Congressional Medal of Honor RecipientWilliam Lloyd Nelson was born near Dover, Delaware, on February 22, 1918. He was the son of J. Clarence and Carrie Phillips Nelson. Following his family's move to a farm near Middletown, he was educated in the public schools of the community. He attended Middletown High School when it was located here, graduating in 1937. An active member of the 4-H Club and Future Farmers of America, he was recognized for his athletic achievements in baseball, basketball and football. On January 9, 1941, he entered the United States Army. A member of the 60th Infantry, 9th Division, he participated in the invasion of North Africa in the fall of 1942. On the morning of April 24, 1943, Sgt. Nelson was in command of a heavy mortar section at Djebel Dardyss, Tunisia. Hoping to stop a German counter-offensive, he led his men to a forward position and proceeded to advance alone so that he could observe the enemy and direct the attack. Under intense fire he directed a concentrated barrage that halted the German advance. Mortally wounded and with his mission completed, Sgt. Nelson crawled to a still more advanced position. Although dying of his wounds and only fifty yards from enemy forces, he encouraged his section to continue their attack. His body was later returned to this country for burial in Silverbrook Cemetery in Wilmington, Delaware. In recognition of "his courage, and self-sacrificing devotion to duty and heroism," Sgt. William Lloyd Nelson was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.
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|Series||This marker is part of the Medal of Honor Recipients series|
|Placed By||Delaware Public Archives|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Thursday, September 25th, 2014 at 2:11am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18S E 438453 N 4366214|
|Decimal Degrees||39.44328333, -75.71525000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 39° 26.597', W 75° 42.915'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||39° 26' 35.82" N, 75° 42' 54.90" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 504 S Broad St, Middletown DE 19709, US|
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