Nicholas B. Erdy

Fallen Hero’s Hometown and State: Owensville, OH

Branch of Service: U.S. Marine Corps

Rank: Lance Corporal

LCPL Erdy proudly served in the Marine Corps with Columbus, OH-based Lima Co. 3/25. During a very successful and influential combat deployment to Western Iraq in 2005, his squad’s amphibious assault vehicle struck an IED blast entering yet another city on Operation Matador. Six men would perish that day, with several others critically wounded. He will never be forgotten.

Nick was a born leader. He led by example and was extremely intelligent. He was strong both physically and mentally during some of the most intense moments of our lives. He was a good friend to many and an outstanding Marine. It was an honor to serve next to him.

LCPL Erdy’s image is painted in life-size by artist Anita Miller and travels the entire country with the Eyes of Freedom Memorial, honoring ALL who answer our nation’s call; then, now, and tomorrow. He continues his service in the form of engaging Veterans and their families, showing gratitude and offering a place of healing. His legacy, like thousands of others, proudly lives on.

Age: 21

Date of Death: May 11, 2005

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