1st Class Electrician, U. S. N. Born in Edgecombe County Aug. 27, 1896; son of R. W. and Annie Thomas. Entered the service at Richmond, Va., May 7, 1917. Promoted to the rank of 1st Electrician in 1919. On the U. S. S. Bulgaria three months, then transferred to U. S. S. Antigone, transport service. Made 13 trips to France and was with U. S. S. President Lincoln when it was sunk. Mustered out of the service at Newport News, Va., April 30, 1919.