Oscar B. Nelson, first lieutenant, 168th Infantry. For extraordinary heroism in
action at La Tuilerie FArm, France, October 16, 1918. Lieut. Nelson alone
attacked two enemy machine guns, killing two of the enemy and capturing 19.
Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster
Lieutenant Nelson is awarded a bronze oak leaf for the following act of
extraordinary heroism in action at La Tuilerie Farm, France, October 16, 1918:
Accompanied by six soldiers, this officer advanced 600 yards beyond his own
lines through heavy fire from enemy artillery, machine guns and rifles, and
captured two more machine guns, killing, capturing or dispersing their crews.
Still later in the day he led his company in an attack on Chatillon Hill and
took his objectives, but in so doing received wounds which caused his death. His
coolness, courage and utter disregard for his own safety were a source of great
inspiration to his men.
Emergency address: Jacob Nelson, father, 1706 West Second Street, Ottumwa, Iowa
Residence at appointment: 1706 West Second Street, Ottumwa, Iowa (Wapello co.)