Sept. 6, 2012

Mike Pertoso
I couldn't believe it...it took a long time to actually see that it was true. I don't think it's ever too late
to pay my respects. I'm always going to have the honor of knowing you in the beginning when we
were both recruits on the Island to when we parted ways after MOS school in the stumps.  you will
be missed, you and your family will always be in my prayers.  I still have your diddy bag brother...

June 10, 2012

justin jackson
Nick you were my best friend.  I still remember how you just seemed to always be happy.  You always
seemed to carry like this bag of sunshine with you where ever you went and brightened everyone's
day.  I wish I could have been there with you.  I will always miss you brother.

October 22, 2011
Sgt Maj. Larry M. Isaacs USMC Retired
In Honor Of LCpl. Nicholas J. Manoukian
I'M FREE

Don't grieve for me for now I'm free,
I'm following the path God laid for me.
I took His hand when I heard Him call,
I turned my back and left it all.
I could not stay another day,
To laugh, to love, to work or play.
Tasks left undone must stay that way,
I found that peace at the close of the day.
If my parting has left a void,
Then fill it with remembered joy.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss,
Ah yes, these things I too will miss.
But be not burdened with times of sorrow,
For I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life's been full. I've savored much,
Good friends, good times and loved ones'
touch.
Perhaps my time seemed all too brief
Don't lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your hearts and share with me.
God wanted me now. He set me free!


Mary I hope you don't mind but I found another poem that says so much....

July 11, 2012
Priscilla Hernandez
Missing you always but thinking and missing you a lil extra today :( Love ya!

August 30, 2010
Nicholas J Manoukian
Happy Birthday Nick

August 27, 2010
SSgt Michael Velez
In Honor Of Nicholas Manoukian
Manny Whats up brother i was struck by all these thoughts and memories of you today. Im
remembering the times when we all sat outside of the house on baharia and drank near beer in the
mornings.  Also when Maleno and I gave you the "Little baby" nick name cause you didnt want to let
us use your speakers to go to the gym anymore.  Lastly i remembered how i felt that morning when i
found out from Sgt Has it was you.  My heart dropped man!! I miss you like crazy Little Baby see you
again soon brother.

August 11, 2010
Cpl John Chu
There are no words that can describe the loss to a family when one of our brothers or sisters pay
the ultimate sacrifice.  I remember your positive mentality and outgoing personality when we were
in 1/6 together.  Till we have formation again, enjoy Valhalla little brother.

July 09, 2010
Cpl Chris Meyer  served 2002-2006
To a lost brother,
So much time has past and yet I still think about all the times we had, you were like a little brother to
me.  You are dearly missed but not forgotten, I only wish I could have extended for one more
deployment so I could have been there. You will always be in my thoughts and prayers, watch over
us little bro. I know how you are so you are probably making some kinda joke from up there.

August 31, 2009
Happy Birthday Nick!
Miss you Lots!
Keesha

20 October 2009
Tyeesha
Thinking of u on ur homegoing day. love u!

27 January 2009
SSgt Fredrick Hasbargen

Manny,
Well we are about to start another training cycle.  I just got twenty or so new PFC out of school.  
Some of them remind my of the first day you reported to the unit.  You were motivated and ready to
learn.  Then the first deployment to Iraq you took charge in Fallujah and stood out.  Never will forget
those days.  Then you came back picked up more new Marines and trained them.  Then you took
charge and trained them all like they were yours.  I told you several times you were what the
younger Marines looked up to as a mentor and a leader.  Now I look at these young Marines and see
all the things that remind me of you.  You will never be forgotten in the shop or in my thoughts.  
Take care.
SSgt Fredrick Hasbargen
1st Battalion 6th Marine
Communications Platoon
Radio Chief

20 October 2008
Agnes Chalhoub Norton
In Honor Of LCpl. Nicholas J. Manoukian
To my cousin Nick whom I never knew.  You have taught
me to take every day seriously; never knowing when the last words spoken
will actually be my last.  You have taught me to love those around me
and make sure they know they are loved.  You have taught me that people
are important no matter the distance, the situations of life, or how
busy you are.  I know one day I will see you again in heaven and will
thank you personally for the lessons you have taught me.  I also know
that you are enjoying your eternity with your Dad and many others that
loved you.  Give them kisses for me.  I love you my cousin.  What a honor
to call you that.

