CPT HUGH REAVIS NELSON, Jr

CPT HUGH REAVIS NELSON, Jr

Hugh Reavis (Rev) Nelson, our friend and classmate, sacrificed his life to save three of his brothers in arms, and to whom this page is dedicated.

 

Dear Class of ’59 Citadel Classmates,

In the Alumni News, Summer 2018, p. 15 (AN), the “’DCAL Feature’ from the Distinguished Citadel Alumni List” was about one of our classmates, Hugh Reavis Nelson, Jr. (aka Rev), one of 149 Citadel alumni on the DCAL List. Most of us, if not all, knew that Rev lost his life in Viet Nam when the helicopter he piloted crashed as the result of massive Viet Cong small arms fire. Not until Rev’s portrait, above, was hung about 50 years ago in The Citadel’s library along with other distinguished alumni was it commonly appreciated that the nation ‘s second highest honor, the Distinguished Service Cross, was awarded to Rev posthumously for heroic action on June 5, 1966 when he was killed in action.

In the cited AN article, Ted Curtis, ’64, Co-chair of the DCAL Committee, provided the Citation to Accompany the Awarding of The Distinguished Service Cross (DSC). Details were given indicating that our classmate distinguished himself by performing extraordinary heroic, humanitarian acts for his command, knowing he would sacrifice his life. Further research made Ted wonder why the Medal of Honor (MOH) had not been awarded. To answer this haunting question, he solicited information that would support the upgrade of the second DSC award to the highest, the MOH.

Ted’s research produced results that clearly indicate to the undersigned that the DCS to MOH is justified and the upgrade should be pursued. In brief, the documents presented in the  Testimonials page, especially the testimonies of George O’Grady, LTC, USA (Ret.) pp 2-12; Donald MacNevin, MSgt, USA (Ret.) pp 13-14; and Paul R. Barron, WOW, USA (Ret.) pp.15-16, indicate that:

  • Reavis was originally recommended for the MOH, for which the paper work is sought but yet to be found by a professional researcher; and
  • The basis for down grading the award from MOH to DSC may have been unwarranted adverse feelings and actions of a Group Commander over riding the strong positive recommendations of the company commander, platoon leader, and the unit’s Decorations & Awards Officer.

This information is expected to be accepted by authorities as a logical, reasonable basis for upgrading the 52 year overdue recognition of our classmate.

After perusing the documents, please scroll down to the Leave a Reply and put your Comment(s) in the box, i.e. whether you support the request for the upgrade or do not support the request for an upgrade. If you do not support the request, please give your reason for not supporting it. After entering your comments, click the Post Comment button.

Responses will be considered confidential unless you give your permission to share them. Please indicate your preference.

The results of this poll will be sent to all ’59 addressees and may be incorporated in a request submitted to the appropriate authority for considering upgrading the award from DSC to MOH. This important effort will be managed by Ted Curtis, ’64, DCAL committee.

The results of this poll will be sent to all ’59 addressees and may be incorporated in a request submitted to the appropriate authority for considering upgrading the award from DSC to MOH. This important effort will be managed by Ted Curtis, ’64, DCAL committee.

Thank you, Class of ’59, for the help to bring this project to closure. It will be appreciated by Revs’ family as well as your classmates.

With best regards,

Buck Shuler
James Smith
Jim Butterfield
Bill Endictor

 

4 thoughts on “CPT HUGH REAVIS NELSON, Jr

  1. I, also, support the upgrade to MOH. The evidence and personal witnesses testimony more than indicate this action is the appropriate thing to be done in honor of Capt. Hugh Reavis Nelson, Jr.
    John T. Gaskin, Jr. ’59

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