6.20.12 RIP nick, we miss you man.
Nick, it’s been terribly long time since I posted on here, but I think about you often. I can’t go to a single Reds game and not get chills when I hear the national anthem, or watch our beautiful flag dance on a windy day without think about you. This week a lady I work with asked us to write letters to her son and his fellow Marines out of the Lima Company and it just brought back all the pain and hurt I felt when we lost you. I think about your family often and hope they are well. Keep watching out over us all. I had my students write your Marines this week, and hope the notes will send them love, courage, and a reminder of just what they mean to us all.
Thinking about you and your family today. Time has just flown by, but trust that your sacrifice will never be forgotten. Everyone is still always talking about the good times they had with you. Hope all is well up in Heaven bro.
Nick, as each day and year passes, we miss you more than ever! You are always in our hearts and on our minds. We are so proud of you and we will never forget what you and your Brothers have sacraficed. As the anniversay of your death draws near, we remain forever faithful. Much LOVE - Lisa, Cole and Gail.
its been so long since i spoke to you and your family. Im hoping in heaven that you can read minds and know that i think of you all the time. driving down the road and seeing marine carwash signs, the news, talking to friends in the navy and other marines, and whenever i see an american flag. I am so proud of you! SO SO SO PROUD! i have started bow hunting, and shooting archery tournaments and actually am not too bad at it... i guess i must get it honestly :)
love and miss you.
Happy Birthday, dear Nick. We love you! CBEE
My dear Nick - Five years ago seems in some ways like forever - and other ways just yesterday. So many times each day I see that smiling face that always brightened my day - and then the day is dulled because it is only temporary. There are so many times that I am reminded of you by something you said or did when you were here with us. You are always in my thoughts and forever in my heart. Your inspiration lives on in so many people and your short life here had more of an impact that some people who live a much longer life. Keep us close, Nick, and continue to bless all the people who have loved you and continue to love you forever. Love - unconditionally - Gee-Ma--J
Those who were close to him may remember, but Nick worked for a bit at the UPS hub in Cincinnati where, for a brief period of time, I was his supervisor. I remember discussing his hobbies from guns and turkey hunting to archery and how he was pretty skilled with a bow. He was quiet at first but he lit up when we talked about his interests. I truly appreciated the rapport we had. I didn't know him for long enough, but nevertheless he left such an impression on me. He was positive, hard-working, and I knew that we were lucky to have such a dedicated young man walk through our doors. Though it's a little over 4 years since his death and at least 8 years since our paths crossed, I felt it important to say that I would never forget him. God bless you, Nick!
10.23.09 Happy Birthday Nick. Miss you each and every day . . .
9.15.09 i love you erdy. always have, always will. Starr
Hey nick this is Jarod here. Feels like forever since the last time i got to talk to you. I miss you coming over to hang out all the time and beating all our video games for us. We never did get to build that fort we always talked about building. But i have remembered everything you taught me about basketball and every other sport you taught me.You have had the biggest influence on me all these years. No matter what I'm joining the marines. You always said their the toughest. I just wanted to write you and tell you I love you and think about you every day. Miss you man. Jarod
6.16.09 i still think about you every day. I love you
so, and i always will. - starr
5..11.08 HI NICK! TODAY MARKS THE 4TH ANNIVERSARY OF
YOUR LEAVING US TO GO TO A MUCH BETTER PLACE, AND IT
IS STILL UNBEARABLE. I KNOW TIME IS SUPPOSED TO HEAL,
BUT IT SURE TAKES ITS TIME. YOU ARE ALWAYS SO MUCH IN
MY THOUGHTS AND ALWAYS IN MY HEART AND I HOPE SOMEHOW
YOU KNOW HOW VERY MUCH YOU ARE LOVED AND MISSED. YOUR
INFLUENCE ON SO MANY OTHER PEOPLE IS STILL FELT TODAY
AND I SEE IT ALL AROUND ME. KEEP CLOSE, NICK, AND KNOW
WE ARE ALWAYS THINKING OF YOU AND FEELING SO PROUD OF
ALL YOUR COURAGE AND BRAVERY. MUCH LOVE ALWAYS - GRANNY
4.23.09 TURKEY SEASON I MISS YOU MORE THAN EVER SON
2.23.09 HI NICK - I KNOW IT'S BEEN AWHILE, BUT YOU
HAVE BEEN ON MY MIND SO MUCH - LIKE EVERY DAY, AND I
JUST NEEDED TO TOUCH BASE WITH YOU TO LET YOU KNOW YOU
ARE NEVER FAR AWAY FROM MY THOUGHTS AND HEART. EACH
DAY I SEEM TO TALK WITH SOMEONE WHO MENTIONS YOUR NAME
AND SOME INCIDENT THEY HAD WITH YOU - ALL OF WHICH HAS
BEEN GOOD, SO I JUST HAD TO STAY IN TOUCH. LOVE - GRANNY
2.20.09 i think about you everyday. always have, always
will. i love you. Starr
11.20.08 I saw a memorial sticker on someones car going
to work this morning and decided to look up Nick and
read his story. I am deeply touched on what I found.
I am a former Marine and was in Iraq very shortly after
Nicks passing (Oct 06 - May 07). I think how you all
are remembering Nick is one of the coolest things I
have seen. Wish I could have met him at home or over
there. Semper Fi Nick, my prayers go out to the family
Nick is for sure watching over right now.
10.21.08 HAPPY BIRTHDAY NICK!! There is not a day that
goes by that we do not think of you!! With boundless
pride and never-ending gratitude, we wish you MUCH love
on your Special Day!! Hail, Guardian Angels of the House!
Come to our aid, share with us our work and play. Be
with us that we may hear your wings, and feel your breath
upon our cheek (Geoffrey Hodson) Until the end of time,
we remain forever faithful: Lisa Cole and Gail
5.16.08 HI NICK - WELL, WE JUST OBSERVED YOUR 3RD ANNIVERSARY
AND IT IS SO HARD TO BELIEVE WE HAVE BEEN WITHOUT YOU
FOR 3 YEARS. REALLY, I GUESS THE REASON IT IS SO HARD
TO BELIEVE IS THAT I DON'T FEEL WE HAVE BEEN TOTALLY
WITHOUT YOU BECAUSE YOU ARE WITH US EVERYDAY. WE ATTENDED
THE SCHOLARSHIP MASS TODAY AT ST. LOUIS SCHOOL,A ND
YOUR GOOD WORKS JUST GO ON AND ON. YOUR MISSION HERE
MAY HAVE BEEN COMPLETED AND YOU WERE ABLE TO RETURN
TO A HIGHER PLACE, BUT THE GOOD YOU DID HERE IS STILL
ACKNOWLEDGED AND APPRECIATED. IT MAKES US SO PROUD TO
SEE ALL THE PEOPLE WHO ARE SO GRATEFUL TO YOU, NICK,
AND GUESS WHAT - YOU GOT A STANDING OVATION FROM THE
STUDENTS AT ST. LOUIS TODAY.!! THAT WAS A THRILL, ALSO.
KEEP TENDING US HERE, NICK, AND KNOW WE LOVE YOU MORE
AND MORE EACH DAY. GRANNY
5.11.08 Nick your the man
Best 4.28.08 Dear Nick -
There isn't a day that goes by that we don't think of
you and miss you tons.
A friend of mine recently said, "I so value our
freedom and all of the blessings this country has to
offer, especially for the sake of our children. I think
of and thank your nephew, and others like him, often."
Thought you should know.
CBEE 4.10.08 Just wanted to tell you I still think about
you almost every day and I'm still honored. We all miss
you more every day
12.7.07 Dearest Nick -
We miss you more than ever. Reminders of you are everywhere.
What a treasure you are . . . Watch over us, Nick.
CBEE 11.19.07 Hey Nick,
We just had the benefit friday, everything was amazing.
You would have loved how much of a party it was! I think
about you everyday. I want to thank you for the numerous
times that you have saved me from an accident. Its still
hard for me to grasp that your not coming back home.
It really sucks that you cant be here to see me graduate
and come party with Geoffrey on his 21st, he thought
about you all day today I know and we made sure we tipped
one back for you. For the benefit Nick he actaully stayed
up past 10! Your in my thoughts everyday and I apprecaite
the smiles and tears that your memory brings to my face.
