Documentary tells of learning about West Virginia soldier

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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 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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