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2nd Lt., M. G. Co., 30th Div., 120th Regt. Born in Franklin County June 27, 1896; son of J. W. Speed and Maggie Speed. Entered service Sept. 27, 1916, at Franklinton. Sent to Camp Stewart Oct. 2, 1916, transferred from there to Camp Sevier Aug. 1st, transferred to Camp Leon Springs Jan. 1, 1918. Sailed for France May 7, 1918. Promoted to rank of Corpl. July 25, 1917. On Sept. 12, 1917, was promoted to rank of Sergt.; Oct. 30, 1918, promoted to rank of 2nd Lt. Fought at Ypres-Lys defensive, Meuse-Argonne. Wounded at Meuse-Argonne Nov. 10, 1918, and gassed. Sent to Base Hospital No. 1. Mustered out at Camp Jackson May 7, 1919.