Arvanitis, Nicholas, CPL

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Infantry (Enlisted)
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2005-2006, 11B10, C Company, 1st Battalion, 505th Infantry Regiment (Airborne)
Service Years
2003 - 2006
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Operation Enduring Freedom
Operation Iraqi Freedom
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Ft. Bragg, NC

Casualty Date
Oct 06, 2006
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF)
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Pine Grove Cemetery - Salem, New Hampshire
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82nd Airbone Division Infantry Shoulder Cord French Fourragere

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Airborne Order of Saint Michael (Silver)

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  2006, GWOT Fallen

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82nd Airborne Division1st Battalion, 505th Infantry (Airborne) 1st Battalion, 505th Infantry Regiment (Airborne)
  2003-2006, 11B10, 82nd Airborne Division
  2004-2005, 11B10, C Company, 1st Battalion, 505th Infantry (Airborne)
  2005-2006, 11B10, C Company, 1st Battalion, 505th Infantry Regiment (Airborne)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  2004-2005 OEF-Afghanistan/Consolidation I (2001-06)
  2006-2006 OIF/National Resolution (2005-07)
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Salem man killed in Iraq focused on others

By Matt Hersh
Staff WriterAs she sat on the hood of her car outside of Salem High School holding the uniform of her brother Nicholas, who was killed in Iraq on Friday, Oct. 6, Kimberly Arvanitis couldn’t help but smile.

“He was this forgiving kid,” she said. “He had a heart of gold.”

Cpl. Nicholas Arvanitis, 22, of the Army’s 3rd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division, was killed by small arms gunfire while on a mission near Bayji, a city between Baghdad and Mosul in Northern Iraq. Further details of his death are classified to protect other soldiers, his sister said.

Arvanitis was a squadron leader and had been stationed in Iraq since August.

Kimberly, 24, who was formerly in the Air Force and had been stationed in Iraq, met with Salem High School band director Marty Claussen and social studies teacher Ben Adams on Friday, Oct. 6, to talk about Nicholas and remember him.

Arvanitis grew up in Salem, graduating from Salem High School in 2003. He was a prominent member of the school’s championship wrestling team as well as an accomplished guitarist in the jazz band.

In 2001 Claussen, asked Arvanitis to learn the sousaphone to play at the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, Calif. Though he had never played it before, Arvanitis picked up the sousaphone quickly and performed in front of millions of viewers across the country.

Aside from his musical accomplishments, Claussen said he remembers Arvanitis mostly because of the kind of person he was.

“He was always smiling,” Claussen said. “He got along with everyone.”

Likewise, Adams said he remembers Arvanitis in his 12thgrade social studies class being quiet and friendly.

Kimberly Arvanitis said she has a hard time listing all of the qualities she admired in her brother. He was her hero, she said.

Arvanitis joined the Army before he turned 18, having his mother sign the necessary forms. His grandfathers had both served in the Navy, one in World War II. Family members said he was eager to fight for his country.

“When 9/11 happened, he was livid,” said his grandmother, Rita Dill, who helped raise him with her husband Leonard Dill. “He came home one day and said he was going to be joining the 82nd Airborne.”

Dill said Arvanitis joined the Army for the right reasons – he wanted to protect his country and his family.

Kimberly and her brother’s former teachers described him as focused on his friends as well. He returned to Salem for the funeral of Robert L. Moscillo, a 21-year-old Marine from Salem who was killed in May.

After he heard the news of Moscillo’s death, he called home immediately to make sure he was available to help his friends cope.

“He was such a kind young man,” Dill said. “He always thought of his family and other people.”

Arvanitis, who was looked up to by other Army members according to his sister, recently received orders to become a recruiter – a job Claussen said he would have been perfect for.

However, he was determined to fight despite urgings from his sister to stay out of Iraq.

“I told him not to go, that you didn’t want to be there,” she said. “But he said he had to go and fight.”

Military officials notified Kimberly Arvanitis about her brother’s death on Friday when they came to her home.

“I was thinking, ‘Let it be an injury’,” she said. “I just dropped to the ground and lost it – I was in disbelief.”

His sister said that e-mails have been flooding in from soldiers Arvanitis had served with and from Salem friends, telling stories about him and praising him.

A memorial service was held for Arvanitis in Kuwait where about 750 people attended. Normally about 200 attend, his sister said.

Services are still being arranged, but Kimberly Arvanitis said they should occur within the next week.

