William Brewster Nickerson, LT/JG

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William Brewster Nickerson, LT/JG

Birthdate: (24)
Death: April 22, 1966 (24)
Off the coast of targeted railroad facility, Qui Vinh, Hà Tĩnh Province, North Vietnam (KIA-MIA: Plane shot down during a bombing mission)
Place of Burial: East Orleans, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of E. Carlton Nickerson and Shirley Tiffany Nickerson

Occupation: Bombadier/Navigator with Attack Squadron 85, attached to the USS Kitty Hawk, US Seventh Fleet
Managed by: Elwin C. Nickerson
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About William Brewster Nickerson, LT/JG

From the Military Times Hall of Valor:


William Brewster Nickerson

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


  • 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)

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**
  • Body was not recovered*
  • Wall Panel 06E - Line 128 **
    • *
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William Brewster Nickerson, LT/JG's Timeline

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