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Brainerd resident Eleanor Gustafson served as a front-line nurse for the U.S. Ar

'I wanted to do something good'


Sixteen million. That's the number of Americans who served in the military during World War II.

Among the ranks of brave men and women was Brainerd resident 2nd Lt. Eleanor Gustafson.

Now 92, Gustafson is a walking, breathing piece of history. A first generation American, she served from 1943-1946 in the U.S. Army as a combat nurse. Like millions of other young Americans, she saw the need for military service as a duty to her country and she was proud to serve.

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