Colonel Willis Gandy Peace of Oxford in Granville County graduated from West Point and was commissioned in the Artillery Corps. Graham recounts the various positions he held during the period leading up to World War I. In 1918, he was promoted to Colonel of the 11th Artillery Regiment which participated in the Meuse-Argonne Offensive. One of his guns in Battery E, a piece nicknamed \"Calamity Janae,\" is believed to have fired the last round of World War I at 10:59:59 on the 11th hour of the 11th month of 1918. Peace retired from the army in 1939.