FORT HOOD — Fort Hood officials on Thursday released the name of a soldier who died Monday in the Bell County Jail in Belton.
Sgt. Marcus Lamarr Nelson Sr., 45, whose home of record is listed as Detroit joined the Army in April 2005 as a petroleum supply specialist. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, since June 2015.
Officials with the 1st Cavalry Division said Nelson's death is still under investigation.
Nelson was being held on military charges of departing from his appointed place of duty, disobeying a lawful order from a noncommissioned officer, four counts of dereliction of duty and four counts of communicating a threat.
Nelson deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from October 2008 to September 2009 and from September 2006 to September 2007.
Soldiers who served with Nelson said they were shocked to hear he was even in jail, let alone he had died.
“I met him in January 2006 at (Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.) when I was 18,” said Josh LeBlanc, a veteran from Kountze, Texas, who deployed to Iraq with Nelson. “He was ‘loud and proud’ every morning and he was always upholding the standard. If you felt like ‘skating’ and getting out of doing things, he would still uphold the standards. That’s what he was known for.”
LeBlanc said Nelson was not only a great soldier, but an amazing person.
“He really taught me a lot about being a good person,” he said. “I was really shocked to hear about his death. I’m torn up about it.”
Nelson’s awards and decorations include three Army Commendation Medals, two Army Achievement Medals, three Army Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal with four campaign stars, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon and three Overseas Service Ribbons.