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Reardanites in Spruce Squadron

REARDAN - Several young men from LincolnCounty served in Spruce Squadrons during

World War I, including Reardan men August Mahrt Sr., Gustave Wagner and John Hickenbottom.

Most World War I soldiers do not include the Spruce Squadron designation on their tombstones, making them hard to find, so there are probably many more.

There were about 19,000 men serving in Washington and Oregon.

Wagner learned about the Spruce Squadrons while doing his basic training at what was then Camp Lewis.

He saw a poster that said, "Join the Spruce Squadrons and remain in the Pacific Northwest."

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