The final resting place of Sanco Thompson is finally marked, his service to his country etched in stone.
Sonya Hodges saw to that.
On a Friday morning, the Columbia woman stopped by Thompson's grave, planting a tiny flag for Memorial Day in the soil near his headstone. "I'm just proud to be the granddaughter of a World War I soldier," she said.
The Army-issue headstone she requested for Thompson is set on a shady knoll behind a manufacturing plant - a private spot viewed most often from the air, no doubt, as pilots prepare to land at nearby Jim Hamilton-L.B. Owens Airport.
Thompson was a WWI veteran, one of some 3,000 African-American men delivered to France from South Carolina in 1918. They made up the distinguished 371st Infantry.