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World War I - U.S. Army

Nels T Wold

  • Rank: Private
  • Conflict/Era: World War I
  • Unit/Command:
    Company I, 138th Infantry,
    35th Division
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: September 26, 1918
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: near Cheppy, France
He rendered most gallant service in aiding the advance of his company, which had been held up by machine-gun nests, advancing, with one other soldier, and silencing the guns, bringing with him, upon his return, 11 prisoners. Later the same day he jumped from a trench and rescued a comrade who was about to be shot by a German officer, killing the officer during the exploit. His actions were entirely voluntary, and it was while attempting to rush a fifth machine-gun nest that he was killed. The advance of his company was mainly due to his great courage and devotion to duty.
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Minnewaukan, Benson County, North Dakota
  • Awarded Posthumously: Yes
  • Born: December 24, 1895, Winger, Polk County, MN, United States
  • Died: September 26, 1918, France
  • Buried: Elim Cemetery (MH), Winger, MN, United States

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