Family to get medal 88 years later

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Wichita woman and a couple from Augusta have worked to find the family of a World War I soldier awarded the Army’s second-highest honor.

Patti McDonough told The Wichita Eagle ( that after her father died she found among his things a note with names and phone numbers attached to an original certificate for a Distinguished Service Cross. The certificate was awarded in 1925 to Benjamin E. Foust for his heroics during World War I. The certificate says he saved many lives after he was wounded.

McDonough enlisted the help of Gary Rogers, commander of the American Legion Post in Augusta. Rogers and his wife Myrna found Foust’s closest relative, 93-year-old Lola Johnson in Cass County, Mo.

They plan to give the framed certificate to Johnson this weekend.


Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle,

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