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Press Photo by Linda Sailer Vietnam veteran Brian Benesh places a flag at the grave of World War I veteran Homer J. Schlangen on Tuesday as part of the upcoming Memorial Day observance.

An American hero: WWI veteran Homer Schlangen among those being honored for military service

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Vietnam veteran Brian Benesh had been walking across the St. Joseph’s Cemetery when he noticed a grave marker mostly covered by sod. He was placing flags at the graves of veterans in observance of Memorial Day. Clearing the soil, the marker revealed the name of Homer J. Schlangen. He was born Aug. 21, 1890, and died 37 years later. “The only reason I knew he was a veteran was because the marker had an American Legion emblem on it,” he said.

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