Sergt. 1st Class, Engineers, Co. B, 57th Regt.; of Wake County; son of E. C. and Mrs. Clara B. Stearns. Entered service May 5, 1918, at Florence, S. C. Sent to Ft. Scriven, Ga., transferred to Camp Laurel, Md. Sailed for Brest, France, July 12, 1918. Promoted to rank of Sergt. Jan. 31, 1919. Was in Army of Occupation, Remagen, Geron river patrol, from Jan. 14, 1919, to Oct. 14, 1919. Returned to USA Oct. 27, 1919, Hoboken. Mustered out at Camp Gordon, Ga., Nov. 5, 1919.