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Chase J. Nielsen, 90, member of the famed "Doolittle Raiders" dies
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wazzzy
2007-03-25 16:50:32 UTC
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A member of the famed "Doolittle Raiders" who bombed Japan in 1942 is
dead.

Lieutenant Colonel Chase J- Nielsen died Friday at his home of age-
related causes.

He was 90.

The Brigham City resident was a navigator in one of the most daring
air raids in American history.

In April 1942 sixteen B-25 bombers took off from an aircraft carrier
and bombed Tokyo.

Nielsen and his crew ditched the plane, which was running out of fuel,
off the coast of China. He spent more than three years as a Japanese
prisoner of war. Nielsen was one of four P-O-Ws from the raid to
survive. Four others died.

The raid, planned by Lieutenant Colonel Jimmy Doolittle, was the
subject of the book and movie "Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo" and the book
"Four Came Home."

Visitation is scheduled for Tuesday night at the Allen Hall Mortuary
in Logan, where Nielsen attended Utah State University and graduated
in 1939. His funeral is scheduled for Wednesday.
wazzzy
2007-03-25 17:14:49 UTC
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Chase Jay Nielsen

Lt. Col. Chase Jay Nielsen 1917 ~ 2007 Lt. Col. Chase Jay Nielsen, age
90, of Brigham City, Utah passed away Friday, March 23, 2007 at his
home in Brigham City. He was, a loving husband, father, grandfather,
brother, and son. Col. Nielsen was born in Hyrum, Utah. He was the son
of the late Floyd and Carrie Nielsen. He graduated from the grade and
high schools in Hyrum and received a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering
from Utah State University, Logan, Utah, 1939. He entered the United
States Army Air Corps through the Flying Cadet Program in August,
1939. He completed pilot and aerial navigation training and was
commissioned a second lieutenant in June, 1941. Col. Nielsen was the
navigator of the sixth (of only 16) Army Air Corps B-25 bombers to
take off from the aircraft carrier USS Hornet as part of the Doolittle
Tokyo Raid, April 18, 1942. This was the first retaliatory strike
against the Japanese homeland after Imperial Japan's attack on Pearl
Harbor some four months earlier. After successfully bombing industrial
targets in Tokyo, Col. Nielsen's Crew #6 guided their B-25 bomber west
toward China, knowing full well they did not have enough fuel to reach
a safe haven beyond the Japanese occupied China coastline. As
anticipated, they ran out of fuel when they reached the coastline and
were forced to make a crash landing in Japanese occupied waters. The
bombardier and gunner on the Nielsen crew were killed when the B-25
crashed. Their remains were buried in a safe haven with the help of
the local Chinese guerillas. After evading the Japanese for several
days, Nielsen, his pilot and co-pilot, along with five members of
another crew, were captured. The Japanese executed three of the men,
the other five, including Nielsen, were held captive for 40 months.
During the 40 month ordeal, one man died before they were rescued and
came home. A week after the war in the Pacific ended, Nielsen and his
surviving buddies were located and recovered by an OSS Parachute
Rescue Team. In January 1946 Col. Nielsen returned to Shanghai, China
where he participated in the International War Crime Trials. He
provided much of the evidence that convicted four Japanese captors of
inhumane treatment and murder. On return from the War Crime Trials and
until March, 1949, Col. Nielsen spent much time in upgrade training.
He then joined Strategic Air Command. He helped integrate "Fail Safe"
and other emergency war order procedures. He helped SAC grow to be one
of the most powerful forces in history. It's mission was to provide
the United States long range combat capability. He logged most of his
air time in B-29, B-50, B-36, and B-52 bombers. He retired from the
U.S. Air Force 30 November, 1961. Col. Nielsen's peacetime overseas
service included several tours to the South Pacific air bases and to
England. His last tour was to Ramey AFB, Puerto Rico, where he served
as squadron commander of maintenance of B-52 and KC-135 type aircraft.
Col. Nielsen's decorations include the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air
Medal, Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster, Air Force Commendation with
Oak Leaf Cluster, and the Republic of China with Breast Order of Pao
Ting, and the Prisoner of War Medal. He was also inducted into the
Utah Aviation Hall of Fame 30 May, 2002. Col. Nielsen married his
first wife, Cleo McCrary, in the Logan Temple July 17, 1946. Surviving
are their three children, Terry (Beverly) Logan, Utah, Gregory
(Jeanne) Brigham City, Utah, Sherrie Wendel Brigham City, Utah. Cleo
died 7 Feb, 1995. He then married Phyllis Henderson. She had three
children from her first marriage, Roy (Patti) Henderson, Escondido,
California, Pamela (Michael) Clark, Encinitas, California, and Douglas
(Kim) Henderson, Kearns, Utah. Together they have 12 grandchildren,
and two great-grandchildren. Also surviving are two sisters, Coy
Scharp, Kaysville, Utah, and Colleen (Art) Checketts, Ogden, Utah.
Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 28, at the
Allen_Hall Mortuary Chapel, 34 East Center Street in Logan. A viewing
will be held from 6_8 p.m. Tuesday, March 27 at Allen Hall Mortuary
and from 10-10:45 a.m. Wednesday prior to services. Interment will be
in the Hyrum City Cemetery, Hyrum, Utah. Condolences and thoughts may
be expressed to the family online at www.allenmortuaries.net "For
death is no more than a turning of us over from time to eternity." -
William Penn-

Published in the Salt Lake Tribune on 3/25/2007

http://www.legacy.com/saltlaketribune/Obituaries.asp?Page=LifeStory&PersonID=86910864
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2017-04-20 19:04:42 UTC
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That is horrible!
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2017-04-20 19:05:03 UTC
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Post by wazzzy
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A member of the famed "Doolittle Raiders" who bombed Japan in 1942 is
dead.
Lieutenant Colonel Chase J- Nielsen died Friday at his home of age-
related causes.
He was 90.
The Brigham City resident was a navigator in one of the most daring
air raids in American history.
In April 1942 sixteen B-25 bombers took off from an aircraft carrier
and bombed Tokyo.
Nielsen and his crew ditched the plane, which was running out of fuel,
off the coast of China. He spent more than three years as a Japanese
prisoner of war. Nielsen was one of four P-O-Ws from the raid to
survive. Four others died.
The raid, planned by Lieutenant Colonel Jimmy Doolittle, was the
subject of the book and movie "Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo" and the book
"Four Came Home."
Visitation is scheduled for Tuesday night at the Allen Hall Mortuary
in Logan, where Nielsen attended Utah State University and graduated
in 1939. His funeral is scheduled for Wednesday.
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