Luke Lorenz Benz was born on February 8, 1899 in Hampton, Iowa to parents Frederick and Louise C (maiden name unknown) Benz. As per the 1910 U.S. Census, Luke was single and living in Portland, Oregon. He enlisted in the U.S. Army on October 6, 1918 at the Students Army Training Center, University of Washington in Seattle, WA as a Private. He was discharged from the service as a Second Lieutenant on December 19, 1919. No further information is available on his service.
As per the 1930 U.S. Census, he was married to Margaret G. Gilbert, living in Bronxville, NY and was a banker. As per the 1940 U.S. Census, they had a son and a daughter and lived in North Castle, NY; he was a clerk at an investment company. No further information on his post-war life is available. He died on July 11, 1976 in Armonk, NY.
Washington, WWI Service Statement Records. Army serial #31695409. U.S. Dept of Veteran Affairs, BIRLS Death File, 1850-2010. U.S. Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014.