George Nelson

82nd Airborne during WWII

Skiing at Dodge Ridge

Dad & “Red”


Uncle Bob, Dad & Grandpa Carl




Camping at Pinecrest

Dad, me, Cousin Nancy & Mom



George B. Nelson

1917 – 2005


We've lost another of The Greatest Generation. George Nelson, 82nd Airborne veteran of WWII and father of Barbara, Tom, Ed and Steve, died November 1, in Walnut Creek at the age of 88.  As a young solider in World War II George participated in six combat jumps including Operation Husky I - Sicily, Operation Avalanche - Salerno, Operation Overlord (D-Day) Normandy, Operation Market Garden - Nijmegen, Holland and the Battle of the Bulge -Malmedy Ardennes.  He received numerous decorations including; the Bronze Star, Presidential Unit Citation (Army), Ste. Mere Eglise and Nijmegen, French Croix de Guerre with Palm, Ste. Mere Eglise, Netherlands Orange Lanyard and Belgian Fourragere 1940 Ardennes, Belgium and Germany. But, he always said he was most proud of his combat infantry badge.


Upon returning to California after the war George married Elayne J. Stewart and raised a family which now includes six grandchildren. He is deeply missed.  George will be interred in Arlington Nat. Cemetery with full military honors 30 Nov., joining Elayne, who passed away in 1993.

Published in the Contra Costa Times on 11/3/2005.




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