You will always and forever be my hero for giving it
all for me, I don't know how you did it but you didnt
even blink. Only hero's do that Nick. And you're mine
and I thank you so much for not batting an eye and protecting
your family. I love you and miss you everyday. Thanks
again for keeping me out of ditches, Whenever i go over
60 i look up and see your picture and know that you
would have been in the next car racing me. We'll have
a brewsky when i get up there. Tell Wanda hi and I miss
her, I'm sure she gave you a big hug and a kiss. Love
In my thoughts, prayers, and memories forever and always
11.11.07 DEAREST NICK - TODAY YOU HAVE BEEN GONE FROM
US FOR TWO AND ONE-HALF YEARS, AND THE PAIN OF LOSING
YOU NEVER GOES AWAY. TODAY WE ARE CELEBRATING VETERANS
DAY AND ALL THE SACRIFICES MADE, AND THERE IS NO GREATER
SACRIFICE THAN THE ONE YOU MADE. EACH DAY I TRY TO SEE
THE GREATER GOOD IN YOU BEING TAKEN FROM US, BUT IT
STILL ESCAPES ME. I THINK I AM LEARNING BETTER TO TRUST
GOD AND TO KNOW HE HAD A DEFINITE PURPOSE IN TAKING
YOU AND DERGA AND ALL THE REST OF LIMA CO. YOU ARE STILL
SO VERY MUCH WITH US IN THOUGHT AND IN OUR HEARTS, AND
ALWAYS WILL BE. IT SEEMS EACH DAY SOMEONE REMINDS ME
THAT YOU ARE THEIR HERO AND SO MANY PEOPLE ARE SO MUCH
BETTER FOR HAVING KNOWN YOU AND BEEN AROUND YOU, SO
YOUR PRESENCE IS STILL FELT HERE IN THAT WAY. STAY CLOSE
TO US, NICK, WATCH OVER US, AND HELP US TO BE STRONGER
AND MAKE OUR LIFE MORE MEANINGFUL BY HAVING KNOWN AND
LOVED YOU. ALL MY LOVE TODAY AND ALWAYS - GRANNY
10.22.07 Nick, what a blessing it was the day you were
born - wishing you MUCH love on your special day. We
miss you more than ever!!
The golden moments in the stream of life rush past us,
and we see nothing but sand; the angles come to visit
us, and we only know them when they are gone. (George
See, I am sending an angel ahead of you to guard you
along the way and to bring you to the place I have prepared.
10.3.07 hey buddy. i just scrolled down this page and
realize that i overload you with messages; well hey,
i guess its never gonna change, im gonna be on your
ass for the rest of time whether you're right in front
of me or watching over. so get over it :) this year
has gone by so fast it's hard to believe that it's already
october. i work at the hospital now, and i have started
school...haha you'd laugh. i'm gonna be a nurse, nick.
me. a nurse. what a crazy thought. i was thinking that
once i graduate i would look into military nursing,
or travel across the lines of the united states and
work towars the greater effort in the world. who knows
where this life will take me....but i guess that's the
beauty of it. as time goes by, i realize that it gets
to be harder without you here with us. you know, i have
heard that time heals. and maybe in some ways, it does....but
you are still very much everywhere around us. i drive
through owensville, there you are...i get into my car,
there you are....i lay down for bed....there's your
picture and your kairos letter to me....and of course,
i continue to see all of the people who so dearly have
loved you for so long....in a sense, there has been
no time to heal....just time to see how much you have
impacted and will continue to impact all of us in our
daily lives. i just wanted to thank you for who you
are, and what you have done for me and the rest of us...you
truely are a blessing from God, and maybe that is why
he called you back so soon.
ALWAYS MISSING YOU AND NEVER FORGETTING.
please continue to look after all of those who love
you down here.
ps. u suck :)
9.11.07 Dear Nick -
We remember and honor you today and every day. Your
sacrifice will never be forgotten. We love you.
I'm sorry this is only my first post. Miss you Bro.
We had too many great memories together- most of them
laughing so hard I cried. Thanks for introducing me
to Half Baked...what a great flick. I'm moving to Charlotte
to work full time, and I'm actually living with Allie-small
world huh? This was my first but won't be my last...
5.15.07 You are still in everyone's thoughts. I still
think about you alll the time. I still brag to everyone
that a know a real hero - Geoff
two years nick.
miss you a lot. - Abby
5.11.07 to think it's been two years.....it boggles
my mind. i wont write much, bc i always write a book,
but i'm slowly realizing that no words can match my
feelings. Just know I still very much think about you
every day of my life, it's become a part of it, and
my thoughts will never fade....just like you, nick,
will never fade...i love you. keep on keepin on up top,
WE MISS YOU. - Starr
Miss you everyday but definitely thinking of you today.
Thanks for the sunshine.
5.2.07 my hero.
my reality check.
my sublime sing along.
still, and ALWAYS,
4.19.07 Guess Heaven was needing a hero. - Lisa
4.11.07 HI NICK - JUST A SHORT NOTE TO LET YOU KNOW
I KNOW WHAT DAY IT IS AND THEY ARE NEVER FORGOTTEN.
EVEN THOUGH YOU ARE WITH ME IN THOUGHT EVERY DAY, THIS
DAY ON THE 11TH OF THE MONTH IS ALWAYS IN MY HEART AND
I ALWAYS FEEL CLOSER TO YOU THAN USUAL. PLEASE KEEP
US IN YOUR CARE AND LOOK AFTER ALL OF YOUR FRIENDS WHO
ALSO NEED YOUR HELP. WE STILL DEPEND ON YOU TO LOOK
AFTER US AND BLESS US IN YOUR OWN WAY. MISS YOU TERRIBLY
AND WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU. MY BEST ALWAYS - GEE-MA-J
4.8.07 DEAR NICK - HAPPY EASTER, DARLIN'. IT'S BEEN
AWHILE I KNOW SINCE ILAST E-MAILED YOU, BUT THAT DOESN'T
MEAN I HAVEN'T BEEN THINKING OF YOU AND TALKING WITH
YOU IN MY MIND. YOU ARE CONSTANTLY IN MY HEART AND MIND
EVERY DAY, AND I AM SO PROUD OF YOU AND ALL YOU HAVE
DONE - BUT THEN I ALWAYS WAS - EVEN BEFORE YOU BECAME
A MARINE. THANKS FOR ALL THE WONDERFUL MEMORIES AND
FOR YOUR UNSELFISH SERVICE AND SACRIFICE FOR OUR COUNTRY.
THERE IS NONE BETTER AND I WILL LOVE YOU FOREVER. GEE-MA-J
I've been thinking about you alot lately and have been
meening to post a message but have been otherwise detained.
I just want to say thanks for all you have done and
for what you still do- you give me strength on days
when I need it the most so THANK YOU! We love and miss
you lots!!! Semper Fi.
hey nick i was never able to meet you but ive heard
all good things, i saw this website from my friends
profile and i read almost every single message. i cant
even imagine the hard times your friends and family
are going through. cant even imagine. your in my prayers.
thank you for everything you have done, you are a hero.
god bless you and your family - Jen
1.2.07 Dearest Nick -
It's a new year. The holidays have been hard. There
isn't a day that goes by that you aren't on my mind
. . . so many memories. . . . I keep seeing you at our
house at Christmas. I wish so much that I could give
you a great big hug. I visited your grave Christmas
Eve and left an angel for you. Watch over us, Nick.
We love you more than words can say.
12.25.06 christmas just arrived. and i am sitting here,
thinking about you, which is how most of my nights end
up. i have trouble sleeping, which leads to thinking,
which leads to you....ect, ect. my dreams are so realistic....you
are there, givin me shit, makin fun of me, we're laughing,
you are so real. i just can't seem to get a grip on
everything. my life, it's just so repetitve nick. i
keep praying, i keep trying to be inspired, but its
so difficult these days. the more time that goes by,
the more i realize it's never gonna be easy, there is
no 'easier'. things will always be drastically different
without you. i miss you. i miss you more than words
could ever say. you are a hero, and although that will
never compensate for your presence on this earth, it
helps out with the 'why' questions. every single day
i think about you, about your imprtance to me, your
importance to your other close friends, your improtance
to this town, your importance to this world. and it
boggles my mind that i spent majority of my time with
mr. nicholas brandon erdy, the hero, and that some of
our best days were spent, together.
i love you nick.
starr 12.25.06 Merry Christmas Nick...We are thinking of you
always! - Lauren 12.24.06 Nick -
Can't seem to get you off my mind today even though
it's been a busy day. It still seems like you should
be coming home soon - I guess that's something I'll
never get used to. We came to visit and brought you
a tree, but I still missed your smile, although it is
very vivid in my mind. Please know that I would love
to see you and wish you a Merry Christmas. You're in
our thoughts and prayers every day. Keep watch over
Lots of love --- Kristi
11.21.06 only two defining people ever offered to die
for you: Jesus Christ and the American Soldier...one
died to save your soul and the other, your freedom...we
love and miss you nick!!
11.11.06 only two defining people ever offered to die
for you: Jesus Christ and the American Soldier... one
died to save your soul and the other, YOUR FREEDOM.
we love and miss you nick - amy bergman
Today is officially Veteran's Day. I met L.Cpl. Beard
last night at the Bluejackets game. He is a new member
of Lima Company. He said he joined because he lost a
friend in Lima Company. He also told me that he has
heard lots of great things about all of you guys especially
you. Of course, I am not shocked to hear that because
you are so great. Love and miss you lots.
Tomorrow is officially Veteran's Day but we are observing
it today at work, etc.. Thank you so much for your service.
Whenever I encounter a service man or woman, I always
take extra time to thank them for what they do especially
you Marines. You gave your life for all of us in your
service to your country. I don't know how else to say
it except thank you for your service. We are so proud
of you and all service people especially you Marines.
10.24.06 nick...happy belated birthday....i wanted to
tell you that on the 22nd, i had the most vivid dream
about ya.....you gave me a hug and it was so real...it
was just crazy because of all the days to dream about
you.....i loved it...i just wanted to let you know that
you are still on my mind everyday, and pictures of you
that i keep finding are begininning to flood my dashboard....i
have realized that although things will never bet he
same, i love having you as the one to watch over us
all.....i love you.
