7/3/70 Fallen Brother RVN

7/3/70 BU2 Nelson M. Hyler, Oscardsdale, NY – Danang NMCB 62

Nelson Michael Hyler

Home of Record: Scarsdale, NY
Date of birth: 12/27/1948
Service: United States Navy
Grade at loss: E5
Rank: Builder 2nd Class
ID No: 651781629
MOS: 0000: Not Recorded
Length Service: 03
Start Tour: 09/25/1969
Incident Date: 07/03/1970
Casualty Date: 07/03/1970
Age at Loss: 21
Location: Danang, Quang Nam Province, South Vietnam
Remains: Body recovered
Casualty Type: Hostile, died outright
Casualty Reason: Ground casualty
Casualty Detail: Other explosive device

ON THE WALL Panel 09W Line 115



Nelson is buried at:
El Carmelo Cem
68 Asilomar Drive
Pacific Grove, CA. 93950
Site 2, Lot 17, Block 1, Sec. F
Lat: 36° 37' 56"N, Lon: 121° 55' 47"W

DCR Report:
…While NMCB-62 Detail Buford and USMC personnel were assisting in the MEDEVAC of ten U.S. marines involved in a mining incident, just prior to and at the same approximate location as the NMCB-62 incident, a USMC jeep detonated a mine resulting in one Seabee, Petty Officer Second Class Nelson M. Hyler, and two USMC were KIA.

At approximately 9:45 AM on July 3, 1970, a U.S. Navy 1000-gallon water truck from Naval Construction Mobile Battalion 62 (NMCB-62) was traveling south on Route 1D, one mile south of Nui Dat Son (Hill 55) in Quang Nam Province, RVN, when it detonated a 40lb. box mine, wounding two Naval personnel who were in the cab of the vehicle. They were medevacked by vehicle to Hill 55 and subsequently medivacked by helicopter to 1st Medical in Da Nang. Witnesses stated civilians were seen fleeing approximately 500 yards from the road indicating that the mine may have been command-detonated. About 25 minutes later, a M151 jeep from M Company, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines arrived on the scene where it detonated a similar-type mine. The blast destroyed the jeep and killed its two occupants, CPL William D. Frakes and SGT Donnie H. Russell. The explosion also killed a Seabee, BU2 Nelson M. Hyler, who was at the scene of the tanker truck ambush. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org]

A word in memory of BU2 Nelson M Hyler who lost his life on hill 55 on 07-03-10 may he rest in peace. Here is a list of the squad of Charlie Company Builders on Hill 55, Detail Buford. They were there from April to September 1970.
George R. Lucas BU3

Louis R Malerba CN
Joseph A. Mazza BUCN
Floyd McKamey BU2 (squad leader)
Wayne L. McClane BU3
Ronald A. Osborne BU3/BU2
Don P. Rolls BUCN
Bruce E. Steriz BUCN

Nelson M. Hyler BU2, Killed July 3, 1970 (Mike)

Mike was actually the newest member of the squad when he died, he had been with us
about 3 weeks.
All these names are in the 1970 cruise book on pages 130, 131 and 132.
The bridge we built on LTL-4 can be seen on the top right of page 46


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