- Associated Press - Monday, May 30, 2016

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - A documentary about a man from the Netherlands and his search for the story behind a West Virginia soldier buried overseas will premiere in Morgantown next month.

“Ageless Friends” will be shown June 18 as part of Morgantown’s Veterans Appreciation Day celebrations.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail (https://bit.ly/1NZG8JU ) reports the film tells the story of Maarten Vossen, who spent 13 years trying to learn more about Pfc. James E. Wickline, a World War II soldier from Osage, West Virginia. Wickline was killed in 1944 when his parachute failed to open during a military operation. He is buried in the Netherlands, and Vossen responded to a newspaper ad to adopt a soldier there.

After receiving only the soldier’s name, Vossen began his research and even traveled to West Virginia to learn more. His journey led to a bridge being renamed in Wickline’s honor.

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Information from: The Charleston Gazette-Mail, https://wvgazettemail.com.

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