Brig. Gen. (Ret.) John W. Nicholson stand in front of a Full Honor Review formation at Fort Myer\'s Conmy Hall to receive the Silver Star for valor in combat Dec. 27, 1963, while serving as a military advisor in Vietnam. The award recommendation, made when Nicholson was a captain, was never acted on. Nicholson went on to a 30-year career in the Army followed by service as head of the National Cemetery Administration and National Battle Monuments Commission.