In 1965 he reported
aboard USS HANCOCK (CVA-19) as Air Operations Officer making two
deployments to Vietnam in 1966 and 1967. Captain Nicholson reported
Attack Squadron Fifty-Six in December 1967 ans assumed the duties of
Officer in Janurary 1968 aboard USS ENTERPRISE (CVAN-65)
for his forth Vietnam deployment. In 1969, as Commanding Officer of
Squadron Fifty-Six, he deployed with his squadron aboard USS RANGER
(CVA-61). In 1970 he took command of Attack Squadron
home ported at NAS Lemoore, California, and made his sixth and final
to Vietnam as Operations Officer aboard USS ENTERPRISE (CVAN-65)
Captain Nicholson assumed command of the
KAWASHIWI after a tour of duty as
Air Operations Officer on CINPACFLT
John L. Nicholson, USN
Captain John L. Nicholson
Jr. entered the Naval service in December 1950 and received his
upon graduating from Oberlin College in June 1953. He was designated a
Naval Aviator in May 1955 at Corpus Christi, Texas.
He reported to Fighter
Squadron Sixty-Two and deployed to the Mediterranean in 1956 aboard
(CVA-15) and made his second deployment to the Mediterranean in 1958
aboard USS ESSEX (CVA-9). Captain Nicholson joined Attack Squadron
One Hundred Forty-Four in November 1962 making two Western Pacific
aboard USS CONSTELLATION (CVA-64) in 1963 and 1964. He participated
in the first retaliatory strikes against NorthVietnam in August 1964.
He is the recipient
of numerous awards including the Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying
Cross and Bronze Star.
is married to the former Evelyn Sadona of Schenectady , New York.
They reside in Honolulu with their four children, Paula, Jennifer,