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Pvt. Nels T. Wold - Fallen

Nels T. Wold
County: Benson
World War I - Fallen
Date of Loss: September 26, 1918 / Age: 22
Branch of Service: Army
Company / Ship / Flight or equivalent: Company I, 138th Infantry
Conflicts Served: 
  • World War I

Killed in action on Sept. 26, 1918.

Name included on the All Veterans Memorial at State Capitol in Bismarck ND.

Information found in Volume 4, page 3510 of the Official Roster of North Dakota Soldiers, Sailors and Marines.

Registered (place not given). Born, Winger, Minn., Dec., 1895, of (nationality of parents not given). Occupation - unknown. Inducted at Crookston, Minn., on April 2, 1918. Sent to Camp Dodge, Iowa. Served in Company M, 163rd Depot Brigade, to April 21, 1918; Company I, 138th Infantry, to death. Overseas from May 3, 1918, to death. Engagements: Offfensive: Meuse-Argonne. Defensive Sectors: Gerardmer (Alsace); Grange-le-Comte (Lorraine). Awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyong the call of duty in action with the enemy near Cheppy, France, Sept. 26, 1918. 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 officier, killing the officier 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. Emergency address: Mrs. T. E. Wold, mother, McIntosh, Minn. Residence at Enlistment: Minnewaukan, N. Dak.

Medals and Honors

Medal of Honor