Roger Nicholson was born on 6 October 1928 in Wellington, Kansas. He was called from inactive service on 13 October 1950 as a second lieutenant in the Infantry. He completed training at the Infantry School, Fort Benning, Georgia on 9 August 1951 and was assigned to B Company, 38th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division in Korea. On 11 October 1951, as the Allied Forces were recovering from the Chinese attack in October 1950, 2LT Roger Nicholson's unit was assigned the mission of attacking and securing a strategic hill defended by a well entrenched hostile force. While leading his men in the attack on the steep slope of their objective they came under a heavy concentration of enemy fire. Although painfully wounded, 2LT Roger Nicholson continued to lead his men, courageously and bravely shouting words of encouragement to them. Still under intense hostile small arms and automatic weapons fire, he inspired his men by leading the way, firing his carbine and inflicting numerous casulaties upon the enemy. He was the first man to reach the top of the objective and only after the hill was secured and a defensive perimeter set up did he consent to medical aid. 2LT Roger Nicholson's gallantry in action on this date earned him the nation's third highest award for valor, the Silver Star. He also was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds received in combat action.
Roger Nicholson lived in the Huntsville, Alabama area and died on 15 August 2000.