Happy B-day! Your Aunt Lisa and I were toasting you
yesterday on your birthday. We talked about all the
little things that remind us of you every day whether
it be a Marine commercial or someone that looks like
you. I was telling Lisa that I was watching some stupid
show on television the other day when I saw this young
man that looked like you. We love and miss you very
10.22.06 Nick- you are never forgotten and always remembered.
thanks for every thing you ever did. i love you always.
10.22.06 Dear Nick --
Happy Birthday. We love and miss you every day -- but,
10.22.06 HAPPY BIRTHDAY, NICK! WISH WE COULD HAVE CELEBRATED
WITH YOU, BUT I KNOW YOU KNOW YOU ARE ALWAYS IN OUR
THOUGHTS. STAY WITH US AND KEEP US SAFE. LOVE - GRANNY
10.22.06 Nick - Happy birthday! It's been a while, but
seems like yesterday. Still waiting for you to come
home. Been thinking of you alot today - more than usual.
We all miss you, Clayton still prays for you every day.
I know you're in a better place, but still can't help
but wish you were here. Look down on us and keep us
strong. Love, the crazy neighbor lady!
10.01.06 Dear Nick - In case you haven't already found
out, I wanted to be sure you got the word that Dustin
and Meaghan had a little boy this morning about 4:45
or so. Of course, you know they were going to name him
Tristan Nicholas. Dustin was so excited when he called
his Mom, but we don't know all the particulars yet,
except Dustin said he was "big and loud".
He was so excited he could hardly talk. Anyway, what
I wanted to say in this regard is a BIG "thank
you" for helping make this possible. I know what
a help you were with Dustin when he was going through
his tough times, and he was so influenced by your courage
and strength that it helped turn things around for him.
So - again, thanks for all your efforts for so many
people and keep on looking after us. Every day is so
difficult and we definitely need your love and care.
I miss you so much I don't know how to cope some days.
My love - always and forever - Granny
9.23.06 hey nick whats up.I can't believe your gone.It's
been hard to concentrate in school.I'm just glad you're
out of Iraq.I missyour idiotioc comments and dance moves.I
don't know how I'm goingto beat any video games without
you.Anyway I just wanted to say hi. your my hero man
Semper FI - jarod 9.11.06 Hey Nick! This is Molly, Denny's little sister,-
yeah the one that always pestered you guys when you
were hanging out in the basement at our old house! Anyhow
I was just thinking about you tonight (as I do often),
and I started thinking about how many people you have
touched here, how many people that constantly think
of you and always will as a true hero. I just feel greatful
to have met such a wonderful person. I know that Denny
and all the guys think of you constantly, and drink
tons and tons of pikes in your honor! I know that you
are watching out for Denny and all the guys, and I love
that feeling! Thanks Nick, you, your family, and the
Boot's cross my mind often and always will. Love, Molly
and the rest of the Dineens
Dearest Nick -
You are in our thoughts every day. We miss you so much
and long for the day when we can see you again. Your
bright spirit lives on through your loving family. You
are forever in our hearts. We will never forget.
8.27.06 i miss you. all day, everyday.
8.13.06 Thinking of you Nick...you are still in our
8.9.06 Hey Nick. I've been thinking about you a lot
lately. We miss you so much. Thanks for everything you
have done for your country..without people like you
we wouldnt have the freedoms we have today. Please watch
over us and keep us safe. - S
7.14.06 Hey Erdy, always thinkin about you guys...not
a day goes by...We Love You, Teri Brill 5.29.06 Nick, You are the reason we have Memorial Day.
You are what makes the USA proud, and you are what every
one of us try to be. Thanks Nick, no one has forgotten.
Happy Memorial Day. - geoff
5.29.06 Nick, On this Memorial Day, you are in our
thoughts and prayers. You will not be forgotten and
we are forever in your debt for your ultimate sacrifice.
Please continue to look after Andrew and be at peace.
Love, Jim and Karen
5.16.06 Erdy~ thought of you and all the others all
week, as always. You did so much for us all and I thank
you. May you and God be with your family and friends
to keep getting them through - bring them peace. Semper
Much Love, Teri Brill
5.15.06 Nick, one year has passed but your are still
as fresh in my mind as you were the last time i saw
you. A hero forever. Nobody will ever forget you.
I love you
Jeremy 5.13.06 Nick, a year ago today was the really crappy
day for all of us. I remember Tim called me, I was driving
and he said "Nick was killed". I couldn't
believe it was "our Nick". I was in denial
and just thought it had to be some other Nick. Well
it wasn't. And in the year that has passed, I think
of you every day. When Geoff or Chels says something
or does something I think how would Nick have reacted
to that and then I cry for your mom and dad knowing
that you can't. As painful as your passing has been
for us and your other friends, I hope you know that
we have all tried to be there for your mom and dad and
Erin. They are all so strong. You must be proud. But
no one could be prouder than I am of you. And this whole
community continues to hold you up as our hero everyday.
God Bless you Nick. Watch over us, you know who needs
it the most. Love, Lynne
yesterday was a very rough day here for all of us, and
to believe a year has gone by without you here is a
crazy thought. I think of you constantly everyday, but
yesterday was just one of those days where i didnt think
of much else but you. One of the things I kept thinking
about was your laugh. I know it has been so long since
i have heard it, but it still rings through my ears
as if you were sitting right next to me. I love that.
and I love you. I am sure thousands of people were struggling
with the thought of you yesterday, and that is an amazing
impact to have on so many people. I placed a red and
yellow rose on your grave, one from myself, and one
from bellman. PLease continue to watch over him and
his well being in hawaii. Sir Gilb and I are going to
come visit you on Sunday[mothers' day- u know how much
i love that day] and he is going to play his banjo for
you. He has gotten so good nick, you wouldn't believe
it. well that's is all i have for now, because if i
don't stop now i will write to you forever. so many
things to say, so little time. i love you, and no day
will pass without me thinking of you. Can't wait to
see you again someday. keep it real, kid.
5.12.06 thinking about you, its been a year but you
are still on my mind daily and you and your family are
always in my prayers- k. norman
5.11.06 Dearest Nick -
One year ago today . . . and we still struggle so much
to accept that you are gone. Your wonderful, smiling
face is such a vivid picture in my mind. God Bless You
Dear Nick. We love you and will never forget your sacrifice.
5.11.06 It's so hard to believe that a year has past
and still you are remembered Nick, and always will be.
Everyone misses you dearly and wishes you well. There
aren't enough thank you's in the world for what you
have sacrificed but once again I would like to say thank
you. Thanks for everything. You are the definition of
5.11.06 Hey Nick! Its been 1 yr seens you have died
i miss you bro! i am gonna vist ur grave in a little
bit! i miss you like crazy! i rember the day you asked
ashley to marry her i was like yes she is gonna marry
the coolest guy ever,i told like every1 about it that
night,i was at the mcnick bball game to and every1 was
like are you serious your sister is gonna marry nick
erdy that is awesome,and i was w/ my cuz rachel that
night to and she told every1! Nick i wish you were here!
The wedding was gonna be crazy! well bro i miss you
and i love you and i will NEVER forget you
You're sister in law!
5.11.06 Nick, May 11th will always be your day for
the rest of all our lives. everyone misses you, You
have had an impact on my life and the lives of others.
Please help Chase. this is a rough day for all, but
when we remember you, we remember you as a hero and
a great person.
We love and miss you so very much. I keep on running
into soldiers who ask about you because of your sticker
on my car. Talking to them makes me proud to know you.
It's raining here today which is only suiting for the
skies to cry for you and your fellow fallen soldiers
on this date in history.
5.11.06 My Dear Nick - It is impossible to put into
words the heartbreak and pain I have felt since your
passing one year ago, and today just brings back all
the terrible feelings from that time. As I read the
letters on this web site I realize even more what a
great influence you had on people's lives - even friends
I was not familiar with. In your too short life here,
you were so important to so many people - and in fact,
still are as we still turn to you for support and protection.
You would be proud of Chase and the Wolfe Bros. who
you spent so much time with. They are all struggling,
too - just like all of us. Dustin, who you helped through
some rough times, is with Meghan and is expecting a
son in October who he plans to name after you. The list
goes on and on.
I miss you more today than yesterday, and pray you are
at peace and happy. Keep us in your daily thoughts and
watch over us always. My love is everlasting and forever.
Love - Granny 5.10.06 Hey Nick, man i am so torn up right now thinking
that you died a year ago tommorrow. I miss you like
crazy bro. I always wonder what would the world be like
if you were alive. I always wonder what you would be
liek today. What would you and I do? I couldnt wait
till you and Ashley would get married. I remeber the
day Ashley and you showed me the ring you got her. Well
i wasn't too observent and didnt realize that the ring
was on Ashley's ring finger!! Man i remember that night
I firgured out that my big sis was gonna marry Nick
Erdy!! Nick i told everyone that night!!! I called so
many people! Im always wondering what you would be liek
today... School is going ok, you know, schools ok, but
the night life is good. I miss you liek crazy Nick,
I love you. Semper Fi Bro - Jared Boots
5.8.06 nick- it has almost been a year since u left
us, & it still seems so unreal. it feels like yesterday
we were back in high school. just wanted to let u know
that a year has past but not a day goes by that u r
not on my mind. this week will be hard so please watch
over all of us love always ae
4.30.06 hey nick. just thought i'd drop a line or two
while i have you on the brain. which is all the time,
but tonight is a little different i think. i have been
thinking about you constantly this past week, with the
approaching day and all, and because things have been
really hard this month. i know you hear my prayers,
and i know you can't solve things for me, but it helps
to know that i can talk to you about things that you
have always helped me with. your best friend needs your
help desperately right now, nick , and there is nothing
i can do. He doesn't talk to any of us anymore, not
even bellman. and it breaks my heart. i keep praying
to you every day to do whatever you can to show him
that what he is doing is not helping anything, and if
someone or something doesn't show him soon, it will
be too late and we will lose him for good. i love you
nick. and there is not a day that goes by that you are
not on my mind and in my heart. please look out for
all of us here without you. until next time....
