One of the men who was alongside my great-great uncle fighting in France during the First World War was a man named Lee Stewart of Cullman, Alabama.
His granddaughter hasn’t forgotten him, thankfully. His story, thanks to her, made the local paper.
Stewart was assigned to the 167th Alabama, which was grouped with the 168th Iowa, my great-great uncle’s unit, in the 42nd ‘Rainbow’ Division.
Both men endured the nastiness of the Battle of Croix Rouge Farm.
“The Croix Rouge battle was the 167th’s bloodiest and among the hardest American battles fought in all the war.”
On July 26th my great-great uncle, Leslie Warren Darling, was cut down by German machine fire. The following day, Stewart was hit with shrapnel across his back and legs. Darling died four days later, on July 30th. Stewart survived, but never talked about the war and his experiences.
“It was only 40 years after he died in 1974 — coincidentally just days before Memorial Day — his family finally learned of his heroics.”
He was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in action and the Purple Heart posthumously.
May their sacrifices never be forgotten.