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|Sgt. Chester E. Schulz
Co. K, 28th Infantry, 1st Division
October 6, 1892 - November 7, 1918
The value of a man's life may be more truly estimated by the unconscious influence on his fellow men than by the record of his visible actions. A virtuous life radiates an atmosphere of goodness, and all who come in contact with such a life are made better thereby. That Chester E. Schulz led such a worthy life is illustrated by an incident which occurred on May 23, 1919. A soldier who was on sick leave to see his mother in Terre Haute happened to speak to a friend of Schulz. When the name of the Evansville hero was mentioned the unknown soldier exclaimed: "My God, he was my Sergeant!" In the conversation which ensued the soldier said: "I have never been the same man since I have known him." Then he went on to tell that since he had known Schulz his life had been reformed. Chester E. Schulz was born October 6, 1892. He completed the Campbell School and graduated from Evansville High School in 1905. For a year he worked for the Keller-Crescent Company at the Princeton, Ind., branch. Later he entered the office of the Hercules Buggy Works, as an accountant, where he was employed for four years. He was secretary of the Jefferson Avenue Cumberland Presbyterian Sunday School, a member of the choir, the Young Men's Bible Class, and the Basketball League. He entered the service September 20, 1917. He went to Camp Taylor, where he was assigned to Co. K, 335th Infantry, 84th Division. He was appointed Corporal October 9, 1917. On April 17, 1918, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. Sergeant Schulz went to Camp Sherman June 7, 1918. On July 1, 1918, he underwent an operation for appendicitis. He was confined to the base hospital nearly two months, and on August 23 1918, he went to Camp Mills. He sailed for overseas September 3, 1918. On September 16, 1918, Sergeant Schulz landed at Liverpool, England. Two days later he was sent to Southhampton. He crossed the English Channel September 20, 1918, and set foot on French soil at Le Havre, just one year from the day he entered the service of his country. Four days later he was billeted at Mussidan. On October 8, 1918, Sergeant Schulz was assigned to Co. K, 28th Infantry, First Division. Here he found three Evansville comrade Sergeant C. A. Shofner, Sergeant Jack Greene, and Sergeant Miles Saunders. Sergeant Schulz was under shell fire November 2, 1918. This was during the American drive from Sedan to Metz, His company met the first opposition when it was six kilometers from Sedan. While fighting on a circle of hills surrounding Sedan, Sergeant Schulz fell, November 7, 1918. He was buried in the American cemetery C (566), grave No.3, Commune Chevages, Ardennes. He was later reburied in Grave No. 121, Section No.3, Plot No.3. It was four months of anguish and suspense before the official confirmation of his death reached his parents. During this time his mother, Mrs. A. J. Schulz, President of the local chapter of National War Mothers of America, wrote her son weekly letters, hoping that he was alive somewhere in a hospital. Now the mother is resigned to the will of God and is glad to know her boy fought heroically and that in dying he did not die in vain. _____ Sons of Men: Evansville's War Record, Compiled by Heiman Blatt, Published by Abe P. Madison, 1920 pp167-168.
October 25, 1998