James Calvin Tranton was the son of Luther Tranton (also spelled Trantham) and Mary Rebecca Gann.
He departed on 11 May 1918 from Brooklyn, N.Y. and served with Company G, 117th Infantry, 30th Division. He was killed in action on 30 September 1918 in France and was shipped back to the U.S. with the U.S.A.T. Cambrai, Leaving Antwerp in Belgium on 21 March 1921 and arriving in Hoboken, New Jersey on April 3rd, 1921.
- Rank: Private
- Date of birth: 26 March 1896
- Date of death: 30 September 1918
- County: Cocke
- Hometown: Newport
- Service Branch: Army
- Division/Assignment: Company G, 117th Infantry Regiment, 30th Infantry Division
- Theater: Europe
- Conflict: World War I
- Burial/Memorial Location: Forest Hill Baptist Church Cemetery, Parrottsville, Cocke County, TN
- Location In Memorial: Pillar II, Middle Panel
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