From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Paul Nelson '65

Date of birth: July 11, 1940

Date of death: September 13, 1981

Age: 41

Lucky Bag

From the 1965 Lucky Bag:


Paul was Commanding Officer of Helicopter Squadron 3 when the helicopter he was piloting crashed in the Atlantic on September 13, 1981.

From the Madison Wisconsin State Journal on September 16, 1981:

GREEN Bay (AP)—One of the victims of a naval helicopter crash 360 miles off the coast of Virginia Sunday has been identified as a former Green Bay man, authorities said.

The victim was identified as Cmdr. Paul Lawrence Nelson, 41. Nelson lived in Green Bay until 1958, when he enlisted in the U.S. Navy.

Nelson, a helicopter pilot, was returning from seven months on the USS Forrestal, a naval carrier, when the helicopter he was riding crashed while escorting planes from the carrier, a naval spokesman said. Naval officials said the crash was caused by an apparent mechanical failure.


The Helicopter Training Facility aboard Naval Air Station Jacksonville is named in his honor.

Class of 1965

Paul is one of 23 members of the Class of 1965 on Virtual Memorial Hall.