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The Wichita Eagle 

VFW to honor Wichita Medal of Honor recipient


August 10, 2018

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Bullets screamed by as the wooden DH-4 airplane skimmed the top of the French Argonnes forest in 1918. The airplane carried vital ammunition and supplies for the Lost Battalion — a group of more than 500 men in the United States 77th Infantry Division trapped and surrounded by German forces in the middle of the Meuse-Argonne Offensive in World War I.

Lt. Erwin Bleckley, a forward observer from Wichita, pressed his pilot, Lt. Harold Goettler, to fly lower so they could more accurately search for the battalion. Their low altitude drew gunfire, revealing German positio...

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