William Horace Boothe volunteered his services to the U.S. Army on April 4, 1917. First assigned to the 74th Company, 6th Regiment, Marines, 2nd Division. Sailed for France on September 20, 1917, and was in the fighting at Verdun, Belleau Wood, Bouresches, Soissons, St-Mihiel, and Blanc Mont in the Champagne Sector. Rank, private. In June 1918 became a member of the 97th Company, 6th Regiment, Marines. Killed October 4, 1918, by machine gun fire in the attack on Blanc Mont, in the Champagne Sector.
“William Booth, a member of the 67th company, Sixth Regiment Marines, was killed in action on October 8 [sic], according to information received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. William H. Booth. Young Booth was wounded early in the spring and after three months in a base hospital was able to return to his company. Shortly afterwards he was gassed and was again confined in a hospital. He soon recovered and in the fighting of October 8 [sic], lost his life. Since his enlistment his parents have moved to Alcoa.”-The Journal and Tribune, Knoxville, Tennessee, Wednesday, November 13, 1918.