Fort Miles Historical Association adds names to Wall of Honor

November 1, 2013

The Fort Miles Historical Association added two more engraved bricks to its Wall of Honor Oct. 19. The bricks, bought by the FMHA, honored two Delaware veterans, Sgt. William Lloyd Nelson and Sgt. James P. Connor, who both received the Medal of Honor for their actions during World War II. Families of both veterans were on hand to share memories of their relatives.

Nelson, a forward observer for his mortar team, died in North Africa battling the Germans. The Germans found Nelson’s position and had him surrounded, so Nelson called mortar fire onto his position. Nelson was killed along with dozens of Germans.

Shown is Nelson’s cousin, Leonard Nelson of Rehoboth Beach, reading a letter from Nelson dated April 18, 1943. Nelson was killed April 23, 1943.