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Here is some information below he was KIA Sept 26 1918. According to the record on the back he received the following Congressional Medal of Honor and the Italian Croce al Merito di Guerra https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_Merit_Cross_(Italy) My guess is that he should also have the purple heart and if he was not awarded you will need to go through and apply to have the medal retroactive through the Army Human Resources Command Awards and Decorations Branch
Here is where he is buried. https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/7864899/nels-t.-wold
Here is a write up on his actions pertaining to the CMH
He was 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: Offensive: Meuse-Argonne. Defensive Sectors: Gerardmer (Alsace); Grange-le-Comte (Lorraine). Killed in action on Sept. 26, 1918. Awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond 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 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. Emergency address: Mrs. T. E. Wold, mother, McIntosh, Minn. Residence at Enlistment: Minnewaukan, N. Dak.
Also here are his dates of service.
Name: Nels T Wold Service Number: 2140528 Unit: 138 Inf Company: I Enlistment Date: 2 Apr 1918 Discharge Date: 26 Sep 1918 Death Date: 26 Sep 1918 Cemetery: Winger Minn
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Dear Dale Sollom,
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We suggest that you request a copy of his Official Military Personnel File (OMPF). OMPFs can contain information on awards and medals received. OMPFs and individual medical reports for enlisted men of the U.S. Army who were separated from the service after October 1912 and before 1959 are in the custody of NARA's National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) in St. Louis. In many cases where personnel records were destroyed in the 1973 fire, proof of service can be provided from other records such as morning reports, payrolls, and military orders, and a certificate of military service will be issued. Please complete a GSA Standard Form 180 and mail it to NARA's National Personnel Records Center, (Military Personnel Records), 1 Archives Drive, St. Louis, MO 63138-1002. Veterans and their next of kin also may use eVetRecs to request records. See eVetRecs Help for instructions. For more information see Official Military Personnel Files (OMPF), Archival Records Requests.
We searched the National Archives Catalog and located two digitized documents titled Cable Number 250, General Headquarters A.E.F. 29 January 1919 and Cable Number 1984, General Headquarters A.E.F. 17 December 1918 (last full paragraph on page 3) in the Records of the Army Expeditionary Forces (World War I) (Record Group 120) that include mention of Private Nels Wold of the 138th Infantry. These records have been digitized and can be viewed online using the Catalog.
We also searched the National Archives Catalog and located the series Records of the 1st Through 338th and the 559th Infantry Regiment, 1916-1921 in the Records of U.S. Regular Army Mobile Units (Record Group 391) that may include the records of the 138th Infantry Regiment during WWI. For more information about these non-digitized records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at email@example.com.
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Thank you for the information that you have provided. I will try some of the other sources that you have suggested.