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0000017c-83f8-d4f8-a77d-b3fd0d020000It happens every day. A relative dies and family members receive the items of that person's life. One person gets the china, another some furniture. For Posey County, Indiana resident Nancy Hasting, it was a box of letters.The letters detail a mother's love for her son that spawned a national movement in World War One. The story that began in 1918 ended a century later with a historic action by the U.S. Army's First Infantry Division Memorial Association. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=udzzDob7nlAComplete video of Chester and Gertrude (At War)

WWI soldier may finally get recognition

Here is an update to a story we've been following for several years.  Evansville native Chester Schulz was killed in action on November, 7, 1918, just four days before the end of World War One.

Because of the chaos of the war and poor record-keeping, Chester Schulz's name was omitted from a monument to the soldiers who died in the last days of the war in northern France.  Now, he may finally be recognized.

His great niece, Nancy Hasting of Posey County, has chronicled the story of Chester and his mother Gertrude in a book. Gertrude Schulz put Evansville on the map in 1918, by helping organize and chairing the first national convention of the War Mothers of America here in September of that year.

2008 story of the triumph and tragedy of the Schulz family in World War One, as told through letters between Chester and Gertrude Schulz.
2009 story of Gertrude Schulz's contribution to the war effort and how she put Evansville in the national spotlight. Included are comments from the only living member of her family with personal knowledge of Gertrude Schulz.