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Reenactment displays stories of World War I Veteran

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

Family members of Private Nick Weber shared some of his stories from when he served in World War I with the Grout Museum District through a reenactment.

He is from the Waterloo and Raymond area. He spent most of his time during war in France as a stretcher bearer.

"The generation I was brought up in, we heard all the stories. What we really want to do is make sure we pass the information on to the next generations," Larry Weber, one of Nick Weber's grandchildren, said.

He said by the time he was 45 years old, his grandfather suffered from severe arthritis due to spending so much time in cold water in the trenches. Weber couldn't farm anymore, which actually was good news for the grandchildren.

"We got a lot of time with him as grandchildren to spend with him talking, because that's what he could do best because he couldn't work," Larry Weber said.

Nick Weber was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for bravery in action.

"Two other stretcher bearers had gone out under machine gun fire to rescue someone who got wounded and they got shot. So, he went out under machine gun fire, brought back the soldier and then went out and, one at a time, brought back the stretcher bearers who's also been shot," Larry Weber said.

The Distinguished Service Cross is the second highest award given by the U.S. Army. Only the Medal of Honor is higher.

"He played a real important role in the war, but he didn't come back and brag about it. He just lived his life and tried to be a good citizen," Larry Weber said.

Nick Weber died in 1976 at the age of 83.

Reporter: Danielle Wagner

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