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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The remains of a World War I soldier from West Virginia will be moved to a veteran’s cemetery.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports First Sgt. Chester Howard West will be reburied with full military honors May 12 at the Donel C. Kinnard Memorial State Veterans Cemetery in Institute. The ceremony will be open to the public.

West’s current gravesite is at a family plot near Southside in Mason County. World War II Medal of Honor recipient Herschel “Woody” Williams led a court process to have West reburied in a place of honor.

West was a member of the 363rd Infantry Regiment whose unit came under heavy fire in September 1918. He was awarded a medal of honor.

West was working as a farmhand in Mason County when he was fatally shot in May 1935.

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