|Henry Nehemiah Nickerson|
|Born||December 2, 1888|
|Died||May 2, 1979(aged 90)|
|Place of birth||Edgewood, West Virginia|
|Place of burial||Greenwood Cemetery, Wheeling, West Virginia|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Navy|
|Years of service||1907 - 1915|
|Rank||Boatswain's Mate First Class|
|Battles/wars||United States occupation of Veracruz|
|Awards||Medal of Honor|
Henry Nehemiah Nickerson (December 2, 1888 – May 2, 1979) was a Boatswain's Mate Second Class in the United States Navy and a Medal of Honor recipient for his role in the United States occupation of Veracruz.
He died May 2, 1979 and is buried in Greenwood Cemetery, Wheeling, West Virginia. His grave can be found in section G, lot 179.
Medal of Honor citationEdit
Rank and organization: Boatswain's Mate Second Class, U.S. Navy U.S.S. Utah. Place and date: Vera Cruz, Mexico, 21 April 1914. Entered service at: West Virginia. Birth: Edgewood, W. Va.
On board the U.S.S. Utah, Nickerson showed extraordinary heroism in the line of his profession during the seizure of Vera Cruz, Mexico, 21 April 1914.
The commendatory letter, dated June 13, 1914 reads:
- The following extract from a report of the naval operations at Vera Cruz made by Rear Admiral F.F. Fletcher is quoted for your information:
"H.N. Nickerson, boatswain's mate 2d class. (UTAH). He was slightly wounded three times during the afternoon of April 21st, and after first aid bandages had been applied, he took charge of a squad that built an advanced barricade under fire. He then occupied a dangerous position at the corner of Zaragoza and San Miguel Streets. Here he was again wounded three times, two shots shattering his left leg above and below the knee. He was then carried to the rear and has since had his leg amputated close to the hip. His grit after having been wounded three times, and the courage he displayed when his later wounds made it necessary to carry him to the rear, was an inspiration all who saw him."
- The Department concurs with the opinion of Rear Admiral Fletcher and highly commends your conspicuous courage, coolness and skill, which were in accord with and added to the best traditions of the naval service.
- The Department is pleased to inform you that in addition to being advanced in rating a Medal of Honor and a gratuity of One Hundred Dollars has been awarded to you.
- This article incorporates from websites or documents of the United States Army Center of Military History.
- "Henry Nehemiah Nickerson". Claim to Fame: Medal of Honor recipients. Find a Grave. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=7194254. Retrieved 2009-05-22.
- ""HENRY NICKERSON" entry". Medal of Honor recipients: Mexican Campaign (Vera Cruz). United States Army Center of Military History. June 8, 2009. http://www.history.army.mil/html/moh/mohmex.html. Retrieved 2008-05-22.
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