ALBERT OSCAR NELSON, JR.
on June 10, 1948
From OCEANSIDE, CALIFORNIA
Casualty was on May 21, 1969
in QUANG NAM, SOUTH VIETNAM
HOSTILE, GROUND CASUALTY
MULTIPLE FRAGMENTATION WOUNDS
24W - - Line 69
Albert Nelson, Jr. served with the
3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, India Company. His name stands proudly
on the India
3/5 Wall of Honor. Semper fi, Brother Marine. We will never forget.
will always be remembered!
Al and I were
stationed together for a while at Camp Pendleton. As a Marine Second
Lt., I was badly wounded in March of 1969 near Da Nang with Kilo company
3/5 and eventually sent back to the States. In the Great Lakes Naval
Hospital I remember getting the news about Al in an article in Life
magazine, that showed the formal pictures of those that had given
the ultimate sacrifice that week. Al was a friend I will always remember.
I recall a trip we took once to the Desert near his home in Oceanside.
His folks were kind and wonderful people and must have been devastated
with their loss. Al will always be remembered as an American Hero
in my book. Thanks Al, you are missed!
Friend, Fellow Marine Officer
with Al at Camp Pendelton
Al was a fine
Marine and a wonderful person whose memory will never fade. Like David
Deats, I served for a short time with Al at Camp Pendelton and will
never forget what a great guy he really was - he was 100% Marine always
ready with a good joke. Among the first ones to lend a hand or explain
something. This world will miss men like him.~John
Al and I went
to school together as Marine brats at Camp Lejeune and Quantico. We
ran into each other at the basic school after we both had gone through
the Enlisted Commissioning Program and OCS. He was about 3 months
behind me in the rotation to WesPac and I didn't hear about his death
until I was stationed at Lejeune in 1970. So many of the sons of Marines
ended up on The Wall. I was saddened by your death my friend and can
imagine the details from the description of the wounds on your obit.
You were a fine gentleman, eager to serve as most of us were, and
paid the ultimate sacrifice. I salute you as the hero that you are,
rest easy my friend and know that you are not forgotten by many people
who were at the QHS reunions. Dressin, Gordon, Walt, Slaton, and many
others hoisted a few in your memory. Semper Fi, Marine!~Benjamin