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GERALD CARL MULLIN

  • Wall Name:GERALD C MULLIN
  • Date of Birth:9/14/1946
  • Date of Casualty:11/6/1968
  • Home of Record:MT CLEMENS
  • County of Record:MACOMB COUNTY
  • State:MI
  • Branch of Service:MARINE CORPS
  • Rank:CPL
  • Panel/Line:39W, 28
  • Casualty Province:QUANG NAM

GERALD ROY PETERSON

  • Wall Name:GERALD R PETERSON
  • Date of Birth:12/3/1946
  • Date of Casualty:11/6/1968
  • Home of Record:QUINCY
  • County of Record:NORFOLK COUNTY
  • State:MA
  • Branch of Service:MARINE CORPS
  • Rank:CPL
  • Panel/Line:39W, 28
  • Casualty Province:QUANG NAM

WILLIAM DE WITT NELSON


is honored on Panel 39W, Line 28 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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REMEMBRANCES

  • Final Mission of SP4 William D. Nelson

    Posted on 12/25/15 - by wkillian@smjuhsd.org
    Specialist Four Nelson distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on November 6, 1968 as a medic on a search and clear operations near Landing Zone Billie. His company made contact with a large well entrenched North Vietnamese Army force and during the initial barrage, was pinned down by the intense enemy fire and sustained heavy casualties. With complete disregard for his safety, Specialist Nelson ran across the open terrain to his injured comrades, treated their wounds, and carried them to an ambulance helicopter. Returning to the battle, he began to lay down an accurate volley of fire on the Communists' positions. During a brief lull in the fighting, he secured vital medical supplies and as the enemy renewed their attack, again moved unhesitatingly through the bullet-riddled area in response to a call for a medic. Seeing the company commander lying near a hostile bunker, Specialist Nelson placed himself between the fortification and the officer. Although wounded severely in the leg, he rapidly discharged an intense volume of fire as a fellow medic feverishly treated the injured commander. While Specialist Nelson was carrying the officer to the rear, a rocket landed inches from him, instantly taking his life. Specialist Four Nelson's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty, at the cost of his life, were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army. [Taken from SP4 Nelson's Distinguished Service Cross citation on virtualwall.org]
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  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 10/26/13 - by Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net
    Dear SP4 William De Witt Nelson, sir

    As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.

    May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.

    With respect, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir

    Curt Carter
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  • We Remember

    Posted on 5/27/10 - by Robert Sage rsage@austin.rr.com
    William is buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Cypress, CA. DSC BSM PH
  • IN REMEMBRANCE OF THIS MOST HEROIC UNITED STATES ARMY SERVICEMAN A POSTHUMOUS RECIPIENT OF THE DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS WHOSE NAME SHALL LIVE FOREVER MORE

    Posted on 11/3/07 - by CLAY MARSTON CMARSTON@INTERLOG.COM

    SPECIALIST 4


    WILLIAM DE WITT NELSON


    served as a


    COMBAT MEDIC


    with


    DELTA COMPANY

    2nd BATTALION

    7th INFANTRY REGIMENT



    and was posthumously awarded the



    DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS


    PURPLE HEART

    NATIONAL DEFENSE SERVICE MEDAL

    VIETNAM SERVICE MEDAL

    REPUBLIC OF VIETNAM CAMPAIGN SERVICE MEDAL


    and was entitled to wear the


    COMBAT MEDIC BADGE







    SPECIALIST FOURTH CLASS

    WILLIAM DE WITT NELSON


    served as a

    MEDIC

    with


    DELTA COMPANY

    2nd BATTALION

    7th CAVALRY REGIMENT

    " GARRY OWEN "

    3rd BRIGADE

    1st CAVALRY DIVISION

    " THE FIRST TEAM "


    CITATION FOR POSTHUMOUS AWARD OF

    THE DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS


    The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to William De Witt Nelson, Specialist Fourth Class, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam, while serving with Company D, 2d Battalion, 7th Cavalry, 3d Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile). Specialist Four Nelson distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 6 November 1968 as a medic on a search and clear operations near Landing Zone Billie. His company made contact with a large well entrenched North Vietnamese Army force and during the initial barrage, was pinned down by the intense enemy fire and sustained heavy casualties. With complete disregard for his safety, Specialist Nelson ran across the open terrain to his injured comrades, treated their wounds, and carried them to an ambulance helicopter. Returning to the battle, he began to lay down an accurate volley of fire on the Communists' positions. During a brief lull in the fighting, he secured vital medical supplies and as the enemy renewed their attack, again moved unhesitatingly through the bullet-riddled area in response to a call for a medic. Seeing the company commander lying near a hostile bunker, Specialist Nelson placed himself between the fortification and the officer. Although wounded severely in the leg, he rapidly discharged an intense volume of fire as a fellow medic feverishly treated the injured commander. While Specialist Nelson was carrying the officer to the rear, a rocket landed inches from him, instantly taking his life. Specialist Four Nelson's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty, at the cost of his life, were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.





    THE PROUD YOUNG VALOR THAT ROSE ABOVE THE MORTAL

    AND THEN, AT LAST, WAS MORTAL AFTER ALL





    YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN

    NOR SHALL YOU EVER BE




    14 February 1999
    30 July 1999
    29 November 2002



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  • Never Forgotten

    Posted on 2/13/06 - by Bill Nelson grite@yahoo.com
    FOREVER REMEMBERED

    "If you are able, save for them a place inside of you....and save one backward glance when you are leaving for the places they can no longer go.....Be not ashamed to say you loved them....
    Take what they have left and what they have taught you with their dying and keep it with your own....And in that time when men decide and feel safe to call the war insane, take one moment to embrace those gentle heroes you left behind...."

    Quote from a letter home by Maj. Michael Davis O'Donnell
    KIA 24 March 1970. Distinguished Flying Cross: Shot down and Killed while attempting to rescue 8 fellow soldiers surrounded by attacking enemy forces.

    We Nam Brothers pause to give a backward glance, and post this remembrance to you, one of the gentle heroes lost to the War in Vietnam:

    Slip off that pack. Set it down by the crooked trail. Drop your steel pot alongside. Shed those magazine-ladened bandoliers away from your sweat-soaked shirt. Lay that silent weapon down and step out of the heat. Feel the soothing cool breeze right down to your soul ... and rest forever in the shade of our love, brother.

    From your Nam-Band-Of-Brothers

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