Powell, James H. (P1, C3, L13)
Private James H. Powell, 20, of Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky, was killed in action on 28 July 1918 at the Battle of Chateau Thierry, France. He enlisted in the Kentucky National Guard’s Company C, 2nd Kentucky Infantry in April 1917 where he served until July. He listed his civilian occupation as laborer and meat cutter for B. F. Perry. He listed a prior attempt to enlist in 1916 at Fort Thomas but he was rejected due to being underweight. Powell is listed on the roster of Company I, 1st Kentucky Infantry on the Mexican border with the Punitive Expedition June 1916 to February 1917.
He was transferred to Company M of the 2nd Kentucky in July 1917 which transitioned to Company M of the 149th Infantry where he served until May 1918. He was part of the Camp Shelby, Mississippi replacement draft with the 7th Company, 1st Infantry Training Regiment until July 1918. He was then assigned to Company K of the 165th Infantry where he served until his death. Powell arrived overseas in June of 1918. Following the war his remains were returned to Kentucky and he was buried in section N, grave 1171 of the Lexington [Kentucky] National Cemetery on 7 August 1921.