Sgt Andrew Paul Nelson

Sgt Andrew Paul Nelson

Birth
Clay County, Minnesota, USA
Death 29 Aug 2007 (aged 22)
Iraq
Burial Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota, USA
Plot Sec 1 Site 684
Memorial ID 21266396 · View Source
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Staff Sgt. Andrew Nelson of Moorhead, Minn., was a lifelong Moorhead resident and graduated from Fargo Shanley High School in 2003. He also attended St. Joseph's Catholic School where he was an altar server and a youth peer minister. As an Eagle Scout he earned several merit badges. Andrew was a member of Boy Scout Troop 644 and held numerous youth leadership positions. He learned at an early age the importance of delegating responsibilities and working together to accomplish goals. He also modeled respect for leadership, an attribute that helped him excel in his later service to the U.S. Army. On July 29, 2002, he was awarded Scouting's highest honor, the Eagle Scout Award. While in Scouting, Andrew participated in many camps and activities, including week-long canoe trips into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. He also served as a staff member of Camp Wilderness. For Andrew, no job was too small and no task too difficult. He met each challenge before him with an ever-present grin. Some of the Scouting parents shared that Andrew was not only a role model and hero to younger Scouts, but also a hero to them personally because of the example he provided their children. Throughout his years in Scouting, Andrew developed many friendships with youth and adults. The fatherly role models provided through Scouts were especially important to Andrew after the death of his father in 1999. He enjoyed card playing with his uncles (pinochle was his favorite!), classical and country music, video games, farming and traveling with family. And Andrew was every woman's dream – a man who would cook, sew and clean and was not even afraid to ask for driving directions! He loved sports and never tired of being busy. As a young boy, he and his father often left the house at 4 a.m., a time chosen by Andrew, for their fishing trips. He later learned to see the fish from a different angle, as a scuba diver. When visitors came to the house, Andrew went out of his way to interact with the children. Through a 4-H dog therapy program, he trained his dog to interact with the elderly, then volunteered at area nursing homes. Three days after his 2003 graduation from Shanley he was off to basic training and he planned to go to college to seek an engineering degree when his term of enlistment was up. His father was a Korean War veteran, and his grandfather was a veteran of both world wars and desire to enlist was in his blood. He was preceded in death by his father, Daniel, and grandparents Clarence and Agnes Nelson, and Leon and Irene Pribula. Andy's father died in 1999 and he is survived by his mother and a sister. His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal with three oak leaf clusters, the Army Good Conduct Medal with one loop, the National Defense Service Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the Combat Infantryman's Badge, and the Parachutist's Badge. He died in Muqdadiyah, Iraq, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit at age 22.

Army
1st Squadron
73rd Cavalry Regiment
2nd Brigade Combat Team
82nd Airborne Division
Fort Bragg, N.C.


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  • Created by: Elizabeth Reed
  • Added: 30 Aug 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 21266396
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Sgt Andrew Paul Nelson (27 Apr 1985–29 Aug 2007), Find A Grave Memorial no. 21266396, citing Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota, USA ; Maintained by Elizabeth Reed (contributor 46561848) .