Silver Star for Vietnam PaddyRat

By Mr. Thomas Mani (JFHQNCR/MDW)October 29, 2009

Soldiers of the 3rd U.S. Infantry stand in formation for the full-honor review Silver Star presentation for Brig. Gen. (Ret.) John W. Nicholson at Conmy Hall Wednesday. Nicholson, a former lieutenant with the Old Guard, earned the award 46 years earlier as a captain serving as a trainer and advisor to the Vietnamese Army's Civil Guard/Self Defense Corps involved in counterinsurgency operations against the Viet Cong.
1 / 6 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Soldiers of the 3rd U.S. Infantry stand in formation for the full-honor review Silver Star presentation for Brig. Gen. (Ret.) John W. Nicholson at Conmy Hall Wednesday. Nicholson, a former lieutenant with the Old Guard, earned the award 46 years earlier as a captain serving as a trainer and advisor to the Vietnamese Army's Civil Guard/Self Defense Corps involved in counterinsurgency operations against the Viet Cong. (Photo Credit: Mr. Thomas Mani (JFHQNCR/MDW)) VIEW ORIGINAL
Brig. Gen. (Ret.) John W. Nicholson stands with Brig. Gen. (P) Karl R. Horst, commander of the U.S. Army Military District of Washington, for a full-honor review at which Nicholson was presented the Silver Star he earned as a captain with the Vietnam Military Advisory Group in December 1963.
2 / 6 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Brig. Gen. (Ret.) John W. Nicholson stands with Brig. Gen. (P) Karl R. Horst, commander of the U.S. Army Military District of Washington, for a full-honor review at which Nicholson was presented the Silver Star he earned as a captain with the Vietnam Military Advisory Group in December 1963. (Photo Credit: Mr. Thomas Mani (JFHQNCR/MDW)) VIEW ORIGINAL
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.
3 / 6 Show Caption + Hide Caption – 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. (Photo Credit: Mr. Thomas Mani (JFHQNCR/MDW)) VIEW ORIGINAL
Lt. Gen. (Ret.) John Cushman pins a Silver Star on the uniform of Brig. Gen. (Ret.) John W. Nicholson for valor in combat while advising an Army of Vietnam Civil Guard unit Dec. 27, 1963. Nicholson, following a fierce firefight, rallied the remaining force to rescue wounded ARVN Soldiers and retreat tactically to the safety of a field command post. Cushman, a regional advisor in the southern province where Nicholson was assigned, investigated the incident and recommended the award 46 years earlier. The Military District of Washington hosted the ceremony at Conmy Hall, Fort Myer, Va., in fron of Soldiers of the 3rc U.S. Infantry (The Old Guard), one of Nicholson's first assignments after graduating with the U.S. Military Academy Class of 1956.
4 / 6 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Lt. Gen. (Ret.) John Cushman pins a Silver Star on the uniform of Brig. Gen. (Ret.) John W. Nicholson for valor in combat while advising an Army of Vietnam Civil Guard unit Dec. 27, 1963. Nicholson, following a fierce firefight, rallied the remaining force to rescue wounded ARVN Soldiers and retreat tactically to the safety of a field command post. Cushman, a regional advisor in the southern province where Nicholson was assigned, investigated the incident and recommended the award 46 years earlier. The Military District of Washington hosted the ceremony at Conmy Hall, Fort Myer, Va., in fron of Soldiers of the 3rc U.S. Infantry (The Old Guard), one of Nicholson's first assignments after graduating with the U.S. Military Academy Class of 1956. (Photo Credit: Mr. Thomas Mani (JFHQNCR/MDW)) VIEW ORIGINAL
Brig. Gen. (Ret.) John W. Nicholson stands 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. In his remarks, Nicholson recalled telling an NCO bandsmember while conducting funerals with the Old Guard in Arlington National Cemetery: "Brownie, if I could march like this everyday, I'd stay a lieutenant for the rest of my career."
5 / 6 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Brig. Gen. (Ret.) John W. Nicholson stands 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. In his remarks, Nicholson recalled telling an NCO bandsmember while conducting funerals with the Old Guard in Arlington National Cemetery: "Brownie, if I could march like this everyday, I'd stay a lieutenant for the rest of my career." (Photo Credit: Mr. Thomas Mani (JFHQNCR/MDW)) VIEW ORIGINAL
Comrades from battles of long ago, Brig. Gen. (Ret.) John W.  Nicholson greets former South Vietnam province chief Tran Ba Di at Fort Myer\'s Conmy Hall following presentation of the Silver Star to Nicholson for heroism while serving with a Civil Guard unit as an advisor. Nicholson paid tribute to Tran for the support he gave in seeking rescue of Americans taken captive by the Viet Cong, while acknowledging his own effort to bring in wounded ARVN Soldiers from a field of battle that many in the unit he was advising had fled.
6 / 6 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Comrades from battles of long ago, Brig. Gen. (Ret.) John W. Nicholson greets former South Vietnam province chief Tran Ba Di at Fort Myer\'s Conmy Hall following presentation of the Silver Star to Nicholson for heroism while serving with a Civil Guard unit as an advisor. Nicholson paid tribute to Tran for the support he gave in seeking rescue of Americans taken captive by the Viet Cong, while acknowledging his own effort to bring in wounded ARVN Soldiers from a field of battle that many in the unit he was advising had fled. (Photo Credit: Mr. Thomas Mani (JFHQNCR/MDW)) VIEW ORIGINAL