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On this Day, December 17th in 1944

Nelson W Lesieur, (var. spelling Nelson William Le Sieur) Army Staff Sergeant from Portage des Sioux, St Charles, Missouri was Killed in Action 12-17-1944.  Nelson is buried at Epinal (Permanent Cemetery), Epinal, France. 

Nelson was Born 7-24-1921 and registered for the draft Feb 15, 1942.  Nelson is reported to have been awarded the Silver Star for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with the 143rd Infantry Regiment, 36th Infantry Division during World War II.  Nelson was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart. 

The Battle of the Bulge began on December 16, 1944.  The Battle of the Bulge, also called Battle of the Ardennes, (December 16, 1944–January 16, 1945), was the last major German offensive on the Western Front during World War II—an unsuccessful attempt to push the Allies back from German home territory.

Nelson W. LeSieur is honored and remembered at the St. Charles County Veterans Museum on the Wall of Honor.   

Please contact the St. Charles County Veterans Museum Oral History project at or call 636-294-2657 for more information and lets’ talk. We want to hear from you because we know…Every Veteran has a story.


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