Cpl Nicholas K. Uzenski
Cpl. Nick Uzenski of Franklin, New York is a 2006 Franklin High School graduate where he participated in the FCS Drama Club, Spanish Club, SADD, Student Council (Student Council officer), Varsity Club (Vice President of the Varsity Club), Varsity Baseball, Varsity Basketball (Captain of the Varsity Basketball Team). He was also the Senior Prom king in 2006.
He then attended Tompkins County Community College prior to his enlistment in the Marine Corps in January 2008. Nick had been serving in the United States Marine Corps for two years, following in the footsteps of his father and an uncle, who were also Marines. He was athletic and in his free time, he enjoyed rock climbing, running, canoeing and just being outdoors.
Nick had arrived in Afghanistan in the fall of of 2009, and was expected back stateside for a leave in June 2010. His Awards and Decorations include, the National Defense Service Medal, NATO Medal ISAF and Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.
Nick is the son of Bill Uzenski and Lisa Uzenski. Nick is survived by his mother, Lisa Uzenski, his father, William and stepmother, Rebakah Uzenski; his sisters, Kaitlin and Cassidy; stepsister, Faith; and his three younger brothers, Zebadiah, Zechariah, and Jathniel; his great-grandma Brundege, with whom he shared a special bond and especially enjoyed their joint fondness of the New York Yankees; his grandparents, James and Audrey Archibald, his grandfather, Alan (and Heidi) Jordan among others. Nick died at age 21 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. Also killed were, Staff Sgt. Matthew N. Ingham of Altoona, Pennsylvania and Cpl. Jamie R. Lowe of Johnsonville, Illinois.