Private Luther Irl Snapp, 1892-1918


During the centennial of World War 1, this page periodically remembers American servicemen who gave their lives in that war.

Private Luther Irl Snapp was born on September 15, 1892, near Marshall Minnesota. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Snapp. He graduated from the Marshall public schools and worked as a carpenter until 1915, when he moved to Baker, Montana. He enlisted in the Montana National Guard Infantry and served on the Mexican border. He was mustered into service in April 1917 and served with the 41st (Sunset) Division, 163rd Infantry, and sailed to France in the fall of 1917.

He was transferred to Company H of the 167th (Alabama) Infantry, 42nd (Rainbow) Division.  He was killed in action in  Chateau-Thierry on July 28, 1918, during the capture of the village of Sergy in the Second Battle of the Marne.

He was buried in the American cemetery near Sergy. His body was later disinterred and returned to the United States. He was buried at Marshall, Minnesota.

An American Legion Post in Marshall was named after Private Snapp in 1919. That Post does not appear to be in existence today.

The photo above is from Soldiers of the Great War, Volume 2, page 104.


Fallon County Times, October 24, 1918 and October 1921.

White Earth (Minn.) Tomahawk, Sept. 4, 1919.

One thought on “Private Luther Irl Snapp, 1892-1918

  1. Ellen Parker

    This is my Great Uncle Irl. My grandmother, his little sister,Alice, said he did not respond to the name Luther. There is a photo of his funeral procession in the Marshall MN Historical Society in Lyon County.
    Thank you for posting this and that beautiful picture of him. He was “picked off by a sniper”, according to family lore, after he tried to return to his foxhole/trench to retrieve the letter he had gotten from his mother.


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