Loyd William Spetz


Loyd William Spetz, in whose memory Loyd Spetz Post No. 1 located at Bismarck, N. Dakota was named; was born April 18, 1894 on a farm eighteen miles south of Washburn, N. Dakota. His parents were John Spetz and Anna Gradin Spetz.

His schoolings were started in the rural school near his early home and continued in the Underwood Consolidated School. After completing the eighth grade he began high school but did not complete the four-year course. After leaving school he worked in drug stores and later in a wholesale grocery. He was always interested in outdoor sports, especially hunting and baseball. He played on the Underwood Baseball team.

In May 1917 he enlisted in the service of his country which was engaged in war with Germany. At this time, he was an attractive young man 5ft. 7 ½ inches in height, with brown hair and eyes, weighing about 140 lbs. After enlisting in the army, he was immediately sent to camp and was in France by November of that year.

His last letter home stated that he was in the trenches and had been over the top twice. On March 1st, 1918 he was killed in action, the telegram telling of his death reaching his mother on March 5th.

A large portrait of Loyd Spetz was given by his mother to the Loyd Spetz Post of the American Legion Department of North Dakota, when they organized and decided to name the post in his honor.

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