Nelson, Bruce Anthony, SP 5

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Last Rank
Specialist 5
Last Service Branch
Engineer Corps
Last Primary MOS
12B20-Combat Engineer
Last MOS Group
Engineer Corps (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1967-1968, 12B20, B Company, 588th Engineer Battalion
Service Years
1966 - 1968

Specialist 5



Two Overseas Service Bars


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Home State
Missouri
Missouri
Year of Birth
1947
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Malden, MO
Last Address
Malden, MO

Casualty Date
Feb 15, 1968
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Multiple Fragmentation Wounds
Location
Tay Ninh (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Memorial Park Cemetery - Malden, Missouri
Wall/Plot Coordinates
39E 051

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1966, Basic Training (Fort Leonard Wood, MO)
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
U.S. Army20th Engineer Brigade588th Engineer Battalion
  1967-1967, 12B20, (12B AIT) Combat Engineer Training Course
  1967-1968, 12B20, 20th Engineer Brigade
  1967-1968, 12B20, B Company, 588th Engineer Battalion
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1967-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)
  1967-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

major op
OP YELLOWSTONE
event
AMBUSH 3 KM SOUTH OF THIEN NGON AIR FIELD [35 KM NORTH-NORTHWEST OF TAY NINH CITY] 19680215


Only 66 Days Were Left
 
   Like most servicemen in Vietnam, Spec. Bruce A. Nelson, 20, Malden, was counting the days until his tour was up.   His sister, Roselyn, recalled the soldier writing cheerfully that he had just been
promoted and only had 66 more days before coming home.
   Nelson, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Nelson, died along with four other combat engineers Feb. 15 when a mortar shell hit their jeep.

 
Don  Bauer
donbrails2000@yahoo.com
friend
It doesn't seem like so long ago that we were in Tay Ninh . We spent a lot of time together arguing over our home town football teams. Mine was undefeated that year and was only scored on once and Bruce couldn't top that. Sgt. Frank Kirby sent me a picture a couple of days ago with our squad but I am not on it. Bruce is in the picture with some others we can't identify. We used to go to mass together when we had the chance. Bruce was a wonderful person and I still remember the last time I saw and talked to him.
Feb 14, 2010

 

 
   
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