Nelson Holderman was born in Trumbell, Nebraska on November 10, 1885. He entered the service in Santa Ana. Captain Holderman was one of the most decorated U. S. soldiers and a member of The Lost Battalion during World War. He received the Silver Star and the Purple Heart. He was a Tustin native and died on September 3, 1953.
Editor’s Note: Voice of OC is honoring some of Orange County’s most notable veterans with profiles. We thank these people, other veterans and those serving today for their dedication and service to our country.
The President of the United States of America, authorized by
Act of Congress, 3 March 1863, has awarded the Medal of Honor to
Captain Nelson M. Holderman
United States Army
Citation: Captain Nelson Holderman, U.S. Army, 307th infantry, 77th Infantry Division, commanded company of a battalion which was cut off and surrounded by the Germans north east of Binarville, and the Argonne Forest, France. He was wounded on 4, 5, and 7, October 1918.
Throughout the entire period, suffering great pain and subjected to fire of every type, he continued to lead and encourage the officers and men under his command with courage and success.
On 6 October, in a wounded condition, he rushed through enemy fire and carried two wounded men to safety.
Orange County Walk of Honor by AMVETS
More about Nelson Holderman:
- Californians and the Military By Nathaniel T. Robertson Regimental Historian, 185th Armor Regiment (Military Museum)
- Remembering Capt. Nelson Holderman of the Lost Battalion (Tustin News)