February 28, 2016

Uncle Louis Schulz WW1 hero

Helen page writes "I am so proud to honor this brave soldier and family member, our Uncle, Louis P Schulz . I want to write about a young man, whom, when I was young, heard a little about but never fully understood. . Now ,as I have grown older, I have to ask myself about Louis and what was he like? I sure admire him for his bravery in War, and sacrifices made. The year prior to entering the armed services, he farmed with my grandfather outside of Sandwich, Illinois . Mom said they had a go...od childhood, often teasing and playing as kids do. They swam in a small stream nearby and walked 2 miles to Sandy Bluff School. When 26 yrs, Louis had entered the army and was stationed at Camp Grant..Later, he would die in France, ( World war I), "going over th hill", which was I believe meant coming out of a fox hole in advance of attacking the enemy.. He was my mom's older brother and his death at the young age of 26yrs, would forever bring a shadow over my mother's eyes as she spoke of the loss of her brother. Mom was 13 years old when her brother was killed in action . Imagine going through such a loss in a family. Some of you may already have and can understand how important I feel it is to honor my family's World War 1 hero, the uncle I never met.
I can say this about him and others that we honor.. We thank them for the ultimate sacrifice they made, in order to know and appreciate freedoms we have today. They fought so valiantly for us all. . . Our servicemen are a special breed of men. Contrary to popular belief, not all men can be Infantrymen as my uncle was. . True, they can do the tasks that are required of an Infantry man, but at their core being, it takes a special breed of man to be able to be an Infantryman, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
Thank you Helen Page for giving this photo of him to us and special thanks to all our soldiers out there ready to defend out country. Our thoughts and prayers Helen wrote "What a very sad thing for their family; he was the only boy killed from Sandwich (WW1), they named their legion post after him. A few years ago they celebrated the post and invited Louis' family members to attend. I was fortunate to be able to go and was very impressed with the many pictures they had of him and his name on the outside of the post. My grandparents were of German descent and were very hurt of the terrible remarks made to them during that time. The grocer would not sell Grandmother the usual good flour for baking because she was German. We have a letter Louis wrote to his sister Leona while he was training at Camp Grant. Described the French generals training them, digging foxholes and sleeping on the ground outdoors. He was killed on my mothers 13th birthday; they were not notified until mid December. He never seemed real to me, until I read his letter. I was moved to tears, what a loss. I came across the telegram sent to notify of his death, a couple post cards he sent from the ship he was on. I gave them to the post along with a copy of his letter. In turn they gave me a copy of the funeral the community gave; very impressive with a large turnout.are with you always ".Helen Page 

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