Nicholes D. Golding

ADDISON, ME, U.S.A.

U.S. ARMY

SGT, C CO, 2D BN, 87TH IN REG, FORT DRUM, NY

02/13/2004, GHAZNI, AFGHANISTAN


SGT Golding was a 1998 graduate of Narraguagus High School in Harrington, Maine.

After graduation, he wanted to follow the path of his grandfather and he joined the Army. Nick enjoyed his military life. But the easy position of driving a general’s jeep in Hawaii was not what Nick intended to do for his service in the military.

SGT Golding requested a transfer to battle action. He was given assignment to Afghanistan. He was leaving behind his pregnant wife, Heidi, and young son. Nick never met his baby daughter who was just 6 months old when he was killed.

Nick especially enjoyed hunting and fishing with his dad. He thought about becoming a game warden after his time in the Army. But above all, SGT Golding loved his country and his family and knew the price he might one day be called on to pay. He was completely aware of the uncertainties and dangers of the war he was fighting.

In a letter home to his dad, Nick described “shaking the hand of God” after he and five others survived a helicopter crash.