store Nick's stuff and our memories. It was very hard placing his dress blues and whites along with the flag and bullet shells from the 21 gun salute, in the chest. I cried my eyes out for hours. Nick will never be far away from me. He is always on my mind and always in my heart. I'd give anything to have him here with me.
July 07, 2006
Just a short entry...I received all of Nick's uniforms back, upgraded back to the E5 status that he lost due to the first Iraqi tour, which was most difficult for us...He brought me many bouquets of tuplips....a very trying time, but all in all worked out, like we knew it would. I miss my Nick...A couple of our friends stopped over tonight, that was nice...has a please help me list to do!
July 04, 2006
Today is the 4th of July and we celebrate our Independence Day because of our fallen heroes. We have our flag raised high, waiving in the breeze honoring all our heroes. Nick- we remember and honor you are our hero and will never be forgotten. Linda- remember that you will never be alone...stay strong...we love you!
July 04, 2006
Well, the 4th of July is here, and almost passing...Our flag hung high today, as did many of the other decorations around and throughout our complex. We have been having a heatwave here...No air conditioning....I can only hear Nick's hot, too soon we forget how hot FLA was, but we liked it there regardless of the hummidity, because, there was air conditioning! There were several planes that flew over today, creating messages in clouds/smoke, whatever it is that they that was interesting. This 4th of July is my first without the love of my life....but I know he is here in spirit....Happy 4th to everyone who reads this.....stay tuned...
July 02, 2006
Please Post This Letter From Nick's Friend...One of the Guys who was there when the tragedy struck, very important for this to be posted.
Hey Linda,

I'm sorry it's taken me this long to get back to you.

Nick spoke a lot about you that night. He would mention you all the time. Basically just letting us know what you were up to, and how the animals were doing. In fact, there's this picture of him holding a 120mm mortar up in front of him with both hands. We were at this Iraqi Army firmbase, picking up some ordnance, and he says "Hey, take a picture of me holding this b/c Linda wants more pictures of me doing my job." We all kind of laughed because of all the things we do, a UXO pick-up is probably the least exciting or glamorous. He didn't care, and all the joking was in good fun anyways.

Nick's central theme that night was how well the two of you fit together. He mentioned that he couldn't imagine meeting anybody that was more "right" for him. He thought the world of you. That you were tough, and funny, and that you let him who he was without judgement.

True, he did say that actual proposal was probably a little sooner than he would have planned, but in no way was he saying that the timing forced down a path he didn't want. To me, more than anything else, it sounded like the timing simply allowed him to see that which was inevitable. That the two of you would be married. He was pretty drunk, so he said "I love that woman." over and over. I don't think he realized how many times he said it, but I thought it was pretty cool.

We went on to talk about the possibility of bad things happening. The condition of our ops out there had changed, and the bad guys were getting better. I don't know what brought the change, but it seemed like things were better planned on their end. So, of course, being realists we had to think about certain possibilities. Nick's thoughts mirrored my own. We were committed to the work we were doing. We both knew that our efforts had saved american lives, and he was proud of that. However, it went deeper than that. We understood that we, as mortal beings, would not be able to see the larger design of what was happening around us. We had been lucky so many times already. We knew that the only way we could play this game was to go all out, without any hesitation. There is no other way for guys like us to be. Nick told me how he was 4-wheeling one time around your guys' camp showing off how to do a wheely. He said he was going really slow, managed to crash the quad, and tear part of his finger off. The crazy thing was that he hadn't crashed going balls-out so many times.

He admired you for the courage you had in accepting that he was out there in the middle of bad things. That you lived your life independently, knowing what kind of person he was. He told me that he had no regrets with the life he lived, and that he loved his life. He missed you a lot, and loved you more than he knew how to express.

Sometimes, I write to help me put things in perspective. I don't know if my words are going to make matters worse, but they are yours, if you want them. I realize they don't do him justice, but they are the best that I could manage. As I said, they are yours to do with as you will. You can delete them, save them, whatever you want. I'm attaching them, so if you don't want to read them, you can just delete the file.

Again, I'm sorry it took me so long to get back to you.
July 01, 2006
It's almost the fourth of July... We had a great day.......Gramps and the Navy Crew at the pool!
June 29, 2006
A Letter From Sean Hansen, Nick's Buddy and Co-Worker...

Hey Linda,

I'm sorry it's taken me this long to get back to you.

Nick spoke a lot about you that night. He would mention you all the time. Basically just letting us know what you were up to, and how the animals were doing. In fact, there's this picture of him holding a 120mm mortar up in front of him with both hands. We were at this Iraqi Army firmbase, picking up some ordnance, and he says "Hey, take a picture of me holding this b/c Linda wants more pictures of me doing my job." We all kind of laughed because of all the things we do, a UXO pick-up is probably the least exciting or glamorous. He didn't care, and all the joking was in good fun anyways.

Nick's central theme that night was how well the two of you fit together. He mentioned that he couldn't imagine meeting anybody that was more "right" for him. He thought the world of you. That you were tough, and funny, and that you let him who he was without judgement.

True, he did say that actual proposal was probably a little sooner than he would have planned, but in no way was he saying that the timing forced down a path he didn't want. To me, more than anything else, it sounded like the timing simply allowed him to see that which was inevitable. That the two of you would be married. He said "I love that woman." over and over. I don't think he realized how many times he said it, but I thought it was pretty cool.

We went on to talk about the possibility of bad things happening. The condition of our ops out there had changed, and the bad guys were getting better. I don't know what brought the change, but it seemed like things were better planned on their end. So, of course, being realists we had to think about certain possibilities. Nick's thoughts mirrored my own. We were committed to the work we were doing. We both knew that our efforts had saved american lives, and he was proud of that. However, it went deeper than that. We understood that we, as mortal beings, would not be able to see the larger design of what was happening around us. We had been lucky so many times already. We knew that the only way we could play this game was to go all out, without any hesitation. There is no other way for guys like us to be. Nick told me how he was 4-wheeling one time around your guys' camp showing off how to do a wheely. He said he was going really slow, managed to crash the quad, and tear part of his finger off. The crazy thing was that he hadn't crashed so many times.

