Willian Nelson - Private

Rank: Private
Date Of Birth: Aug 11, 1925
Date Of Death: Dec 5, 1944
War / Conflict: World War II
Gold Star Hall - Wall Location: West Wall (by Entrance Door)


Year at ISU: 1947

Private William Atlee Nelson was born in Gary, Indiana on August 11, 1925 to Forrest A. Nelson and Virginia K. Kelly. He later lived in Galesburg, Illinois.

William entered service on October 1, 1943 at Camp Dodge, Iowa. He served with Company K, 397th Infantry, 100th Division, Seventh Army.

He had been in service one year, two months and four days before he was declared missing in action in France on January 5, 1944. After several months, the war department declared him to be killed in action.