U.S. Senator Cory Booker attended the flag-lowering ceremony at Sunset Beach August 8th. The ceremony held daily at 7:00 PM honored the service of Specialist /4 Ronald W. Nickerson who died at the age of 21 in Vietnam on December 21st, 1965.
The young soldier was killed when enemy mines detonated while he was on patrol as a member of the First Infantry Division.
Nickerson, a resident Camden New Jersey was on his first tour of duty and had only been in Vietnam for three months when he was killed in action.
Many of Nickerson’s extended family and friends from Camden attended the flag lowering. The 1963 graduate of Camden Catholic High School had less than three months left on his tour of duty, according to U.S. Department of Defense records.
Senator Booker made the visit as part of his Jersey Road Trip Tour.
“Even though Ronald Nickerson was unknown to us, we are proud of his courage,” wrote Mrs. Kathryn Wenger of Atco, New Jersey, in a letter to the editor of the Courier Post, “my children are too young to understand fully about death, but they know enough to say we will remember him in our prayers always.”