KIA August 16, 2009
Operation Enduring Freedom
Assigned to 1st Psychological Operations Battalion, 4th Psychological Operations Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg, N.C.
CPL Nicholas Roush died August 16, 2009 of wounds suffered when an IED detonated near the vehicle he was riding detonated. Nick’s unit was returning from a night mission that had resulted in an ambush and was only a few miles away from their forward operating base when they were struck by the IED that took Nick’s life.
“Nicky” as he was known to his family was born in 1987 to parents, Donna and Robert Roush. The Thornapple-Kellogg High School graduate always knew that he wanted to have a career in which he could help other people and in 2007 at just 20 years old, he joined the army to begin his journey of service in his mission to make a difference in the world.
His father, Bob Roush, said that his son wanted to serve in order to do something significant and believes that through his service and sacrifice, he has done that and more.
While serving in Afghanistan, it was part of Nick’s job to talk with local Afghanistan people, gather information and help find ways to make the overall living circumstances better for the locals.
“Nick was a natural at it. We would go out to a village and he would just start talking to people. He really loved it,” friend and comrade, Army SFC Jason Montesanto said. “He wanted to not just be a soldier, but a soldier who wanted to make a difference.”
Nick was only able to spend two years in the Army before he was killed in action, but took every opportunity to show his commitment to his service and his country, even completing the Warriors Leaders Course, and becoming a Noncommissioned Officer.
Nick’s awards and decorations included the National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, two NCO Professional Development Ribbons, Army Service Ribbon, NATO medal, Combat Action Badge and Parachutist Badge. He was also posthumously awarded the Bronze star, Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal, and Good Conduct Medal.
CPL Nicholas Roush was 22 years old from Middleville, Michigan.
The original portrait was delivered September 23, 2018 to his parents, Donna and Robert Roush in Grand Rapids, Michigan at the 5th Annual Freed Cruise held at the Fifth Third Ball Park Sponsored by VillageMotorSports.Net.