Nickerson Jr, Herman, LtGen

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Lieutenant General
Last Primary MOS
9903-General Officer
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1969-1970, 9903, III MAF
Service Years
1935 - 1970

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Last Address
Belfast. Maine

Date of Passing
Dec 27, 2000
Location of Interment
Maplewood Cemetery - Lincolnville, Maine
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Lot 53 Stone 5

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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Donald Nickerson, Jr. (0-5128), Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy of the United Nations while serving as Commanding Officer of the Seventh Marines, FIRST Marine Division (Reinforced), in action against enemy aggressor forces near Yong-gu, Korea, on 31 May 1951. Assigned the mission of securing a strategically important objective, Colonel Nickerson, displaying rare tactical ingenuity and inspirational leadership, skillfully directed the operations of his regiment. Learning that two of his battalions were heavily engaged and that the enemy was grouping for a counterattack, Colonel Nickerson unhesitatingly left the comparative safety of his command post and fearlessly moved forward over rugged mountainous terrain, under intense enemy mortar and artillery fire, to the most forward element of his command. Unmindful of his personal safety, he advanced to an exposed vantage point under heavy enemy fire and, through his brilliant guidance, his troops repulsed the ferocious counterattack, taking the offensive and overwhelming the fanatical enemy to secure the high ground dominating the vital road junction of Yong-gu. The outstanding devotion to duty and extraordinary heroism displayed by Colonel Nickerson in this action reflect great credit on himself and are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service.
General Headquarters Far East Command: General Orders No. 207 (August 13, 1951)
Born: July 30, 1913 at Boston, Massachusetts
Home Town: Boston, Massachusetts
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 Unit Assignments
The Basic School4th Marine RegimentMarine Barracks2nd Defense Bn
USMC (United States Marine Corps)Infantry Training School(s) West4th Marine Division25th Marine Regiment
3rd Amphibious Corps (III AC)1st Marine Division, I MEFH&S Bn, MCRD (Cadre) Parris Island, SCUnited Nations
Armed Forces Staff College1st Marine RegimentUS Pacific Command (PACOM)7th Marine Regiment
Fleet Marine Force Pacific (FMFPAC)MCB Quantico, VAHQ FMFLANT/MarForLant (Marine Forces Command)Headquarters Marine Corps (HQMC)
Marine Corps Supply Depot, Barstow, MCSD Barstow CAMCB Camp Lejeune, NCHQ Bn, 1st Marine Division, 1st Marine DivisionIII MAF
  1935-1936, 0301, The Basic School
  1936-1938, 0302, 4th Marine Regiment
  1938-1940, 0302, Marine Barracks Seattle , WA
  1940-1941, 0302, 2nd Defense Bn
  1941-1941, 0702, (Army) Coast Artillery School
  1941-1941, 0702, 2nd Defense Bn
  1942-1942, 0702, 2nd Provisional Brigade, Squadron D
  1943-1943, 8009, 2nd Provisional Brigade, Squadron D
  1943-1944, 8041, Ordnance School Quantico
  1944-1944, 8041, 2nd Infantry Training Regiment (Cadre)
  1945-1945, 2002, 4th Marine Division
  1945-1945, 25th Marine Regiment
  1946-1946, 2002, 3rd Amphibious Corps (III AC)
  1946-1947, 2002, 1st Marine Division, I MEF
  1947-1950, H&S Bn, MCRD (Cadre) Parris Island, SC
  1949-1949, United Nations
  1950-1950, Armed Forces Staff College
  1950-1950, 9905, 1st Marine Regiment
  1950-1951, 9906, Headquarters, US Pacific Command (PACOM)
  1951-1951, 9906, 7th Marine Regiment
  1951-1951, 9905, Fleet Marine Force Pacific (FMFPAC)
  1952-1956, 9904, Marine Corps Schools, Quantico, VA
  1956-1957, 9905, Asst. Chief of Staff, G-3, 1st Marine Division
  1958-1958, 9905, HQ FMFLANT/MarForLant (Marine Forces Command)
  1958-1959, 9904, Fiscal Division
  1959-1962, 9903, Fiscal Division
  1962-1963, 9903, 1st Marine Division, I MEF
  1963-1964, 9903, Marine Corps Supply Depot, Barstow, MCSD Barstow CA
  1965-1966, 9903, MCB Camp Lejeune, NC
  1966-1967, 9903, HQ Bn, 1st Marine Division, 1st Marine Division
  1967-1967, 9903, III MAF
  1967-1968, 9903, Manpower & Reserve Affairs
  1968-1968, 9903, Manpower & Reserve Affairs
  1969-1970, 9903, III MAF
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1937-1938 Defense of Shanghai International Settlement (China)
  1941-1941 World War II/American Theater
  1941-1945 World War II
  1945-1945 US Occupation of Japan
  1946-1948 Operation Beleaguer (China)/China - Bandit Raids
  1950-1950 Korean War/UN Defensive (1950)
  1950-1950 Korean War/UN Defensive (1950)
  1950-1953 Korean War
  1951-1951 Korean War/CCF Spring Offensive (1951)
  1963-1973 Vietnam War
  1967-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)
  1968-1969 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VI Campaign (1968-69)
 Colleges Attended
Boston University
  1930-1934, Boston University
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