4.23.06 Hey Nick! I just thought I would say hello...
we celebrated Erin's 21st over the Easter weekend. You
probably would have loved it :) Anyway... just wanted
ya to know that everyone still thinks about you and
misses you very much. Take care. - Lauren
4.23.06 Hey buddy... it is getting closer to that horrible
week last year. It is getting hard on everyone. Just
make sure u stay with your family, friends and Boots
these next few weeks, cause they will need you. Watch
out for my Boy... make sure he is being good... let
him know no matter what happens in my life he will always
be my best friend and tell him I love him very much
and i miss him..... Well you two be good... miss you
and think about you everyday...
4.11.06 Hello again, NIck - Sometimes I'm not quite
sure just what I want to say, as I have pretty well
told you all my feelings where you are concerned, but
I still have so many thoughts of you when you were here
and the times you spent with us that I just feel the
need to get in touch with you. There is not a day goes
by that you are not in my thoughts and heart for all
the good you have done, both as a brave Marine and as
a friend and grandson. You have had such an impact on
so many people, and each day is a reminder of your life
here. You are so greatly loved and appreciated and so
very missed by all who love you. Stay close and watch
over us and all your brothers and touch our lives in
whatever way you can. More love than I can say - Granny 3.21.06 Hey bro,
I miss u i havent talked 2 u and seen you 4ever i miss
you! I been helping out ashley i wish u were here right
now! well i just wanted 2 stop by 2 say i love you i
miss you,and i wish you were here right now!
Your sister in law
3.13.06 Nick, I think about you all the time, you are
always in our thoughts. You are still the Hero. Love
3.11.06 DEAR NICK -- I JUST HAD TO GET IN TOUCH WITH
YOU TODAY IN ANY WAY I CAN. SURE WISH THERE WAS A MORE
PERSONAL WAY TO TALK WITH YOU AS THERE IS SO MUCH I
WOULD LIKE TO SAY. YOU HAVE BEEN GONE FROM HOME FOR
OVER A YEAR, AND FROM THIS PLACE FOR 10 MONTHS TODAY.
IS IT ANY EASIER TO ACCEPT? NO - I DON'T EXPECT IT TO
EVER BE EASY TO ACCEPT, IT IS JUST SOMETHING YOU HAVE
TO LEARN TO LIVE WITH BECAUSE IT IS REAL - BUT STILL
HARD TO BELIEVE. YOUR SMILE IN YOUR PICTURES MAKES IT
HARD TO BELIEVE, BUT YOUR MARINE RECORD SPEAKS VOLUMES.
WE'LL BE LEAVING FLORIDA SHORTLY TO GO HOME, AND I WILL
BE REALLY GLAD TO BE THERE AND VISIT "YOUR PLACE"
OCCASIONALLY. SOMEHOW, IT HELPS ME DEAL A LITTLE BETTER
EVEN THOUGH I KNOW YOU ARE IN A BETTER PLACE. YOUR COURAGE
AND STRENGTH AND BRAVERY ARE WITH US EVERY DAY - NO
MATTER THE LENGTH OF TIME YOU HAVE BEEN GONE, AND YOU
ARE STILL AN INSPIRATION TO US ALL. I LOVE YOU, NICK,
MORE EACH DAY - IF THAT'S POSSIBLE AND THINK OF YOU
ALL THE TIME. KEEP IN TOUCH, AND KNOW I HOLD YOU IN
MY HEART -ALWAYS. -- GRANNY 3.1.06 Dearest Nick -
We miss you terribly. Been thinking so much about you
-- especially when you were a little boy. I guess the
onset of Spring brings on a new bunch of memories. My
heart aches to see you again. Don't even want to think
about coloring eggs without you!!
We love you Nick. There isn't a day that goes by (or
minute, or hour it seems. . . ) that I don't think about
you. Watch over us, Nick . . . especially the girls.
How they look up to you and Erin! We were able to have
dinner with your Mom, Dad and Erin last night. Erin
had the girls in the hot tub. They loved it!!!
God Bless You Nick. You are the example we all strive
to live up to!
2.24.06 Hey Nick, havent talked to u in a while. I
was just thinking about the last time i saw u and started
to laugh. I just wanted to say i miss u and love and
will always remember the good times we had. Look over
us and one day we will see eachother again. Love Todd.
2.21.06 Dear Nick,
I just wanted to leave you a note and let you know what
we are all thinking about you, even as time passes.
I hope your family knows that you are never forgotten
and that we all hold you so deeply in our hearts. I
also hope you know that there is not a day that goes
by that we do not think of you or miss you.
-Your Highschool Friends
2.15.06 Hey buddy, yesterday was my birthday and my
thoughts were very much with you guys, I just want to
thank you again for what you did for me over there.
Thank you for giving me a second chance, I never could
have gotten out of there myself. I owe you my life brother,
I will never forget you. Semper Fidelis Erdy!! ~ Bunker
2.14.06 HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!!!
THANKS FOR ALL YOU HAVE DONE, NOT A DAY GOES BY THAT
I DON'T READ YOUR MARINE PAGE. IT IS TRULY AMAZING HOW
MANY PEOPLE'S LIVES YOU HAVE TOUCHED.
WITH ALL MY LOVE TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY - JESSICA
2.11.06 Hi Nick,
The other day I was stopped at a red light and looked
over at the car next to me; it was your mom. I looked
down at my lap and thought about what she must be going
through as a mom. Then I looked up at the car in front
of me, on the back of the window was a "In Loving
Memory of Nick Erdy" sticker and then up on one
of those message boards was "Nick gave his all
for us". You're everywhere in this small town.
I keep getting these chain letters that are survey you
have to fill out and in every single one of them it
says "My Hero Is....". Before, I never knew
what to put, but now it's a simple choice. You're my
hero - april
2.11.06 HI NICK - YOU KNOW YOU ARE ESPECIALLY ON MY
MIND ON THIS DAY - THE 11TH OF THE MONTH. "OUT
OF SIGHT - OUT OF MIND" HAS CERTAINLY NOT HELD
TRUE WHERE YOU ARE CONCERNED!! I JUST RECENTLY VOLUNTEERED
WITH A GROUP HERE CALLED "OPERATION SHOEBOXERS".
THEY DO A TREMENDOUS WORK IN SENDING SUPPLIES TO OUR
TROOPS - REALLY ALL KIND OF PERSONAL ITEMS AS WELL AS
WRITING LETTERS. I JUST FELT LIKE I WANTED TO DO SOMETHING
IN YOUR NAME FOR THE TROOPS, AND THIS SEEMED TO FIT
IN. WE MEET ONCE A WEEK AND SEND OUT ABOUT 500 PACKAGES
EACH WEEK. I REALLY DON'T HAVE MUCH ELSE TO REPORT,
JUST WANTED YOU TO KNOW I'M THINKING OF YOU - VERY PROUDLY
- AND MISSING YOU ALWAYS. MUCH LOVE - G-MA-J.
2.6.06 Im coming to drink that beer with you. Your
in a better place now with better people and i am so
happy for you. (i know you know what i mean by that
sentence) I cant wait to see you. With you forever
Jeremy SASEAS Titans #32
2.3.06 HI THERE NICK -- CAN'T GET YOU OFF MY MIND
AGAIN TODAY,SO THOUGHT I'D HAVE A LITTLE CHAT WITH YOU.
I'VE BEEN A LITTLE BUSY, BUT NOTHING TERRIBLY IMPORTANT
- YOU KNOW -- A LITTLE GOLF, LITTLE SHOPPING, LITTLE
LAUNDRY AND A LITTLE ENTERTAINING. YOUR MOM AND DAD
CAME OVER HERE TO SPEND A FEW DAYS WITH US, AND IT WAS
REALLY A TREAT FOR US. WE HAD A GREAT TIME WITH THEM
AND THEY SEEMED TO ENJOY BEING HERE. EVERYONE IS DOING
PRETTY WELL AT HOME. CHASE HAS BEEN "BURNING THE
NETS" UP AT CNE ON THE BASKETBALL COURT AND SEEMS
TO BE REALLY ENJOYING HIS LAST YEAR. I'M SURE YOU ARE
WITH HIM AT EACH GAME, AND YOU ARE ALWAYS ON ALL OF
OUR MINDS. I MISS YOU MORE EVERY DAY AND THINGS JUST
SEEM TO BE "OFF" WITHOUT YOU HERE. STAY WITH
US, NICK, AND I HOPE YOU ARE HAPPY, HEALTHY, CONTENT
AND BUSY TAKING CARE OF ALL OF US AND YOUR FELLOW MARINES.
