Little Falls WWII veteran's dream comes true by telling life story on TV

February 17, 2019 10:47 PM

A World War II veteran's dream came true Sunday night.

Gene Nelson, 99, of Little Falls, always wanted his life story told on TV. 


On Sunday night, 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS ran a story on Nelson's long life and service to our country. 

Nelson fought on Omaha Beach, and was given two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star. Nelson made it home, but other friends weren't so lucky.

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"He told me I would get back and I won't, and he never come back," Nelson said. "He got killed right across the road from me."

Nelson says the secret to a long life is trying to remain happy. 

He turns 100 in November.

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