Remembering a Tioga County Sailor

By Mike Trim

Remembering a Tioga County Sailor

July 22, 2010 Updated Mar 8, 2006 at 12:33 AM EDT

As a member of the Navy's Special Forces, Wilson was killed last month disarming an explosive.

From his childhood home in Newark Valley, his family is drawing strength from each other to mourn his loss.

"We all decided as a family that Nick would want us to get on with our lives and not just sit around and cry," said Nicholas' mother, Rachel Wilson.

The danger of Wilson's job is what lured him to join the Navy's elite explosive ordinance disposal team.

His family said he was always one to live on the edge.

But, from the moment Nicholas was born, he also brought his family closer together.

"Nick basically saved our marriage, and I really believe in all my heart that God sent him to us," said Rachel Wilson.

Growing up, he chose to ride BMX bikes or ATV's rather than playing school sports.

He joined the Navy after graduating high school.

Two years into his service, Wilson married his wife Linda.

His brother said he had no problem serving in Iraq because he was doing what he loved.

"When he got to Iraq, he loved it, because that's where he was doing the real thing. He actually said one time if he wasn't married to Linda, he'd stay over there," said Nicholas' brother Brian Wilson.

Wilson narrowly escaped death in December when his Humvee ran over an explosive.

But the dangers of disarming hundreds of explosives finally caught up with him.

"He was over there fighting for our country, doing what he loved to do. He gave the ultimate sacrifice of his life, so that other men and women could come back to their families," said Rachel Wilson.

That's why the Wilson family said they have no regrets about Nicholas' untimely death.

To them, he died a hero.

A local memorial service for Nicholas Wilson is scheduled for this Saturday at 11 a.m. at Union Center Christian Church.

His family attended a memorial service for him a week and a half ago at a San Diego Naval base.

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