YARMOUTH PORT, MA, USA U.S. Marines CPL, WPNS CO, 2D BN, 8TH MAR, (2D MEB FWD), 2D MAR DIV, CAMP LEJEUNE, NC CAMP DWYER, AFGHANISTAN 07/23/2009
Marine Corporal Nicholas G. Xiarhos was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. He along with two other Marines, died on July 23, 2009 at Camp Dwyer, Afghanistan of wounds sustained while supporting combat operations in Helmand province.
Nicholas had been serving overseas in Iraq since March 2009 as an infantry assault man for the 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment. His mission was to live with, work with, and train the Iraqi police.
Nicholas was a twenty-one yea Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts resident. He was six foot tall, muscular and strong, but with a gentle heart. He was a motivated and selfless young man and after returning from service in Iraq, he changed battalions so that he could be deployed to Afghanistan. His mother noted that he did not feel comfortable living an easy life and just wanted to be where the fighting action was. He graduated from high school in 2006 and was subsequently joined the Marines being assigned to Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. His Marine buddies considered him an awesome marine with values on the refined side. He was known for ensuring that the younger Marines minded their manners around the ladies. He insisted that they use the formal “ma’am” when addressing them.
Nick’s high school football and baseball coach, remembered him as a motivated, selfless player who became a Marine who was doing something that he really believed in. On a lighter side, a close friend remembered their drives around the Cape blasting classic rock and noted that his peers voted to present him the “Does Most For Others” title their senior year of high school. There was no doubt about their title choice for him.
When Police Lieutenant Steven Xiarhos, Nicholas’s father, patrols the streets of Yarmouth, he tries not to think about the patrols his 20-year-old son conducted on the other side of the world, but he does remember how the events of September 11, 2001 influenced his son who was 13 at the time. Nicholas was your classic, patriotic, ‘support our country’ kid. There was no stopping Nick from joining the Marines.
On Saturday July 24, 2010, motorcycle kickstands went up and cyclists departed from D-Y High School on the inaugural Memorial Motorcycle Ride in honor of Marine Corporal Nicholas G. Xiarhos, and eight other fallen heroes from the Cape Cod area.