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Finally, WWI veterans in forgotten graves honored

Jun 6, 2011 12:08:00 AM - thestate.com
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.

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