06 October
Terri Myers
In Honor Of LCpl. Nicholas J. Manoukian
EMary,
Nick will always be remembered as a hero that so honorably served our
country.  My nephew served along with Nick in the 1/6 Marines.  Know
that your 1/6 family is always here for you.  After all the great Marines
we lost during the last deployment I wrote a poem I'd like to share
with you.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
“The Land of the Free” by Terri Myers


My heart is so heavy, it’s been stricken with grief;
It is mourning the loss of your son, his life so brief.
He was fighting for the country, which he did love;
Now standing guard at the gates in heaven above.

My thanks I give to your family, especially your son;
The gift he has given, all the things he has done.
He fought for freedom, this he did for you and me;
He wanted to keep our country “the land of the free”.

My heart is so heavy, it’s been stricken with grief;
Mourning the loss of your husband, your marriage too brief;
He was fighting for the country, which he did love;
Now standing guard at the gates in heaven above.

My thanks to you and your husband, this I do give;
The gift he has given, to better the life that we live.
He fought for freedom, this he did for you and me;
He wanted to keep our country “the land of the free”.

My hearts is so heavy, it’s stricken with grief;
It’s mourning the loss of a hero, his life so brief.
He was fighting for the country, which he did love;
Now standing guard at the gates in heaven above.

My thanks to this hero, his sacrifice I’ll never forget;
The gift he has given, to people he has never even met.
He fought for freedom, this he did for you and me;
He wanted to keep our country “the land of the free”.

My heart is so heavy, it’s stricken with grief;
So many heroes we’ve lost, their lives too brief.
They were fighting for the country, which they did love;
Now standing guard at the gates in heaven above.

My thanks to these heroes, they have stood so tall;
The gift they have given, they have given their all.
They have fought for freedom, this they did for you and me;
They wanted to keep our country “the land of the free”.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
My heart goes out to you, Nick's memory will never fade.
Terri


12 Aug 2008
Lakeesha Emerson
In Honor Of LCpl. Nicholas J. Manoukian
I miss you so dearly. I dream of you monthly like you
were still here. Your hugs that would lift me off the ground is what i
miss the most about you. One day i hope to see you at Heaven doors and
you will embrace me with all your love and hugs.
My Little Toy Soilder
© By Hayley J. Moudy

Just a little toy soldier,
forced to fight,

told to kill,
cold at nights.

You eat so little,
you've been on a run.

You have a family that loves you waiting at home
Though, you continue to fight,

you fight for me.
With a tear in your eye,

You're there for your country.
You're so strong you've been through so much

surrounded by the bodies of whom you may love.
You might not agree with why you are there

you still fight, though it's not fair
With confidence you hold your head high,

for your a proud soldier with so much pride.
-I love you but God loved u more! keesha-

05 Aug 2008
Lynne Piippo

To the soldier's mother,

Last year you put a memorial notice in the Detroit paper and I read it.
It was so rare to see a soldier's photo in battle gear in the
obituaries, it caught my eye.  Who's eyes are caught by such things?  Another
soldier's mother.  

My own son is a soldier in the U.S. Army.  He served in Ramadi for well
over a year in his second tour of duty. My son is in Afghanistan at
the front of another conflict. And his wife, baby daughter, and all of
his family wait here for his return.  

Your son and his sacrifice are not in vain.  We will defeat the enemy.
With mothers like you, our country will endure.  With sons like ours,
freedom will go on.  I read the memorial and I cannot tell you how
much it moved me.   To hear of your loss was devastating.  And yet, I felt
the strength of your character and your deep Christian faith.  I
clipped out the piece.  At Veterans Day Sunday, I read it aloud to our
church and have kept it in my bible all these months.  This morning during
my bible reading, I again read your words.  It is a great example to me
of maternal fortitude.

