John Baxter was born in 1890 at Newport, Tennessee, son of Mark Baxter. He entered the service on 22 July 1918 and trained at Camp Gordon in Atlanta, Georgia. He was sent to Hoboken in New Jersey and was sick for two weeks. He sailed to Europe October 1, 1918 at died of pneumonia at sea on October 15. He was buried at sea at sunrise with Military Honors. Pvt Baxter is listed on the Tablets of the Missing, Suresnes American Cemetery, Suresnes, France.

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