Dick Tinkham and Simeon Nickerson
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About Dick Tinkham
Graduated Middleborough High School. Graduated Stockbridge School of Agriculture-Member od Lear Honorary Scholastic Society-Associate Degree. Served Honorably in the United States Navy/Navy Reserves. Married to Judith Bigelow-Costa, two sons-Michael Tinkham and Lorne Costa, three grandchildren. Served the Middleborough Water Department from 1974 through 2009 as Chief Water Works Operator in charge of treatment and Supply Operations and retired as Water Superintendent. Membership in Professional Organizations as follows: Life Member of the American Water Works Association, Massachusetts Water Works Association,and Plymouth County Water Works Association. Membership in Fraternal/Civic Organizations as follows: Member of Mayflower Lodge AF and AM. Member of Middleborough Lodge of Elks 1274. Positions held in Elks as follows: Chairman of Middleborough Lodge Veterans Services Committee, Chairman of the Elks South District Veterans Services Committee, Member of the State Elks Veterans Services Committee.
About Simeon Nickerson (1892 - 1918)
Simeon is the namesake of the American Legion Post 64 here in Middleborough. He was the first Middleborough man killed in action during World War One. From the American Legion website "Sergeant Simeon L. Nickerson lost his life during an heroic venture with two other brave individuals. Middleboro residents first teamed of their heroic exploits through the writing of Boston Globe columnist Frank. P. Sibley in his article "Brave New Englanders in the Battle of the Marne." In his description of the many brave acts of the American soldiers in this terrible battle, Mr. Sibley wrote, "perhaps the most deliberate thing of the whole story was the act of Serg. S.L. Nickerson of the scouts with Corp. M.J. O'Connell and Private Thomas Ryan. These men were out ahead of the line of outposts and the infantry they were protecting was pulled up by machine gun chattering in the woods opposite them. An open field lay between, and these three deliberately volunteered to walk out into the field and draw the fire. The guns had to be located; otherwise the advance must stop, which was impossible, or else scores must be killed. They went. It was certain death of course and they took it with their heads up, saving the lives of a great many others"' the report says. Sergeant Nickerson, Corporal O'Connell and Private Ryan were awarded posthumously the Distinguished Service Cross for their heroic actions." Simeon is buried at Oise-Ainse American Cemetery and Memorial in France.