John Edward Wilkins entered the service of the U.S. Army in June 1918. As a member of the 56th Pioneer Infantry received his military training at Camp Gordon, GA. Sergeant Wilkins died of influenza at sea on October 3, 1918.
Born 2 October 1886, Athens, Tennessee
Buried at Sea, he is remembered on the Tablets of the Missing at Suresnes American Cemetery, Suresnes, France.
“Dies at Sea. John E. Wilkins Buried in the Deep Oct. 4.”
Sergt. John E. Wilkins, formerly cashier of the International Harvester Co., Knoxville, died at sea October 3 and was buried at sea Oct. 4. Sergt. Wilkins was a selectman from Knox County and took his training at Camp Gordon. His relatives live in McMinn county.
-The Journal and Tribune, November 2, 1918