SP4 Nelson Leport Horchem Jr (KIA)


Photo courtesy of Jerry Bjick


Home of Record: Kankakee, IL
Date of birth: Sunday, 01/30/1944
Race: Caucasian
Religion: Methodist
Marital Status: Single

Service: Army (Selective Service)
Grade at loss: E4
Rank: Specialist Four
ID No: 54833454
MOS: 11B10 Infantryman
LenSvc: Less than one year
Unit: 2ND PLT, B CO, 2ND BN, 501ST INF RGT, 101 ABN DIV

Start Tour: Saturday, 11/23/1968
Cas Date: Sunday, 03/30/1969
Age at Loss: 25
Remains: Body Recovered
Location: Thua Thien, South Vietnam
Type: Hostile, Died Of Wounds
Reason: Gun, Small Arms Fire – Ground Casualty


Nelson is buried at Kankakee Memorial Gardens in Kankakee, Kankakee, Illinois and is honored on Panel 28W, Row 91 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial


“‘Lee’ was in my squad and standing right next to me when he was killed. I was the “gunner” and felt so bad because I always thought the incoming was meant for me. Lee was a terrific guy. We had another nickname for him; we called him ‘Pop’. The ‘Pop’ tag was because he was older than the rest of us and really tried to take care of us. What a great guy.”

~Pat O’Leary

“I grew up in the same neighborhood with Nelson in Kankakee, Illinois. He was a great guy who had just graduated from college. He went by his middle name Leport or ‘Lee’. His parents and sister have passed on, but his friends on the south side of Kankakee still appreciate his memory and sacrifice.”

Jerry Bjick
Lenoir City, TN

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