Nelson Ole Eells

Army Badge
  • Name: Nelson Ole Eells
  • Location of Birth: Greenville, Iowa
  • Date of Birth: June 25, 1893
  • Date of Death: September 25, 1945 (52 years old)
  • Parents: Franklin Eells and Olina (Backevold) Eells
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  • Highest Rank: PFC (Private First Class)
  • Branch: Army
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  • Date Sworn In: December 15, 1917 (Enlistment Date)
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  • Date of Discharge: November 14, 1919
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  • Military Highlights:
    Nelson served with the Medical Department. His unit was the Minnesota, Mobile Hospital #101. Nelson received an Honorable Discharge on November 14, 1919.

    Information from Registration Card (Men born on or after April 28, 1877 and on or before February 16, 1897:
    Name: Nelson Ole Eells
    Place of Residence: Ball Club, Cass County, Minnesota
    Mailing Address: Same
    Age in Years: 48
    Place of Birth: Greenville, Iowa
    Telephone Exchange: Deer River IF 32
    Date of Birth: June 25, 1893
    Name and Address of Person Who Will Always Know Your Address: Mrs. N. O. Eells, Ball Club, Minnesota
    Race: White
    Height: 6'
    Weight: 196
    Complexion: Light
    Eyes: Blue
    Hair: Brown
    Date of Registration: April 27, 1942

  • Wars Involved:
    World War I

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  • Civilian Life:
    Nelson moved to St. Paul, Minnesota in 1917.

    Following his marriage to Fannie Cheney on September 2, 1920, he enlisted in the Army.

    Following his discharge he moved to Pipestone, later living in the Northwest Angle, Minneapolis, St. Paul, Baudette, and Ball Club, Minnesota.

    Nelson and his wife had been living in Thief River Falls, Minnesota for nine years.

    Nelson leaves his wife, Mrs. Fannie Eells; one daughter, Marion; two sons, Captain Howard Eells with the Army at Iwo Jima and Melvin; four brothers, Martin, Elmer, John, and Sidney.

    One daughter, a brother, and his parents preceded him in death.

    Nelson passed away at his home. He is buried in Wildwood Cemetery at Cohasset, Minnesota. Nelson passed away at his home in the township of North.

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