William Melvin Payne was born on 29 October 1891, North Carolina, son of Mary Payne. Prior to joining the war, he was employed as a farm hand. He died of broncho pneumonia on 27 October 1918.  He died at the age of 24.

PFC Payne is buried at Laws Chapel Cemetery, Blount County, Tennessee.

  • Rank: Private First Class
  • Date of birth:
  • 29 October 1891
  • Date of death: 27 October 1918
  • County: Blount
  • Hometown: Walland
  • Service Branch: Army
  • Division/Assignment: Company C, 323rd Machine Gun Battalion, 83rd Division
  • Conflict: World War I
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Laws Chapel Cemetery, Blount County, TN
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar II, Top Panel
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