Operation Iraqi Freedom, Fallen Heroes, Iraq War 03/19/03

Nathaniel A Caldwell

Omaha, Nebraska

May 21, 2003

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
27 Army Spc

404th Air Support Battalion, 4th Infantry Division

Fort Hood, Texas

Killed in Baghdad, Iraq when his vehicle rolled over while responding to a civilian call.

AP News

Nathaniel A. Caldwell studied sports management at Peru State College in Peru, Neb. But his dream was to become a pastor. Caldwell of Omaha, Neb., died May 21 in a vehicle accident in Iraq. He was stationed at Fort Hood. Survivors include his wife, Amanda; and from a previous marriage, two children, Donovan, 6, and Endira, 4; and a stepdaughter, Dallas, 9.

By Foster Klug
3:45 p.m. September 3, 2003

Oscar Nelson

BALTIMORE - An Army sergeant who was accused of driving recklessly in a 
Humvee in Iraq when it flipped and crushed a soldier was found guilty of 
involuntary manslaughter and sentenced to seven years in prison, a military 
spokeswoman said Wednesday.

Sgt. Oscar Nelson III, 25, of Dundalk was accused of driving erratically and 
at excessive speed when the vehicle rolled over and killed Spc. Nathaniel 
Caldwell Jr. in the early hours of May 21.

Iraq memorial: Nathaniel Caldwell Jr.

A military judge found Nelson guilty of involuntary manslaughter, making a 
false official statement and obstruction of justice, Army spokeswoman Maj. 
Josslyn Aberle said in an e-mailed statement from Iraq. He could have 
received life in prison on a charge of unpremeditated murder during the 
general court-martial in Tikrit that ended Monday.

Aberle said in the statement that Nelson pleaded "guilty to some of the 
charges," but it was unclear from the statement which ones, or if the plea 
was part of a deal with prosecutors.

E-mail messages sent Wednesday by The Associated Press to Aberle in Iraq 
seeking clarification and requesting comment from Nelson and his attorney 
weren't immediately returned.

The conviction was appealed automatically, and Nelson will be dishonorably 
discharged, Aberle said in the statement.

Nelson and Caldwell, 27, served with the 404th Aviation Support Battalion of 
the 4th Infantry Division. Nelson repaired generators, and Caldwell was a 
tank mechanic and an aspiring minister from Arizona.

Nate left behind his wife, Amanda, of only six months, a 6yr old son 
Donovan, a 4 yr old daughter Endira and a 9 yr old step-daughter Dallas and 
many others who loved him very much & miss him.

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