Bill Fecht is second from left
Bill Fecht is seated at the left
William Thomas Fecht enlisted in the United States Army at the outbreak of WWI. He was sent to Washington State to a logging unit, chopping spruce trees. Spruce is a very light wood, used in WWI for the making of airplanes. He was assigned to the Army Air Corps in Aberdeen - Hoquiam, Washington.
The rain forest of Washington State had never been lumbered before, and the woods were so dense that the soldiers were ordered not to go alone into the wilderness. It was dangerous work and when coupled with the influenza outbreak, some of Bill's comrades died there.
These two photographs were in the Fecht family's album.