DAYTON, KY, USA U.S. Army SSG, BATTERY A, 2D BATTALION, 138TH FIELD ARTILLERY, CARROLLTON, KY ORGUN E, AFGHANISTAN 08/26/2007
In May 2009, the United States Postal Service facility located at 513 6th Avenue in Dayton, Kentucky, is now renamed the “Staff Sergeant Nicholas Ray Carnes Post Office. The re-designation action was taken by the 110TH United States Congress during its 2nd Session. The post office now reminds its customers publicly of the life of Staff Sergeant Nicholas Carnes.
Nicholas Carnes of Dayton, Kentucky was a 2000 Dayton graduate and football player. He joined the military when he was 17 years old and was a squad leader for a field artillery unit based in Carrollton, Kentucky. He would have celebrated his first wedding anniversary with his wife on Sept. 19, 2007. Nick was due to return home in the next few weeks and had planned to work for him at B&B Riverboats when he returned home, and the company had big plans for him in the future. He planned to buy a farm and raise a family. He also loved country music and even sang with his dad’s band occasionally.
Staff Sergeant Nicholas Carnes of Ludlow (Kenton County) was killed on Sunday, 26 August 2007 by small arms fire during a firefight in the village of Lewanne Bazaar, Paktika Province, Afghanistan. Nick was assigned to Battery A, 2nd Battalion, 138th Field Artillery. He deployed with his unit in March of 2007 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Nick was presented the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal and the Kentucky Distinguished Service Medal for his service in Afghanistan. A member of the Kentucky Army National Guard since 1999, At the time of his death, Staff Sergeant Carnes was the fourteenth Kentucky Guard Soldier to lose his life as the result of combat action in the global war on terror. He is the second Soldier to be killed in Afghanistan.
Nicholas is survived by his wife, his parents, two sisters and two nieces. He was twenty-five years old.