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Two who served: The tale of two Valley boys and the Great War Presentation by Gregg Clemmer and Nancy Sorrells Sponsored by the Augusta County Historical Society

  • R.R. Smith Center for History and Art 22 South New Street Staunton, VA, 24401 United States (map)

Historians and authors Gregg Clemmer and Nancy Sorrells will tell the stories of their family’s almost forgotten soldiers – two local boys (Ashby Forrest Painter and Herman Leonard Clemmer) who represent the thousands of young men who went off to serve their country in WWI and never returned home. And, while the stories of the two men are typical of those who served in World War I, the twisting, turning detective work needed to uncover the facts are somewhat unusual. Clemmer’s story comes via a framed photograph found in a trash pile in Nebraska. Painter’s tale was uncovered on a nearly 70-year-old quilt in North Carolina.