“Forever Loved, Never Forgotten”

The Navy Gold Star Program is eternally grateful for the sacrifice of those Service Members who have died in service to our country. To help us to never forget, we have set up this tribute page to honor and remember the memory of those lives. If you would like to honor the memory of your Sailor, Soldier, Marine, Airman or Coast Guardsman through the Navy Gold Star website please submit your thoughts and a photo.

Niko Venuti, a devoted Navy serviceman, devoted husband, cherished son, loyal friend, and beloved brother, left this world after a valiant battle with cancer. Despite his departure in 2020, his memory remains a cherished beacon in the hearts of all who knew him. Niko's life was a testament to love, laughter, and unwavering loyalty. His devotion to his family was unparalleled, evident in the warmth of his embrace and the twinkle in his eye when surrounded by loved ones. A true romantic at heart, he showered his wife with affection, ensuring every moment was filled with joy and tenderness. Beyond his family, Niko's passions were as diverse as they were captivating. He found entertainment in European soccer, the thrill of dueling in Yu-Gi-Oh battles, the serenity of nature, and the immersive worlds of video games. His enthusiasm for life was infectious, his laughter a constant sound that resonated in every hallway of the house. In the Navy, "Doc" Niko served with honor and distinction, embodying the values of courage, commitment, and camaraderie. His brothers remember him as a steadfast friend, always ready with a joke to lift spirits and a shoulder to lean on during tough times. Though Niko's physical presence may be gone, his spirit lives on in the cherished memories he leaves behind. He will forever be remembered for the light he brought to our lives, the laughter he shared, and the love that bound us together. Rest in peace, Niko, your legacy will endure for eternity.