He admired you for the courage you had in accepting that he was out there in the middle of bad things. That you lived your life independently, knowing what kind of person he was. He told me that he had no regrets with the life he lived, and that he loved his life. He missed you a lot, and loved you more than he knew how to express.

Sometimes, I write to help me put things in perspective. I don't know if my words are going to make matters worse, but they are yours, if you want them. I realize they don't do him justice, but they are the best that I could manage. As I said, they are yours to do with as you will. You can delete them, save them, whatever you want. I'm attaching them, so if you don't want to read them, you can just delete the file.

Again, I'm sorry it took me so long to get back to you.

June 24, 2006
well i have putting this off becuase i just don't want to accept that that you are gone forever..i love you nicolas, we had some great times together, i always looked up to you, even when i told you we would run out of gas and you never listened. oh, nick you will be missed greatly, there isn't a day that goes by that i don't think of you!! well i love you brother and i know that i will see you again someday!!
June 12, 2006
Today marks the 5th month that our tradegy struck...every 12th of the month will be difficult for me. I'm back to work, trying to figure things out, and I thank my San Diego support team, as well as MY FAMILY for being so supportive. I plan to email mostly everyone who has signed this book, but that may take a while...Thank you again for signing Nick's guestbook....I miss him very much...No amount of MONEY will every replace him, I'd rather be in debt and have him here with me....and he is here with email address will change soon so I will let you know! Again, thanks for visiting this page.
May 30, 2006
Memorial Day was a tough day for me, but had many phone calls and received the prettiest bouquet of flowers, red white and daisies, just beautiful. I still do not believe this happened to my Nick. Thank you to everyone who thought about us yesterday.
May 06, 2006
We made it through the Memorial Service this morning at Eglin Air Force Base where Nick graduated EOD School.....there were 14 individuals recognized. It was very tough and I thank my San Diego Support Team for guiding me through the ceremony. We, myself and the San Diego people, are going to the EOD Ball tonight...Nick is a great man, I met so many people afterwards, ones that served with him while in Iraq, and most importantly, the man who was injured with Nick's incident. His name is John Crabtree.....We all gathered at a local spot last night with about 200 EOD guys/gals, and when he walked in, they engulfed him with hugs and tears....I wasn't going to go out, as I had dinner with Ryan (One of Nick's Best Friends) and his Wife, Tasha....but then we decided to go to the party. John asked me if he could make an announcement that I was there and I said please don't, I don't think I could have taken that.....I have my good days and my bad days...Nick will forever be my husband, the love of my life, and I kissed his name on the wall....Still hard to believe, I really really miss him and am still waiting for him to come home, even though I know he will not. However, I do have tell you, he has visited 4 times so far, I kid you not.....I love Nick and will forever be his one and only wife as he will forever be my one and only husband.....Thanks to whomever came to the memorial and will talk to most of you later after we all get back......
May 03, 2006

May 03, 2006
Dearest Linda, Was so good to have you home for the wedding. Like I said, I just couldn't find the words to console you, now though, since you were home, it all came to me. I can imagine you are still so numb at the loss of your Nick. I still cannot grasp myself that he is in a better place. I think the best consolation you can have is that he loved you so much that he will always be with you in your heart and in his spirit. Although I wasn't blessed to actually meet him, I know through all the pictures of the two of you, whether it be parties at your home or vacationing with friends or just kicking around with each other, that you both were so very much in love and that you had truly found your soul-mate as well as the love of your life. Although you will never forget him, nor he you, I believe God's blessings are still with you and Nick is with you always. I am sure you still feel his presence, still smell his scent around you and know he is there...All our love, understanding, compassion and sympathy are with you in this difficult time. We are all so thankful for the time the two of you had and all that you both shared with all of us. Love Leo & Sherry and family
May 02, 2006
April 14, 2006
Dear Linda: I want to thank you for sharing your love for Nick with me through the years. Who would have ever thought a weekend with the girls would lead you to the love of your life? I am so sorry that he was taken from you so soon. You have shared many wonderful adventures together, hold those memories close to your heart. You have made many friends together, across the country, as shown in this guestbook. There are still difficult days ahead for you and you will need to lean on family and friends to get through them. I am just so sorry I never had the chance to meet Nick in person, but because we have kept in such close contact and you have shared so much of your life together with me, I truly feel as though we have met (thanks for having him chat with me during our Saturday night phone calls!). I will always be here for you, any and every time you need me. I just want to close by saying that everytime I hear the song by Big & Rich, The 8th of November, there is a line in the introduction that reminds me so much of Nick: Caught in the action of killed or be killed, greater love hath no man than to lay down his life for a friend. Nick loved you, his family, his friends, his country. I thank God that he brought Nick into your life and that Nick brought you so much happiness.
Love- your MN girlfriend, Kris
April 10, 2006
My condolences to the Wilson family.
Nicholas may you rest in peace. Thank you for making the ultimate sacrifice in the name of freedom. You have earned your golden halo and wings. May you continue to soar in the heavenly clouds up above.
April 07, 2006
Dearest Linda,
Wylie and I feel so blessed to have been your neighbors.The short time that we lived next door to you two were definately memorable.Our thoughts and prayers go out to you.Wylie and I, like you still can't believe what has happend.One thing is for sure though we will always cherish the memories of going to the Padres game, having breakfast in old town asking for Chalula sauce, BBQing, having cocktail hour, video games...Every moment with Nicholas and you were special.We will remember Nick forever and will always be there for you in time of need or comfort.God bless...Maile and Wylie
March 23, 2006
Linda - I was just informed of your loss from my sister and your co-worker Geri. I, like others who have sent their condolences to you and your family did not know Nick and you. It, however, does not lessen the fact that his death weighs heavy in our hearts along with the other souldiers who have given their lives for our country.My wife Denise and I have you and your family in our prayers and hope and pray that you have the strength to get through this great loss in your life. He is a hero we all can be proud of. God bless Nick and you and your family.
John and Denise Ramsey, Dauphin,Penna.
March 15, 2006
I did not know Nick but I did meet his beautiful wife, Linda, and my heart goes out to her and to all of their extended family and friends. As one of the photos maintains, Linda was the love of his life and therefore her best friend. I know Linda and all of their extended family and friends will keep Nick in their hearts forever. I pray that God will sustain them and comfort them and that this war will end soon. I grieve that so many have already lost their lives.
March 15, 2006
Linda, my heart goes out to you for you loss and your husband’s ultimate sacrifice to our country. Nick was and will always be a true friend whose memories of the good times we had will last a life time. Take care of yourself and never hesitate to call. love,
March 14, 2006
I didn't know Nick, but have heard alot about him. The image I get is of a man that was dedicated to his family and to his job. I pray that your memories will always be of the joy you brought to his life. I am sorry for your loss and pray for God's peace and love to be evident through the support of those who love you and come to your aid in your times of need. God's speed Q
March 05, 2006
I have known Nick since he was three-years-old. From the first encounter I knew he was someone special. I have not seen him since he was a teenager, long before he joined the Navy, but I was always kept up to date on his life through his mom and dad. Nick, Jon, Lynn and I will miss you. It makes me sad that your life was so short, but I am happy that it was a very full life. We are proud of you!

