35th Infantry (Cacti) Regiment Association

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  2LT Luke Witt Loftus    In memory of our fallen brother

"We few, we happy few, we band of brothers; for he to-day that sheds his blood with me shall be my brother"

George Company
35th Infantry Regiment

"Not For Fame or Reward
Not For Place or For Rank
But In Simple Obedience To
Duty as They Understood It"

The 35th Infantry Regiment Association salutes our fallen brother, 2LT Luke Witt Loftus, who died in the service of his country on August 28th, 1918 in Nogales, AZ. The cause of death was listed as KIA. At the time of his death Luke was 23 years of age. He was from Laredo, Texas.

The decorations earned by 2LT Luke Witt Loftus include: the Purple Heart, the Mexican Service Medal.

2nd Lt. Loftus, Luke W., male, White, single, birth date unknown, born in Texas. Father: unknown. Mother: Mrs. Sallie B. Loftus. I hereby certify that I attended deceased from August 27, 1918 to August 28, 1918; that I last saw him alive on August 28, 1918, and that death occurred on the date stated above at 8 A.M. the disease or injury causing death was as follows: Gunshot wound, perforating chest cavity and contents. Incurred while in combat with Mexican forces. Duration 2 days. Injury contracted in Arizona - Yes. (Signed) J.B. Blair, August 29, 1918, USA. Base Hospital, Nogales, Arizona. The Informant for the Certificate was 1st. Lt. J.B. Blair, Medical Corp, U.S. Army Base Hospital, Nogales, Arizona. Removal of remains to Laredo, Texas on August 30, 1918.

Laredo City Cemetery
Webb County
Texas, USA
Plot: Masonic Section

The following link contains information about the battle in which 2LT Loftus lost his life: