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Montana D-Day survivor dies days after 75th anniversary

June 11, 2019

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana man who stormed the beach at Normandy passed away two days after the 75th anniversary of the invasion.

The family of John Nelson said he died Saturday in Lolo. He was 96.

The Missoulian reports Nelson was at the Museum of Mountain Flying in May for the sendoff of the C-47 Miss Montana airplane, which participated in a reenactment of the D-Day invasion.

His son-in-law, Dale Moore Jr., said Nelson had been invited to the ceremonies in France to receive the French Legion of Honor Chevalier, but got sick and was unable to attend.

Jeanie Nelson said her father watched the coverage of D-Day commemoration events on June 6 and died two days later.

After the war, Nelson worked as a heavy equipment operator, helping build Hungry Horse Dam and Interstate 90 bridges in western Montana.

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Information from: Missoulian, http://www.missoulian.com

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