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William Speer

Special to the Gazette

FALLON -- William Speer died Sunday en route to the Churchill Public Hospital.
   Born April 1, 1916 in Sturgis, SD, he was a Fallon resident 10 years.  He was a retired miner.
   Surviving are a son, Neil of the US Navy; his mother, Margaret Latham  of Challif, Idaho; two sisters, Margaret Meyer of Yerington and Florence Kirkman of Huntington Beach, Calif.; and a brother, Robert.
   The funeral will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday at the Austin Funeral Home with officers of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post in Fallon officiating.  Burial will be in the Veterans' plot in the Fallon Cemetery.

[The Reno Evening gazette, Tuesday, October 6, 1970, Page 10]

Grave marker for William M. Speer in Churchill County Cemetery, Fallon (Churchill county), Nevada.

William was a native of South Dakota but enlisted in enlisted in the Army at Portland, OR on 12 June 1942.

On 12 February Pvt Speer was transferred from the 551sy PIB to Company D, 508th PIR.  On 10 February 1945 he was listed as wounded in action in Germany and was sent to a field hospital.

It was on 14 May 1945 that he was dropped from the 508th rolls and added to the Department of Patients at whatever field hospital he had been sent to.

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