Nelson, S/Sgt. Orville T.

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S/Sgt. Orville Thomas Nelson 
Born: 20 August 1920 – Cicero, Illinois 
Parents: Thomas Nelson & Bessie Pender-Nelson 
Siblings: 1 sister, 1 brother 
Married: Gertrude Nelson
Hometown: 
– Forest Park, Illinois 
Education: 
– Proviso Township High School 
– Class of 1933 
– left after junior year 
Employment: Pheoll Manufacturing Company – Chicago, Illinois
Selective Service Registration: 16 October 1940
Contact Person: Thomas Nelson – father
Enlisted: 
– Illinois National Guard 
– U.S. Army 
– 5 March 1941 
Serial Number: 20607110 
Training: 
– Camp Forrest, Tennessee 
– Sault Ste Marie, Michigan 
– soldiers guarded locks between Lake Superior and Lake Huron 
– Camp Van Dorn, Mississippi 
– Fort Benning, Georgia 
Unit: 
– 305th Infantry Regiment, 77th Infantry Division 
Engagements: 
– Battle of Guam 
– Battle of Leyte, Philippine Islands 
– landed east coast of Leyte and trained- 23 November 1944 
– landed east coast Ormoc Bay – 6 December 1944 
– fought way to Ormoc Bay 
– the regiment secured barrio of Valencia and Libungao-Palompon Road Junction – 10 December 1944 
Killed in Action: 
– 15 December 1944 
– His wife learned of his death during the third week of January 1945
Buried: 
– American Military Cemetery – Manila, Philippine Islands 
-Plot: B Row: 14 Grave: 117 
Medals: 
– Purple Heart 
– Bronze Star

 

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