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EAST KINGSTON, N.H. — Spc. Nicholas Paul Bernier, 21, of East Kingston, N.H., was fatally wounded Saturday, June 25, 2011 in the line of duty while deployed in Afghanistan with the 2nd Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Polk, La.

He was born Aug. 20, 1989, at Pease Air Force Base in Portsmouth, N.H. He was a graduate of the Class of 2007 from Exeter High School, Exeter, N.H. Nicholas was a member of the high school's wrestling team and the Exeter Swim Team. He was also a member of the National Emergency Medical Technician Association.

Nicholas was awarded The Purple Heart, The Bronze Star, The Combat Medical Medal, and numerous other medals and military citations. Nicholas was a committed soldier, a loving son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin and devoted friend.

He is survived by his father, Paul W. Bernier; his mother and stepfather, Tina M. (Wilcox) and Jeffrey M. Clements; one sister, Brittany M. (Bell) May; two brothers, Bradley T. Bernier and Christopher M. Bernier; his grandfather, Wilfred P. Bernier; his grandmother, BillieJean (Patnaude) Bernier; his grandmother, Theresa V. (Nilsen) Wilcox; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

ARRANGEMENTS: Calling hours will held on Friday, July 8, 2011 at the Brewitt Funeral Home, 14 Pine St., Exeter, N.H., from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Saturday, July 9, 2011 at St. Michael Parish, 9 Lincoln St., Exeter, N.H., at 11 a.m. Full military honors will follow. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests that donations be made to the Fisher House Foundation Fund. This generous nonprofit organization makes it possible for families to be with their wounded soldiers: http://www.fisherhouse.org/donate/gifts-and-memorials. To sign the online guest book, please visit www.brewittfuneralhome.com.
Published on  July 14, 2011
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