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. 

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Chester and Gertrude- A box of letters

Oct 10, 2018
Nancy Hasting

It is well known that Evansville suffered one of the first casualties of World War I. But there is a story from the end of the war that has gone largely unnoticed, until now.  WNIN’s Steve Burger has followed that story and was in France this past summer for its thrilling conclusion. Posey County native Nancy Hasting has put her family's story of World War I into a book titled, "A Tragedy of the Great War". 

Steve Burger reported from Sedan in Northern France where Monday a plaque was placed on the First Division Monument at Wadelincourt that honors the casualties from the final offensive of World War I. That plaque contains the name of Evansville native Army Sergeant Chester Schulz. His name was left off the monument in the chaos at the end of WWI. A great niece, Nancy Hasting of Mount Vernon, noticed and decided to get his name added to it.

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