JOHN HODGES DAVID, JR.
|Cadet Company:||B (4), A (3) (2), Sergeant
(Source: Sphinx 1911, 1912, 1913)
|Born:||25-Dec-92 in Dillon, S.C.|
|Hometown:||Dillon, South Carolina|
|Family:||John H. David (father), Arletta “Lettie” Ione
Manning David (mother); Nina Rebecca
David, Rebecca B. David, Alice Hamer David
|Branch of Service:||U.S. Army|
|Regiment:||18th Infantry Regiment|
|Division:||1st Infantry Division|
|Date of death:||1-Mar-18|
|Place of death:||Ansauville, France|
|Spot:||Bois de Remieres, Seicheprey|
|Awards:||Silver Star Citation|
|Gravenumber:||Plot B Row 18 Grave 31|
|Cemetery:||St. Mihiel American Cemetery|
|Biography:||FIRST CITADEL MAN LAYS DOWN HIS LIFE|
YMCA Officer for 1911 – 1911 Sphinx
Cpl for E Company Recruits (class of 1915), Hop Complimentary to Senior Class – 1912
Sphinx Relay Team – 1912/1913 Sphinx
Thanksgiving Hop Committee, Official Hop Committee, The Polytechnic Society – 1913 Sphinx
“NOW ASLEEP IN ST. MIHIEL CEMETERY, FRANCE, IN THE FLOWER OF YOUNG MANHOOD. THE FIRST SOUTH CAROLINA OFFICER TO MAKE THE SUPREME SACRIFICE FOR HUMANITY’S CAUSE IN THE WORLD WAR.”
– Source: Cenotaph at Riverside Cemetery, Dillon, S.C., USA
Lieut. John David
First South Carolina officer to be killed in action with the American forces in France. Lieutenant David’s home was in Dillon and he was the only son of Mr. and Mrs. J.H. David. He was a 1914 graduate of the Citadel and of the first officers’ training school at Fort Oglethorpe, Ga. last August with the rank of first lieutenant. Two volunteers were called from Lieutenant David’s company for overseas service and he was the first to step forward. He was 25 years of age last Christmas Day.
– Source: The State, 16 March 1918, pg. 3
American Officer Who Killed Seven Teuton Foes.
Lieutenant John David, of Dillon, S.C., left a record for American heroism before he went to his death of the battlefield of Picardy. Leading his men, greatly outnumbered by a horde of Germans, Lieutenant David killed seven of the enemy with his pistol, strode over their dead bodies and attacked a new group, but was surrounded, struck down and killed. His father, J.H. David, is Commissioner of Internal Revenue at Washington.
– Source: Poughkeepsie Journal, 30 April 1918, pg. 10
FIRST FURMAN MAN DIES IN FRANCE
Lieut. J.H. David, Who Attended Furman in 1910, Killed in Action
GRADUATE OF CITADEL
First Lieut. John Hodges David, Jr., whose name appeared in the casualty list given out by Gen. Pershing Monday, is the first South Carolina officer to lose his life in action and the first Furman University man to be killed since the entrance of the United States into the war.
Though a graduate of the Citadel, Lieut. David attended Furman during the term of 1910-1911 and on this ground it can be claimed that he is the first Furman man to lay down his life in the fight for democracy. Lieut. David was from Dillon and graduated from the Citadel in the class of 1914. He was especially commended for efficiency in military tactics there, and served in the cadet corps as corporal, sergeant and lieutenant. He was exceedingly active in all other phases of college life and was a member of the track team. He was commissioned as a first lieutenant following his graduation from the first Fort Oglethorpe training camp and volunteered for service in France.
Lieutenant David was the son of Dr. and Mrs. J.H. David of Dillon. His early education was received in the public schools of Dillon and in the fall of 1910 he entered Furman University. The men who were associated with him as classmates in 1910 and 1911 will be shocked to learn of his death.
Though no details of the death of Lieut. David were given out, it is thought that he was killed when a squad of twenty-seven men charging over No Man’s Land several days ago was wiped out. Lieut. David may have been in command of the raiding party which unexpectedly clashed with a German patrol.
In an account of Lieut. David’s death in the Charleston News and Courier, Col. O.J. Bond, superintendent of the Citadel is quoted as saying: “He was a young man of exemplary character whose death will be learned with sorrow by all his former associates.”
In the same account a former college mate of Lieut. David is reported as saying: “The news of David’s death will strike a pang in the heart of every one who knew him. Courteous and polite, alike to old and young, rich and poor, white and black, he was the ideal type of nature’s nobleman. John David was a gentleman first and always, and no more fitting epitaph could be written for him than the simple words ‘Here Lies a Man.’”
– Source: The Greenville Daily News, 14 Mar. 1918, p.2.
Sources: American Battle Monuments Commission, The Citadel Archives & Museum, Mike Stannard ’65, Steve Smith ’84, Findagrave.com, Ancestry.com, 1910 US Census (NARA), WWI draft card (NARA), The Sphinx 1911 – 1913, Kevin Bristol ’92, Greenville County Library South Carolina Room
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