Born in Chicago, Illinois, on June 28, 1924, to Blanche J. Nelson and Carl Theodore Nelson, young Fielding attended school in Chicago and graduated from Schurz High School June 1942. His Junior year at Schurz High, he was a member of the R.O.T.C. Picked Platoon which placed fifth out of 26 drill teams in the citywide competition. He was a Cadet Technical Sergeant and the drill platoon’s guide.
He entered The Citadel at Charleston September 1942. During his brief time at the military college, he was a member of Cadet Company A until his call to active duty as an enlisted reservist March 3, 1943.
Overseas in Italy, Private First Class Nelson served with Company E, 30th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division.
Twenty-six days short of his twentieth birthday, PFC Nelson was killed in action on June 2, 1944, in the vicinty of Palestrina, Italy, 63 km north of Anzio, 40 km east of Rome. He was buried at the U.S. military cemetery at Nettuno. This cemetery was later made into the permanent Sicily-Rome American Cemetery maintained by the American Battle Monuments Commission. Four of Fielding’s Citadel classmates rest in eternal peace at the cemetery.
Following the war, per his family’s wishes, his body was repatriated and interred at Memorial Park Cemetery, Skokie, Illinois. He was survived by his parents and older brother, Carel T. (Ted) Nelson.
Born on November 5, 1921, to Virgnia and William C. Whitley, Sr., William Junior hailed from Durham, North Carolina. He graduated from Durham High School in 1939 and then joined the South Carolina Corps of Cadets at The Citadel to major in English. He was a member of Cadet Company A his first three years at the college. His senior year he was a Cadet Second Lieutenant in Cadet Companies C, P, and E. He was also the Editor-in-Chief of the “Bull Dog”, the cadet newspaper, earned Gold stars for outstanding grades, and was listed in the “Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges”.
Sworn into the U.S. Army on May 3, 1943, at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C., William, and almost all of his classmates, immediately departed for basic training upon graduation later that month. While in the European theater, Corporal Whitley served with (more…)