Charlene Marie Nelson

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  • Name: Charlene Marie Nelson
  • Location of Birth: Fairbanks, Alaska
  • Date of Birth: July 26, 1981
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  • Parents: David and Penny Barber
  • High School and Class: Bigfork High School, Bigfork, Minnesota
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  • Highest Rank: E1
  • Branch: Army
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  • Date Sworn In: April 9, 2002
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  • Date of Discharge: September 20, 2002
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  • Military Awards:
    After service, was awarded the 2018 Minnesota Veteran's Voice Award.

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  • Civilian Life:
    Charlene Nelson (aka Waldron and birth-name Barber) separated early from the service after removal of a tumor which became enlarged, she suspects, from the physical exertion. Charlene elected to have it removed, desiring to see through her dreams of being stationed in Germany and serving as a medic. However, she was discharged shortly before earning her first rank.

    Charlene continues to be active in the community, with a keen interest in constitutional rights. She acted as a children's rights advocate for over a decade before diving into hands-on civil rights activism in Itasca County.

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