PHILLIP A NICHOLS
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HONORED ON PANEL 7W, LINE 133 OF THE WALL

PHILLIP ARTHUR NICHOLS

WALL NAME

PHILLIP A NICHOLS

PANEL / LINE

7W/133

DATE OF BIRTH

10/25/1940

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG NGAI

DATE OF CASUALTY

10/13/1970

HOME OF RECORD

KALISPELL

COUNTY OF RECORD

Flathead County

STATE

MT

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

CAPT

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR PHILLIP ARTHUR NICHOLS
POSTED ON 12.1.2018
POSTED BY: wkillian@smjuhsd.org

Final Mission of CPT Phillip A. Nichols

On March 18, 1969, the U.S. Army’s 198th Brigade and the 6th Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) Regiment embarked upon Operation Geneva Park in Quang Ngai Province, RVN, a mission to eliminate the enemy forces within their area of operation while stressing pacification and combined U.S./ARVN operations. On October 13, 1970, a command element of the 198th Brigade was devastated when a member of the B Company, 1st Battalion, 52nd Infantry Command Group detonated a booby-trap while moving to a night defensive position 12 miles northwest of Quang Ngai City. Nine U.S. personnel were killed and six were wounded in the blast. An ARVN interpreter accompanying them was also killed. The explosion was caused by either a booby-trapped 105mm or 155mm artillery round. Lost in the blast from B/1-52 were commander CPT Robert E. Harper, radioman SP4 Ricks A. Hutson, and infantrymen SP4 Larry A. Walker and PFC Stephen M. Cady; from Headquarters Company (1-52): chaplain CPT Phillip A. Nichols, and medics SP4 Mark I. Gross and PFC Eugene O. Brown; and from D Battery, 1st Battalion, 14th Artillery: 1LT Lawrence M. Sullivan and SP4 Anibal P. Lozada-Vichy. Three medivac “dustoffs” were required to remove the dead and wounded from the field. The seriously wounded were taken to both the 27th Surgical Hospital and the 91st Evacuation Hospital at Chu Lai. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and Operational Report, Lesson Learned, Headquarters, 23rd Infantry Division, period ending October 1970]
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POSTED ON 11.15.2017
POSTED BY: Daniel Jones

MY WELCOME TO VIETNAM

The day I arrived in country on Lz Stinson with the 1/82 FA,Americal ,Div,supporting the 198th LIB,Captain Nichols and platoon were all KIA by a booby trap. Sky Pilot you finally reached the sky.
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POSTED ON 9.7.2017
POSTED BY: David Botticelli

Remembering Captain Nichols

I've left a number of remembrances here for soldiers and nurses. I think this is the second for a chaplain. Thank you for going to Vietnam and giving comfort to our brave men and women who served there, Captain Phillip Nichols. Like your brothers-in-arms, you will NEVER be forgotten!
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POSTED ON 1.18.2016
POSTED BY: David Erickson

In rememberance

Captain Nichols was our Chaplin. What a gentle soul. I remember our conversations and sermons cut short so we could get in a few games of hearts before he had to fly out. I will never forget this wonderful man.

I guess I was one of the lucky ones as I left the field just twenty minutes before he was killed. My replacement was also killed. In fact, until yesterday I didn't realize he was killed as I spent the next month under medical care and communication of my former company was poor. Nine of our men were killed that day by a boobytrap. RIP brother
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POSTED ON 1.27.2014
POSTED BY: al mcleod

to a college friend

I remember you, PHil, from EVangel college days......was so sad when I learned you had died while serving our country and your Lord, in Nam.

Thank you for BEING....for being such a special person, with so much love for poeople, and with so much faith.
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