During World War I, Army Sgt. William Butler charged a squad of Germans and overran their position “single-handedly” with an automatic weapon slung over his shoulder, freeing U.S. prisoners, and “taking some of his own,” according to a local historian from the Eastern Shore.

“Last summer my dad called me and said, ‘Guess what? They identified Grandpa’s body.’”

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Paul Cecil Hayden didn’t talk much about the war.

In honor of Memorial Day, both the Town of La Plata and the Town of Indian Head will host ceremonies on Wednesday, May 30, to honor those who have lost their lives while serving their country.

The name Stethem is well known to residents of Charles County, synonymous with baseball fields and schools and parks, and it was his ultimate sacrifice that paved the way for his life to carry on through the lives of children and parents throughout the area.