IT'S A BIG JOB, I KNOW, BUT I ALSO KNOW YOU ARE UP TO
IT AS YOU HAVE PROVEN TO US IN THE PAST. STAY CLOSE
AND HOLD US IN YOUR HANDS AS WE HOLD YOU IN OUR HEARTS.
LOVE TODAY AND ALWAYS - GRANNY
1.31.06 Nick, i just wanted to say whats up. Your man
came home last week from basic, you would be so proud.
He is a bad ass and probably one of the luckest becasue
he is moving to Oahu. Perfect for him huh?! Nick we
miss you here, but i love seeing your picture almost
everywhere i go. I am actually writing because i need
you to keep Bellman safe and happy where ever he may
end up. I know you will not let him be harmed. thanks
Hey bro, i was looking at your picture and some thought
came to my mind and i thought that i would leave you
a message. School is going well, you know school is
school, but football is great! We lift monday, wednesday,
and friday at 6 in the morn. I got my first varsity
letter. Ashley and Bunker have been up here twice and
also your sister came up one time too! HAHA it was a
great time! We call her the midnight suprise. haha.
I miss you liek crazy and i really wanted you to come
visit me at Northern. But I know your always with me
wherever I go. My birthday was saturday and i had a
blast! Can you guess what game we played? Yep, edward
40 hands!! haha that was a very fun night. Well bud
its getting late and i need to do some homework. Im
trying to make you proud! Miss ya like crazy.... Semper
1.29.06 Hey there Brother, I just got back home from
training. I thought of you all the time and you inspired
me to always keep pushing forward. This place just isn't
the same without you, so it's time for me to move on.
I'll be on Oahu if you'd ever like to come visit. I
am still proud of you, even though you are a major league
d-bag. By the way you should check out the new Batman
movie if you get a chance, it's pretty much the sweetest
movie ever. Take it easy Nick and I'll catch you on
the flipside buddy. - Andrew
1.21.06 Well, Nick, I'm
writing you from"sunny" Florida. My computer
had a few glitches in it when I first arrived, so it
has taken me awhile to get it straightened out. The
weather has been very nice, but I haven't played any
golf yet. Had to get settled in first. I don't have
much news to report as I am a little out of touch with
the people we have in common. Of course, I think of
you every day and have your pictures all over the house
here, too. I'll be in touch again soon, but until then
just know I love you and miss you terribly. Also, your
grandpa says hello, too . More later - Love - Granny
1.16.06 hey nick, sorry i havent written on here i
really havent known what to say, i have finally realized
how weird it is to not have you here. Every time im
with your parents or with Chase im reminded of you,
you have changed Chase in best way i think anyone can
do. Anytime im at a party or at a party at your house
im reminded that you would be right there with us all
acting crazy like the rest of us. i see poems of Marines
all the time, and you better belive i have you stuck
on my car window, making sure that everyone knows how
much of a hero you really are. I found this Marines
poem i know you've probably read it before but i love
it and i wanted you to read it....
A Marine Faces God
The soldier stood and faced God, which must always come
to pass. He hoped his shoes were shining just as brightly
as his brass. "Step foward now, you soldier, how
shall I deal with you? Have you alwasy turned the other
cheek? To My church have you been true?" The soldier
squared his shoulders and said, "No, Lord, I guess
I ain't' because those of us who carry guns can't always
be a saint. I've had to work most Sundays, and at times
my talk was tough; and sometimes I've been violent,
because the world is awfully rough. But I never took
a penny that wasn't mine to keep. . . Though I worked
a lot of overtime, when the bills just got too steep,
and I never passed a cry for help--though at times I
shook with frea--and sometimes, God forgive me, I've
wept unmanly tears. I know I don't deserve a place,
among the people; they never wanted me around, except
to calm their fears.
There's actually one more that i think you'll like!
STUFF: A nebulous term that can refer to (1) a tangible
thing, or to (2) a situation, condition, or process,
as exemplified below:
A: This is rough stuff. Typical statement of an Air
Force NCO while driving his air-conditioned sedan, from
his air-conditioned office, to his air-condition quarters,
in the rain.
B: This is really rough stuff: Typical statement of
an Army Ranger, weapon at sling arms and carrying a
30 pound pack, after jumping from an aircraft and marching
eight miles to his rally point, in the rain.
C:This is horrible stuff: Typical statement of a Navy
SEAL, lying in the mud with his 40 pound pack, weapon
in hand, after jumping from an aircraft, swimming a
mile to shore, and crawling past enemy positions to
his objective, in the rain.
D: I love this stuff: Typical statement of a camouflaged
U.S. Marine Recon, up to his eyeballs in a vermin-infested
swamp, with his 60 pound pack, a weapon in each hand;
after killing several alligators while negotiating the
swamp, assaulting the enemy camp and slaying all occupants;
and after slithering back into the slime of the swamp
with plans to kill all enemy soldiers who wander past
his undetectable vantage point, in the rain.
If that doenst let people know the sacrifice you gave
for you country and countrymen then i dont know what
does, you'll always be with me forever and always.
"MillerLite aint really my brand but i drink one
every now and then" love you bud
1.15.06 hey nick- just want you to know that I think
about you every single day and will never be able to
forget about you thank you kristin norman
1.14.06 HI NICK -Guess what? I met the Platoon Leader
who was with you in Israel! One of my good high school
friends works at Cintas when Xavier has a game, and
her son is in charge of security. One of the Cincinnati
Policemen (Sgt. MIke Brown) mentioned he might be deploying
to Iraq in March, and she mentioned to him that my grandson
had been KIA in Iraq a few months ago and gave him your
name. He said he had been your Platoon Leader for 8
months and had only great things to say about you. She
got his phone number and I called him and met him. He
gave me a picture of you and the rest of the platoon
with the Israel terror squad you trained with. I had
copies made of the picture because he wanted it back.
I told Tony you looked pretty serious in the picture,
but he said he thought you were just trying to look
"tough". It was great to meet MIke and talk
to someone personally who had been with you there. It
seems like every day something special happens to bring
you closer to mind (if that's at all possible) and there
are a lot of "coincidences" relating to your
situation. I can't seem to hear enough about your experiences
and I look for every opportunity to do so. We are leaving
for Florida tomorrow, and I will be getting in touch
with you from down there. I'm sure you will be with
me there even as you are here. Missing you and thinking
of you is a part of every day life, and somehow, time
or place doesn't seem to make a difference. My pride
in you for your honor and bravery grows stronger every
day and, of course, your sacrifice is unbeatable. I
love you, Nick, and I need you to stay close and keep
an eye on all of us. Be happy and content and keep in
touch. Love - G-Ma-J (Grand-Ma-Jo)
1.10.06 Nickkkkkk whats up little guy? HOw was your
Christmas? Did you play secret santa up there or what
haha. Anyway how about them Redskins? We will dominate
Seattle this week, you should watch the game on High
Definition, you can actualyy hear the bones break when
Lavar hits somebody. School is shitty, im ready to be
done, im all partied out it feels like. I have 1 huge
party remaining and thats when i see you again, we will
get crazy. I miss you man, the days never get easier,
its weird. Maybe I need to take all your pics down....nah
screw that. Well i hope your having fun doing whatever
your doing. With you forever......
1.1.06 Dear Nick -
Well, 2006 has arrived, and we are missing you so much.
The holidays have been so hard. Not having you here
with us for our family Christmas celebration was just
heart-wrenching. I can't help but remember last year
at our house. It was the last time we saw you. How I
wish we could turn back time . . . . God Bless You,
Nick. We love you so!
1.1.06 Happy New Year, Nick! My computer has been
down for a couple of weeks so I was unable to write
to wish you a Merry Christmas - but you must know I
was thinking of you all the time. It was a very somber
Christmas as you were in all of our thoughts for several
days leading up to the "big day" because we
knew how very much you would be missed. I kept thinking
that you were here with us last year and what fun we
had. Everyone was home for Christmas - at least for
a part of the day - except for you. Your spirit was
definitely with us because everyone was thinking of
you and missing you terribly. I certainly hope this
New Year will be a huge improvement over last year as
that was probably the worst year we have ever had. You
are truly an inspiration to me, Nick, and every day
I remember some little incident that was so meaningful
to me from when you were here to visit or when your
family lived with us in the process of building your
homes. I enjoy these little chats with you, I just wish
they weren't so one-sided. I hope you have a great year
and will keep in touch any way you can. I love you dearly
and will be in touch again soon. Love - Granny
12.23.05 Dear Nick,
It was an honor in helping with your benefit. We had
so much fun. I know that you know how much I love your
dad and family and I will do anything that they ask
of me. It is an honor in having you as my quarterback
and son on the football field. I will always know what
we meant to each other. Nick, everybody at your benefit
was family. Eventhough we were from different backgrounds,
everyone seemed like they were together. You know how
much I love the GCL, but your dad and I went to the
St.X-Hilliard game and sat on Hilliard's side. I rooted
for Hilliard and they did outplay St.X but still came
up short. Your dad and I had a great time and he saw
some of the old players he played with. He would not
let me brag about him to everybody but the way they
talked he must have been an ass-kicker! Well probably
not as good as a back but still pretty tough. Today
is 12-23, and I keep your family in my thoughts. All
the Marines are going to the Bengals game courtesy of
Marvin Lewis. Your family is going too. Do you think
they have enough beer at the stadium for the Marines?
