MSOG is made up of chapters throughout Massachusetts: Bristol, Merrimack Valley, Middlesex, and Worcester. Each chapter has its own governing board of officers, annual meeting, and election. Each chapter is a member of the state board and is represented by the chapter's president. Chapters do not meet during the months of July and August.

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Elwin Nickerson

William Brewster Nickerson- MIA.

Date of birth: March 17, 1942
Date of death: MIA: April 22, 1966
Home of record: Stamford Connecticut
Status: MIA


Distinguished Flying Cross
Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross (Posthumously) to Lieutenant, Junior Grade William Brewster Nickerson (NSN: 0-685008), United States Navy, for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as Bombardier/Navigator of an aircraft in Attack Squadron EIGHTY-FIVE (VA-85) during a bombing mission against the vital Qui Vinh railroad facility in North Vietnam on 16 April 1966. Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Nickerson demonstrated outstanding skill and courage in the face of heavy anti-aircraft fire, resulting in direct hits which devastated two large areas of the railway and destroyed several of the standing railway cars. His determined efforts in accurately navigating the aircraft and aiding in the attack were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: All Hands (December 1966)

Action Date: April 16, 1966
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant Junior Grade
Company: Attack Squadron 85 (VA-85)

Vietnam War Memorial Wall:

LTJG - O2 - Navy - Reserve
Length of service 2 years
His tour began on Apr 22, 1966**
Casualty was on Apr 22, 1966**
Body was not recovered*
Wall Panel 06E - Line 128 **
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Thank you for letting me join your group. I discovered about 3 years ago, my 7xGGF, John Gray, settled in Worcester around 1718, after coming from Aghadowey, Northern Ireland. I descend through his son Robert. It was amazing to discover that Robert is buried in the Worcester Common and his son Robert and dgt in law Margaret are buried in Hope Cemetery. We have visited them several times. I also found that they lived on Hadwen Lane, so we were able to travel that road, also making us feel closer to them. When Hope Cemetery was vandalized a few years ago, my sister immediately drove down from N.H. to be sure our family members resting places were okay. We grew up about 50 miles away and never had a clue of our Worcester roots. Pic is of me at Robert and Margaret Gray's resting place. ... See MoreSee Less

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A lovely time today at the Bristol Chapter meeting. Maureen Taylor made a photo "road show" presentation featuring old photos submitted in advance by the audience. It was a lot of fun and everyone learned a lot. Added bonus, I also ran into Wendy Grant Walter! ... See MoreSee Less

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MSOG Board of Directors

MSOG is managed by an elected Board of Officers and Directors. There are also Committees and Delegates that aid in the management of the organization. In addition to the team on the State Board, the Society is made up of individual chapters in various locations throughout Massachusetts that have their own officers.

MSOG is a tax-exempt organization within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986. Donations to the society are tax deductible.

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