Cpl. Nicholas S. Ott, 23, of Manchester, was killed in action on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2011, in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Born in Neptune, Nick was a lifelong resident of Manchester. He attended and graduated from Manchester High School, where he lettered in football, wrestling and track. Cpl Nicholas Ott was a good leader and he loved his fellow Marines. Cpl. Ott, who was in Afghanistan for Operation Enduring Freedom, received many medals and awards: the Purple Heart, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement, Combat Action Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with one Bronze Campaign Star, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon with Two Bronze Stars, North Atlantic Treaty Organization Medal-ISAF, Rifle Marksman Badge and Pistol Marksman Badge.
Nick was predeceased by his maternal grandfather, John F. Kleinknecht. He is survived by his loving parents, Stephen and Debra Ott; his cherished sister, Julia Ott; his maternal grandmother, Janet Kleinknecht; his paternal grandparents, Paul and Jacqueline Ott; his aunts, Christine Ott, Sharon Watkins, and Marybeth Spann; and his cousins, Vanessa, Clint, Josh, Loren and Katelyn. He is also survived by his circle of friends.
Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18 at St. John's Roman Catholic Church, 619 Chestnut St., Lakehurst. Family and friends are kindly invited to go right to St. John's R.C. Church, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 19. Interment to follow at the Brig. Gen. William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Wrightstown. In lieu of flowers, a scholarship fund for future Manchester High School graduates has been founded in Nick Ott's memory. Donations can be made by mail to the Manchester Township Education Foundation, P.O. Box 168, Whiting, NJ 08759 (payable to MTEF/Ott) orwww.mtef4kids.org. Tributes can be sent to www.andersoncampbellmanchester.com.