Jon, Maggie and Lynn Tarbox
March 04, 2006
To my dearest Nick,
Although you are gone from this earth, you are still here in spirit. I am truly proud of the service you so selflessly gave to your country to protect our freedom. Nick you were a special gift given to your father and I by God and you were a joy to raise. We have the fondness of memories that no one can ever take a way. I have a giant whole in my heart for the great loss of my beloved son, but at the same time my heart is bursting with pride for all you have done to serve our great country. I can honestly say I have no regrets, and I know that that will help in my grieving. Son, I love you with every fiber in my body and will see you in heaven some day. Love, Mom
March 02, 2006
To All who visit this Guest Book,
I was stationed with Nick at EODMU3. No I am not a EOD Tech but I have grown to respect them as warriors of freedom and great diplomates of this Navy. Nick and I don't go way back but the time I was able to spend with him was an honor....Now as CACO, I have the honor to serve him as his legacy goes on...
I have only known you a few weeks and I wish it wasn't in these circumstances. You have such a strong spirit that words can't even explain... Keep all those memories of Nick and never let go. I can go on and on about the love and devotion you have but I know of it first hand....You will always have my family to lean on when you need it....with love and prayers....Doug and Becca Ruegger
February 28, 2006
I do not know you and you do not know me. I did not know Nicholas either. But we all have a common bond in the simple realization that we have a loved one putting their all out there for everyone else. I cannot say that I feel your pain, as I do not even wish to imagine what this type of pain feels like. I can say that I will pray for the peace in your hearts that no person may offer. May God Bless your family.
February 28, 2006
Nick! I miss my neighbor, we always knew when he was home ... the revving of his Harley in the parking garage that would set off a dozen car alarms, his shy nod to me when walking Lilygirl, the big woop and burp at the end of a beer bong at one of many parties, his compassion in helping Linda deliver her cat to the rainbow bridge and then insisting on adopting a new Miss Kitty!, his eye-rolling silence as Linda gave up the daily dirt, the joy after a weekend in the desert and his acceptance of us all. Linda, I finally was able to make it here to the soldiers' page and it is truly an amazing tribute to Nick and others. I grieve for and with you and also celebrate your love for Nick. Thank you for always sharing with us, the weekly emails and photos always treasured. Amazing tribute - amazing man. Nick, you are sorely missed but will never be forgotten. xxxooo, cat
February 27, 2006
To the Wife and Family of Nick Wilson;
We send our sincere condolences for your loss. We can not know your pain but please know that if we can do anything, at all, we are here in support of you and your family during your time of need.
We did not have the honor of knowing Nick but he is a brother in arms and your loss is our loss.
With the greatest respect,
The families of
February 27, 2006
Dear Linda
So many thoughts and prayers are being sent your way. I hope you can feel them. I hope they help to lift you up. Jason is simply devastated by the loss of Nick. Reading through the memories of your husband we get the feeling of a very bright and beautiful spirit. Death is not the end of that spirit. He is simply in another place that we cannot see and have not yet been.You are as brave as he has been. God will give you both strength. Others have said it and we say it too---Any way that we can possibly help, we will--Please ask-- It would be an honor.
(Jason Kennedy's parents)
February 27, 2006
To Bob and Rachel, Nick's parents; Mike, Brian, his brothers; and Amber, his little sister: Thank you for the part that you had in making Nick who he was. Although I hadn't seen him for a very long time, I knew the kind of person he had become just by looking at each of you. He was a man of character, loyalty, generosity, unconditional love, a man of passion and conviction, as seen in the high risk job that he loved. He had an infectious smile. He had a very quiet spirit, not to be confused with his tenacity. It's because of the influence that each of you had on his life that he was who he was.
Brandi, Luke, Tanner and Kennedy, thank you for your strength and support to the family right now. I know they are grateful!

Your loss is undescribable, but take comfort in this, "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints." I believe by Nicks own confession of faith in Jesus that he is in the very presence of Jesus. Take your comfort in that fact.

