The Virginia National Guard will honor the memory of a chaplain killed in World War I with the highest decoration the state can award: the Virginia Distinguished Service Medal.
Chaplain Thomas McNeill Bulla's family will be presented the medal Monday, 93 years after he died from his combat wounds. The presentation will be at the First Presbyterian Church of Emporia in southern Virginia.
Bulla was helping wounded soldiers in France when he was struck by enemy fire on Oct. 15, 1918. He died of his wounds two days later.
Bulla was born in Fayetteville, N.C., but he moved to Emporia after graduating from Union Theological Seminary. He was pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Emporia.
He was among 23 Army chaplains who died during World War I.
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