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Gold Star Roll: Oskar Youngdahl - May 12, 1917
Enlistment date of Captain Oskar Youngdahl. Originally from Red Wing, Minnesota, Youngdahl was highly decorated for his actions during the war. His file includes a number of newspaper articles, letters, a photo and a copy of the war department citation booklet. According to his Gold Star Roll, Youngdahl died "as a result of wounds received in action on October 6th 1918 at Mount Blanc [France]. A machine gun nest was bothering the flank of the company which Capt. Oscar Youngdahl was in charge. He went out alone, silencing the guns, killed some of the Germans in charge and captured the rest and brought the machine gun back to the line. While doing this he received a mortal wound through the nexk and died as a result of this wound on October 8th 1918 in a Field Hospital."
Citation: "Youngdahl, Oskar E." Minnesota Public Safety Commission. Gold Star Roll. Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul, Minnesota. [114.D.7.1B]