A Colorado Army veteran who is 107 years old was recommended for a Silver Star many years ago, and finally received it 77 years after he was discharged.
In a ceremony held on October 4 at Fort Carson, Colorado, Harold A. Nelson, a resident of Denver who served as an infantryman in the 3rd Infantry Division during World War II, was presented with the medal. Maj. Gen. Charles Costanza, the commander of the 3rd Infantry Division at the time, traveled from Fort Stewart, Georgia, to present Nelson with the honor. Costanza stated, “First Sgt. Nelson began his time in combat during WWII, was shot three times, survived artillery bombardments, grenade explosions, German tank fire, and blowing landmines.” Nelson served with the 3rd Infantry Division in North Africa, Sicily, and Italy for more than 500 days, making it one of the Army’s most decorated divisions throughout the war.