Colonel Ronald E. Nelson
1931 -2019
The Colonel in 1968 at Phu Bai,
holding our HAC cup.
The Colonel in 2009 with General Terry
Dake at 40-year reunion in Pensacola .
MEMORIAL SERVICE AUGUST 7 2019
A military honors service was held by Colonel Nelson's family at Miramar National Cemetery in San Diego
on August 7th of 2019. In attendance were three of our squadron members - Dave Taylor, Joe Versaggi
and Mike Webb - along with LtCol Bjorn Thoreen, former XO of the current HMH-462 squadron and other
senior active duty officers from MCAS Miramar.

Following the flag folding and presentation ceremony,  brief remarks were delivered by Dave Taylor.
Afterwards, the group proceeded to the Pacific shore and boarded a sailboat that headed out to sea for
the distribution of ashes and rose petals. Upon returning to shore, a reception and dinner was held for the
family and guests at Colonel Nelson's residence in Escondido.
Dave Taylor delivers remarks
Joyce Nelson
on boat with
Dave Taylor
Colonel Nelson's
children:
Daughter - Lee Affrunti
Son - John Nelson
TRIBUTE LETTER FROM GENERAL DAKE