Harry Lavitt

Sergt., Inf., Co. K, 22nd Inf. Born in Buncombe County; the son of Mr. and Mrs. D. L. Lavitt. Entered the service at Chicago, Ill., Nov. 1, 1916. Sent to Jefferson Barracks, Mo., then to Camp Douglas, then to Ft. Hamilton, Ellis Island, N. Y., Green Pt., Brooklyn, Syracuse, N. Y. Mustered out at Ft.



James O. Israel

Corpl., Medical Co. 323 F. H., 81st Div., Regt. 306 Sanitary; of Buncombe County; son of W. L. and Elizabeth Israel. Entered service Nov. 27, 1917, at Candler. Sent to Camp Jackson, S. C. Transferred to Camp Sevier, S. C., from there to Camp Mills. Remaining until sailing for France Aug. 7, 1918. Promoted to



B. J. Edwards

Elec., 1st Class, (R) U. S. Navy; son of Mr. and Mrs. W. S. Edwards; of Buncombe County. Entered the service March 4, 1916, at Asheville, N.C. Was sent to St. Helena, Va. Transferred to U. S. S. “Vestal” then to U. S. S. C. 94, U. S. S. “Maury.” Sailed for France June 18,



Robert H. Delvechio

Private, Inf., D. Co., 30th Div., 119th Regt.; son of J. D. and Sallie Delvechio; of Buncombe County. Husband of Mary. Entered service Oct. 2, 1917, at Asheville, N.C. Sent to Camp Jackson. Transferred to Camp Sevier then to Camp Merritt. Sailed for France May 28, 1918. Fought in all actions of the 30th till



Louis F. Cole

Sergt., Med. Corps, Detachment Co. Born in Buncombe County Sept. 9, 1895. Entered service at Charlotte, N.C., Sept. 5, 1917. Was sent to Camp Jackson, S. C., and from there to Camp Humphreys, Va. Transferred to Camp Merritt, N. J. Promoted to rank of Sergt. July 14, 1918. Entered the service in the Infantry and



Jere E. Cocke

1st Lt., Med. Born Sept. 28, 1881; son of Wm. M. and Maria Johnston Cocke, of Buncombe County. Husband of Mrs. Fredrick Brown Cocke. Entered service Oct. 22, 1918, General Hospital No. 16. Transferred to Camp Devens, Mass., Jan. 1, 1919; General Hospital No. 42 June 1, 1919. Mustered out General Hospital No. 42, July



Robert H. Cooke

Musician, Naval; of Buncombe County; son of Rev. J. A. and Julia Cooke. Husband of Christine Cooke. Entered service Sept. 11, 1918, at Asheville. Sent to Hampton Roads. In Naval Glee Club. 1st Tenor, Asst Co. Commander for five weeks at Hampton Roads. Mustered out at Hampton Roads, Feb. 28, 1919.



Guy E. Brookshire

Private, 1st class, Medical Evac. Hospital No. 14; son of L. D. and Julina Brookshire, of Buncombe County. Entered service April 26, 1918, at Asheville, N.C. Sent to Camp Jackson. Transferred to Ft. Orlethorpe, Ga., then to Camp Jackson, sailed for Brest, France, Aug. 7, 1918. Fought at Meuse-Argonne offensive. Returned to USA May 11,



R. Blackburn

Private, 105th Supply Train, Co. C, 30th Div.; of Buncombe County; son of Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Blackburn. Entered service Sept. 19, 1917, at Asheville, N.C. Sent to Camp Jackson. Transferred to Camp Sevier, then to Baltimore, Md., then to Wabash, Ind. Sailed for France June 11, 1918. Landed in USA April 11, 1919.



Biltmore Mound, Asheville, North Carolina

Biltmore Mound

During the 1980s American scholars suddenly became interested in Spain’s efforts to colonize the North America. For 200 years American history books had generally ignored the Spanish and French presence in North America prior to the English colonies winning their independence. Generations of students here were under the impression that no white man had set



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