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Middletown in New Castle County, Delaware — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Sgt. William Lloyd Nelson

Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient

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By William Pfingsten, August 17, 2008
1. Sgt. William Lloyd Nelson Marker
Inscription.  William 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
Everett Meredith Middle School image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, August 17, 2008
2. Everett Meredith Middle School
Previously Middletown High School.
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.
Erected 2005 by Delaware Public Archives. (Marker Number NC-114.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Medal of Honor Recipients marker series.
Location. 39° 26.597′ N, 75° 42.915′ W. Marker is in Middletown, Delaware, in New Castle County. Marker is on S. Broad Street, on the right when traveling south. Marker is on the grounds of Everett Meredith Middle School. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 504 S Broad Street, Middletown DE 19709, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Union Lodge No. 5 A.F.&A.M. (approx. 0.2 miles away); Middletown (approx. 0.4 miles away); Old St. Anne's (approx. half a mile away); Three Welsh Members (approx. half a mile away); This Tree Was Living When William Penn Came to Pennsylvania (approx. 0.6 miles away); Middletown Academy
Sgt. William Lloyd Nelson Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, May 18, 2008
3. Sgt. William Lloyd Nelson Marker
Sgt. Nelson is buried in Silverbrook Cemetery, Wilmingon DE. The grave GPS is N39.7519 W75.5903
(approx. 0.6 miles away); Former Site of the Alston and Hunn Farms (approx. 1.4 miles away); Appoquinimink Friends Meeting House (approx. 2.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Middletown.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 22, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 2,670 times since then and 46 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 22, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.   3. submitted on April 19, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland.
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