WOLD, NELS - Medal of Honor Recipient


Rank and organization: Private, U.S. Army, Company I, 138th Infantry, 35th Division.

Place and date: Near Cheppy, France, 26 September 1918.

Entered service at: Minnewaukan, N. Dak.

Birth: Winger, Minn. G.O. No.: 16, W.D., 1919.

Citation: He rendered most gallant service in aiding the advance of his company, which had been held up by machinegun nests, advancing, with 1 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 5th machinegun nest that he was killed. The advance of his company was mainly due to his great courage and devotion to duty.

This data was extracted from the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, U.S. Senate, Medal of Honor Recipients: 1863-1973 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1973)