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Proud Of My Two Marines

Proud Of My Two Marines

I am writing to tell you how much I enjoy your products and reading the old stories from Marines. My dad was a Marine and sadly passed away three years ago. I really miss him.

SSGT Johnny Nelson proudly served in the Marine Corps, graduating from MCRDPI Platoon 528 in 1951. He served in the Korean War as a crew chief on a Sikorsky helicopter.

SSgt Johnny Nelson with one of his Marines

SSgt Johnny Nelson Awards

SSgt Johnny Nelson in his police uniform

LCpl Johnathan Nelson

Although like many other Marines from that era, he very seldom talked about his experience in Korea. He did tell me once that his chopper was shot down in an enemy area and he was one of only two survivors that had to fight for their lives until they were finally rescued. Both were injured and I believe he said the pilot was the other survivor and he was severely injured. My dad carried a visible piece of that experience in the form of grenade shrapnel in his leg his entire life. He later received a Bronze Star and Purple Heart as well as several other awards. He later went into law enforcement and worked in that capacity until he retired.

Although the Marine legacy skipped a generation with me, (because I went into law enforcement) my youngest son joined in 2011 and also graduated from MCRDPI. My dad had quite an influence on him and ultimately his decision to join. He later served in infantry at Twenty-nine Palms and saw combat action in Afghanistan. He is now out and serving as a third generation police officer.

I couldn’t be more proud of my two Marines!

(The photos are of Johnny Nelson from graduation, with one of his buddies, to law enforcement, his awards and then a picture of my son, Jonathan).


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Bonnie Tyrrell - July 10, 2020

So sorry- your Grandfather’s service records.

Bonnie Tyrrell - July 10, 2020

Kerry T.- you can get your Dad’s service records. My Dad was in the USMC for 20.5 years; joined in 1947 and retired from active duty in 1967; the reserves in 1977. He was in 6 major battles in Korea. He passed away in 2008. Miss him terribly but to have his service records is a very special gift. He, like many others in Korea, did not share much with us. You can go to: to print form SF-180 to request military records and medals. Thank you for your Grandfather’s service. Semper Fi.

Kerry T. - July 10, 2020

My Grandfather, David Leonard, served in the Marines and graduated in Platoon 528 in 1951. Unfortunately he passed away in 1998 and I never got to record anything about his experience (I was 13 at the time). It is so interesting to see his fellow Marines. Thank you for your family’s service!

Dennis Nelson - July 10, 2020

I apologize for the late response. Thank you for your very kind words. It seems that there are many Marines in law enforcement now. I believe it is because they are first to stand up for those who can’t.

Dennis Nelson - July 10, 2020

I apologize for the late response. Thank you for your very kind words. He was the finest man I ever knew!

Dennis Morrill - July 10, 2020

We got similar families. I served in the Marines from 1967 to 1969, one year in Nam! My son followed in my footsteps and served in the Marines in the early 90’s. I got out and served as a City Cop for 20 years. Retired now for 20 years. My son picked up the torch again, he is an Asst. District Attorney. Hey we put down the bad guys in the Marines and then later in law enforcement. Next tour of duty will be up in Heaven! Semper Fi!

BOB HOLMES,USMC…….ALSO IN KOREA IN 1953……. - July 10, 2020


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