One of a kind

As historian for Simeon L. Nickerson Post 64 of Middleboro, Mass., I recently received a box of historical documents from the family of WWI Army Capt. Fletcher Clark Jr., founder of the post.

Amongst the items were letters sent by Capt. Clark regarding the formation of the Middleboro post. The first meeting saw 80 WWI veterans attending on June 3, 1919. The second meeting of Post 64 on July 14, 1919, voted to name the post after WWI Army Sgt. Simeon L. Nickerson, a Middleboro man who was killed in action in a heroic feat with two others, which reportedly saved their unit.

He was elected as the first commander of Post 64. During Middleboro's 250th anniversary parade he was named grand marshal, which he led by foot, a feat he accomplished for the next 66 years wearing his Legion uniform. During his life he was an attorney and even established records in that position: for instance, he and his secretary worked to together for over 60 years!

He was honored by the town for his 52 years as elected moderator.

He also attended the very first Legion national convention in Minneapolis. Among the artifacts in the recent gifts were: a copy of the Nov. 11, 1919, Minneapolis Tribune, which covered the convention; a ribbon pass for the convention; two convention booklets; and Capt. Clark's convention registration papers.

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