Elmer E. Speicher
Private, United States Army
was one of a handful of American soldiers killed-in-action while taking
part in a U.S. expedition to Siberia, Russia, in August 1918.
The expedition, which is literally unknown the the majority of Americans today, was sent in order to keep the peace between the Rusian "Red" and "White" forces immediately following World War I.
The expedition was eventually withdrawn and the "Red" forces (later the Communists) took over Russia.
For more information on the Siberian Expedition,
see the biographical entry on Major General William
Sidney Graves, its commander.
BODIES REACH CAPITAL
Three Soldiers Killed in Russia to Be Buried at Arlington
WASHINGTON, December 4, 1929 - The bodies of three American soldiers, which for ten years had lain in the frozen soil of the Archangel front of Northern Russia, arrived here this morning and were taken to Fort Myer, Virginia. There they will rest in vaults until Thursday, when they will be buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
The bodies were those of members of the force sent into Russia in 1918.
Those of Elmer E. Speicher,
Cook of Company C, 339th Infantry, and Louis
Syzmanski, a Private in the same company, were brought here at the
request of their next of kin. The third was that of James
T. Ida, Private in the 337th Ambulance Corps, who was a native of Japan.