German artillery shells struck down Sergeant Irvin Schwartz on February 27, 1945. He wrote home to his parents to comfort them that he wasn't severely wounded.
In March 1945, Irvin Schwartz's hometown newspaper published news of his Bronze Star. A week later they shared the news he had been wounded.
As influenza killed hundreds in Schuylkill County in 1918, volunteers stepped up to save lives.
What was it like to fall ill during the deadliest epidemic in human history?
In the communities of western Schuylkill County, influenza caused terror and grief as it claimed dozens of lives in 1918.