Well, I must go. I love you, I always have. Merry Christmas,
12.21.05 Merry Christmas Nick, Thanks for helping Chase,
keep up the good work, he's playing unstoppable.
"Miller Lite aint my brand"
12.14.05 Thank you Nick,
12.12.05 Whats up Nicholas? How are you doing? I bet
your just as happy as can be up there. Your foundation
is going to be a fortune 500 company soon if they keep
raising all the money like they have been doing. I think
all of us had a little to much fun at the big event.
You dad hooked us up with lots of alcohol. Tony was
a complete mess, and your sis passed out in the car
eventhough it was like 10 degrees out, haha. All of
our friends stumbled out after them and i know you would
have been right there with us. In other news the Redskins
are dominating and are going to the playoffs and will
win the super bowl. Well i just wanted to say HI and
i miss you. See you in the future......with you forever
12.11.05 Hi Nick - Well, the "big snow" hit
here on Thursday and it was a real bummer. Grandpa had
a doctor appointment at Christ Hospital at 3:30, and
we got home at 9:00 that night. That's enough snow for
me! We went to your benefit for Marine families last
Sat., and it was a huge success. Everyone is so supportive
of any of your events. Now we are getting ready for
Christmas and then back to Florida for a few months.
We wanted to stay home for a few weeks to watch some
of Chase's B-ball, as well as Lucas and Jarod. They
really are doing very well. I miss you more than words
can say and am so very proud of you. I think we all
needed a real hero, and you stepped up and made the
big sacrifice. We are forever in your debt! Stay close
and know we think of you all the time. Much love - always
Hey buddy. Just wanted to say hi. Lima company is home
as im sure you know. It really sucks being a fresh boot
or "fish" as they like to call us. Its ok
though. Everybody is the new guy at some point. I wish
you could be there to give me shit with the rest of
them. I talked to kristy and she said that Bellman loves
the army. Im happy for him. Its really badass to talk
to others who were with you over there. Everybody thinks
your great. So do I. I saw Jarhead. It was pretty good
but not that good. You probably would have liked it.
I went to your dance at the armory. Everything was a
lot of fun until your mom started feeding me those crazy
fruity drinks called madras. They had to carry me out
because i was throwing up all over the place. You would
have thought it was funny. It wasnt that funny . I was
way sick dude. Anyways, keep watching over all of us.
We miss you so much everyday. We think about you everyday.
I love you and I will always strive to be the Marine
You'll never see this, and we never knew each other.
Yet I find myself coming back to this page time and
again, looking into the face of someone who gave the
ultimate gift to me and to my family. As both an Air
Force veteran and a Marine's wife, I know well how much
It seems I always leave a tear or two while I am here.
You have become a personification of sorts for me, the
meaning of duty, honor, and country.
Thank you for what you did. I hope my son is half the
person you were.Sincerely,
formerly 37th AS, USAF
SD Wing, 1999-2004 USAFA
11.23.05 "it is the soldier, not the reporter who
has given us freedom of the press. it is the soldier,
not the poet who has given us freedom of speech. it
is the soldier, not the campus organizer who has given
us freedom to demonstrate. it is the soldier, not the
lawyer who has given us the right to a fair trial. it
is the soldier who salutes the flag, whose coffin is
draped by the flag, who allows the protestor to burn
the flag." -Charles Province
11.15.05 Hey buddy......i just wanted to drop a quick
note while i was thinkin about ya.....lets see.....bellman
left for the army and i just wanted to make sure you
were lookin out for him whie he is away from home. It's
amazing the impact you have had on all of your friends
and the inspiration you instilled in everyone....the
service at mcnick went pretty well for you.....the pictures
they always have up of you crack me up...i can't help
but laugh when I see your sarcastic grimaces- one thing
about you is no one could ever figure out what you were
up to. and you are always up to something.....i also
just wanted to thank you for answering my prayers with
jacob....i knew with your help everything would be fine.
Nick , i miss you more than the words i write to you
could ever describe....but i just wanted to tell you
one more time, much love. i will never forget all of
the shit we have been through together....until next
time...i love you with all of my heart.
11.15.05 Dear Nick,
I just wanted to let you know that I think about you
each and every day! Me and lil Erdy (Erin) see each
other when we can and talk about you often. You'd be
so proud of her! She's trying so hard to make the most
out of life! You've really helped to open all of our
eyes Nick...and it makes me so happy to know that your
spirit will continue to teach and bless so many people!
I'm so excited for you dinner and auction. It's unbelievable
how many people want to be a part of it! It just goes
to show how your kind heart and amazing soul has touched
so many lives. I miss you and love you Nick and will
write again soon!
Hey It's Cole again- I forgot to mention a few things
the other day since I was at work and in a hurry. I
was wondering if you could do me a favor. I want you
to look after a friend of mine who has just joined you
among the clouds. His name is Doug Rowe and he died
on your birthday. As you lost your life in battle, he
lost his battling cancer. He is a Marine as well. He
likes to laugh and smile as much as you do. You can
even tell him that story of when you and Erin gave your
Aunt Lisa ( my wife) those kneepads as a gag gift since
she kept on falling down the stairs. SEMPER FI to you,
Doug and all Marines. Keep smiling- we love and miss
I know I'm only your uncle by marriage but I sure do
miss you man. I've got no one to team up with at family
functions to make fun of people like that time at Grandma's
funeral when we made fun of that one cousin- you know
the one. Or that time at Christmas at your Mom and Dad's
house when you and Erin made fun of my wife your Aunt
Lisa. It's been quite rough without you as the holidays
will be too. I'll have no one to fight over the shrimp
or your Mom's taters with bbq sauce. We love and miss
you very much.
11.11.05 Dear Nick - Well, today is your 6th month anniversary.
They say "time heals all wounds". All I can
say is I must be in the wrong time zone or something,
because I sure don't feel very "healed". The
pain of losing you is just as strong today as it was
six months ago. I try to draw from your strength every
day and I know you are there for me, but it is just
so difficult. If you had not been such a fun, loving
and caring grandson it might be easier to bear - although
I doubt it as grandchildren truly are a blessing from
There was a wonderful ceremony at McNick today for all
the Veterans - but especially for you, and it was very
touching and you were honored and recognized for your
bravery and sacrifice for all of us. Our good friend,
Tony, was there all dressed in his dress blues and looked
fantastic. I know you were very proud of his accomplishments,
too. He is every bit the proud Marine you knew he would
be. Most of the family was there, and we were all so
proud to see you receive all the recognition you deserve.
I'll be in touch with you a little later on - in the
meantime, Semper Fi, and keep a close eye on all of
us down here. You see, --- we still need you!!
Love you more than I can say ---- Granny
i know you dont know me, but i feel like i know you.
everyday i think about you and dustin and the sacrafice
you made for our country. you inspire me so much, i
even have a picture of you as the backround of my computer
and cell phone.when i think of you i remember to live
today for all its worth because you never know what
will happen tomorrow.no body asks to be a hero it just
sometimes turns out that way.nick and dustin, i just
want you to know that you and your families are truely
inspiration to many people.you all will always be in
my prayers.amy bergman
10.25.05 Happy Birthday Nick, a couple days late but
i know you dont care, Ive known your bday since 5th
grade. Take care of yourself, Im with you forever. Love
Jeremy 10.23.05 Nick,
We were never good friends in high school, but we are
brothers and sisters in arms. It makes me so PROUD to
say that I served with you in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Although in different services and in different parts
of Iraq, I was over there serving for the same purpose.The
exact day I made my homecoming to Cincinnati from my
deployment on May 13th, Andrea called me and told me
the news.....I was devastated. I am SO proud of you
Nick... we all went over there knowing that tomorrow
was never promised, yet we went. You are truley my hero
Nick. I wish that I could BS with you about our experiences
over there but unfortunately the man above had another
plan. Nick, you are and never will be forgotten... you
live in my heart and the hearts of many including those
still over in Iraq serving right now. May God ease the
pain of your loved ones and may your soul truley rest
in peace. God bless you Nick for giving the ultimate
sacrifice. Please watch over the other service men and
women in the AOR... and PLEASE watch over my brother
Brendan who is still currently in Baghdad. May all of
the souls of the faithful depart, through the mercy
of God, REST IN PEACE Amen. - Colleen Ormond
10.22.05 HAPPY BIRTHDAY, NICK - I visited "your
place" today and was happy to see that you have
a lot of balloons, flowers, and other remembrances.
So many people think of you always and remember all
the fun times we have had with you. There will be a
mass said tonight at St.Louis for you and Chase for
your birthdays and hope you are blessed on your way.
Stay close - and especially, thank you for the most
wonderful sacrifice anyone can make. You have made more
of a difference in this world than you could have ever
imagined. You are so loved and respected and honored
-- as you well deserve. We love you now and forever
-- Granny and Grandpa.
10.22.05 Happy Birthday Nick!
God Bless You...... - Mary Laugherty
10.21.05 Hey man its chase. I know you know but today
is the big 18th B-day. I hate it with you not here with
me this year since it is the first ever B-day with out
the both of us. i miss you so much man i dont go a day
without thinking of you. you have always ment so much
to me i have always wanted to be exactly like you. anyways
your B-day is tomorrow and i hope it is great. i dont
know what we are all going to do but i will come and
see you. well man i love you and i will NEVER forget
you. you have always been my hero.
