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Major, Inf., 81st Div., 321st Reg.; of Rowan County; son of William R. and Mrs. Mary E. Barker. Husband of Mrs. Nellie (Vanderford) Barker. Entered service N.C. N. G., 4th Inf., Feb. 23, 1897. Served 5 months in Army of Cuban Occupation. Promoted to 2nd Lt. 3rd Inf., N.C. N. G. May 3, 1899. 1st Lt. 3rd Inf., N.C. N. G., Nov. 27, 1902. Capt. 1st Inf. April 4, 1904. Major C. A. C. Aug. 4, 1908. Lt. Col. C. A. C. July 4, 1912. Colonel N.C. N. G., retired March 15, 1914. Major 321st Inf. USA Aug. 15, 1917. Sent to Ft. Oglethorpe, Ga. Transferred to Camp Jackson, S. C., to Camp Upton, N. Y. Sailed for France July 29, 1918. Fought at Ban de Sapt, Vosges, Sept. 18 to Oct. 15, 1918; Meuse-Argonne offensive Oct. 28 to Nov. 11, 1918. Returned to USA March 19th, 1919. Mustered out at Camp Dix, N. J., March 20, 1919.