Nicholson, Richard, RADM

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Last Rank
Rear Admiral Upper Half
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1978-1979, 5th Naval District
Service Years
1943 - 1979
Rear Admiral Upper Half
Rear Admiral Upper Half

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Home State
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
Year of Birth
1923
 
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Home Town
Charleroi, PA
Last Address
Buried at the US Naval Academy Cemetery
1923 - 1992. Location: Section /Lot 18/2/F
Class of 1948

Date of Passing
Oct 31, 1992
 
Location of Interment
Not Specified
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Rear Admiral Richard Earl Nicholson, U.S.N. (Ret.)


Silver Star

Awarded for actions during the Viet-Nam War

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Commander Richard Earl Nicholson (NSN: 0-513178), United States Navy, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with friendly forces engaged in armed conflict against Viet Cong Communist aggressors in the Republic of Vietnam. On 3 June 1969, Commander Nicholson commanded a combined force of five Inshore Patrol Craft, three helicopters, an OV-10 aircraft, Vietnamese Regional Forces troops and an Underwater Demolition Team. The purpose of this hazardous mission was to destroy the Viet Cong hamlets and gather intelligence in the Viet Cong controlled territory of the Mekong Delta. The command helicopter conducted numerous air strikes and continual visual reconnaissance during the entire operation, drawing heavy enemy fire on several occasions. In complete disregard for his own personal safety, he continually exposed himself to enemy fire by maintaining a position in the open doorway of the command helicopter so that he personally could observe the ground operations in order to better command and coordinate his combined forces and to provide air cover for their protection. Through his exemplary and inspirational leadership his combined forces completely destroyed two Viet Cong weapons. His personal courage and heroic actions were an inspiration to his forces and a major contributing factor in his forces suffering no casualties. Through his courage and outstanding leadership the Viet Cong were dealt a great setback in their insurgency efforts in the Mekong Delta Region. Commander Nicholson's exemplary professionalism, sense of responsibility and courage under fire were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

Action Date: June 3, 1969
Service: Navy
Rank: Commander


Legion of Merit with Combat "V"

Awarded for actions during the Viet-Nam War

SYNOPSIS: Rear Admiral Richard Earl Nicholson (NSN: 0-513178), United States Navy, was awarded the Legion of Merit with Combat "V" for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States.

Action Date: Vietnam War
Service: Navy
Rank: Rear Admiral



Legion of Merit
Awarded for actions during Peace Time
The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting a Gold Star in lieu of a Second Award of the Legion of Merit to Rear Admiral Richard Earl Nicholson (NSN: 0-513178), United States Navy, for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States as Commandant FIFTH Naval District/Commander Naval Base, Norfolk, Virginia, from August 1978 through August 1979. Rear Admiral Nicholson's superb ability as a leader, planner, and manager, coupled with exceptionally sound judgment and innovative thinking, caused his tour to be marked as a period of extraordinary achievement. As a strong and effective advocate for the improvement of shore support facilities for the Navy's operating units, Rear Admiral Nicholson was the key force behind numerous significant accomplishments in this regard. As a firm believer in communications as a problem solving vehicle, he established a quarterly system of "waterfront" meetings wherein senior shore commanders met with in port fleet commanding officers and fleet command master chiefs to discuss areas of mutual concern. Further, Rear Admiral Nicholson's personal efforts brought new energy and direction to the Tidewater Ombudsman Assembly, area Navy housing civic associations, various wives' clubs, and virtually all of Tidewater's many Navy-oriented service organizations. By his invaluable contributions, dynamic leadership, perseverance, and steadfast dedication to duty, Rear Admiral Nicholson reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Board Serial 859 (July 30, 1979
Action Date: August 1978 - August 1979
Service: Navy
Rank: Rear Admiral

   
Other Comments:
Rear Admiral Nicholson was born in Charleroi, Pennsylvania. He started his military career as an enlisted man in the Army Air Coprs in 1943 and served one year before entering the U.S. Naval Academy. The Admiral, as a junior officer, has been an instructor at the Naval Academy on two separate tours, has had duty on an aircraft carrier in the Pacific, a tour as operations officer on an amphibious assault destroyer in the Pacific and served as anti-submarine warfare officer and gunnery officer in a destroyer. He was operations officer on an amphibious staff and executive officer of a destroyer. In 1963, he was Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Navy, and the next year, became the Administrative Aide.

Admiral Nicholson has had seven commands at sea. His first command was a minesweeper in the Atlantic. Later he commanded the destroyer USS Lloyd Thomas (DD-764). This was followed by command of Destroyer Escort Squadron Eight in the Atlantic.

In 1968 - 1969, he was Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations on the staff of Commander, Naval Forces, Vietnam. During the same period in Vietnam, he commanded the Swift Boat Flotilla. After his tour in Vietnam, he commanded the Destroyer Group followed by command of Destroyer Squadron 26.

The Admiral's next tour of duty was in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Washington, D.C. From Washington, Admiral Nicholson took command of Cruiser-Destroyer Group Eight and commanded a Battle Group in the Mediterranean. He served on the NATO Staff in Naples, Italy. His last assignment before retiring was Commander, Naval Base, Norfolk and Commandant, Fifth Naval District. He is presently Vice President, Marketing and Head of Military and Government Services Department for the Virginia National Bank in Norfolk.

Admiral Nicholson has been awarded the Silver Star, four Legions of Merit, one in combat, one Bronze Star in combat, and two Meritorious Service Medals.
   
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<B>US Army (USA)</b>US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)USS Lloyd Thomas (DD-764/DDE-764)Coastal Surveillance Force (TF-115)
US Navy
  1943-1944, US Army (USA)
  1944-1948, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1951-1952, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1965-1966, USS Lloyd Thomas (DD-764/DDE-764)
  1969-1969, Coastal Surveillance Force (TF-115)
  1978-1979, 5th Naval District
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1945 World War II
  1960-1973 Vietnam War
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