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August 16, 2014

Forgotten WWI soldiers from Union Co. poised to get recognition

Two forgotten soldiers from Union County who fought in World War I are finally poised to get long-overdue recognition this week.

Two forgotten soldiers from Union County who fought in World War I are finally poised to get long-overdue recognition this week.

At a meeting Monday night, county commissioners are expected to approve adding the names of James Floyd Staton and Roy Perry to the county marker in Monroe for 35 local men who died in the war that began 100 years ago this summer. Their names were inadvertently left off when the marker was erected in 1996 at the Old County Courthouse.

Research by Patricia Poland, a Union County local history librarian, led the board to consider the change. Poland said she was happy that the men were finally being honored.

Perry, 23, died in France in 1919 after being gassed in battle. Staton was 18 when he died in fighting on the Western Front in France. But his family did not learn what had become of him until 1926, when they were informed he was buried in an American cemetery in France.

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