April 2010 - Lee Nielson

Published 04/21 2010 05:08PM

Updated 04/21 2010 05:13PM

THIS MONTH'S RECIPIENT OF THE GREATEST GENERATION AWARD SPENT MOST OF HIS TIME DURING WORLD WAR TWO ON A PATROL BOAT IN THE PACIFIC.

LEE NIELSEN AND HIS TWIN BROTHER MAX PLANNED TO JOIN THE SAME SERVICE AND SERVE TOGETHER.

BUT BECAUSE OF THE FAMOUS SULLIVAN CASE, IN WHICH FIVE BROTHERS  FROM IOWA WERE ALL KILLED IN ACTION ABOARD THE SAME CRUISER, BROTHERS WERE NO LONGER ALLOWED TO JOIN THE SAME BRANCH OF SERVICE.

SO MAX JOINED THE MARINES AND LEE JOINED THE NAVY.

LEE SERVED MOST OF HIS TIME IN THE PACIFIC AND WAS A PART OF AN INVASION IN THE PHILIPPINES  WHERE HIS UNIT HELPED SECURE THE ISLAND BUT SUFFERED TERRIBLE CASUALTIES.

Lee Nielsen
Greatest Generation Award Recipient
"We did all the way through the Pacific we lost some.  As soon as you meet some good friends, a lot of times we'd lose a lot of them. That was the sad part."

LEE ALSO SERVED IN THE KOREAN WAR.

WHEN HE WAS HONORABLY DISCHARGED HE TOOK OVER HIS FATHER'S MASONRY BUSINESS IN WICHITA FALLS.

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