Douglas Ellsworth Nichols

First Lieutenant
United States Marine Corps
19 April 1942 - 27 February 1967
San Pedro, California
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Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Douglas Ellsworth Nichols

17 Dec 2005

Forty years ago, the end of this year, 2005, I met Doug. He had just completed Basic. If a person is fortunate, forty years is half a lifetime. In all those years, I have found no one to compare with him.

What would Doug have done with his life? I know it would have been well spent ... hard work and fun, friends and family. Douglas would have made a difference. I could only hope that had he come home, I would have been some part of that life.

He will always be missed, never, never, ever forgotten. It has been such a long time.

Marilyn Graham Lawson

In the photo above, Doug is wearing the uniform of a Navy Midshipman.

A Note from The Virtual Wall

A bitterly fought battle at the end of February 1967, which took place about 5 kilometers northwest of Cam Lo, cost the lives of 28 Marines and sailors:
  • A Co, 3rd Tank Bn:
  • F Co, 2nd Bn, 3rd Marines:
    • Cpl Ronald G. Grumling, Glenolden, PA
    • Cpl Stephen L. Miles, Bon Aqua, TN
    • LCpl Victor J. Homsley, Judsonia, AR
    • Pfc James Anderson, Compton, CA (Medal of Honor)

  • G Co, 2nd Bn, 3rd Marines:
    • Capt Carl E. Bockewitz, Bourbon, MO
    • Cpl Curtis E. Crawford, Dunkirk, NY (Silver Star)
    • LCpl James S. Goss, Mocksville, NC
    • LCpl James L. Ross, Hickory, NC (Bronze Star "V")
    • LCpl Douglas G. Street, Whitefish, MT
    • Pfc Richard A. Dewane, Buffalo, NY
    • Pfc Michael J. Glynn, Lake City, MN

  • H&S Co, 2nd Bn, 3rd Marines:
    • LtCol Victor Ohanesian, New York, NY (Silver Star)
    • SMaj Wayne N. Hayes, Oceanside, CA
    • HM3 John C. Agee, Lindsey, OH

  • I Co, 3rd Bn, 3rd Marines:
    • Cpl Donald W. Bollman, Norridge, IL
    • Pfc De Wayne R. Black, Toledo, OH
    • Pfc Reginald F. Carter, Washington, DC
    • Pfc Gary A. Hendrickson, Ottawa, KS

  • L Co, 3rd Bn, 4th Marines:
    • 1stLt Douglas E. Nichols, San Pedro, CA
    • LCpl Jose Holguin, El Paso, TX
    • LCpl Larry E. Ross, Navato, CA
    • Pfc Donald G. Detmer, Fort Lauderdale, FL
    • Pfc Patrick M. McKenney, McComb, MS
    • Pfc Charles S. Norris, Veradale, WA
    • Pfc Jimmie C. Ross, Woodville, MS

  • M Co, 3rd Bn, 4th Marines:
    • LCpl James T. Byrd, Wadesboro, NC

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Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
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