2nd Lt. F. A., Btry. C, 81st Div., 317th Regt.; of Cumberland County; son of A. E. and Zula Rankin. Entered service April 6, 1918, at Fayetteville, N.C. Sent to Camp Jackson, S. C. Transferred to Camp Taylor, Ky., then to Camp Jackson. Promoted to rank of 2nd Lt. Aug. 31, 1918. Transferred to Ft. Sill, Okla., Oct. 8, 1918, School of Artillery. Mustered out at Ft. Sill, Okla., Dec. 13, 1918.