Soldier Honored: Nicholes D. Golding,
Branch of Service: Army
Army sergeant Nicholes D. Golding, 24, of Addison, Maine, was assigned to C Company, 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division based in Fort Drum, New York and served during Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. On February 13, 2004, SGT Golding was killed in an anti-tank mine explosion in Ghanzni, Afghanistan.
SGT Golding was influenced by the memory of his grandfather to join the U.S. Army after graduating from Narraguagus High School in Harrington, Maine in 1998. Nick enjoyed Army 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. He asked to be transferred into battle action and was given an assignment to Afghanistan leaving behind a pregnant wife and young son. He never got to see his daughter who was six months old when he was killed. SGT Golding was awarded a Bronze Star and Purple Heart posthumously, in addition to the Army Commendation medal, Army Achievement medal, Army Good Conduct medal and National Defense Service medal for his service and sacrifice.
SGT Golding was a lover of the outdoors and especially enjoyed hunting and fishing with his dad. Above all, he loved his country and his family. “He was a great soldier and died believing in something greater than himself,” his son said. “But above everything, he was a great father.”
SGT Golding’s son is a Folds of Honor Scholarship recipient.