Corp. Inf., Co. H, 30th Div., 19th Reg. Born in Martin County, Sept. 21, 1895; son of W. R. and Mrs. Fannie Melson. Entered service May 29, 1917, at Williamston, N.C. Sent to Camp Sevier, S. C. Transferred to Camp Mills, N. J. Sailed for France. Promoted to rank of Corpl. Oct. 30, 1917. Fought at Meuse-Argonne. Gassed at Meuse-Argonne, Sept. 29, 1918. Sent to Hospital Fronville, No. 73. Mustered out at Columbia, S. C., April 9, 1919.