Grand Haven man survives deadly ordeal for Marines in Afghanistan

Nicholas Anderson knew what he wanted to do after he graduated from Grand Haven High School in 2007 - join the U.S. Marines. As a kid, Anderson became infatuated with being a Marine from watching movies about their bravery. So, in September 2007, he shipped off to Marine boot camp at San Diego. Thirteen months later, Anderson's perception of being a Marine would change dramatically.
Len Painter
May 28, 2011


Lance Cpl. Anderson, 22, was assigned to combat duty as an infantryman with the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, and deployed on a seven-month tour of Sangin, Afghanistan — a small community of 14,000 residents in the southern part of the country, and a hotbed for Taliban activity.

In the seven months Anderson was in Sangin, his battalion lost 25 Marines, and hundreds of others were wounded — mostly by IEDs (improvised explosive devices). 

Anderson said he is looking forward to the opportunity to pursue a new career. He knows he was fortunate during his time fighting the Taliban. 

Read more of this story in today's print edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.



Harry Kovaire

Semper Fi Nick. Thank you for your service while enduring a tough deployment and good luck in your future endeavors.


Thank You for your service.


This Marine is my brother, i am the blonde girl, the second from the left. I am also a Marine. Just a heads up, so theres no confusion. My brother Nick graduated from Freedom Christian Highschool. Also, there were not only roadside bombs but Improvised Explosive Devices, meaning that everywhere they stepped, whether on the road or in a cornfield, there were threats of explosion. Not trying to be a pain but just didnt want to downsize the threat that Nick and my other brothers survived and suffered through.
Semper Fi Nick


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