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Dayton Daily News - Tuesday, September 27, 1921

Dayton Sends Oldest "Vet" To Encampment of G.A.R.

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Indianapolis, Ind., Sept. 27 - William E. Bayne of the National Military Home, Dayton, is believed to be one of the oldest, if not the oldest veteran of the Civil war attending the encampment of veterans here. His age is given as 101 years. He is in excellent health and is one of the most enthusiastic visitors here for the annual reunion.

William E. Bayne with other veterans from this city left for Indianapolis Monday. He is commander of Veteran Post, No. 5, National Military Home, and is well known to residents of the institution.

He is said to be the oldest G.A.R. post commander in the United States. Bayne began his naval career in 1844 and has seen conflicts in many lands. Prior to the Civil war he saw service on the U.S.S. "Saranac."

He took part in a number of the heaviest naval engagements of the war and following its close was selected as one of the men to accompany Admiral Farragut on the latter's cruise to foreign capitals.