Sven E. R. Nelson

NAME
Sven Elmer Roland Nelson
NICKNAME
Elmer
MCSN
339722
HOME OF RECORD
Kingston, IL
born Sölvesborg, Sweden
NEXT OF KIN
Mother, Mrs. Agnes Nelson
DATE OF BIRTH
December 25, 1921
DATE OF ENLISTMENT
January 3, 1942
DATE OF LOSS
October 2, 1942
REGION
Solomons
CAMPAIGN / AREA
Vicinity of Savo Island
CASUALTY TYPE
MIA / Declared Dead
3 December 1945
UNIT
VMSB-141
DUTY
Radio / Gunner
CIRCUMSTANCES OF LOSS
Private First Class Nelson was an aviation radioman and gunner assigned to VMSB-141, part of the “Cactus Air Force” that operated out of Guadalcanal. He arrived at Henderson Field on 30 September 1942.

On 2 October 1942, Nelson and Second Lieutenant E. Walton Ayres flew an SBD-3 (Bureau Number 03311) on a routine sector search to the Russell Islands. They were joined by Lt. (j.g.) Herbert H. Perritte and ARM2c Irvin E. Newsome, Jr., of VS-71. Over the Russells, pilots of the Tainan kokutai forced the Americans to scurry for cloud cover and retreat back towards Guadalcanal.

They were almost within sight of safety when, over Savo Island, ten Zeros of the 6th kokutai ambushed the two Dauntless bombers. Both American planes were shot down; none of the aircrew were seen alive again.

Elmer Nelson was reported as missing in action and carried in such status for more than three years. He was officially declared dead on 3 December 1945.

INDIVIDUAL DECORATIONS
Purple Heart
LAST KNOWN RANK
Private First Class
STATUS OF REMAINS
Not recovered.
MEMORIALS
Manila American Cemetery

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