KIA August 8, 2010
Operation Enduring Freedom
Assigned to 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Fort Benning, Georgia
SGT Andrew Nicol, died August 8, 2010, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Also killed was SPC Bradley D. Rappuhn. “Nicol and Rappuhn were involved in fighting one of the most heavily defended areas in Afghanistan. Their actions resulted in the destruction of a complex bunker system that included heavy machine guns, mortar systems and the death of seven Taliban,” said Col. Michael E. Kurilla. “They are heroes to the nation, the Army and their families.”
While in high school, Andrew was the captain of his school’s wrestling team. His coach remembers him as a self-assured leader who often imitated the character, Kramer, from “Seinfeld” to lighten the team’s mood. He was someone who was never intimidated and would often make last-minute comebacks with only seconds to spare. “He was equally as confident in what he was doing in Afghanistan as he was on the mat with me,” Brown said.
After graduating from Exeter High School, Andrew immediately enlisted in the Army in July 2006. He completed One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning as an infantryman and after graduating from the Basic Airborne Course, he was assigned to the Ranger Assessment and Selection Program, also at Fort Benning. In 2009, Andrew and his unit earned the Bronze Star for conducting a raid on insurgents in Iraq that killed six – including the No. 2 leader of al-Qaida in Iraq.
Andrew was on his fifth combat deployment just weeks before he was expected to return home when he was killed. He was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal with Valor, Meritorious Service Medal, and the Purple Heart. He is survived by his parents, Roland and Patricia.
SGT Andrew Nicol was 23 years old from Kensington, New Hampshire.
Original portrait was presented November 24, 2013 to his family during a special event hosted by the Lead the Way Fund.org in New York City.