Mayor Benjamin G. Nelson and Wyoming National Guard Pilots, 1948

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  1. Gerry Asher

    LIFE Magazine, March 1948. Benjamin Grooms Nelson was a combat veteran with no prior experience in politics who beat the ‘political machine’ to become mayor of Cheyenne, WY. The mayor’s job paid only $250 a month, so he supplemented by working as a brakeman for the Union Pacific Railroad on Saturdays (another $150/mo.). Sunday afternoons he flew ‘Mustangs’ (rank of Captain) with the Wyoming ANG’s 187th Fighter Squadron.

    July 13, 2011 at 5:05 pm

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