William Brewster Nickerson, LT/JG (1942 - 1966) MP

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Place of Burial: Stamford, Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States
Death: Died in Qui Vinh, Hà Tĩnh Province, North Vietnam
Cause of death: KIA-MIA: Plane shot down during a bombing mission
Occupation: Bombadier/Navigator with Attack Squadron 85, attached to the USS Kitty Hawk, US Seventh Fleet
Managed by: Elwin Clinton Nickerson
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About William Brewster Nickerson, LT/JG

From the Military Times Hall of Valor:

http://projects.militarytimes.com/citations-medals-awards/recipient.php?recipientid=305510

William Brewster Nickerson

  • Date of birth: March 17, 1942
  • Date of death: MIA: April 22, 1966
  • Home of record: Stamford Connecticut
  • Status: MIA

AWARDS AND CITATIONS

  • Distinguished Flying Cross
    • Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross (Posthumously) to Lieutenant, Junior Grade William Brewster Nickerson (NSN: 0-685008), United States Navy, for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as Bombardier/Navigator of an aircraft in Attack Squadron EIGHTY-FIVE (VA-85) during a bombing mission against the vital Qui Vinh railroad facility in North Vietnam on 16 April 1966. Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Nickerson demonstrated outstanding skill and courage in the face of heavy anti-aircraft fire, resulting in direct hits which devastated two large areas of the railway and destroyed several of the standing railway cars. His determined efforts in accurately navigating the aircraft and aiding in the attack were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: All Hands (December 1966)

  • Action Date: April 16, 1966
  • Service: Navy
  • Rank: Lieutenant Junior Grade
  • Company: Attack Squadron 85 (VA-85)

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Vietnam War Memorial Wall:

  • LTJG - O2 - Navy - Reserve
  • Length of service 2 years
  • His tour began on Apr 22, 1966
  • Casualty was on Apr 22, 1966
  • In , NORTH VIETNAM
  • HOSTILE, FIXED WING - CREW
  • AIR LOSS, CRASH AT SEA
  • Body was not recovered
  • Wall Panel 06E - Line 128
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William Brewster Nickerson, LT/JG's Timeline

1942
March 17, 1942
1966
April 22, 1966
Age 24
Qui Vinh, Hà Tĩnh Province, North Vietnam
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East Orleans, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, United States