POST 30 HISTORY
The Sparks American Legion Post was named for Lauren “Duby” Gilbert Reid who was killed in action on October 8, 1918. Lauren Gilbert Reid was born in Gold Hill, Storey County, Nevada on March 28th 1896. Although reared on the Comstock, he was well known in other western Nevada counties where he had a legion of friends. When the call to the colors came he entered military service on June 24, 1918. After training he was sent to France to serve with Company G, 308th Infantry of the 77th Division. The unit entered the fight of the Argonne forest on the extreme left end of the line in September. It was the fate of the young soldier to be one of the men in the famous “Lost Battalion”. He was wounded by shrapnel and died the next day of his wounds on October 8, 1918.
On the gateway of a little cemetery in France is written these words: “We gave our today that you might have your tomorrow.”
The current Post building was built in 1980.