Linda, I am sorry for your loss. Nick was a wonderful man. Though I never had the opportunity to meet you, I know that Nick had a great love for you, and that your loss is very great as a result. I'm asking God to give comfort and strength for the new day that comes.

Anyone who knew Nick loved him. I am very proud to be his Aunt. I am grateful that he gave his life for or freedom. As a Navy recruiting friend of mine said when he heard about Nick, "the next time you see a soldier, don't turn away, but rather go and shake his hand and thank him for protecting you!"
Love to all, Aunt Becky
February 26, 2006

You have been in my thoughts and prayers since I heard the news about Nick. Sorry just doesn't seem enough but know, I am so sorry for your loss. I know Nick was your life! You have always been so proud of him.

Linda, I pray God will ease your pain and let you know he is now in His hands safe and watching over you for eternity. May God Bless and help you deal with the anger I know you are feeling.

I'm always here!

February 26, 2006

You have been in our thoughts so much since we got the terrible news. I can't imagine how you must be feeling, we all knew how much you and Nick meant to each other.

As you already know, Nick was a great friend to many people and he really meant a lot to Justin. We were looking forward to the time when we would all be stationed in the same place so that Justin, Nick and Donny could do some more mountain biking. Justin always had so much fun with Nick and there are so many good memories.

Please know that you are in our prayers and that Nick will live on in our hearts and memories.

Love, Nicole
February 26, 2006
Linda : I'm so very sorry for your loss.I only met Nick once through Jason and he was funny and quick to treat you like a good friend.I only wish I knew him better.He will be dearly and sorely missed by us all.Thanks Nick for filling our lives with your presence and zest for life.We will dearly miss you.
February 26, 2006

Nick was the first real friend I had in the Navy who quickly became a brother. He was the kind of guy you wouldn't see for a couple of years but, as soon as we got together it was like we had been together the whole time. Laughing, joking, mountain biking, etc.
I can't believe that he is gone... Even though I feel a void, he will live forever inside me and through all of his many friends.
Please stay in touch you are part of the family.

February 26, 2006
Linda, Could't make it out to give you a hug but my heart and tears were with you all the way.
I followed Nicks life from day #1 and admired his spirit and drive.
I know that he was doing what he loved (the adreninlin thing) and none of us will ever forget him or the fact that he was keeping us safe.
Will not forget the dinner we were able to share last summer.

February 24, 2006
Gina and I feel your loss and we honered to attend the service on North Island.Nick's friends made me feel like I had known him. God be with you.
February 24, 2006

I am deeply sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
May God Bless you and your family.
February 24, 2006
Again we are so sorry! Brian has lost his best friend also so he can feel your pain. Nick was such as infectious person who made everybody's day brighter. He will be GREATLY missed! We love you!
February 24, 2006
I am so sorry to hear about your loss. He made the ultimate sacrifice for our country and he will not be forgotten. My prayers and thoughts go out to you.
February 24, 2006
I want to express my sympathy for your grievous loss. You and your husband will be in my thoughts.
February 23, 2006
Dearest Linda,
There are no words to say to someone that loves so hard like you do with Nick. This is all I can come up with,"Dear Lord, Bless our Linda and please take care of Linda's Nick. Knowing her, she will even give you her two cents if you don't. But she will give you the biggest hug ever when she finds out that you did. Ease the pain for our sister, she needs you to do that. In Jesus name, Amen
We all love you, Linda!!
Your sister, Evett
February 23, 2006
My heart goes out to your family. I know Don Breece, given my position here at Ohio State. We just received word today of your loss. I have a 19-year-old son, and I cannot even imagine what you are going through, but I can assure you that I do support these brave men and women who are maintaining our freedom and safety. Their sacrifices are not in vain. We pray for them every day. We pray for you now as you grieve. God Bless you all.
February 22, 2006
Dear Linda, My sister in law Lisa Quinn told me about the loss of your husband. Even though I don't know you or him, I want you to know how proud I am of your Nick and the sacrifice he made for the safety of this country. He is truly a hero and will always be remembered as one. I pray that God will be with you as you grieve for Nick and that He will comfort you as only He can. "The LORD is near to the brokenhearted, And saves those who are crushed in spirit". Psalm 14:18 With sympathy, Kacie Jordan
February 22, 2006
Linda, you are such a dear - though we never knew Nick personally, you have shared him with us for all these years since you left The Danby Group. We will never forget you and certainly not the sacrafice you have been through. You have been constantly in our thoughts and prayers...
February 22, 2006
My heartfelt sympathy to the Wilson family in the loss of Nicholas. I did not know Nicholas, but my heart is broken and I am saddened for your loss of such a fine young person and hero. May God bring you peace in your heart as you reflect on all the wonderful memories you hold so close. Please know that you are in my heart and prayers. You are a hero and you will never be forgotten.
I send each of you a hug from the most inner part of my heart.
Love and Peace

To live in the hearts
of those you leave behind
is never to die"
~Robert Orr~
February 22, 2006
Dear Linda-

You are in my prayers and thoughts. Your entry about Nick was beautiful. Take care of yourself.

February 22, 2006

Yours and Nick's family and friends are there for you, Linda, along with my love and prayers in hope that when you need him the most, the Lord will ease your pain and sweet sorrow for your Nick. God bless you, sweetheart. (see you Friday night)
February 22, 2006
We cannot imagine how you must feel; you have our deepest sympathy and are in our prayers.
February 21, 2006
What to say. There are no words for what you are going through. How very sad but yet proud you must be of your husband. When Lenny and I got the news we thought WHAT. NO. Not Nick. It's still a shock. Lenny & I did not know Nick but through your emails & pictures. Lenny said(Aunt by marriage), I barely know her but yet I think of her everday since we got the news. Remember that we are grateful that your husband was willing to serve, protect & defend this great country and our personal freedom. May God bring you peace in your heart as you reflect on all the WONDERFUL memories you hold so close to your heart. We send you a hug from the most innerpart of our hearts.

