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1st Lt. 119th Inf., Co. E, 30th Div.; of Wilson County; son of J. J. and Mrs. Annie Batts. Entered service June 19, 1916, at Wilson. Sent to Camp Glenn, N.C. Transferred to Camp Stuart, Texas, then to Camp Sevier. Sailed to Calais, France, May 30, 1917. Promoted to rank of 1st Lt. Dec. 9, 1917. Fought at Mt. Kimeal, Voormizelle, Hindenburg Line, Bellicourt, Nauroy, Premont, Vaux Andigny, Sule River engagements. Slightly gassed. First enlistment, N.C. N. G., 1906. Was commissioned 3 times in 1910. To Capt. till 1914 in Co. K. Arrived in USA April 1, 1919, Charleston, S. C. Mustered out at Camp Jackson, S. C., May 3, 1919.