Thank you for sharing your story with all of us.  Thank you for telling
Nicholas J. Manoukian's story.  Thank you for showing us how to live
and love in honor.
Lynne Piippo   

12 May 2008
Sgt Billiot
Manny I am so sorry that I did not deploy with you! You
were one of my devil dogs and it should have been me not you man. I
love you manny and may you rest in peace. Sgt Billiot.

30 Apr 2008
Baylea Hasbargen
i didnt know you, but my daddy said that you were a
very nice person and an out standing marine.

im sorry for your familys lost.

27 Apr 2008
Sgt. Braudrick
I miss you man. wish you were still here. not sure what
to say or how to say it but I should have been able to stop it. I owe
you more than most. You were my Marine. It should have been me. I owe
my life to you brother. Your not forgotten. Childish I know to carry the
burden but freedom costs more than I know and your life wasn't worth
it. I'm sorry. I'm so sorry.

11 Feb 2008

SFC Rod Brewer
LANCE CORPORAL Nicholas J. Manoukian, Operation Iraqi
Freedom, 21 October 2006, 1/6 Marines.  My sincere condolences to his
family and friends. Nick, You Have Not Been Forgotten... Semper Fi!!
Teufelhunden.  Christmas in Arlington... Rest easy, sleep well my brother.
Know the line has held, your job is done. Rest easy, sleep well. Others
have taken up where you fell, the line has held. Peace, peace, and
farewell... Rod.

10 November 2007

Nicole Mullen
.I knew Nick for many years. And in the last year he
became my brother-in-law. He became a father to my nephew Nico and learned
what fatherhood was like. He faught for our freedom and families. I
will always think of you daily Nick and miss your beautiful smile. Thnak
you for being in my life. God bless you sweetie!!

18 Sept 2007
SGT GONZALEZ, ALEX D
FOR THE MARINES THAT SERVED WITH HIM AND THE ONES MORE
THAN JUST HIS FELLOW TROOP, BUT HIS FRIEND I'M SURE WE ALL MISS HIM A LOT
AND ITS WORSE WHEN ITS SOMEONE THAT YOU TRAINED AND PUSHED ONLY TO GET
THE MOST OUT OF HIM BECAUSE WE SAW THE POTENTIAL IN HIM NOT JUST AS A
MARINE BUT AS A MAN, A FRIEND AND ABOVE ALL A BROTHER. MAY GOD BE WITH
YOU AND WATCH OVER ALL THE OTHER TROOPS AND FAMILY AND FRIENDS. AND TO
THE PARENTS, YOUR SON WAS HONESTLY THE FUNNIEST AND MOST RESPONSIBLE
MARINES I HAVE WORK WITH AND IF YOU EVER NEED ANYTHING MY WIFE AND I ARE
HERE IN OKINAWA AND WILL NEVER FORGET 1/6 AND MOST OF ALL YOUR SON. THANK
YOU, GOD BLESS.   
SGT. ALEX DANIEL GONZALEZ /  USMC

15 Sept. 2007
Sgt Fredrick T. Hasbargen Jr.
To those who served with MANNY.  Cpl Manoukian was one
of the most positive Marines that I had work under my supervision and
he will be missed dearly.  I am very sorry to his family for there lose.
The Corps not only lost a great Marine but we lost a very great
friend.
Semper Fi
Sgt Hasbargen, Fredrick T.
1st BN 6th Marines
Communication Platoon

28 May 2007
Jennifer Shaffer
In Honor Of Cpl Nicholas J Manoukian
Today is Memorial Day, May 28, 2007.  I have taken my
son to the parade and to the cemetary where we live for the Laying of
the wreath.  I can't imagine the pain, sadness, and amount of tears that
have been shed.  My son can't wait to grow up to be a Marine.  And as
scary as it is for me, to even think that far ahead (he's only 7), it
fills me with much pride to know that he wants to defend his country....I
was moved to the point of tears, by Cpl. Manoukians mothers letter, to
see in words how much i love my son, expressed by someone else towards
hers was more moving than expected.  So today my son and i have been
going over all the stories from moms, dads, husbands, wives, girlfriends,
boyfriends and family, remembering the great sacrafice that they have
made.  Yesterdays lemonade stand money was used so that he could send
another care package, so hopefully it brings some small piece of home to
a soldier.  Our Prayers and love are with Cpl. Manoukians family!
as well as the others who so bravely have given there lives as well
and to those who are still serving our country.  God Bless our Troops

11 February 2007
Tom Crisp

Dear Mother. Good parents make good kids. Great parents
make children that protect our world. Know that my thoughts and prayers
are with you and your family. Peace be with you.
Navy Dad.

