Vietnam Center and Archive Collection Finding Aid

Collection Finding Aid

Title
James W. Nelson Collection
Association
Forward Air Controller Association
Collection Number
2247
Date(s)
Undated
Size
.2 linear feet
Physical Location(s)
D060.6E, D159.1 Video Overflow
Processed by
M. Barnard, Dec. 2009[Updated: Jun. 2010 by K. Conness]
Digitization Status
Items from this collection have been digitized and are available in the Virtual Vietnam Archive.

To search for items within this collection, or within all of the holdings of the Vietnam Archive, go to the Virtual Vietnam Archive

Scope and Content

Three reels of Super 8 film and a copy of a newspaper article document James W. Nelson's service in the United States Air Force in Vietnam with the 22nd Tactical Air Support Squadron at Binh Thuy Air Force Base, 1968-1970, where he was a forward air controller, tactical air liaison officer, and operations staff officer and flew 603 combat missions totaling 652 hours in an O-1.

Biographical Note

James W. Nelson earned a Bachelor's degree in History from Wisconsin State College and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant through the college's ROTC program in 1952. He completed pilot training in October 1953 and was stationed at Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma, flying B-57s for Strategic Air Command (SAC) until 1956 when he went on inactive status. Nelson returned to active duty in November 1959. From 1968-1970, Nelson served in Vietnam with the 22nd Tactical Air Support Squadron at Binh Thuy Air Force Base where he was a forward air controller, tactical air liaison officer, and operations staff officer and flew 603 combat missions totaling 652 hours in an O-1. Nelson's many decorations included the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with 17 oak leaf clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters, United Nations Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with palm, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Korean Service Medal,

Rights and Access

Access Restrictions
Collection is open for research

Collection Inventory

Contents
Box
Folder
Location
Photocopied Article entitled "Tinker officers retire, receive decoration, highlighting Nelson's service
1
1
D060.6E

Separated Materials

Moving Images
Super 8: Col. Nelson, Vietnam 1 - 2247VI2756.

Super 8: Col. Nelson, Vietnam 2 - 2247VI2757.

Super 8: Col. Nelson, Vietnam 3 - 2247VI2758.

Digitized Materials

Items from this collection have been digitized and are available in the Virtual Vietnam Archive.

To search for items within this collection, or within all of the holdings of the Vietnam Archive, go to the Virtual Vietnam Archive