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George "Gus" Nelson holds a framed tribute to his father, World War I veteran Eric George Nelson. The elder Nelson received a Silver Star for single-handedly capturing a group of German soldiers and a Purple Heart for being wounded by machine gun fire and poison gas.

Swedish immigrant was determined to serve his new country in WWI

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Eric G. Nelson is remembered as a true patriot by his son, George "Gus" Nelson of Hudson.

Eric was born in Uppsala, Sweden, in 1898 and came to the United States at the age of 5 with his mother, Dorothea, and four siblings.


His father, Peter B. Nelson, had come to America a few years earlier, settling in Hudson, where he worked (most likely in the lumber business) and saved money to bring his wife and children to join him.

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Randy Hanson
Randy Hanson has reported for the Star-Observer since 1997. He came to Hudson after 11 years with the Inter-County Leader at Frederic, and eight years of teaching social studies. He’s a graduate of UW-Eau Claire.
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