Private, U.S. Army
Company H, 131st Infantry Regiment, 33d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: August 9, 1918
General Orders 81, W.D., 1919
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Adolph Nelsen, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Chipilly Ridge, France, August 9, 1918. Although severely wounded, Private Nelsen, on his own initiative, went out in advance of his lines, armed with an automatic rifle, and mopped up a machine-gun nest in which there were three guns. He killed four of the enemy crew and brought the other two Germans back as prisoners. He set an example of heroism and devotion to duty, performing this service under heavy artillery and machine-gun fire.
- PVT 34TH CO CP MCARTHUR SRD NO DIV
- DATE OF DEATH: 10/13/1918
- BURIED AT: SECTION EUROP SITE 322
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
Michael Robert Patterson was born in Arlington and is the son of a former officer of the US Army. So it was no wonder that sooner or later his interests drew him to American history and especially to American military history. Many of his articles can be found on renowned portals like the New York Times, Washingtonpost or Wikipedia.
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