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Luther Irl Snapp
15 Sep 1892 - 28 Jul 1918
Source:  Fallon County Times
Paper Date:  24 Oct 1918

   The casualty list of Tuesday contained the name of another Baker boy who met a hero's death on the battlefield of France. 
   Luther I. Snapp was the young man who was officially reported killed in action.  
   Snapp has made Baker his home for some time previous to the outbreak of the war and boarded and roomed at the Hildreth House.  He had no relatives at this place, but a mother and sister reside at Marshalville, Minn.  He was well known in this community and had many friends in Baker, being a member of the local lodge of Odd Fellows.

Source:  Fallon County Times
Paper Date:  Oct 1921
Former Baker Boy Laid to Rest

   Luther Irl Snapp, son of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Snapp who have been residents of Marshall for many years and recently moved to a farm near Russell, was born near Marshall, September 15, 1892, and grew to young manhood in this city.  He completed the grades of the Marshall public schools and later followed the carpenter's trade until 1915, when he went to Baker, Montana.  Soon after going there he enlisted in the Montana National Guard Infantry and went with his regiment to the Mexican border where he served during the period of trouble with Mexico.  Shortly after the regiment returned from the border it was again mustered into service in April, 1917, following the declaration of war against Germany.
   His regiment was assigned to the 41st (Sunset) Division, as the 163rd Infantry, and after going to Camp Greene, North Carolina, was sent to Camp Mills and sailed for France late in the fall.  After arriving in France he was transferred to Company H of the 167th (Alabama) Infantry, in the 42nd (Rainbow) Division, and went into action in the spring of 1918.  He was killed in action in the Chatean-Thierry on July 28, 1918, when the 167th and 168th Infantry of General Robert A. Brown's 84th Brigade attacked and captured the village of Sergy and adjoining heights and continued their advance against the Germans, whose lines were forced back to the Vesle river completing a great American victory.
   The body was buried in the American cemetery near Sergy, from which place it was disinterred to be brought back to this country.
   Since he was the first Marshall boy to he killed in action, the local American Legion Post was named in his memory.
   Besides his parents, he is survived by four sisters and three brothers, Mrs. Myrta Wakefield of Omaha; Harley of this city, Mrs. Glen Madden, or Currie, Vera of Austin, and Otis, Claude and Alice, at home.
   The above appeared in the News Messenger, published at Marshall, Minn.  Deceased had many friends at Baker, as he was a young man of excellent character.  The remains were buried August 7th at Marshall, Minn.


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