STEPHAN J NELSON
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HONORED ON PANEL 26E, LINE 29 OF THE WALL

STEPHAN JOSEPH NELSON

WALL NAME

STEPHAN J NELSON

PANEL / LINE

26E/29

DATE OF BIRTH

10/10/1948

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG TRI

DATE OF CASUALTY

09/07/1967

HOME OF RECORD

PRINCETON

COUNTY OF RECORD

Mille Lacs County

STATE

MN

BRANCH OF SERVICE

MARINE CORPS

RANK

LCPL

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR STEPHAN JOSEPH NELSON
POSTED ON 10.8.2021
POSTED BY: ANON

Forever 18

I've read "Ambush Valley" and "Con Thien: Hill of Angels." you faced insurmountable odds, but still fought hard.

Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Semper Fi, Marine
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POSTED ON 1.18.2021
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear Lcpl Stephan Nelson, Thank you for your service as a Rifleman. Saying thank you isn't enough, but it is from the heart. It’s a New Year, but not necessarily better. It is also M.L. King’s birthday. Time passes quickly. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage and faithfulness, especially now. Rest in peace with the angels.
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POSTED ON 10.6.2020
POSTED BY: ANON

NEVER FORGOTTEN

On the remembrance of your 72nd birthday, your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Forever 18.

Semper Fi, Marine.
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POSTED ON 2.8.2019
POSTED BY: Wayne Williams - USMC

GONE BUT NEVER FORGOTTEN

I WAS ONE OF THE MARINES WHO CARRIED LCPL NELSON'S BODY FROM THE COMBAT AREA OUT TO A STAGING AREA WHERE THE BODIES WOULD BE THEN TAKEN BACK TO THE BASE. I NEVER FORGET THOSE COLD IMPERSONAL PONCHOS THE BODIES ARE PLACED IN. HE LIKE SO MANY LIKE HIM ARE TRUE AMERICAN HEROES.
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POSTED ON 4.11.2018
POSTED BY: by Don Ward for the Family of Stephan Nelson

From "The Faces Behind the Names"

I Knew Steve . . .
Richard Anderson, 12th grade chemistry teacher - "Stephan didn't say to much. He always had a grin on his face and was a real likeable kid."

Howard Solheim, 12th grade senior social teacher - "He was a real nice boy and quick to smile. Stephan was basically a good, friendly boy."

Mel Shay, 12th grade English teacher - "He was a pretty good worker and willing to help when asked. He often helped at selling concessions at the home sporting events. He was a real nice kid."

H. R. Findell 12th grade advance bookkeeping teacher - "Steve had a real nice personality and smiled a lot. For three years he was pretty active in intramural basketball. He got along well with the kids and seemed to be very clean cut. Everyone speaks well of him."

Stephan Joseph Nelson, enlisted in Minneapolis, Minnesota in June, 1966. He trained at Camp Pendleton and was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 26th Marines, I Company, 2nd Platoon. As Donna Parish, Stephan's oldest sister says, "Stephan was an all-around kid. He was very likable, always had a smile on his face, and was a loving and caring person. He was the youngest of my three brothers. Because our mother had suffered from cancer for many years and had passed away two years before Stephan, he was more like a son to me." As a young kid, he mowed lawns for neighbors in the summer and later worked as a farm hand during high school for a good friend and neighbor. Stephan graduated from Princeton High School in 1966.

It was Stephan's life-long dream to fulfill his duty as an American by serving in the military. He was the only Marine in the entire family. His two older brothers were in the Army, one of whom was in Vietnam two years before Stephan. Stephan completed four weeks of individual combat training in November of 1966 and took a refresher training and processing cycle later. Stephan was sent to Vietnam in January of 1967. He served as a point man on many missions in Vietnam. In one letter, he joked about digging a foxhole for his young nephews in his brother's front lawn when he returned home. Stephan had talked about getting a new car as soon as he finished his tour of duty and then possibly going to college.

Stephan wrote letters as often as he could, the last of which his sister Donna received after being notified of his death. In that letter he wrote about being "so tired" and wet. In letters to his sister, Nancy, he always asked for any food she could send such as lemon drops, cookies, and Kool-Aid. He said that all of the guys shared the food they received from home with everyone. Stephan wrote about the terrible conditions they lived with, such as going without rations for two days at a time when their supply routes were cut off and carrying packs weighing as much as 100 pounds for several miles. He also talked about how the Viet Cong would booby trap the hills after they left. Stephan believed he was in Vietnam to protect Americans from Communism and the living conditions caused by it.
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