LCpl Nathan Windsor, a son of Oregon, died from a gunshot wound received during combat operations in the al Anbar Province of Iraq.
LCpl Windsor was 20 years old. He was a graduate of Newport High School, class of 2005, in Newport, Oregon - on the pacific coast. He was a member of the wrestling team and was also involved in the video production program. He hoped to one day be a film producer. He enjoyed snowboarding, all-terrain motorcycling and video games.
Around the New Year, home on pre-deployment leave, he visited his teachers at Newport High School. His history teacher referred to him as, "such a good man, a good citizen... just one of those individuals you could trust."
He joined the Marines the day after his 19th birthday. "I could never get him to leave the house looking clean and pressed and taking pride in himself, but once he became a Marine he would not leave without the proper crease and everything in line. He was so proud to be a Marine. He always made sure he looked his best whenever he wore that uniform," said his father, Robert Windsor.
"He was patriotic, even as a little kid. As we have looked back through his photographs and some of his early drawings, it was amazing to see that he put an American flag in his pictures. He believed strongly in his country and standing up for what was right. The kid had a heart as big as the ocean."
He is survived by his father, Robert Windsor, mother and step-father, Leslie and David Elliot, brother, Lucas Elliot. He is also survived by his girlfriend, Rochelle Davis.
We will keep his family and friends in our thoughts and prayers.
Farewell, Nathan, and Walk with God.
The Patriot Guard Riders will be meeting his flight into Oregon today and escorting him throughout the events of his memorials and internment.
LCpl Windsor will be honored in a ceremony in Huntington Beach, California on Dec 17, 2007