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Old 04-20-2009, 03:55 PM
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Col Wallace Martin Nelson USMC (ret), 97, Sacramento, CA

Wallace Martin Nelson
Col., USMC (Ret.)

Wallace Nelson passed away peacefully on April 13, 2009, at age 97 in Sacramento, Calif., where he lived since 1984. He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Jean Nelson, their three daughters, Linda Wittkoff, Judy Adamson, and Tina Ingram, and his brother Ronald Nelson. He and Jean also have seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren who have benefitted from having this kind and generous man as a role model. Wallace led a productive and varied life, and is an inspiration to all who have had the honor of knowing him. Known as the ''Father of Marine Corps Photography'', he was instrumental in creating, in 1941, the Marine Corps' first combat photography unit, originally for training purposes, but soon critical in documenting WWII. As commander of the First Marine Division towards the end of the Korean War, he earned the Legion of Merit award with a Combat ''V''. He completed his 30 years of military service as Commanding Officer of the Marine Barracks at Pearl Harbor in 1959, the year of Hawaii's U.S. statehood. After being awarded a Ph.D. in 1962 from the University of Florida, Wallace served as Professor of Economics at Rollins College and later the University of Florida over a period of 15 years. During this time, he was active in the American Association of University Professors, eventually becoming president of the Florida chapter. In retirement, Wally was one of the original board members of the Steinbeck Foundation in Salinas, Calif. For all his many accomplishments, he will best be remembered as a wonderful husband and family man and a true gentleman. A memorial service will be held at Sunrise Assisted Living, 345 Munroe St., on May 2 at 1:30 p.m., followed by inurnment at Arlington National Cemetery on June 18 with full military honors. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 530 Bercut Dr, Suite A, Sacramento, CA 95841.

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