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April 21, 2013

Genealogy: Dutchman seeks family of missing soldier

TERRE HAUTE — Query: I live in the Netherlands and recently I have adopted the name of American PFC Joseph P. Nelson at the Netherlands American Cemetery in Margraten. He was killed in action on Dec. 5, 1944, and his name is on the Walls of the Missing.

After searching the web, I have found his hometown was in Fountain County, Indiana. He lived there with his parents, Joseph and Glen, his brother Leo, and his sister Marie.

I continued my search, and I have found some information on the Vigo County Public Library website: I found that there is (or was) a Mrs. Elizabeth L. Nelson and that they lived in Kingman, Ind. I presume Elizabeth was his spouse, but I don’t know this for sure. Another search on this website came up with an obituary for Joseph.

Can you help me with finding more information about PFC Joseph P. Nelson? I am trying to find more information about him since the day I have adopted his name.

I haven’t been successful in contacting his living relatives. I would like them to know I am taking the time to keep Joseph’s memory alive.

Thank you in advance. M. B. (Max) Poorthuis. Telephone +31 (0)6-21582996, e-mail


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    This week continues with the Gold Star Honor Roll of Vigo County; those who died in WW I:

Vigo County Gold Star Honor Roll (part two)

McEndree, John T., Private

McAndrew, Anthony, Private

McCalister, Charles Jackson, Machinist

McGee, Walter A., Fireman, First Class

McKillop, James, Jr., Private

Manus, Clarence Ossie, Private

Mathias, Daniel, Private

Menestrina, Cyrilla, Private

Mockbee, Charles, Private

Montgomery, Dana L., Private

Montgomery, George H., Private

Morris, Clinton, Private

Morris, George W., Private

Nebergall, Cleo, Private

Oliver, Albert Mackey, Private

Paris, Herman Cecil, Private

Parsons, Jesse, Private

Pittman, Paola, Private

Pound, Floyd James, Private

Powell, Walter W., Private

Prater, Thomas B., Private

Pullum, Adrian, Private

Roberts, William, Private

Robinson, William, Wagoner


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