Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 29

Gene Nelson —
Man Who Didn’t Quit
By Bill Bower

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N 1968 I met Eugene Nelson when I was a trainee at the Game Commission’s Ross Leffler School of Conservation. As part of my training I was assigned to work for a week at the turkey farm, where Gene was employed as the superintendent. Then, throughout my career, I came in contact with Gene on many occasions and always thought highly of him. Eugene Nelson was born on June 18, 1926, to William and Mildred Nelson. The oldest of four children, when he was eight, his parents separated, and the children (three boys and one girl) were put in an orphanage in York County. Eventually, the grandparents took his sister, Audrey, to live with them, and the two brothers were taken out of the orphanage to work on a farm. Gene stayed in the orphanage until graduating from high school, and when he turned 17, he joined the Army. After basic training, Gene served as a rifleman in the Third Army in Europe, where his unit fought in battles in France and Germany. While in Germany, Gene was wounded in the legs and stomach and sent to a field hospital where he spent 20 days. On his release, Gene was sent back to the front lines. His

unit ended up near Liz, Austria, where they helped to liberate the Mauthausen Concentration Camp. Near the town of Liz was a large marble quarry where the Germans forced the Jewish people to work. Gene did not want to talk about any of his WWII experiences, saying that recalling them caused him trouble sleeping for a few nights. I did some research on the Third Army and their war record during WWII, and after reading and looking at the photos, I understood why Gene was reluctant to talk about the war. After the war ended in Europe, Gene transferred to the military police. After training he was to go to Japan, but the Japanese surrendered during his training. Gene finished his tour of duty at Camp McCoy, which was a prisoner of war camp in Wisconsin. The camp held 8,000 German prisoners from the Afrika Corps.

GENE NELSON, right, was the superintendent of the turkey farm.Turkeys were traded for snowshoe hares from New England in 1970. The fellow on the left is a PGC Food & Cover Corps employee.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012

Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012
History of the Whitetail
Contents
Slow Down
Unconventional Calling Bags Bedford County Longbeard
Cabling with Grandsons
Dumpster Bears
Two for a Turkey
Operation Talon
Passing It On
Hunting Small Woods Turkeys
Gene Nelson — Man Who Didn’t Quit
How Young is that Forest?
Field Notes
Conservation News
Off the Wire
Another View
The Naturalist’s Eye
Straight from the Bowstring
Fun Game
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Crossings
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Cover2
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - History of the Whitetail
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Slow Down
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 4
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 6
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Unconventional Calling Bags Bedford County Longbeard
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 8
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Cabling with Grandsons
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 10
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 11
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Dumpster Bears
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 13
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 14
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 15
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 16
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Two for a Turkey
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 18
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 19
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Operation Talon
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 21
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Passing It On
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 23
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 24
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Hunting Small Woods Turkeys
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 26
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 27
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 28
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Gene Nelson — Man Who Didn’t Quit
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 30
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 31
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - How Young is that Forest?
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 33
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 34
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Field Notes
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 36
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 37
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 38
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 39
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Conservation News
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 41
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Another View
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 51
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - The Naturalist’s Eye
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 56
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Straight from the Bowstring
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 58
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 59
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 62
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - Crossings
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