Worth County

T/5 Albert B. Nelson




1st Reported Missing in Normandy Invasion

Northwood -- Cpl. Albert B. Nelson, better known as Gaylord, was killed in action June 9 in the European campaign, according to word received by his foster parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred L. Aase. He was reported missing in action 3 days after the invasion in a message received here June 27.

Cpl. Nelson had made his home here with Mr. and Mrs. Aage since he was 3 years old, at which time his mother died.

He is a graduate of Northwood high school. He entered the U.S. army in 1942 and received training at Little Rock, Ark., and in Florida before going overseas in October, 1943.

Source: The Mason City Globe-Gazette, October 27, 1944 (photo included)


He's buried at the Normandy Cemetery which overlooks Omaha Beach. Below is his memorial as provided by the ABMC organization. It appears as if he was either in the process of being promoted or promoted after-the-fact but he is now T/5 Nelson.