HMH-462 Phu Bai 1968-69
Officer Personnel
Commanding Officer Ronald E. Nelson was born in Glendive,
Montana on August 7, 1931. He graduated from the University of
Washington in June of 1953 with a Bachelor of Arts in Business
Administration and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant. From
there he went to Marine Corps Schools in Quantico, Virginia and
attended the 24th Special Basic Course. Following completion of this
training, Lieutenant Nelson served with the Third Amphibian Tractor
Battalion at Camp Joseph H. Pendleton, California and served an
overseas tour with the First Amphibian Tractor Battalion in the Far

1956 found our Skipper in Hawaii as a ground officer in MAG-13.
From there he entered Flight Training and was designated a Naval
Aviator on May 25, 1958. It was then back to MAG-13 and duty with
VMF-232, again in the Far East. A tour with First ANGLICO was
Major David H. Anderson
Executive Officer
Major Chester L. Whipple
Operations Officer
It was then back to school for Major Nelson, this time to George
Washington University in Washington D.C. and a Master's Degree
in Business Administration. His next duty assignment was with
MAG-56 at MCAF Santa Ana, California, where, on February 1,
1968, Lieutenant Colonel Nelson assumed command of HMH-462
to lead the "Heavy Haulers" in preparation for deployment to