Nelson, Eugene, FN Fallen
 
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Last Rank
Fireman
Last Primary Designator/NEC
FN-0000-Fireman
Last Rating/NEC Group
Fireman
Last Duty Station
1968-1968, Vietnam Riverine Units/USN Mobile Riverine Force - Task Force 117
Service Years
1965 - 1968
Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Cold War
Order of the Golden Dragon
FN-Fireman

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Home State
South Carolina
South Carolina
Year of Birth
1947
 
Casualty Info
Home Town
Lugoff
Last Address
Lugoff

Casualty Date
Mar 14, 1968
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Other Explosive Device
Location
Quang Tri
Conflict
Vietnam War*/Multiple Operations 1968/Multiple River Patrols
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
44E 051

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 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal Order of the Golden Dragon Vietnam Combat Craft Crewmember Badge

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 Duty Stations
Special Warfare Schools/SERERiver Assault Squadron-11 (RIVRON-11)/River Assault Division 112 (RIVDIV 112)Vietnam Riverine Units/USN Mobile Riverine Force - Task Force 117Military Assistance Command Vietnam  (MACV)/COMNAVFORV
  1967-1967, Special Warfare Schools/SERE
  1968-1968, River Assault Squadron-11 (RIVRON-11)/River Assault Division 112 (RIVDIV 112)
  1968-1968, USN Mobile Riverine Force - Task Force 117/River Assault Squadron-11 (RIVRON-11)
  1968-1968, Military Assistance Command Vietnam (MACV)/COMNAVFORV
  1968-1968, Vietnam Riverine Units/USN Mobile Riverine Force - Task Force 117
 Recruit Training - Trainee/Instructor
  1965, Training Unit Unknown, N/A
 Combat and Operations History
  1968-1968 Tet Offensive 1968
  1968-1975 Vietnam War*/Multiple Operations 1968
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity


                                    

        T-112-7, RIVRON 11, RIVASLTDIV 112, TF 117, USNAVFORV



               TOUR DATES:  JANUARY 15, 1968 - MARCH 14, 1968

MRF actions during the 1968 Tet offensive were the key to the allied military success in the delta and earned the force the Presidential Unit Citation, exploiting the inherent mobility and firepower of the riverine command. COMUSMACV used it as his primary reaction force in the vast delta. During the first week of February 1968, the MRF battled through the streets of My Tho to help recapture the overrun city, and then shifted to Vinh Long for several days of intense combat with three Viet Cong battalions. For the rest of the month the Army-Navy team fought around the deltas chief city, Can Tho. The force killed 544 of the enemy in this period of almost constant crisis.

During the first three months of 1968, the MRB traveled almost 1,000 kilometers while conducting operations in Dinh Tuong Province and entering new areas in Vinh Long and Phong Dinh Provinces. In March, 10 armored troop carriers, 3 monitors, and 1 command and control boat of River Assault Division 112 deployed to I corps and supported allied ground troops with gunfire on the vital Cua Viet and Perfume Rivers.

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 Military Association Memberships
Military Order of Foreign Wars of the United StatesMilitary Order of the Purple HeartVeterans of the Vietnam WarVietnam Veterans Memorial
  1961, Military Order of Foreign Wars of the United States
  1968, Military Order of the Purple Heart - Assoc. Page
  1968, Veterans of the Vietnam War
  2012, Vietnam Veterans Memorial - Assoc. Page
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