10.18.05 HI NICK - SURE WISH YOU HAD BEEN WITH THE "HOMECOMING"
GROUP -- IT WAS VERY DIFFICULT TO BE HAPPY FOR THE MEN
WHO DID COME HOME AS WE HAD HOPED YOU WOULD BE WITH
THEM. I'VE HAD SOME NICE VISITS WITH YOUR GOOD MARINE
BUDDY, TONY, AND CAN'T TELL YOU HOW MUCH I ADMIRE HIM
AS HE ADMIRES YOU. YOU HAVE HAD SUCH AN IMPACT ON SO
MANY PEOPLE'S LIVES AND YOU DID IT IN YOUR OWN SIMPLE
WAY. YOU HAVE SO MANY GREAT FRIENDS WHO ARE ALL SO LOYAL
TO YOU AND SO RESPECTFUL TO YOU. SO, YOU SEE, YOU DID
SO MANY THINGS RIGHT - EVEN AS A CIVILIAN - AND, OF
COURSE, AS A MARINE THERE IS NONE BETTER. I CAN'T GO
ANYWHERE WITHOUT SOMEONE MENTIONING YOU TO ME ALMOST
EVERY DAY - AND, OF COURSE, THAT MAKES ME SO PROUD TO
SAY THAT YOU ARE MY GRANDSON. KEEP IN CLOSE TOUCH AND
KNOW I KEEP YOU CLOSE IN MY HEART AND MIND EVERYDAY.
FOREVER AND EVER MY LOVE - GRANNY JO
10.13.05 Nick, i miss you man, we all do, you watch
everything i do now, i dont know if thats a good or
bad thing! i think about you all the time, and wonder
what you're doing. Nick you are what a true hero is
supposed to be, and i thank you so much for your sacrifice
and am honored to be part of your family. - geoff carter
10.12.05 WELCOME HOME LIMA !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
You are All Brave Heros.
I am bursting with pride.
Your Brothers are finally home-Thank God.
Your Website is incredible!
I "visit" often.
I wrote you & Ash poems. I told her I would send
them a long time ago. Felt like you were there when
I wrote them.
"When We Hold Hands..."
I honestly realize how much I Love You
& how very proud that I am to know you.
I feel a connection & so understand
that being with you was part of the plan.
Now I know why Nick fell in love with you
Because my Dear Ashley, I have too.
So scared of losing you,
just want the time.
To get to know you, My Beloved-
"I Was Wondering?..."
How bright & wide does a smile get in Gods Light?
Can you smile bigger now?
And does it still fit your face?
Do your eyes encompass & reflect your Life?
Can you see for miles & through Ages of Time?
Have you heard Gods voice?
Were you scared?
Did Michael the Archangel salute you?
Is Jesus tired?
Do you rest in the Arms of The Mother Mary?
Will you & Mom meet me when The Time comes?
Are you "Preparing a Place" for all of us
Do you need my help?
10.11.05 Hey Baby,
Man. Lima came home on Friday and I'm not gonna lie--it
was terrible. I just kept thinking how you were supposed
to tackle me and how i just wanted so badly to jump
on you and kiss you when i finally got to see you. Doc
Wentworth took care of me and Strahle and Bunker and
Kristin and Erin too. Your birthday is coming up and
I know that that day among the harder ones too. I love
you and miss you more than anything and i can not wait
to see you again someday. The nights I have dreams about
you I awake crying, but then again I am happy because
it is the only time i have with you these days. I think
about you evey minute of the day. I love you. Dont forget.
10.2.05 Hey buddy... I miss you... I wish that I could
be greeting you on Thursday so You Ash Dustin and I
could go to Disney.... It would of been so great...
But you did your job.... you got your friends home safely
and laid to rest as a hero... You are a hero Nicholas
Erdy... and we love and miss you everyday.... u just
better make sure dustin is being good up there... SEMPER
FI my friend.... and may we meet again soon..... love
9.26.05 Dearest Nick -
We miss you so much. I know your unit will be coming
home soon, and we feel so overwhelmed by the thought
-- that you should be with them. I was so looking forward
to your hugs when you came home -- you'd have to bend
in half to reach me!
It's almost your birthday -- remember how we'd been
celebrating your birthday with Chloe's the last few
years? I have such great pictures of you two together
-- blowing out the candles!
God Bless You Nick! We are trying to accept that you're
gone -- but, it is so hard. Watch over all of us and
be with us when you can. Our lives will never be the
same without you.
9.23.05 nick, i just lerned how to write a message
on this page and i think its pretty neat. i just wanted
you to know that i joined the marines because of you.
i want to be like you. the biggest regret i have in
my life is not signing up when you did. but thats niether
here nor there. i just wish that you could see the person
ive become. i miss you nick and and i think about you
every day. you are the best friend i ever had. i want
to have my chance to go just like you. sometimes i sit
and think about all the stupid shit that we did and
all the stupid shit you let me do. i was reading my
year book from when we were sofmores and you drew some
horrible picture that my mom found. she didnt care because
it was you. me and vinnie went out to st louis last
week to see you. remember when you broke his ankle after
it was already broken. i guess i could go on about things
but i wont. this is a real nice set up you have here
on this web page. im retarded when it comes to computers.
i got your letter you sent me in boot camp but i sent
it through the wash. anyways i miss you and i love you.
your my hero.
9.15.05 Hey there lil buddy, hope everything is going
well with you and your new home. Dont bully people around
up there like you did while you were here with us. I
think about you everyday, Im still trying to figure
out what to do. Watch over our friends, espicially tony,
geisting, drew and luke. Ill see you again.
Forever with you
9.14.05 Dear Nick,
Well, Andrew has left for Army Basic Training now and
it seems so strange to have him gone and not be able
to contact him. I know that he is doing what he wants
to do and we are very proud of him just as your Mom
and Dad are proud of you. I know you will be looking
down on Andrew and hopefully will help keep him safe.
We saw your Mom and Dad a few weeks ago at O'Charley's
for the Yellow Ribbon night and they seem to be doing
pretty well. Glad Andrew got to see them before he left
and got a big hug from your Mom!
We miss you, Nick, and think of you all the time.
Jim and Karen
9.12.05 hey nick just wanted to say that ive been thinking
of you and i miss u so much thanks for everything. love
always - Abby
9.11.05 HI NICK - THIS DATE FOUR MONTHS AGO WAS THE
MOST HORRIBLE DAY IN MY LIFE -- AS IT TURNED OUT, IT
WAS ALSO THE MOST HORRIBLE DAY IN YOUR LIFE. I JUST
VISITED YOUR "PLACE" HERE, AND WOULD GIVE
ANYTHING TO HAVE YOU BACK WHERE YOU BELONG-- HOME WITH
US, HOWEVER, I'M SURE YOU WERE DOING WHAT YOU REALLY
WANTED TO DO AND WERE TRAINED TO DO, AND WERE HAPPY
TO DO -- JUST DIDN'T PLAN FOR THINGS TO TURN OUT AS
THEY DID. I KEEP HOPING I WILL BE ABLE TO ACCEPT YOUR
BEING GONE, BUT IT JUST DOESN'T HAPPEN. THINGS ARE JUST
NOT AS BRIGHT AS THEY USE TO BE AND THERE SEEMS TO BE
SUCH A VOID IN OUR LIVES. WE MISS YOUR BRIGHT SMILE
AND HAPPY FACE, AND I WOULD GIVE ANYTHING FOR ANOTHER
ONE OF THOSE "TALL" HUGS. STAY IN TUNE WITH
US, NICK, AND KEEP CLOSE. LOVE TO YOU ALWAYS - GRANDMA
8.25.05 dear nick,
we have started football. I think of you every day.
I am still trying to find a QB like you . All the kids
know about you. Those two years were the best in my
life. All the original Titans were the greatest kids
in the world. Their parents too. I wish all people could
understand the sacrifice you and the original Titans
showed. You are the bravest and you make me so proud.
I need to find some QB that knows all my crazy signals
like you did. I think we may have a couple. These new
Titans are great kids, just like you. You are always
in my heart. I promise to help take care of your mom,
dad, Erin, Ashley and other family members when they
need it. I wish I was half the Marine you and the other
guys are. We owe so much to you guys. We will stay strong
for you. What is a Titan? He is a Marine, he is Nick
Erdy. I love you, Semper Fi - coach mc cracken
I just wanted to let you know i am thinking about you.
I was out in o-town alll day, and it made me miss you
even more. you will never be forgotten. i love you.
8.18.05 "If I am inclined to doubt, steady my
faith; if I am tempted, make me strong to resist; if
I should miss the mark, give me courage to try again.
Guide me with the light of truth and grant me wisdom
by which I may understand the answer to my prayer."-
Thank you for being steady, strong, courageous, and
wise as a marine and as a man. - your loved ones
8.11.05 Nick - Just wanted to say hi & let u know
that not a day goes by that i dont think about u. Please
watch over everyone & keep them safe. We love u
Nick & we miss tons Love Always, AE
8.6.05 Thank you. I wish i could have been there with
you. - Lukas Fisher
8.4.05 Dearest Nick -
We miss you so much. The girls have been so brave through
all of this and talk about you all the time. We are
so proud of you.