11 January 2007
Mary Manoukian Calhoun
LCpl Nicholas J Manaoukian USMC
                                                                                                                                     
In Honor and loving memory of my son LCpl Nicholas J. Manoukian, my
"Fallen Warrior."  As troops pass in parade he is just a tree in a forest of
men. When he travels from his homeland to the heat of battle, he is just
someone who fills a seat on the air transport. To the enemy he is just
another faceless target to be eliminated on the quest to victory.

But this warrior is more than just a number. He has a personality and a
place in the hearts of those who truly know him. He is the beautiful
baby,an only child that filled a mother's heart with so much love that she
easily dedicated her life to him. She was his harbor of safety when the
storms of boo-boo's and the flood of childhood tears overcame him. He is
the young boy who suffered the loss of a living father the tender age of
12 causing pain more intense than any wound in battle. He is the
teenager who could get into mischievous trouble,charm the girls,and keep his
friends laughing. He is the organizer of fun,the artist that makes sketch
paper and canvas come alive with meaning and the creator of rhythms that
make the primordial drums resonate with brilliance. He is the romantic
that writes poetry with the girl that is special to his heart. The girl
that would compel him to ride a bicycle on a wheel rim with no tire just
to complete the journey to her home. He is the romantic that
places rose petals on his brides bed and proposes to her by
celebrating all of the Holidays that they will miss  together while he will be
deployed to Iraq for a second time, ending with sending her on an Easter
egg hunt to find her ring,in July. He is the Step- Daddy to a little boy
who as he grew would depend on him for guidance into manhood. He is the
man who commands respect and love from a stepfather who is proud to
call him his son. He is the son in law and brother in law of a family that
loves him as their own child and brother. He is a Marine who is loyal to
his brother warriors who in turn love him for the man and personality
that he is. He is a man tough enough in body and spirit to face the enemy
for the freedom of his nation and still be able to tenderly say "I
love you mom."

Now this vibrant and talented young warrior has been taken from us by a
heartless enemy. Now we no longer can hear his laughing voice or the
rhythmic beat of his drum solos or the romantic whispers in the ear of the
wife he so loved. No longer can we see his strong stature,his soft dark
eyes or his bright smile. Gone is the firm and steady grip that portrayes
strength;yet a tenderness that made you know that he truly cared.  A
writing by Laurel Atherton best captures Nicks spirit:

"For my Son"

I know you probably have a thousand things to do today.Well...now
you have a thousand and one!

Son,I just want you to take a minute to read this.I know your days
are busy,but I hope they are giving back to you as much as you give to
them.

And I know there a moments when things could be better,but I hope
you'll remember that good things come to good people and that...without
a doubt..you are one of the best.

There are so many wonderful things about you. But I think that the
most admirable thing of all,at least to me,is that you do the things
you do with an inner strength and a special kind of love. That's just the
way you are.
You give life a gleam that most people only carry a glimpse of.

Nick is gone from our world but he lives in our memories and our
hearts. More importantly he lives with an eternal spirit in the presence of
God. Until the day we will all see one another again and spend eternity
together..

In Loving Memory of LCpl Nicholas J. Manoukian USMC age 22 killed on
Oct 21, 2006
1st Marines 6th  Batallion 2nd Marine Div.
IED attack Ramadi, Iraq
Awarded two Purple Hearts posthumously

You will always be the love and joy of my heart...
I love you, Mom






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LCpl. Nicholas J. Manoukian
Lathrup, MI
United States Marine Corps.
KIA 21 October2006
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