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)

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. 

Chester and Gertrude- Author and Activist

Oct 11, 2018

When her mother died, Posey County native Nancy Hasting found a box of letters and other items that set her on a path to becoming an author, researcher and now champion of securing recognition for her great uncle, who died in battle in France in World War One.

It took nearly two decades of research, and months of preparation to correct a century old oversight that nagged at Nancy Hasting’s conscience. She put the information into a book titled “A Tragedy of the Great War”.

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