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Cherry Point Marine From Nebraska Dies From Injuries Sustained In Iraq

Posted November 26, 2004

— A U.S. Marine from Nebraska has died of injuries he received in Iraq on Nov. 8, his family reported.

Sgt. Nick Nolte, a native of Falls City, died Wednesday at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., according to his aunt, Cindy Santo of Falls City.

Nolte, 25, was being treated for injuries received when a roadside bomb hit his vehicle near Baghdad. Four other troops also were injured.

Nolte is survived by his wife, Melina, and 3-year-old daughter, Alanna, of Cherry Point. He also is survived by his mother, Anita Nolte of Falls City.

Nolte suffered breaks to both legs and one arm, as well as shrapnel wounds from the blast, his uncle, Matt Santo, told the Omaha World-Herald. He died shortly after doctors discovered Nolte's arm and a leg had become infected.

Nolte was a 1998 graduate of Falls City Sacred Heart and enlisted in the Marines after high school. He re-enlisted following his original four-year commitment.

As a member of the Presidential Helicopter Squadron HMX-1, Nolte guarded both Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.

Funeral services were pending.

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