One hundred years ago ... the exact date may never be known (reports differ between Oct. 1, Oct. 8 or Oct. 10), but it was 100 years ago this October that the first officer from the DuBois area was killed in WWI.

George Dwight Montgomery was killed by a sniper’s bullet in the Meuse –Argonne Forest of France, just over a month before the signing of the armistice.

Seven months later, the founding members of the American Legion Post 17 named the new post in his memory.

This November as we mark the 100th anniversary of the end of “the war to end all wars,” I ask that you take a moment to remember Lt. Montgomery and all the other service members who have given their service, and in far too many cases, their lives so we may enjoy our freedoms.

— Paul Sprague

Past Commander

American Legion Post 17, DuBois

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