God bless Nick . We will never forget him. He is our "TRUE HERO." May God and our Holy mother of love be with him now. Rest in peace.

We love you
Lenny, Jenni, Jarod & Joston Schmidt
February 21, 2006
We are so sorry to hear about Nick. We are thinking of you, as you go through this difficult time. We are all grateful for his service to our country. You, and everyone who knew and loved him, will be in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless You.
February 21, 2006
My thoughts and prayers are with you.

You and Nick made such a great impression on my life during the short time we were neighbors. I will never forget Nick and his unicycle. Nick is a great man and I'm honored to have known him.
God Bless!!
February 21, 2006
Hello Linda, This is Carol Leonard (Lori's Mother). Lori told me of the untimely death of your husband Nick. I remember when you used to come to our home when you & Lori were in school You are in my thoughts and prayers. Always remember that those we hold most dear never truly leave us... they live on in the kindness they have showed, the comfort they shared and the love they brought into our lives. May beautiful memories give you strength in these difficult times.
God Bless You-----Carol Leonard
February 21, 2006
I’m so sorry to here about your loss. I can’t imagine the pain you must be going through. I got to see all the wonderful pictures of the both of you. You can tell by looking at the two of you that you seemed very happy and in love. I admire him for serving and dedication to our Country. My thoughts and prayers are with you, I will be in touch. Love Shelly.
February 21, 2006
Nick, his family, and his friends are in our thoughts and prayers. From all of those at EODMU-2.
February 21, 2006
You have our deepest sympathy. Nick made the most of every opportunity, and his spirit has touched so many.

My best memory of Nick was when he built that half-pipe in your back yard down in Ft Walton! What an incredible man, and I'm grateful to have known him.

That which is real in Nick lives on in us all. He will not be forgotten.
February 21, 2006
I am so sorry for your loss. I feel as though I have known Nick for the 6 years you two have been married. Thank you for the emails and photos. I know that a loss like this takes time to heal, but remembering all the great times and looking at photos (which you have many) will keep him in your heart and mind forever!
As always, thinking of you and Nick!
February 21, 2006

My thoughts and prayers are with you and Nick's family, friends and fellow Teamates!

God Bless you!

QMC Mike Gaspar
Norfolk, VA
February 21, 2006
Linda and Wilson Family,
Although we only knew "Naked Nick" for a short time, it only took a few drinks for us to realize that he was truely a genuine character. We shared alot of laughs in a short amount of time and that is how we will always remember him. Linda, we're only a few stairs away and our doors are always open to you.
February 20, 2006
To my sweet Linda Lou, my friend and colleague,

My heart aches so deeply for you. When I heard the news last Sunday, my heart stopped a beat and my mind could only think "not Nick...not Linda's Nick." Nick's regrettable death is so difficult to accept. Even though we all knew that his job was dangerous, he understood the risks. But his sacrifice is not in vain, and he will be remembered as "Our Hero."

Nick will always be a great guy to those who knew him or knew of him. He always gave 100%...fighting, loving, living. You both are so fortunate to have found each other. Anyone that saw you two together could feel your strong and powerful connection. True love is such a rare thing.

I hope the pouring out of love and support from family and friends comforts you in this very sad time. "When you are sorrowful, look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth, you are weeping for that which has been your delight" (Kahill Gibran). the darkest nights, you can see the stars!!

My love and prayers are with you now and always,
Lisa Quinn (Jim and Timmy too)
February 20, 2006
No words can descibe our hurt - for losing a wonderful friend, a great teammate, and most of all, our hurt for you. We will always be here for you and know that Nick will live on in our hearts and our memories. He is a wonderful happy person who loved to make people laugh. His bravery and love for his job make him stand out against the rest. He loves you and loves life more than most could even imagine. Please hold on to that love and the love of your friends and family to get through this painful time.
Nick... thank you for your friendship, for your dedication to serving our country and rest in peace- we will always love you.
-Natasha & Ryan Anderson
February 20, 2006
Dearest Linda,

The loss of your beloved Nicholas is still in the shock and disbelief mode. I am just so thankful that I was able to meet this fine young man and tease and call him “My sexy stud Uncle” and see that grin! Just for the short time we had together I could tell and have observed first hand the love you two had for one another. Six years seems to not be enough to have shared together but you will have all those memories for your entire life to cherish and smile upon. Believe me time does make you smile again and I know from what I saw that is what he loved most about you (The others I can not write about but boy can we share and that is what we will do!!) Linda you were his smile and made him laugh and he would want that for you too. So when we see each other again we will reminisce; share some crab cakes and have a fancy drink in MEMORY AND HONOR OF MY SEXY STUD UNCLE!! I am here if you need me just call! I love you!
All my love,
Brenda Jean
February 20, 2006
I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. I know Nick was your heart & soul.
Love Mark.
February 20, 2006
Dear Linda,

I'm so sorry that I couldn't be there for you. You both have become family to me, because of how you have been there for me and my dad. I can't imagine how you must feel. I have never experienced a true love like you both shared.

Thankyou Nick for your courage to fight to free those who could not fight to free themselves.

