Chester and Gertrude (At War)

It 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. 

Complete video of Chester and Gertrude (At War)

In this segment, death in a farm field leads to a historic moment for the U.S. Army’s First Division a century later.

As she traced the steps of Sergeant Chester Schulz  to northern France, the conversation shifted as Nancy Hasting, her sister Ann Stevenson and the WNIN crew moved closer to where the battle raged on the outskirts of Sedan in early November 1918.

Chester and Gertrude- Training for battle in France

Oct 12, 2018
Steve Burger

In this segment, we go to France with Posey County resident Nancy Hasting to trace the path of her great-uncle, Chester Schulz.

We can learn a lot about Chester Schulz’s time in France from military records. But what he saw, what he felt, can only be found in the letters he wrote to his mother and family.  A short time after arriving in France, his unit moved to Mussidan, in southwestern France for more training in the type of warfare the American Expeditionary Force was using to finish the war.