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Local Legion Post Adopts Name to Honor Fallen Hero

Courtesy of The Lusk Herald, 09/27/1928

At the regular meeting of the local American Legion Post, Held on Tuesday evening, September 18. It was unanimously decided to change the name of the post to Derk J. Weiten Post No. 4, and in the future all business of the post will be transacted under that name.

This is in line with the custom over the country in perpetuating the memory of those buddies who have gone before.

Derk J. Wieten was enlisted at Lusk on September 17, 1917, and was forwarded to Camp Lewis, Washington. After his training there he went overseas, leaving the United States on March 18, 1918. After serving with Company B, 163rd Infantry, he was assigned as a private to Company F, 126th Infantry, of the 32nd division. He was killed in action on October 9, 1918, in the line of duty at Romagne, France, in the Meuse-Argonne offensive.

Mr. Wieten was known to many of our fellow citizens, and was a brother-in-law of a present member of the post--Fred Hansen.

The post also decided to endorse and assist in the presentation of a series of patriotic lectures to be given in the near future by Miss Anna Turner. Further announcements in regard to this will be given soon.

The receipt of $229 was shown to have been received from the Fair concessions, which will be placed in the Armory. The post appreciates very much this cooperation on the part of the Fair Board. 

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Obituary Wieten, Derk (11/30/-0001 - 10/09/1918) View Record