Fair winds and following seas, Bro.
February 20, 2006
Dear Linda,
I do not know how to say how sorry I am for your loss. I cann't image the pain you must feeling. Nick was your world and you were his. You were his wife,lover and best friend, has he was yours. Even though I meet Nick just once, I could tell that ya'll were made for each other. Whenever we talked on the phone and Nick was brought up, you could just feel the love in your voice for him. I know you will never get over this loss, but always remember, Nick will always be with you. He will forever be looking down on you from heaven and protecting you. I admire and respect Nick for his dedication to serving and protecting this country. He gave the ultimate sacrifice for us. I will always be here for you anytime, day or night. My prayers are with you and Nicks family during this time. I love you.
February 20, 2006
There are too many good times with Nick that I've had to actually list here. The sadness I've felt is a new experience to me, especially when I think about those who were closest to him and the intense pain that they must be feeling. Although I'm completely crushed at the thought of him not physically being here, the memories of all of us together, living life to the fullest, still makes me smile. There was NEVER a dull moment when hanging out with Nick. I know he will always be with us in spirit throughout our lives, celebrating with us through all of the good times and keeping us strong (as he was) through the bad times. I will always honor him for what he took part in, and never forget what a great friend he truly was. I will always miss, and never forget you bro.
February 20, 2006
My heart ways heavy for you and all of those who love and admire Nick. He was life itself. Always full of energy and a ready-to-go attitude. That's what made him so good at what he did. Being a exemplary soldier and a loving husband.
All my love and strength. Scott
February 20, 2006
Mrs. Wilson I am GM1 Jason Null's father and we share in your loss. Jason has lost a great friend and team mate. Our Prayers are with your entire family. Gary and Carol Null Retired Navy
February 20, 2006
My thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time. I know how much joy and happiness Nick brought into your life. Keep all those memories close to your heart, it will keep you strong.
February 20, 2006

I was so sorry to hear about your loss. I pray that God will give you comfort and strength during this time of sorrow.
Mark Covington
February 20, 2006
Family and Friends of Nick,
My thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time. God bless you.
February 20, 2006
Dear Linda-
I am so sorry for your loss. Even though I did not have the opportunity to meet him, (I suppose all of us back here would have met him in April) I know he was the love of your life and you were his love. He brought you joy, friendship, laughter & love. Not only was Nick your husband, but your best friend and sole mate. You were very fortunate to have spent 6 wonderful years with him. My thoughts and prayers will be with you.
February 20, 2006
Dear Linda, What can I say? I know how very happy you were with Nick. I wish I was there and could just reach out to you and give you some comfort. I never met Nick, but through you I felt like I knew him. He made you happy and made you feel loved every day. I know that he would want you to still have that feeling. Howard and I both love you. Know that we will always be there for you whenever you need us. God's blessings and comfort to you - Nick is enjoying God's blessings as we speak. Love you, Bonnie and Howard
February 20, 2006
Linda ; So sorry to hear about your loss . I do not know either you or Nick . I wanted to express my feelings of sorrow because I have the upmost respect for our men and women in the military . These people have put themselves in harms way fighting for our safety and freedoms so we don't have to . I belive everyone serving our country are heros ! My thoughts and prayers will be with you and your family.
February 20, 2006
Safeguarding the rights of others is the most noble and beautiful end of a human being."

-Kahlil Gibran,

Linda- My heart and soul ache for you. I just can't grasp this. I watched our husbands get on that plane together, They should be coming home together. Your loss is so great and is shared by all of us who knew you both...even though we didn't know you well, we are family. I feel this loss as if he were my family, and I hurt for you as if we were family. I hope all the prayers and love give you some comfort these days and in the months and years to come. I pray for you to have the strength to get through each minute and each day. Nick, like all of our guys loved this crazy job... We are so grateful for his service to this country.
February 19, 2006
Dear Linda,

I did not know Nick but as friends of the Null's I have heard all about him. I feel as if I knew him and being part of the military family, I know this must be the worst time in your life! I will pray for you and your family for God's peace. I know Nick is heaven looking down on you.

Monica Paro
February 19, 2006
Dear family and friends of Nick,
I am so sorry for your loss. May God be with you during this time of sorrow. I pray we will soon win this war so all of service men and women can come home safe.
A friend and co-worker of Deanna's.
February 19, 2006

Donny considered Nick his best friend, our memories of Nick are some of the best memories we have.

How do you say goodbye to such a good heart
How do you call it the end when it just seemed to start

What do you do when there is no one to blame,
And how can your life be the same

We know that you miss him And he misses you
But right now he's dancing on a cloud smiling down on you It may be hard on you for a while but he wants you to remember,
He wants you to smile

How can you remember the good when all around you seems bad
How do you try to smile when you are just so sad
How can you celebrate his smiles and tears

This world is a place for living, loving and learning And he did all of those things

So when that was realized he was given wings

Even though he had to leave, you will never be apart
Because he will live forever in your heart

Nick & Linda We Love You,
Donny & Cinde
February 19, 2006
I am so sorry about your loss. Nick was such a nice guy and loved you so very much. I remember how nervous I was meeting him for the first time. When I finally did meet him and hung out with him I understood completely why you loved him so much. I will always be here for you whenever you need me. God Bless!
February 19, 2006
Aunt Linda and family,
There are no words to express the deep sympathy we are feeling towards you and the families touched by this loss. Just know that our thoughts and prayers are with you during this terribly hard time. We know by your photos and emails that Nick was your husband, friend and soul mate and that you both loved each other very much. We are so sorry for your loss.
February 19, 2006
I am so sorry to hear about Nick. Even though I was not fortunate enough to have met him, knowing what he meant to you especially in how you reflected the joy he brought into your life, I know he was truly a great friend, husband - - your soul mate. Many spend a lifetime to find what the two of you had together. I wish there was something I could do to help you carry the burden of such a heavy loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and Nick.
February 19, 2006
Dear Family & Friends of Nick,
I'm very sorry to hear about your loss. Words may never express the sympathy we feel; but God will give you the strength, peace, and comfort you need to make it through this. It sounds like Nick was a wonderful man & will not be forgotten by many. God Bless you all.
February 19, 2006
Words cannot express the hurt and the anguish you are feeling right now. But we know Nick is in a better place where there is peace and no more wars. We felt we knew Nick through all the e-mails and pictures you were so faithful to send, even though we had not yet met him.We know this is a very difficult time for you. Just remember to keep the faith and the memories in your heart and as time goes by the tears will become less.
We love you and will keep you and Nick's family in our prayers.
Your brother Earl and wife Margaret
February 19, 2006
Thinking of you and your family and hoping that memories will warm your heart.
February 19, 2006
Dear Linda, Wendy called and told me of your great loss, I am so sorry and sincerely hope you are able to make some sense out of this. I pray that you will be able to realize that there is still a life for you to go on and be a happy person as it seems Nick would want for you. Time does heal wounds, It just seems to take so long some times, I pray for God to give you strength and courage to go on, try to remember the good times, May God be with you and Nicks family. Love Bernie Lemert (Wendy's Mom)
February 19, 2006
Linda he was an amazing man and I know you loved him and he loved you, from the moment he came into your life you were a changed and happier person. Keep him in your heart as I will forever. Love you both and I will see you soon.
February 19, 2006
You have my deepest sympathy for your loss and the loss of a husband, son, brother, uncle and friend. Through the emails and pictures you can see and feel the love and joy you give to each other that has enriched your lives. I hope the memories you have made with each other bring you comfort in the days to come. You are never far from my thoughts. Love you - DeeDee

