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Ronald W. Nickerson

Specialist 4th Class, United States Army

51525245

B Company
1st Battalion
2nd Infantry Regiment
1st Infantry Division

Entered the Service from: New Jersey
Died: December 21, 1965
Buried at: Section R Site 57
                  Beverly National Cemetery
                  916 Bridgeboro Road
                  Beverly, NJ 08010
Awards: Purple Heart


SPECIALIST FOURTH CLASS RONALD WILLIAM NICKERSON was born on January 13, 1944, to Allan and Catherine Nickerson. His home of record is Camden, NJ. Ronald graduated from Camden Catholic High School in 1963.

He served in the US Army and attained the rank of Specialist 4th Class. He served with the 1st Infantry Division. His tour of duty in Vietnam began on September 25, 1965. Specialist Fourth Class Nickerson was in action, having stepped on a land mine, on December 21, 1965.


Ronald William Nickerson
is honored on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial
on Panel 4E, Line 33.



MESSAGES LEFT ON THEWALL-USA
** Note that some of these messages are from years ago and their contact information may not be good anymore **

ôNever Forget

It has been 43 yrs since I led a relief effort into the jungle that day. I will never forget the site as we loaded you on the plane. You we never be forgotten. Rest in peace.

James Popwell
jpopjim@comcast.net
Former Comrade
Vineland NJ 
Dec 21, 2008

***

I think of you often - your name on the wall touched me deeply When I was a Freshman at CCHS my big brother, Tim was a Senior as was Ronny. Tim always told me what a great guy Nickerson was. We had a half hour "club" period in the late afternoon once a week. Those who didn't want to do anything were herded together in classrooms to pass the time. I ended up sitting next to Ronny. He was very nice to me even though I was a geeky freshman. He was a regular guy even though he was handsome and popular. I admired him a good deal. He cut up and laughed and made the time pass quickly. That was 1962 and it is like it was yesterday. They announced Ronny's passing on the school intercom one afternoon in my senior year. It made me very sad and made me realize how serious Vietnam was and how tough life can be.

Joe McKim
jamck@verizon.net
Freshman -CCHS -Ronny was a Senior
Lansdale PA 
Nov 6, 2007

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Ronny, Ronny - we both went to Nam I lived & you didn't. You died less than a month before I enlisted (with draft breathing down my neck). How many others from Camden Catholic High School's Class of '63 died in our generation's offshore war? I remember you pumping me for answers to Mr. McDowell's history tests during junior-year homeroom. You & Tommy Lattick & Micky Persiano. You've been dead for 34 years. . fd

Francis Duffy
duffarelli@aol.com
Same high school, same class (1963)
Friday, May 21, 1999

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ONLY A CRYSTAL BALL CAN PREDICT HIS FUTURE-QUOTE FROM OUR YEAR BOOK
CAMDEN CATHOLIC 1963

RONNIE NICKERSON, IT HAS BEEN MANY YEARS SINCE HIGH SCHOOL AND I REMEMBER ALL THE GOOD TIMES WE HAD RIDING TOGETHER TO SCHOOL WITH TOMMY LADIK IN HIS CHEVELLE 4 SPEED. OH THOSE SIMPLE TIMES WE ALL TOOK FOR GRANTED. LITTLE DID WE KNOW IN FATHER JORDAN HISTORY CLASS WHEN HE SAID VIETNAM WOULD AFFECT ALL OUR LIVES- WE NEVER HEARD OF IT! I WAS DRAFTED A MONTH BEFORE YOU DIED SO VERY YOUNG. I WAS FORTUNATE I DID NOT GO TO VIETNAM, BUT MANY WENT LIKE YOU DID. I REMEMBER THE DAY YOU TOLD ME YOU PUSHED UP YOUR DRAFT SO YOU COULD GET IT OUT OF THE WAY, SO YOU COULD GO INTO BUSINESS WITH YOUR BROTHER ALLEN. WHO KNEW- LIKE THE QUOTE FROM THE YEARBOOK ABOUT THE CRYSTAL BALL, BUT IT WAS A DIFFERENT KIND OF BALL, CALLED A LAND MINE. SUCH A WASTE OF A YOUNG LIFE, NOT TO MENTION WHAT A GREAT GUY YOU WERE! YOU SIGNED MY YEARBOOK" DAN, BEST OF LUCK IN THE FUTURE AND I HOPE TO SEE YOU AROUND IVY LANES". WE NEVER SAW EACH OTHER IN IVY ANYMORE, AND EVERY REUNION I WISH YOU COULD BE THERE. I THINK ABOUT OFTEN, ESPECIALLY WHEN I SEE A MAN IN UNIFORM. YOU PROUDLY SERVED YOUR COUNTRY RON,AND YOU ARE A HERO IN MY EYES AND I'M SURE ALL OF OUR CLASSMATE! YOU FRIEND DAN D'ANDREA

DAN D'ANDREA
DTM88888@AOL.COM
SCHOOL MATE AND FRIEND
VINCENTOWN, N.J. 
Thursday, September 28, 2000

***

Honolulu, HI Posting again to 1) update my email addy, and 2) in further remembrance of Ron Nickerson. Glad to see that another CCHS/class of 1963 alum, Dan D'Andrea , likewise posted in remembrance of Ron. "When we draft young men for a war, we reject the physically unfit, the mentally inferior and the morally deficient - leaving them home to reproduce the race while we send out the finest stock to be killed. This is called 'defending the future of the nation'." Last scene of the film, Rutger Hauer to the Blade Runner: I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I've watched seabeams glitter in the dark near the Tenthauser Gate. All these moments will be lost, in time . . like tears in rain. Time to die . . Blade Runner: I don't know why he saved my life. Maybe in those last moments he loved life more than he ever had before. Not just his life. Anybody's life. My life. All he'd wanted were the same answers the rest of us had wanted : ˛ Where did I come from? ˛ Where am I going? ˛ How long have I got?

Frank Duffy
duffy@hawaii.rr.com
Classmate
Saturday, March 16, 2002


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