How high the price??
Stories waiting to be told that’s what Connie Heggestad, long time VFW Auxiliary member, thought when she first became involved with a project that would tell the stories of the many who wore the uniforms, defended our country, suffered in POW camps and made the ultimate sacrifice
One of those stories she learned about is that of a Native American soldier who volunteered at St. Charles, SD, died in the Battle of the Argonne, and was given a military funeral. But wait, that was not the end of the story. Some years later he returned to his family. Was it a case of mistaken identity? There is so much more to this story that culminated in a federal trial in Minneapolis, MN. What is the real story? We may never know, but the details will be included in a book of those who did not return alive from WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm, Iraq and Afghanistan. Stories that need to be preserved and shared.
At the beginning of this project, which raised questions, tugged at the heart and required hours of devoted research, it became apparent that identifying the POW’s would be difficult. There was no one source for that information. This would be a challenge.
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