Lt. Nelson Marks Bump Biography - 2

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Nelson Bump -- A WW1 Handicapped Patriot....

In 1910, Nelson was working for the Lackawana Railroad when he had a terrible accident, resulting in a leg amputation.  He sued the railroad for negligence, and won $24,000 in damages ($500,000 in 2020...).

Despite this terrible handicap (and significant wealth), Bump registered for the WW1 draft, and to the question, "Do you claim exemption from the draft", he proudly answered "No".

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Nelson was not discouraged by his subsequent rejection from the Army. In May 1918, he volunteered to join the American Red Cross, and was sent to their London headquarters to assist in the logistics of transporting medical supplies to Europe.