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Water Tender, U. S. N. Born in Edgecombe County May 15, 1894; son of R. W. and Mrs. Annie Thomas. Entered the service at Rocky Mount, N.C., Jan. 8, 1916. On the U. S. S. battleship Vermont for over three years and about seven months on U. S. S. Destroyer Crowning Shield. Mustered out of the service at New Orleans, La., Jan. 8, 1920.