James Carpenter was born in Transburg, Tennessee, son of Jack Carpenter. He entered the service on 28 May 1918 at Camp Pike, Little Rock in Arkansas. He was killed in action at the age of 28.
- Rank: Private
- Date of birth: 10 February 1890
- Date of death: 7 November 1918
- County: McMinn
- Hometown: Englewood
- Service Branch: Army
- Division/Assignment: Company B, 329th Infantry Regiment, 63rd Infantry Division
- Theater: Europe
- Conflict: World War I
- Battles: Busigny, Meuse
- Burial/Memorial Location: Zion Hill Baptist Church Cemetery, Etowah, McMinn County, TN
- Location In Memorial: Pillar IV, Middle Panel
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