By Rick Ferguson
Commander American Legion Post No. 63 

Sailor/Soldier Rich Nelson


Provided by Rick Ferguson

Rich Nelson was the Grand Marshal in the 2016 Fourth of July American Legion Parade in Condon. Nelson's wife Harriet is in the back seat. They were driven by Neil Meyer, an Army Veteran, in Meyer's jeep.

SWAN VALLEY - In 1947, Rich Nelson joined the United States Navy Reserve on the advice of a Navy recruiter visiting his high school in Seattle, Wash. War was about to break out on the Korean Peninsula, and young Rich took the recruiter's advice. After attending basic training in San Diego, he was assigned to a destroyer escort in Seattle.

Rich later transferred to submarines in Tacoma, Wash. He described sub school as two phases, both at Hunters Point, San Francisco.

Picking his "boat" (submarine) was next. His Navy MOS (military occupational specialty) was Quartermaster where he was a DRT...

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