Woman’s Club and Boy Scouts honor Pvt. Alfred Spargo at flag ceremony

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O’FALLON – The O’Fallon Woman’s Club and members of Boy Scout Pack 35 celebrated the life and service of US Army Private Alfred Spargo at the club’s monthly flag ceremony.

Spargo was born on July 7, 1894 and attended O’Fallon schools. He entered the US Army on April 13, 1918 during World War I and was assigned to a medical detachment and later transferred to the ambulance corps. 

Spargo left for overseas duty in late 1918, landing in France on October 24. However, early the next year he became sick and died on March 20, 1919 of pulmonary tuberculosis. He was bored at Tiedemann Cemetery in O’Fallon with full military honors. In respect, all businesses in O’Fallon closed during the funeral.

The next ceremony will be held on Saturday, December 1, to honor Laverne Bernhardt, Corporal, US Army World War II.