Medal of Honor sign unveiling

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FORT CARSON, Colo. — Senior leaders from the 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson unveiled the first of 49 Medal of Honor placards that will be placed above Fort Carson streets named for Medal of Honor recipients, March 25. The first placard placed was at the intersection of Nelson Boulevard and Wetzel Avenue. Nelson Boulevard is named for Sgt. William L. Nelson, 60th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division, who was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions April 24, 1943, at Djobel Dardys, Tunisia. Under intense enemy fire, he directed the fires of his 81mm mortar section so accurately that an enemy counterattack was stopped. Then, mortally wounded, he crawled within 50 yards of enemy positions and continued to direct fire until he died.

U.S. Army photo by Spc. William Rogers