One hundred years ago, an American hero was laid to rest in a small cemetery near Winger. On September 21, 1921, the remains of Nels T. Wold, recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor, were buried in Elim Cemetery. On the 100th anniversary of his funeral, a remembrance service will be held on Saturday, September 25, at 1 p.m. in the Community Center in Winger. Fengstad-Solie American Legion Post 200 of Winger will host the centennial observance. The public is encouraged to attend.
For more information on the remembrance service, call Craig Espeseth at 218-563- 2628 or 218-230-4909. Wold was only 22 when he was killed on September 26, 1918, near Cheppy, France. Before he was shot, Wold silenced four machinegun nests, captured 11 prisoners, and rescued a comrade from a German officer, killing the officer. Wold was called “one of America’s 100 bravest” by Gen. John Pershing. Wold was initially buried in France. His remains were returned to Minnesota and buried in Elim Cemetery.