1er REG: Legionnaire killed in Mali

On July 14, 2014, French Foreign Legion legionnaire Dejvid Nikolic, of Serbian origin, was killed during Operation Serval in the Al Moustarat region of northern Mali. Member of the 1st Foreign Engineer Regiment (1er REG), he became the third legionnaire who has been killed in this African country since 2013, after SCH Harold Vormezeele and SGT Marcel Kalafut.

ADC Dejvid Nikolic; Photo credit: SIRPA

Warrant Officer Dejvid Nikolic (Adjudant-chef) was killed by a suicide attack, which injured seven legionnaires, three of them seriously, including Nikolic. He died a few hours later, in the military hospital near Gao, Mali.

By coincidence, at the same time, on July 14, legionnaires from his regiment paraded during the Bastille Day Military Parade 2014 in Paris.

Dejvid Nikolic was born in Belgrade, Serbia, in 1969. He joined the Foreign Legion in 1988, in his 19. After basic training, he went to the 2e REI. In 1992, he moved to Djibouti to join the 13e DBLE and returned in 1994 to be sent to the 1er RE. Having already been an NCO, he was transferred to the 6e REG in 1998. The regiment became the 1er REG a year later.

ADC Dejvid Nikolic participated in numerous missions and operations: in Chad (1990), Djibouti (2002, 2008), New Caledonia (2009), former Yugoslavia (2007), Afghanistan (2005, 2006, 2010), Lebanon (2012-13) and Mali (2014) and others. He served in the Legion for more than 25 years. R.I.P.

UPDATE: On July 22, 1er REG was paying homage to Major “Niko” Nikolic.

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Harold Vormezeele – a military funeral video
1er REG on pictures of August 2013
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