Rest in Peace and in the hearts of those who love you.
February 19, 2006
Linda I am so so sorry for your loss. I saw Nicks picture and all I could think of was of you two at a Padres game and so happy together and completely in love. I will miss Nick and you having a drink and being so much fun to be around. Please take care of yourself and if there is anything I could do let me know.
February 18, 2006
Dear sweet Linda - You are in our thoughts and prayers. I know it is a very, very painful and sad time for you because I lost my brother, my best friend, in war. I hope you get some comfort from knowing so many people are holding you in their hearts. Please know our family's caring thoughts are with you.
Jeanine, Bret and Cathy Ferguson
February 18, 2006
I just found out about your incredible loss,(my sister Wendy Lemert-Ferril told me). My thoughts and prayers are with you. My daughter is in the Air-Force, I very much admire all of our men and women of the armed forces. Please know that you, Nick and his and your entire family and friends are in the thoughts and prayers of many people. God Bless You All!
Brenda Thompson
February 18, 2006
Dearest Linda,
There hasn't been a day since this sad news when I haven't said a prayer for you to have God give you the strength to live without this beautiful man.

I thank you for giving him all that you gave him (Linda the Hummer????? lol) because he was a brave and courageous warrior. I truly appreciate from the bottom of my heart his service to this country.

May God bless you always, sweetie.

Sydney and Scarlett
February 18, 2006
Dear, sweet Linda Lou,

Where do I begin? I still can't believe this. I'm so shocked and saddened about Nick and I worry about you, how truly difficult this is and will continue to be for you. Nick absolutely adored you, which makes this even more painful. Please know that there are many of us who want to help you and be there for you. Please don't ever hesitate to ask. I am just so sorry that none of us will get to see Nick. It is all so unfair. My deepest sympathies are with you.

February 18, 2006
My Dearest Linda Lou,
Words cannot begin to express my sorrow. I wish I could be there for you but a broken ankle prohibits me from doing so. My deepest sympathies go out to you and your family. Nick served his country well and would have had it no other way. You were never far from him regardless of where he was. The Hummer named Linda was a sure sign that he wanted you close. He loved you more than life itself and it was always obvious in everything he did. He was the love of your life, he was your best friend, and he was your sunshine! I never saw you shine like you did when you were together. Nick will be missed and may he rest in peace.

Please take care of yourself! I am here for you! I miss you!
February 18, 2006
Dear Linda and Family,

There are no words to describe how sad we are to know that we will never hear Nick's laugh again. We are utterly sorry for your loss.
May the precious memories of your beloved husband, friend, son, and brother bring comfort to you in this difficult time and may it help a little to know that we are always here for you. We are sending our warmest thoughts out to you and wish you strength and peace.

Ruhe in Frieden, lieber Nick!

Your German friends Uta and Martin
February 18, 2006
Linda and Family:
Our hearts are very saddened to hear of this news. Please know that we are holding you and your family and friends in our prayers asking God to ease the pain and emptiness you are feeling right now. You will always have those wonderful memories to keep him close to you.
Love and prayers!
Shelby (Susan's sister)
February 18, 2006
Dear Linda,

Susan told me about your husband Nick and I can't say how sorry I am . I have a special place in my heart for people like Nick. They are so brave and the USA is so blessed to have people like him. My thoughts and prayers are with you and Nicks family at this time.

God Bless you!!!
February 18, 2006
Dear Linda:
My heart and prayers go out to you. I am still in shock. When I got your email I just starting crying and all I could think about was what you must be going through right now. You have been one of my best friends for a long time and I regret that I never got to meet Nick. I know he was a wonderful loving husband from what all you told me and all the pictures you shared. I greatly appreciate with all my heart what Nick did for our country. He is a man of courage and a hero. I will always be here for you!! May god bring you ,Nicks family and friends comfort at this time. I love You, Susan Littleton
February 18, 2006
Nick was my friend, never in my life have i experienced such a loss. Linda i am so sorry.
February 18, 2006
Dearest Linda,

You know how I felt about Nick. He was my little brother. You and he have always been like family to me and I will forever remember and appreciate that. The hardest thing I have ever had to do in my life was pick him up and bring him home. The next hardest was calling you. I have felt so guilty for what has happended and I wish that I could have taken his place. You know that I will always be here for you, no matter the time and the place, if you need me I will be there for you.

Nick was the best friend a man could ever have. His zest for life was unparalleled and sometimes I had to reel the little guy in! Whether it was riding quads in the desert or partying in far away lands, he and I lived life to the fullest. He was my brother and he will be sorely missed.

I love you bro.

