John Wesley Black was born in Knox County. He answered the call to the colors on May 24, 1918, and for duty was assigned to the Second Corps, Artillery Park, Park Battery, stationed at Camp Jackson, SC. Embarked for France on July 10, 1918, and as a member of the American Expeditionary Force (AEF) was in the fighting at Aisne-Marne, St-Mihiel, Meuse-Argonne and the Oise-Aisne. Private Black died of gunshot wounds January 5, 1919.
- Rank: Private
- Date of birth: 19 October 1893
- Date of death: 5 January 1919
- County: Knox
- Hometown: Knoxville
- Service Branch: Army
- Division/Assignment: Battery 2, Corps Artillery Park
- Theater: Europe
- Conflict: World War I
- Battles: Aisne-Marne, St-Mihiel, Champagne, Meuse-Argonne, Oise-Aisne
- Burial/Memorial Location: New Gray Cemetery, Knoxville, Knox County, TN
- Location In Memorial: Pillar IV, Top Panel
- Sponsored by: Lee Lewis
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