Your commitment and sacrifice to all of us . . our country
. . . sets the standard by which we all live our lives
today. We won't come close to what you accomplished
in your short life with us . . . but, we will try to
live up to your example. We will never forget you .
. . or your Marine brothers.
Please watch over all of us, Nick, and be with us as
much as you can. You are our hero. We love you. Kiss
Mom for us!
just wanted to say hey, let you know i was thinking
about you lately and how much you have been missed.
went to the fair last week and saw so much of you still
living here it sucks to have to come to reality and
know we won't be seeing you come home with the rest
of your troop. but i'm sure you are just fine up there
hopefully your not getting into to much trouble like
all the other stories i have heard. you are always in
my prayers nick. i will try to keep ash out of trouble
here i told her we had to go out before school starts.
you will always be in my heart forever.
love always Jill
8.2.05 Nick. I cant really describe how much you are
missed by everyone, but I know there isn't a second
that goes by that your parents, erin and ashley dont
think of you. haha erin, britt, ashley and i got one
of those old fashioned pictures at the fair! I think
you probably would have laughed pretty hard at us cause
everyone else sure did. Anyway I just wanted to say
hi and let ya know that we are trying our best to take
care of your family and we love all of them veryvery
much! God Bless and thank you for everything.
8.2.05 Man Nick, today is one of those days I have
just been thinkin about you......I wanted to just say
hello as always, and let you know how much I miss you.......I
cannot stop listening to second hand smoke......you'd
think by now I'd be sick of it but now I dont think
it could ever get old....it is still so hard, this whole
situation, but the hilarious memories at times, override
the sadness. I'll write again to you soon. Much love,
8.1.05 Nick, I didn't know you well, but I remember
you and Erin from St. Louis. I was one grade older and
when I heard of the news I was so shocked. It's hard
when it hits home and since Owensville is such a small
community, it hit everybody. Bless you for fighting
for our country. I hope everyone realizes what our soldiers
are doing out there and the sacrifices they make. Bless
your family and Ashley, I will keep all of you in my
prayers and hope that your pain will ease with time.
7.25.05 Nick- you may be gone from this earth, but
you are far from forgotten. - All your friends
7.25.05 Hey Baby,
So I finally started back at the hospital this past
week. It has been really hard actually. A lady asked
about your picture on my purse and it turns out her
nephew is in the 3/25 L Co, too. She asked if you were
currently over there and I just burst into tears, then
she started crying and it was pretty shitty. Bunker
finally got his new eyes which is cool, and he is taking
me and your family to the Clippers game. We are also
gonna go to the steve miller band concert which i know
you would've loved. That is gonna be really hard, remember
all the times we jammed to that CD in the truck?? hahaha.
I love you so much, but i know you already know that.
Your family is taking great care of me, I love them
all so much. Clayton asked me if I was a part of the
Erdy family the other day and Erin was like "YES!".
hahah he is so cute. A bunch of marines that got sent
home are gonna be at family day on Sunday, along with
Kristin and the usual, so I am looking forward to that.
Well I hope you are having fun up there, tell Derga
I said hi. I miss you terribly andl love you more than
I can describe!
7.24.05 nick- i justed wanted to say hello and that
i am always thinking of you. I mean every time i look
at Turkish i think how you could have ever come up with
such a name. But of course you were right on the money
becasue Sir Turkish fits him very well. please look
over all of your friends and family because we need
all the help we can get. i luv u nick and will never
forget the times we spent at 2300 ROHS!!!! --- Kristy
7.24.05 listen man, im sorry for taken u forgranted.
Ill never forget all the supid things we did and all
the fun we had doin them. You were always a great friend
to me, we fought for the same position in football,
and the same girl during high school yet you and i were
always close. You were some kind of special nick, and
i pray that you stay with me and make me atleast half
the man you were. Ill never stop thinkin about you and
rmebering the good times. I love you brother.
7.19.05 Hey Nick,
How is it going buddy? I Just wanted to say Hi and say
I miss you. I know you watching over us all the time.
Thanx again for all you have done for everybody. We
will hang out again sometime and steal some pumpkins
or something ahahah. Your a crazy kid but i love you.
Take care of Tony while he is in service.
Jeremy 7.15.05 Nick,
what can i say, i had one of the biggest crushes on
you in highschool, but who didn't, that smile and confidence
could make anyone melt...we've only hung out a handful
of times but i will never forget the look on your face
when you came up from the basement to find Starr and
I sitting on your kitchen counter eating the rest of
your skyline or when we were at kevin's in clifton,
you, bellman and tommy were playing cards and you kept
saying my name over and over, totally pointless but
i couldn't stop laughing. your soul was a gift from
God and unfortunately for everyone He has decided to
take you back. it's not fair that your friends and family
no longer get to see you smile or hear you laugh, but
they know you will always watch over them and protect
them just as you did here on earth. rest in peace and
in God's arms.
7.12.05 Hold me, Even though I know you're leaving
And show me All the reasons you would stay
It's just enough to feel your breath on mine
To cool my soul and ease my mind,You've go to hold me
and show me love. Give me Just one part of you to cling
to.And keep me Everywhere you are. It's just enough
to steal a heart and run
And fade out with the fooling sun Oh, please don't go.
Let me have you just one moment more
Oh, all I need, All I want is just one moment more
You've got to hold me and keep me Tell me that someday
you'll be returning And maybe,Maybe I'll be here It's
just enough to see a shooting star
To know you're never really far It's just enough to
see a shooting star To know you're never really gone
Oh, please don't go Let me have you just one moment
more Oh, all I need All I want is just one moment more
Oh, please don't go Let me have you just one moment
more Oh, all I need All I want is just one moment more
You've got to hold me and maybe I'll believe So hold
me Even though I know you're leaving......... - Ashley
7.5.05 Hey Baby!!! I hope u are behaving and taking
care of my baby... u better not let him get into to
much trouble. I know how u two are together. This past
weekend was pretty hard on everyone but I am glad u
got us all through it. We need you both more than anything
at these times and there is no doubt in my mind that
you wont be there. Ash and I miss you two so much...
and there is not a moment of the day that we do not
think of either one of you. I met Strahyle yesterday...
I dont know if i am spelling his name right! But he
came down of the parade in pickerington. It was great
to see him... he wants to talk with me and Ashley when
we can all get together. He thought so much of you two
and it was really hard on him. West was there too...
he is a great guy... I think we are goin to try to go
to a reds game and then the hofbrauhouse. WEst wants
to go there since u and Dustin talked about it all the
time.. I need to go take a picture of my art work in
the table... haha when i got drunk and carved dustin
and I's initials into the table!!! What a vandal I am!!
Well anyways... I miss your girl so much... we havent
go to see too much of each other... I wish we lived
closer... seriously she is my best friend... she has
always been there for me even though she is going through
the same thing. U picked a wonderful girl Erdy... as
ash picked a wonderful man!!! I just want you to know
how proud of you and her I am... she has takin this
hard but she is tryin her best to get through the hurt..
it just takes time!! but i know this cause im in the
same boat. but stay with us and help us and the family
and friends and fellow marines get through this... it
is going to be a tough year!! but for now I just wanted
to tell you how much I miss you and love you and how
proud of you I am... I couldnt of ask for a better marine
best friend to my boyfriend or a better friend and marine!!!
U are a hero and we love you!!! Take care of Dustin
for me.. and I promise I will take care of Ash for you!!!
Love you always.... Kristin
7.4.05 Hey dude,
I just wanted to write you a note and tell you that
we all miss you out here. Everything has been kinda
quite lately and I am sure that you would be happy about
that. I wanted to tell that I am sorry... I am sorry
that I wasn't the friend that I should have been. You
and I had a history that no one else in 1st plt had.
We were in infantry school together and came to this
unit together. I should have been a better friend. I
have to be honest with you though. I was jealous of
you. You were so damn funny and always making us laugh.
You were the only guy I knew that would call me over
to your truck just to show of the fact that you had
to breathe into a tube to start it. Haha You were hilarious.
I wanted to be like you Erdy, a model marine. You didn't
have to try at anything, it just came natural. You were
a great leader and a brave man. I only hope that I can
be half the marine and man that you became. Hey Boots
I just want you to know that Erdy talked about you everyday.
I'll never forget watching Derga and Erdy arguing over
what rides were better at Disney World and how they
couldn't wait to go when they got home. Erdy I am taking
my boys to Disney world when I get home. I am gonna
tell them all about this awsome Marine and friend I
knew that just wanted to take his girl to Disney World.
He couldn't wait to marry her, cause he loved her so
much.. Rest in Piece man, your in a better place than
me. I love ya.
7.4.05 Hi Nick,
Just a quick note here to say we love and miss you guys.
I want you to know I think about you and Dustin everyday.
I have your picture with Dustin and all you guys "lifting"
the roof of a house in 29 Palms on my lap top background.
It looks like you two were helping more by adding a
little levity to th esituation than any type of brute
force! Each day I get up and see your smiling faces
and it helps remind me that you two and safe and happy
at home in heaven.
We miss you each day and some are harder than other
to face without you guys here with us. Thank you for
your courage and your dedication to be where we are
fighting for the freedoms of the world. All your Marine
brothers are so proud of you too.
On this Fourth of July my thoughts go to you and to
all your brothers-in-arms. Thank you for being wonderful
Marines and wonderful men.