Letter from Arthur Bahr

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Admin/Biog History Otto Spaedtke was born in Oshkosh, WI on April 26, 1900, the son of Robert and Augusta Fremming Spaedtke. He became a member of Company C, 150th Machine Gun Battalion, 42nd "Rainbow" Division in 1917. Killed in action at Chateau-Thierry, July 30, 1918, by a machine gun bullet to the head. His body was returned to Oshkosh and interred at Riverside Cemetery, Lot 4, Block 159.
Collection World War I Small Collections
Dates of Accumulation August 24, 1918
Abstract Letters from Lieutenant Arthur Bahr to Augusta Spaedtke concerning the death of Private Otto Spaedtke, Company C, 150th Machine Gun Battalion.

American E. F.
Aug. 24,1918

Mrs. Spaedtke,

My Dear Mrs. Spaedtke,

It is with deepest sorrow that I have to inform you that you have given to America-to Liberty, and to the ideals of a free people - the supreme sacrifice-your son.
Otto was almost instantly killed, while in the performance of his duties, in action against the enemy on July 30th.
He was a friend to all and we will miss him more and more as time goes on.
America grieves the loss of a soldier-you grieve the loss of a son.
Though your grief be deep let it be a comfort to know that Otto was a true son and a brave soldier.
Expressing the sympathy of the Officers and men of Company C.
I remain yours truly
Arthur R. Bahr
Event World War I
Category 8: Communication Artifact
Legal Status Oshkosh Public Museum
Object ID SC411.10.6.2
Object Name Letter
People Spaedtke, Otto
Spaedtke, Augusta
Bahr, Arthur R.
Subjects World War I
150th Machine Gun Battalion
42nd Division
Title Letter from Arthur Bahr
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