EN2 Marc I. Nieto

EN2 Marc I. Nieto 1


Date of Death: Thursday, October 12, 2000
Conflict: USS Cole (Yemen)
Branch: U.S. Navy
Unit: USS Cole

Birth: Jul. 25, 1976
Death: Oct. 12, 2000

Engineman 2nd Class Marc I. Nieto of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, formerly of Sidney was a 1994 graduate of Goodrich High School and enlisted in the United States Navy on Dec. 6, 1994 and was just two weeks away from finishing his stint in the service after six years. He worked in the engine room on the USS Cole and loved repairing machinery. He oversaw the Cole’s air-conditioning and reverse-osmosis water purification systems. He could break down and rebuild almost anything. His biggest joy in life was his vehicles, working on the engines. He was always into engines and repairing. He had a truck and he had an ’81 Camaro that he had been working on and rebuilding the engine. Marc was also a bodybuilding fanatic and jokester who dispensed nicknames like royal commissions to the young sailors who struck up with him. He was a dedicated sailor and very proud to serve his country in the Navy. In his six years of service, he was promoted five times and earned nine commendations including the Navy Achievement Medal and Good Conduct Medal. He is remembered by his family, friends and shipmates for his strong resolve, relentless determination, and infectious sense of humor, which kept them all on their toes. Marc is survived by his mother and stepfather, Sharon and Norman Priepke; His father, Jesse Nieto, his sister, Connie Wind; his brother, Jeffrey McKee; his grandparents, Edward and Lorraine Crabb; his step great-grandmother, Vida Kleisten among others. Marc was killed in al-Qaida’s 2000 bombing of a U.S. Navy destroyer in Yemen along with 16 of his shipmates on the USS Cole. Although he was buried at sea, he has a memorial marker at Arlington National Cemetery.

Arlington National Cemetery *
Arlington County
Virginia, USA
Plot: Sec MF Site 46-A-3 733879574

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