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Sgt. Nicholas A. Robertson

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FORT BRAGG, N.C. - Sgt. Nicholas A. Robertson, 27, died April 3, 2008, at Land-stuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany, from wounds suffered while conducting dismounted combat operations in the Zahn Khan District of Afghanistan, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He was born May 24, 1980, in Bangor, son of David and Nancy (Davis) Robertson. Nicholas grew up in Holden, attended school and graduated from Brewer High School in 1998, where he was active and enjoyed performing with the jazz band. He later attended the University of Maine, grad-uating from the Honors College and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa Society. He was also presented the Virtue Award, naming him the outstanding philosophy student in his graduating class. Nicholas was accepted to graduate school at Northwestern University, Illinois, and completed two years before enlisting in the U.S. Army in 2005. He attended basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., and advanced individual training as a cryptologic linguist at Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas. Sgt. Robertson graduated from U.S. Army Airborne School at Fort Benning, Ga., Jan. 19, 2006. He reported to 3rd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group, Airborne, at Fort Bragg, N.C., on his second tour of duty beginning March 4, 2006, and was assigned to Support Operations Team Alpha, SOTA, as a senior voice interceptor. As a cryptologic linguist, he was responsible for performing and supervising the detection, acquisition of foreign communications. Sgt. Robertson played an indispensable role in conducting counter-terrorism operations against Taliban and Al Qaeda forces in Afghanistan. Sgt. Robertson achieved the following military awards acknowledging his heroism and dedication to duty, Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal, Combat Action Badge, Parachutist Badge, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal and National Defense Medal. A beloved son and brother, Nicholas is survived by his parents of Dedham and Venice, Fla; two brothers, Douglas Robertson of Bimini, Bahamas, and Todd Robertson of Ded-ham; several aunts, uncles and cousins. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends. Family and friends may visit 5-8 p.m. Thursday at Kiley & Foley Funeral Service, 69 State St., Brewer. A service honoring Nicholas' life will be held 1 p.m. Friday at Calvary Baptist Church, 61 State St., Brewer, with Lt. Col. Andrew Gibson, Maine Army National Guard chaplain, presiding. Burial with full military honors will be at Woodlawn Cemetery, Brewer. For those who wish memorial contributions may be made to the Nicholas A. Robertson Scholorship Fund, care of Brewer High School, 79 Parkway South, Brewer, ME 04412. Condolences may be offered at www.kileyandfoley.com.

Published in BDN Maine from Apr. 8 to Apr. 9, 2008
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