Arthur N. Bacon was born 1894 in Riceville, McMinn County to Frank and Lizzie Bacon. He was a farmer and left his home on July 22, 1918 for training camp at Camp Gordon, Atlanta, Georgia. He stayed at Camp Gordon one month and thirteen days, was transferred to Camp Merritt in New Jersey, and then was sent to France on September 26, 1918 as a private with the American Expeditionary Forces. He was on the troopship seven days and fell ill with broncho pneumonia the day before the ship landed in France.  He was evacuated to Base Hospital No. 65 in Kerhuon (Brittany), France, where he survived for just three days. He died on October 7, 1918 and was interred at the Oise-Aisne American Cemetery, Fère-en-Tardenois, France.

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