James Alvin Ketchem was born on 25 October 1894, Johnson City, Tennessee. He was the son of Andrew Ketchem and Annie Denny. Husband of Ila Margaret Perry.
He was killed in action at Bellicourt, Departement de l’Aisne, Picardie in France.
- Rank: Private
- Date of birth: 25 October 1894
- Date of death: 29 September 1918
- County: Sullivan
- Hometown: Bristol
- Service Branch: Army
- Division/Assignment: Company E, 120th Infantry Regiment, 30th Infantry Division
- Theater: Europe
- Conflict: World War I
- Battles: Bellicourt
- Burial/Memorial Location: Ordway Cemetery, Bristol, Sullivan County, TN
- Location In Memorial: Pillar V, Middle Panel
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