Salem High School had a moment of silence during their homecoming game last week to honor Arvanitis, Claussen said. On Veterans Day, the Veterans of Foreign Wars will be dedicating their ceremony to Arvanitis, his sister said.

Also, a plaque will be placed on Old Rockingham Road, where Arvanitis grew up. Arvanitis is also survived by his mother, Maureen Arvanitis, of Manchester.

“I want everyone to know who he was,” Kimberly Arvanitis said. “He is a hero and should be recognized for what he’s done.”

Published Friday, October 13, 2006 1:18 PM by Salem Editor                                   
Hero laid to rest
Community says goodbye to fallen soldier

Staff Writer

Stories about late night antics and a smile that lit up the room reminded the hundreds of people who attended Cpl. Nicholas Arvanitis’ funeral on Tuesday, Oct. 17, of the lasting impression he left on those he knew.

Arvanitis would begin to recite nonsense stories out of nowhere and always wanted his friends to have a good time, lifelong friend Keith Stickney told those in attendance. That’s just the kind of guy he was.

The 22-year-old soldier was killed by small arms gunfire in Iraq on Friday, Oct. 6. He was a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division of the Army and had been stationed in Iraq since August.

The funeral drew hundreds of people from all areas of the community and beyond. Friends and family members, along with police, fire, town, and state officials filled St. Joseph’s Church to capacity, with some standing in the back.

Several friends and family members spoke to the crowd, citing Arvanitis’ courage and passion for life. Also, a slide presentation of pictures of Arvanitis was displayed on a screen at the front of the church.

“I can’t get over the waste, in a sense, of a life,” Lt. Col. Chaplain Patrick D. Neal of the 82nd Airborne Division said. “He was a bright, shining light we should have enjoyed for much longer.”

The crowd also included several members of Arvanitis’ division who had served with him in Iraq and traveled from various areas of the country to attend the funeral.

“He’s what everyone has already said about him – a great, all-around kid,” said fellow Army member Chris Giuca.

The funeral procession, which included more than 50 cars and dozens of motorcycles adorned with American flags, traveled from St. Joseph’s to Pine Grove Cemetery, taking a detour to pass through the Salem High School entrance driveway.

The motorcyclists were part of the Patriot Guard Riders who had come out to honor Arvanitis and to help offset a group of extremist anti-war protesters who threatened to come but never showed.

As it passed through town, the procession drew people out of their homes and businesses, who stood at the side of the road in tribute to Arvanitis.

“The town has been amazing,” said his sister Kimberly Arvanitis, 24, who was formerly a member of the Air Force and was stationed in Iraq. “Their support makes me want to stay in Salem.”

At the cemetery, Arvanitis received a 21-gun salute and members of the Salem High School Band played the trumpet.

Arvanitis grew up in Salem, graduating from Salem High School in 2003. He was a prominent member of the school’s championship wrestling team, as well as an accomplished guitarist in the jazz band. He also formed his own heavy-metal band with friends.

In 2001, Arvanitis performed with the Salem High School Band at the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, Calif., after being asked by band director Marty Claussen to learn how to play the sousaphone. Though unfamiliar with the instrument, Arvanitis was able to learn it quickly and perform in front of millions of viewers across the country.

His passion for music and sports was only overshadowed by his commitment to his friends and family, according to those who knew him.

“Nick loved his family, friends, and his country,” Claussen said in a speech at the funeral. “He made the ultimate sacrifice to protect them.”

Arvanitis joined the Army before turning 18, having his mother sign the necessary forms.

Family members said he was eager to protect his country after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

“Nick was part of a generation who saw 9/11 happen and were old enough to know they could play a role,” said Salem High School social studies teacher Ben Adams, who had Arvanitis in two of his classes. “He was part of a group of young men who felt compelled to do something about it.”

Arvanitis, who had spent a year in Afghanistan in 2004, received orders to become an Army recruiter but refused them because he was determined to fight with his troop in Iraq, according to his sister.

Though she had urged him not to go to Iraq, Kimberly Arvanitis said her brother was set on going and enjoyed his time in the Army.

“He wasn’t afraid of the consequences,” she said.

Arvanitis is the second Salem soldier to be killed in the Iraq war. In May, Robert L. Moscillo, a 21-year-old Marine was killed as well.

“He may have been my little brother but I looked up to him,” Kimberly Arvanitis said. I want people to remember him as a multi-dimensional person. He brought so much to the table.

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