WASHINGTON COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY (Washington County, Utah)
MILES ERNEST & MELBA SWAPP NELSON
BIOGRAPHYMiles served in the U.S. Army with the 7th Armored Division, 106th Infantry in the Battle of the Bulge and was wounded on Christmas Day 1944. He was a Purple Heart recipient.
Ray served on active duty with the United States Navy during the Vietnam War.
Melba's parents owned a ranch about 8 miles south of Hatch Utah, straddling the border between Garfield and Kane Counties. It was close enough to St. George that they chose to spend their winters there. They leased an upstairs apartment at the Arrowhead Hotel on Tabernacle street.
Melvin Gary Nelson didn't particularly like the name Melvin. So he went by the name, Gary Nelson.
WCHS-03218 Photo of Miles Nelson in his military uniform
WCHS-03291 Photo of Ray Swapp Nelson about 1963
REFERENCESLetter dated November 22, 1944 from Miles Nelson to Rex & Cleo Nelson
Sent from a U.S. Army camp in England.
V Mail dated December 16, 1944 from Miles Nelson to Rex & Cleo Nelson
This was apparently sent from the Ardennes (Belgium) just 9 days before Miles
was wounded at the Battle of the Bulge.
Find-A-Grave entry for Miles Ernest Nelson
Find-A-Grave entry for Melba Swapp Nelson
Obituary of Melvin Gary Nelson