Thursday, November 10, 2022

Military Service: Captain Nelson Ott, USAF WWII


Captain Nelson Tate Ott

10 March 1917 LA – 25 June 1996 LA

Son of Charles Jacob Ott & Lillie Nelson Tate


World War II US Air Force Pilot & Instructor


Nelson Tate Ott Sr., 79, of Osyka, died June 25, 1996, at Baton Rouge, La., General Health Center.


Visitation is 6 – 9 tonight at Hartman Funeral Home of McComb. T Services will be at 11 a. m. Friday at Osyka Baptist Church, with the Rev. Joe Trull officiating. Burial will be in Osyka Cemetery.


Mr. Ott was born March 10, 1917, in Hackley, La. He was the son of Charles Jacob and Lillie Tate Ott. He was reared in Osyka.


He was a graduate of McComb High School, where he excelled in football. He graduated from Oklahoma A&M (now Oklahoma State) where he lettered four years in football.


He was a captain in the U. S. Air Force. He was a pilot and instructor at Foster Field, Texas. He flew a P – 47 in combat in the European Theater, where he received numerous citations.


After World War II, he returned to Osyka with his wife, June, who was a 1st Lieutenant in the U. S. Air Force. There he taught school and coached for 35 years in the surrounding areas of Mississippi and Louisiana. He retired as principal of Osyka Elementary School.


He served as alderman for the Town of Osyka. He was a member of Osyka Baptist Church.


In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Rebecca Ott Best, Gena Ott Trask and Zelma Ott; and his brother, Charles Jacob Ott Jr.


Survivors include his wife of 52 years, June Balogh Ott of Osyka; four daughters, Doris Ott Harris of Houston, Texas, Sara Ott Wall of Denham Springs, La., Becky Ott Applewhite of Summit and Donna  Ott of Osyka Ott Speed of Chatawa; one son, Nelson Tate Ott Jr. of Osyka; one son – in – law, Jack Speed of Chatawa; one daughter – in – law, Ruthie Ott of Osyka; seven grandchildren, Mandy Wall, Leigh and Lesley Harris, Courtney and Allison Applewhite, and June and Dan Speed; and a host of nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends. 


Source: Nelson Tate Ott Sr. (McComb, MS: Enterprise – Journal, 27 June 1996) 8; digital image, accessed May 2022. 



  1. Saluting his service! Also I like the way he listed his mother with her maiden name too when noting a contact.

  2. I reaaly like the chart at the end. I struggle sometimes with how to show relationship to me and sometimes distant ancestors. I've done similar a few times. Somtimes I copy the FS relationship chart. Nice work!.

  3. Looks like he had an accomplished and well lived life! Great job memorializing him! What do you use for your charts? :)

  4. To add charts to my blog posts I make them with my Family Tree Maker program.


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