Capt., Inf., Machine Gun Co., 32nd Reg., 81st Div.; Son of E. T. and Lillie Scott Cansler, of Mecklenburg County. Entered service May 12, 1917, at Charlotte, N.C. Went to O. T. S. at Ft. Oglethorpe. Transferred to Camp Jackson and from there to Camp Sevier; then to Camp Upton, and sailed for France Aug. 1, 1918. Commissioned 2nd Lt. Aug. 15, 1917. Promoted to 1st Lt. Jan. 1, 1918, and to Captain October, 1918. Fought at Vosges Mountains, St. Die Sector, and Meuse-Argonne. After signing of armistice was Asst. Div. Judge Advocate General of 89th Div. from Dec., 1918, to March, 1919, with Army of Occupation at Kilburg, Germany. Returned to USA March 8, 1919. Mustered out of service March 12, 1919, at Washington, D. C. Graduated as Divisions Machine Gun Instructor at Ft. Sill March 9, 1918.
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