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19, 1993 The Message --for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Veterans' Day: Remembering names and faces By MARY ANN HUGHES mention. During that fight, our Message staff writer Last week, when Walt Lewis spoke at Memorial High School EVansvi,, - le, about Veteran's Da.y, he didn't talk about qates, or places, or statistics. ,,e Simply talked about two Vansville brothers who both u! and died from injuries " received in World War One, Lewis, a ' " "o-year veteran of the military and curre princinal ..... ntly _t . = rtarrlson High ?aOOl, Evansville, believes it's rnpOrtant to emphasi and fa ,. - se names o, o ers show +_. P onahze to death:  " ln.pt of a soldier's eol au:l+ n. is tamily and his re --""'nW s. began his speech b all ,:Umg the students th: y ,.t .r Stories are t ae ha,. ,,_ he same grsr ipar mey are heard from rett rin:' or from soldiers fron r, s Irom Somalia or ver pee:::t Storm: They are A] ho-":" ' uga the news m aa pre .... edia 0the sto' War as "just an- Port ,, ,_ - ewis said it's " face:   nnd "the names anmd tHl tied do that in his t to ng 0.:_ he Students b .... alk t -era ..-'.- y present- "roth._ wtn the sto of ,ers, hit ry two uvt "mert and r "aOUse. i_ Paul :ias:enWor;t, bi:dh i born in o in " ana, and Were ho-- EVansville The letic _ a StUdio,.. ". .. y A_ .' POPUla_ . anct atn- tl the, _ and well-liked. army wh outs enlisted in the !he War en World War 0. -en00 all Wars, 00o'L ans believed that if COuld be defeated, Would be safe for- Said. The new time, airplanes, and gas, terri- W and civilians br0t_ ea the two 1"- ers a--- . runkhouser 18, ' rlveci i ia aP they foua n l rance in .  Wars h- u What soldiers ',e, filth .ave Ibund: barbed tPlessJ ",s, mud ic .... x ,tess , -tclon, all,, r hon1, .vUnkhouser,s parents oft With"tewis shared me Students: bly 1}ear MOther and Father: 'Your letters that places in am still in company. n the place you battalion won a very good name for itself." I was in com- mand of guns and also did liai- son work. Had the pleasure of seeing the Boche killed on the other side of the river and let them know they were not fight- ing second-class soldiers, as they have described the United States troops in their newspa- pers. I think that is as hot a place, or was, as I will get in. During the fight we were initi- ated in this war. High explo- sives were rained on our side of the river along With numerous gas attacks. We also became ac- quainted with the feelings of being shot at by machine guns, as well as shooting them. Of course, that fight is over a month old now. We have been in action quite regular since then. Our division is in the hottest part of the drive now in action, and it is making a name for itself that will last. The Boches are falling back; they are suffering great casual- ties and losing many men. The United States is surprising the world in the way she is han- dling the war situation, and is doing everything to bring an early close to the war. With troops coming over as they are, and the people at home behind them as they are, I don't see how the Hun will hold out very long Some of the Hun soldiers are worthy of praise, but most of them are of inferior grade as soldiers. Have a small collec- tion of souvenirs taken from the Boches but can't send anything home as, of course, you know. Received letters from all of you today and from A.C. Am certainly glad to get them, as well as I am the newspaper clippings. I received mail from you while in action last week. Read them in my dugout, and, take it from me, if there is any- thing that is appreciated here, it is mail. Of course, I don't write enough to let you know all I am doing When a division is in action and chasing Boches, there isn't much time, but remember I have written you many times that "no news is good news, "and so you must think. Of course, it is natural for you all to worry, but there isn't any reason for you to do so. There isn't any Boches going to get me, and if they should you will hear of it very shortly afterward, so don't worry when you don't hear from me. I am all O.K. and in fine spirits and health, and in- tend to remain the same. Now both of you just content your- Walt Lewis, a 28-year veteran of the military and cur- rently principal at Harrison High School, Evansville, spoke to students at Memorial High School, Evansville, about Veteran's Day. Above, are Gerry Adams, Memorial's principal, Lewis, and Deacon Dave Franklin, a Theology teacher at Memorial. -- Message photo by Mary Ann Hughes selves and think that I'll be back home and as much in the way as ever -- even before you really know I have been away. You may take it from me that I think of both of you always and am trying to live the life that will make me worthy of being the son of such a mother and father as yourselves. The longer I am away the more I realize how good and fine you both are, and, although it is not all flowers and sunshine, it is working wonders for all of us in many ways. I don't know when I will get to write to you again, but I will be thinking of you, and just re- member I am O.K. I wish you could send me a small picture of everyone in the family. My belongings are strewn from one end of France to the other, and I only have photographs I can carry in my pocketbook. I guess both Alta and Ruth think they are being neglected, but I think they read my letters home and I think of them, and when I have time will write both of them. Am certainly proud of my brother, Albert C. He has had a hard road to travel and has made good under hard circum- stances. Am going to write him this evening. This brings love to the best mother and father alive, and hope to be with you before long. Your loving son, P. T Thinking of SELLING? SALLY HELFRICH RITrER CLEM BEHME 425-8916 424-7586 e WOUld be happy to perform a Market Value Appraisal of your property and explain our marketing plan to you . IUIJ,I'OII$ -- IkltUEANCl 464"$991 That was Paul's last letter home. He was killed in action while leading an attack on Oct. 20, 1918, and he was buried in the American section of the cemetery at Ferm de Made- laine. Lewis reminded the students that letters home from the front, whether from Manassas during the American Civil War or from a French soldier, "are all the same. " That same October, Albert Funkhouser was wounded in his right knee and in his right hand during battle. He was awarded the Croix de Guerre by the French Republic for gal- lantry. Because of his injuries, he was removed from heavy fighting to a more secure area, but while there, he was gassed. Although, Albert did re- turned to the United States in 1919, his lungs were weak from being gassed and he con- tracted lobar pneumonia. He never mentioned his serious medical condition to his family and asked a college friend "don't tell my parents." His one wish was to live long enough to get his brother's body returned to Evansville. In 1919, Paul's body was interred in Oak Hill Cemetery and shortly after, Albert's body was placed beside it. "These two men are more like all other soldiers than dif- ferent," Lewis said, "because their loss was very significant to their families and to their communities. Wars tend to depersonalize. It's important to personalize war. 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