The First 20 Years Of My Life
I was born in Berkley County, South Carolina on July 4th, 1933. My Mother was Louveta Gertrude Ballentine Nielsen and My Father, Charles Aimar Nielsen, Sr.
When I was 4, I attended “Kellys Free Kindergarten” located on Huger Street, between King and Meeting Streets, in Charleston. Later I went Rivers Junior High School which had recently opened in Charleston. I then transferred to Murray Vocational School after having problems at Rivers Junior High School.
While I was still in Murray, I joined the National Guard. I was only 16 years old. The M-1 rifle I used when performing “drill” in the Guard, was almost too heavy for me to point and aim! My exposure to the “guard” caused me to enlist in the United States Air Force, December 14, 1949 – I was 16 ½ years old.