Born: January 7, 1979
Fallen: November 15, 2005
Marine Lance Corporal Nickolas D. Schiavoni became a RI fallen hero on November 15, 2005. He served with 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force in Camp Lejeune, N.C. A suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive device struck him as he was conducting combat operations against enemy forces near Karmah, Iraq.
Lance Corporal Schiavoni was raised in Haverhill, Massachusetts and his ties to the Ocean State are through his mother, who resides in Westerly, RI. The humility, dedication and courage that helped him to flourish in the service are also visible in his life at home. Those who knew him well highlight the deep reverence he held for his wife and family. His grandfather believes that he was “a young man who found direction in life when he got married and joined the Marines.”
At the age of 12, Nickolas wanted to be a Navy Seal but his mother didn’t like the idea stating that “he didn’t like water.” He attended an alternative high school in Haverhill and graduated in 1997 as the most outstanding student. His grandfather believes that “he found focus when he got to be a junior, and I was so proud when he was selected as the outstanding student.” Soon after graduating high school, Nickolas met his wife and realized that he wanted to join the Armed Forces. Schiavoni’s grandfather says “he thrived with the Marines, and the Marines were good for him.” According to his mother who affectionately calls him ‘Nicky’, he joined the Marine Corps to provide for his family. He needed a job that would provide health care and stability. Nick was a natural fit for the Marine Corps and excelled, earning a Purple Heart during his first tour of duty. His uncle remembered his nephew as a loyal, gregarious young man with dark hair and good looks. “I once told him: ‘You look more like Elvis Presley than Elvis does,”‘ he said.
Lance Corporal Nickolas Schiavoni became a hero trying to help another member of his unit. The report states that a comrade noticed a peculiar car and went to investigate it. Schiavoni and another member of the unit followed to support. The car exploded as they approached the vehicle. Schiavoni is survived by his mother, his father (who lives in Monson), his wife, and their two children.