Columbia City Post ~ Wednesday, April 18, 1917
Lieutenant Luther H. Mertz, formerly of this city, is in Battery D, of Fort Wayne, and he is one of the most popular men with the battery. He distinguished himself on border duty, and he has become such a favorite with his men that there is strong probability of his being promoted at the first opportunity. Mr. Mertz is a German, speaking with a pronounced German accent, but he long ago expressed his belief that the European war would go on until the Kaiser and the war element is disposed of in Germany. Mr. Mertz appreciates the fact that his ancestors came to America to get away from the oppression of the German government and to evade the forced military regulations, and he is willing to fight for this country to preserve the liberties which we possess.