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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)

Plaque to honor soldier on its way to France

Steve Burger

An update on a story WNIN has followed for several years- Mt. Vernon resident Nancy Hasting's effort to get her great-uncle's name added to a monument in France honoring World War One casualties.

Army sergeant Chester Schulz was killed while attacking an enemy position near the town of Sedan in northern France on November 7, 1918. It was just four days before the end of the war. 

In the chaos of those last days, his name was not included among the casualties and consequently, was left off the monument erected some years later.

After working for over a year, Hasting was able to get 1st Army Division memorial officials to agree to add the name. The plaque will be installed in the next few weeks.

WNIN will continue to follow this story, including complete coverage of this interesting and impactful story on the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One.

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