John S. Nelson II was an officer in the 87th Signal Company, responsible for the 87th Signal Company photos.
Per his son, "He's the big guy in the center of the first row (seated)."
His son, John III, also has censor's proofs of many combat and operations photos.
He also has some interesting memorabilia... a section of communications cable they removed from behind enemy lines along the Siegfried line, and a waffen ss sword that he believes came from Buchenwald.
Per Mr. Nelson's son: "Friends, I have gone to Buchenwald each of the past two years - along with Koblenz, Bastogne, etc - trying to figure out where they really were. The written records are incomplete and contradictory.
It would be most helpful to have someone explain this to me.
I went to the 2003 reunion courtesy of Gladwin but no one there knew anyone from the 87th Signal Company. It also seemed like these were mostly enlisted men and the officers were - well, officers and separate.
So I could really use some actual details, like how did they get to Buchenwald to take the other photo in this gallery of someone entering the main prisoners gate at Buchenwald, the concentration camp, on liberation day in April 1945?
Can anyone help?
Not many of my materials are scanned as they are in a scrapbook that I have been reluctant to disassemble. But I could if they would be of real value.
Thanks in advance for any advice you can give."
John S. Nelson III Son of John S. Nelson II; 87th Signal Company