Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | May 26, 2015

Remembering Kenny

Some of you know Ken and Lori Nicochea.  They owned a cabin on Palomar where they loved to bring the family on weekends.  Ken and Kenny Jr. enjoyed many hours together fixing up the “Nicochea Chalet” out on Birch Hill.  When Don and I saw Lori’s post and touching videos tonight, I just had to share with you.  What a gift Kenny’s camera was to his family, and all of us, telling just some of the story of the soldier’s dedication to our country during their last days.  We’re the land of the free because of the brave men like Kenny and his buddies.

<<<  From:  Lori Nicochea

The “Day” is the object of Memorial Day…remember, on this “day”, those that died while in service to our country. In a F.O.B. in Kabul; our son and 5 other men in his unit, 101st, died fighting in the insurgency – Operation: Enduring Freedom. I’ve put this vid up several times — but our son captured the “essence” of his 5 short months in Afghanistan on his camera. The Army sent his Dad the camera, almost 2 years later — it was amazing to upload these moments — and preserve the time he spent there with his brothers. Today is a perfect day to post it again.

Kenny called us just days before the suicide bomber forced his way onto the base where our soldiers were camped on their mission. He said ” I don’t think I’m going to make it back. I just want you guys to know I love you”.

Kenny Sr. and I want everyone to have a beautiful Memorial Day — but remember, as we know everyone does, that there is truly a cost for the way in which we enjoy our freedoms here in America.  >>>

Click to see Kenny’s photos from his camera.

We have so many stories of our Military with ties to Palomar.  It would be an honor to share, just send them my way.



  1. For this family to share these photos is amazing. There are no words that can express my thanks to all of the Warriors that keep us from harms way. Just speachless.

  2. Thank you for sharing Bonnie. If you are able…please let the Nicochea’s know how touched I was to watch the photos from Kenny’s camera and then other posts on U-tube. They raised a fine, outstanding son and we would like to thank them for their sacrifice and Kenny’s. It’s sounds so “small” to say that but I hope they know what I mean! Our prayers are with their family. Cindy Dyson

  3. Thank you Bonnie for posting the wonderful video! Very touching! God Bless America and God Bless all those in uniform and otherwise that give everyday for us to be free! This video was especially touching as this young man was so close to all of us on “the Mountain”!  Please give my best regards to the family of Kenny! Thank you!Marilyn Schupp

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