A soldier’s story
“With Veterans Day this month, I felt inspired to share my grandpa’s story. Harold “Pug” Lund was born into a family of 13 on Feb. 27, 1923, to the parents of John and Anna Lund in Kipling. A graduate of Gladstone High School, he was the first Gladstone High School athlete to be selected for the All-U.P. Football team in 1940.
He then worked as a laborer until 1944 when he was drafted into the U.S. Army and was assigned to the 80th Infantry Division. After about five months of basic training at Camp Croft, N.C., he boarded the RMS Queen Elizabeth and was ferried to Glasgow, Scotland.
After landing, he was deployed in France and moved through Belgium and Luxemberg. While his unit was preparing for an attack on the Siegfried line, a heavily armored strip of land on the German border, the German military mobilized and attacked the Allied-held Ardennes Forest, resulting in the largest and bloodiest battle, later known as the Battle of the Bulge, fought by the United States during World War II. On Dec. 16, his unit was diverted to engage the German forces and defend the forest.
After spending weeks in a foxhole, he succumbed to frostbite on the 11th of January, 1945. He would spend the next 14 months in various military hospitals stateside.
Ultimately, both his legs below the knee would have to amputated, leaving him with prosthetics. He came back to Gladstone in March of 1946.
My grandpa has inspired me through his courage, determination, and his ability to lead a fulfilling life, despite the fact that he is a double amputee.
He motivates me everyday to do the best I can, despite any obstacles that come my way. I am so proud not only for his service to our country, but also because he is my grandpa.”
Gladstone High School