OBSERVER Staff Report
NIAGARA FALLS - A Fredonia soldier who lost his life in combat is being remembered by the military.
The Buffalo Military Entrance Processing Station in Niagara Falls honored Sgt. Jonathan "Nathan" Gollnitz, U.S. Army, during a dedication ceremony at the station's service liaison waiting area. He previously served in the U.S. Navy as well.
Fredonia native Sgt. Jonathan “Nathan” Gollnitz’s name was added to a dedication wall in Niagara Falls of men and women who died in battle from Western New York.
Pictured from left: Earl Knop, Pat Knop (Godmother of Jonathan), Alan Gollnitz (father), Kimberly Gollnitz (mother), Kim Gollnitz (aunt).
Gollnitz's name was added to a dedication wall of men and women who died in battle, all from Western New York.
Gollnitz, 28, was killed in Pul-E Alam, Afghanistan on Sept. 26 in a roadside bombing. He grew up in the town of Pomfret and attended Fredonia Central School District before transferring to Levant Christan High School in Falconer where he graduated.
He was the 1,999 soldier killed in Afghanistan.
He is the son of Alan and Kimberly Gollnitz of Fredonia. He leaves behind a 4-year-old son Lukas Conrad Gollnitz.
The Military Entrance Processing Station plays a vital role in maintaining the nation's military might by ensuring that each new member of the Armed Forces - the Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard - meets the high mental, moral and medical standards required by the Department of Defense and the military services.
Officials with MEPS in Niagara Falls say the names of fallen Wester New York soldiers are added to the list there so those who are signing up to serve can remember those who have paid the ultimate price.