MURPHYSBORO, IL (KFVS) - Private Paul Stout, US Marine Corps, was killed in action by machine gun fire on July 19, 1918 in France.
Grand-niece, Denise Miller, says he was more than a Marine, but a beloved member of the Murphysboro community.
"As many of our Americans who went to that battle and fought that war, this one personally affected everyone in the town," she said.
Pvt. Stout was the first service member from Jackson County to be killed in action in a foreign war. He was laid to rest at the Oise-Aisne American cemetery in Fere-en-Tardenois, France.
In honor of the 100th anniversary of his death, the Murphysboro American Legion Post 127 and the Marine Corps League - Shawnee Detachment have arranged for flowers to be placed at his grave.
A service will be held at the Murphysboro American Legion on Saturday, July 21 at 6 p.m. to honor the life and sacrifice of Pvt Stout. There, Post Commander, Tom Welten says they have a classic military tribute planned as well as people with prepared speeches to honor Stout.
During the service, the bells of First Baptist Church will rang 20 times, once for each year of his life. A poem was read by Miller and resolutions are being prepared at the city and county levels.
Murphysboro American Legion Post 127 is named after Pvt. Stout.