Corpl., Inf., Hdqrs. Co., 81st Div., 321st Regt. Born in Sampson County; the son of Mr. and Mrs. D. J. Merritt. Entered the service Sept. 24, 1917, at Magnolia, N.C. Was sent to Camp Jackson, S. C., and from there to Sevier, S. C. Transferred to Camp Upton, N. Y. Sailed for France. Fought in all engagements of 81st Div. Returned to USA June 19, 1919 and was mustered out at Camp Lee, Va., June 20, 1919.