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Jim Nelson
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Perch Base Holland Club Member Jim (Nellie) Nelson departed on Eternal Patrol on August 15, 2020.
Our condolences to his wife, Nancy, who was the Perch Base Subvettes President for many years, his son, Brent, who is also a Qualified Submariner, and the rest of the family.
Jim was our Perch Base Chief of the Boat (COB) in 2001, the Base Storekeeper from 2003 to 2008, and was awarded Perch Base Sailor of the Year Award in 2007.

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Jim Nelson pinning the dolphins he earned in 1966 on the USS Spinax on his son, Brent, upon Brent's qualification on the U.S.S Salt Lake City (SSN‑716), circa 2001.

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Jim Nelson (center) proudly observing the reenlistment of his son Brent (left) in 2003.

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Jim Nelson in Pearl Harbor, preparing for a "tiger cruise" on the U.S.S Salt Lake City (SSN‑716), with his son Brent in 2004.


Jim Nelson qualified on the USS Spinax (SS‑489) in 1966 and honorably discharged as an Electrician Mate Third Class, EM3(SS).

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Jim Nelson's qual boat, USS Spinax (SS‑489)

Jim Nelson's qual boat, USS Spinax (SS‑489)

Cemetery services were conducted at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona on Thursday, 10/08/2021 at 10:30 am. Fifteen Perch Base members and wives were present and our Past Commander, Jim Denzien, officiated the ceremony and Base Commander, George Woods, presented the Eternal Patrol Certificate to the family.

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The Honor Guard.

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The Bugler from the American Legion Post 41 Honor Guard.

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The American Legion Post 41 also provided the Honor Guard Rifle Team.

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Jim Nelson's Submarine Veterans vest.

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The Honor Guard conducts the flag unfolding and refolding ceremony.

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The Navy Honor Guard presented the flag on behalf of the President of the United States, the United States Navy, and a grateful nation.

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Past Perch Base Commander, Jim Denzien, presented the Eulogy.

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Perch Base Commander, George Woods, presented the Eternal Patrol Certificate to Nancy Nelson.

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Jim's son Brent, also a qualified submariner, said a few words.


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The representative of the National Cemetery of Arizona presented the 3 expended shells, one from each volley. The 3 volleys represent duty, honor, country.


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