Tuesday, October 9, 2018
PVT James Wilbourn
After being drafted, James was assigned to I Company 116th Infantry. Although he trained with the unit at Camp McClellan, Alabama he did not ship out for France aboard the USS Finland when the unit departed in mid-June 1918. PVT Wilbourn is recorded as being in hospital at that time. However, PVT Wilbourn re-joined the unit in time for the push at Molleville Farm where he was killed in action on 9 Oct 1918.
PVT Wilbourn was repatriated in July 1921, returning aboard the USAT Wheaton, and is now buried in Holmes Cemetery in Valley Springs, Arkansas.