The Navy SEALs suffer yet another loss, as an Omaha native is reported killed when an explosive device hit the vehicle he was riding in Afghanistan.
The Department of Defense announced on Sunday the death of Petty Officer 1st Class Caleb A. Nelson, 26, who served with the Naval Special Warfare Unit based in Hampton Roads, Virginia. Nelson died on Saturday, after the vehicle he was in was hit by an explosive device in Zabul province.
Caleb Nelson is survived by his wife, two sons, and his parents.
Caleb is the son of the Rev. Larry Nelson, pastor of Millard Alliance Church. Ron Omann, a long-time neighbor of the family, recalled memories of Caleb as a young boy: “He was just a really good kid… A get-up-and-go kid. If you wanted something done, he’d do it.”
Nelson was also remembered by his unit commander, Capt. Tim Szymanski, commander of Naval Special Warfare Group Two, giving the following statement: “Caleb Nelson was a cherished teammate, a gifted SEAL operator, and a loving husband and father. His tireless professionalism, inspiring passion for life and his humble and selfless service to our country made him a role model for all who knew him.”
Nelson was a decorated Navy SEAL and a seasoned combat Veteran. Among his decorations are the Bronze Star with Valor, the Purple Heart, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, the Combat Action Ribbon, the Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Medal, the Sea Service Ribbon (two awards), the NATO Service Medal, the Expert Rifle ribbon and the Expert Pistol ribbon.