Major, 2nd N.C. N. G., 30th Div., 119th Inf. Regt.; of Wayne County; son of John Simkins and Elizabeth Simkins. Husband of Mrs. Sarah Alice Simkins. Entered service March 15, 1905, at Goldsboro, N.C. Sent to Camp Royster, transferred to Camp Wadsworth, S. C., then to Camp Sevier, S. C. Promoted to rank of Sergt. March 25, 1905; 2nd Lt. Nov. 28, 1907; Jan. 28, 1909, to 1st Lt.; Jan. 7, 1910, Capt.; March 15, 1914, Major. Served on Mexican border from the 19th of June, 1916, to March 19, 1917. Then went back to 17th Btn., USA, and served until Jan. 25, 1919. Was a graduate of Military College at Davidson, receiving B. S. degree, June 6, 1894. Was commander of 1st Btn., A, B, C and D Cos, of N.C. troops, going to Mexican border until May 1, 1918, was home on sick leave. Mustered out at Camp Greene, N.C., Jan. 25, 1919.
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