Remembered for his larger than life personality and smile that could light up a room, U.S. Army SPC Nicholas W. Newby was killed in action in Baghdad, Iraq on July 7, 2011. He was 20 years old. Nick was an avid reader, studying religion while in Iraq, but his interests focused primarily on history and philosophy. He loved to debate and would remain stalwart in his position to the end. Nick also had an unfaltering work ethic, and had worked hard and saved enough money to qualify for his first home when he returned from Iraq. He also had plans to start his own business and return to school. Plans are also underway to honor Nick with an addition to the ‘Killed in Action’ monument at the Kootenai County Courthouse’s Ronald D. Rankin Veteran’s Memorial Plaza. The memorial will feature a life-size bronze cast of the iconic Battlefield Cross, a soldier’s boots, weapon, and helmet with the name of local heroes to be carved into the granite, including Nick and Nate Byers, another soldier from Post Falls who died in the same roadside attack. Nick’s awards include the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, National Defense Medal and Combat Action Badge. Surviving members of Nick’s family include his mother, Theresa Hart; stepfather, James Hart; father, Wayne Newby; and younger brother, Nathan.
In Nicholas’ own words. . . . . .
“I’m Nick Newby and I set my own standard. I was brought into this world at 12:42 A.M. on August 25, 1990 at Providence Hospital in Anchorage, Alaska. When I was two years old, I saw a moose pooping in my backyard. In June of 1996, at the age of five, my family and I moved to the beautiful town of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho and I have called this place home ever since. I attended elementary school at Sorensen, middle school at Woodland, freshman year at Lake City High School, sophomore year at Project CDA, Lake City again junior year and finished high school at the Bridge Academy. I graduated from the Bridge Academy in December of ‘08 shortly after enlisting in the Idaho Army National Guard. I am currently serving in Iraq as a machine gunner doing convoy security. To be continued…”
His mother, Theresa, who is here with us tonight accepting the award on behalf of Nick continues the story: “Anything I write about Nick will be an understatement, not coming even close to the reality of my son. Please keep this in mind when I say that Nick radiated positive energy and the smile never left his face. He made it his mission in life to have a good time and to ensure that everyone else did as well. His favorite saying was “Quit whining” or “Quit ‘yer bitchen.” He would say this with a smile on his face so you couldn’t help but do what you were told to do. His signature sign was an enthusiastic two-thumbs-up!.”
It is with humility and honor that we present this ‘In Memoriam’ medal to Nick Newby for making the ultimate sacrifice.