Private 1st Class Daniel Earnest Nelms was born on November 26, 1949, and was originally from Hixson, Tennessee, a suburb of Chattanooga. He served his country in the Vietnam War in the United States Army, as a field artilleryman in D Battery, 2nd Battalion, 40th Artillery, 199th Light Infantry Brigade. His tour in Vietnam began on January 7, 1970. On May 22, 1970, PFC Nelms was killed under hostile conditions in Cambodia; he was 20 years old at the time of his death. PFC Nelms is memorialized on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on Panel 10W, Line 82.

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  • Rank: Private First Class
  • Date of birth:
  • 26 November 1949
  • Date of death: 22 May 1970
  • County: Hamilton
  • Hometown: Hixson
  • Service Branch: Army
  • Division/Assignment: 40th Artillery, 199th Light Infantry Brigade
  • Conflict: Vietnam
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Hamilton Memorial Gardens, Hixson, Hamilton County, TN
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar XXIII, Top Panel
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