"Weep not for the fallen, for they have found thier rest"

With all my love and respect,

February 18, 2006
I never saw Nick without a smile on his face. Without a doubt, it's because the love of his life wasn't far behind. My and my family's thoughts are with you every second, Linda. With love and admiration,
Dee Ann
February 18, 2006
Dear Linda and Family

May love surround you
May faith sustain you
May hope encourage you
Day by day

Nick will always be remembered in my family as a true Hero.
I don't know if you remember this but my Dad was a Sailor. He would have loved to meet Nick, he always spoke so highly of his Navy buddies. Maybe they can meet up in heaven and share some stories and beers. I can't seem to stop thinking of you and the rest of Nicks family. I will be praying for you. Love Wendy, Johnny and Billy
February 18, 2006
No words can ever express the deepest sorrow and sympathy that we feel and send to you at this time. Only those that live through this can actually realize the impact that this has on their lives. The love that you and Nick shared was real. Very obvious in the many photo's that you have shared and in the way you talked about him. It's really hard to believe that this has actually happened yet. Our heart and our prayers are with you alway's. As you already know, you have many family and friends that will be there for you. Nick will alway's be in our hearts forever and never be forgotten. We love you.
Lynn, Chad & Family
February 18, 2006
Linda, I am sorry for your loss. He was.....Nick. If anyone knew him, they would understand that he was one hell of a guy. Take care during these times.

Hey Nicky,
I'll never forget you bro. We will meet up again one day and toss a few back and laugh at the old times. Love you brother.
February 18, 2006
Dear Linda:
It's hard to understand what happened. I wish that it's just a dream. Nick will be missed. I'll always be here for you.
February 18, 2006
I'll miss you very much Nick. I was so looking forward to you coming home in less than 2 months. I'll always remember you for what a kind, loving husband you have been to my special close friend Linda. May God keep you in his heart forever.
Love, Gramps
February 17, 2006
Rest in Peace ...You are in beautiful heaven now with Jesus...and with my Marine brother.
Semper Fi
Sister of a Fallen Marine
February 17, 2006
In time, may you find peace in your heart. Let the rivers flow and subside when you feel strong. Your husband will always be with you and smiling upon you forever. Whatever, whenever, you need anything, I will be here. You and both families are in my heart, my thoughts, and my prayers. Love, Elizabeth
February 17, 2006
dearest Linda,

Our hearts go out to you on your terrible loss. Nick was a wonderful husband and a great friend. I was thinking about the last time I saw Nick. He was so full of life and vitality. He always made me laugh. He'll be greatly missed by everyone that knew him. We are indeed fortunate to have known him.

Please let us know if you need anything.

Mel & Ben
February 16, 2006
February 16, 2006
Linda, my heart aches for you in this incredibly shocking and surreal time. I have prayed for you every night since I found out about Nick that somehow, some way you'll find strength, courage and sanity through this time of loss.

I feel for you with every cell in my body, and please know that if you need anything at all please call or email me any time.

With Love,
February 16, 2006
Nick was my husband, my lover, and my very best friend. Nick just recently was advanced to Second Class, he knew that was in the works, and I'm sure he knows now. There was never a day that he didn't make me laugh even if he was on the other side of the world. We were to celebrate our 6th anniversary today...Nick will always be with me, every single day, for the rest of my life. Nick made me so very happy there are not enough words to describe it. For those of you who knew Nick, you know what a wonderful person he was. I will miss him very much but he will always be with me where ever I go...
February 16, 2006
To the Family of Petty Officer 3rd Class Nicholas Wilson:
I know first hand there are no words right now that will bring you the comfort and peace you need. Just know that you are not alone. My heart, thoughts, and prayers are with you all as you mourn this loss. We don't know each other, will probably never meet, but will forever be united in the loss of our Heroes. We have, unfortunately joined a group, an ever-growing group of families in this situation. May God grant you peace and strength to get through this and be able once again to smile at a memory rather than have only the tears that flow so easily now. If you ever want to talk, I'm only an e:mail away. God Bless this courageous soldier and his family.
Pam Adams (SFC Brent Adams, KIA 12/1/05 Ramadi, Iraq)
(Millersville, PA )
February 16, 2006
Our thoughts and prayers are with Linda as well as Nick's family. May faith and friends serve as some small solace during this incredibly difficult time.
February 16, 2006
The Family

Find comfort in knowing that others share your loss.
February 16, 2006

I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. God bless.
February 16, 2006
With love to everyone who loved Nick,
Robin VanderLaan
February 16, 2006
Dear Linda,

My heart goes out to you and your family. Nick had such courage in the face of adversity. I cannot imagine the grief you feel - he was an incredible person who served his country with valor.

I'd like to share a quote that reflects the strong love you and Nick share: "They that love beyond the world cannot be separated by it. Death cannot kill what never dies."(by William Penn, who was America's first great champion of freedom and peace for our country)

If you ever need anything, please let me know how I can help.
-Domonique Hensler
February 16, 2006
February 15, 2006
Psalm 23

The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters,
He restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

This is a verse that I have found to be comforting to me during my husbands death. Remember that when it seems that no one else is round, God is still there with you! And he will be your rock!

My daughter,McKaLyne, and I send our heartfelt sympathy for your loss! God Bless this warrior, God Bless those whom serve freedom's cause! They are our true HERO's!!!!

If you need anything, please feel free to contact me!!!

Wife & Daughter of the Late
Sgt. Audrey Daron Lunsford
KIA May 23, 2005
February 15, 2006
My thoughts, prayers and deepest sympathy are with this brave man's wife and family. My family and I are indebted to him for his courage and devotion to serving his country and keeping us all safe.
February 15, 2006
We are so sorry to hear of another Sailor lost. May God bless and keep Nicholas's family and friends during this time of terrible loss and pain. Our prayers are with you all.

Proud parents of
HN Robert Nathaniel Martens, USN
Killed in Al Qaim, Iraq
September 06, 2005
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