David McCoy is a man who collects World War I memorabilia like no other. In this clip, we dive deep into the recesses of his collection, as if climbing into a dugout. Below the ghosts of comrades in arms huddle among the memories.

“I love olive drab,” says McCoy. “I love the smell of moth balls. It’s exciting to see one man’s stuff set out and displayed.”

The goal of his extensive collection is to tell the story of the individual. To keep items together as the owner saw them, and to tell each person’s story individually.

His garage and basement are filled with uniforms, propaganda posters, and battlefield finds that he holds together for posterity. Listen as McCoy tells some of their stories.

Watch Faces of Williamson County: World War I, Part 1