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:

Notable Orange County Veterans:

1st Lieutenant Kenneth A. Walsh, Medal of Honor: World War II Fighter Ace

Captain William E. Barber, Medal of Honor: Fought at Iwo Jima

Corporal Tibor Rubin, Medal of Honor: Korean War – 1st Cavalry Division

Lance Corporal Kenneth L. Worley, Medal of Honor: Gave His Life for his Country

Lieutenant (J. G.) Donald A. Gary, Medal of Honor: Officer on The USS Franklin in Japan

Master-At-Arms Second Class Michael A. Monsoor, Medal of Honor: Navy Seal Dies While Saving His Comrades

PFC Clarence B. Craft, Medal of Honor: Hastened the End of the Campaign on Okinawa

Sergeant Chris Carr, Medal of Honor: WWII Hero Battled in Italy

Specialist Fourth Class John P. Baca, Medal of Honor: Vietnam Vet Protects His Troops

Staff Sergeant Walter D. Ehlers, Medal of Honor: Stormed Omaha Beach on D-Day

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