Ernest Wrentmore is dressed to kill with twin .45 automatics on his hips, two trench daggers across his chest, and enough ammunition to take out an enemy platoon. At age 12, Ernest is the youngest American solider in World War I France. He’s about to become a hero. Based on a true story.

  • Steve Sterling
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    Military/war, historical, coming of age
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    United States
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  • Circus Road Films

  • Cinequest Screen Writing Competition

    3rd Place
  • Festigious International Film Festival

    1st Place
  • Saramento International Film Festival

    Official Selection
  • Action/Adventure Screenplay Festival

    1st Place
  • LA Live Film Festival

    Official Selection
Writer Biography - Steve Sterling

Steve’s lifelong love of history led him to spend more than 12 months researching and writing the screenplay The Youngest Doughboy, based on a true story. He was drawn to this project because of its compelling hero, a 12 year-old-boy whose feeling of duty transcended thoughts of home and safety. The Youngest Doughboy is a remarkable story of courage during World War I that illustrates America’s part in the war and how its military fought mostly in the open, not in the trenches, which led to some of the highest casualty rates of the war. The story focuses on Ernest Wrentmore, who lied his way into the service and finished growing up on the horrific battlefields of France. At the time of this writing, The Youngest Doughboy has been recognized with six awards.

Steve works full time as the president of Sterling Public Relations, a successful public relations practice now in its 19th year. He specializes in making complex topics understandable. On behalf of major technology companies, he writes dozens of magazine articles each year. A former journalist and contributing magazine editor, Steve is also the author of a book on sustainable packaging practices.

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