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  DAVID, John Hodges, Jr.


First Lieutenant

The Citadel, Class of 1914, Cadet

Saint Mihiel Cemetery, France

Cenotaph, Dillon, South Carolina


Service Branch:

U.S. Army

Serial Number:

Not available


1st Division


18th Infantry Regiment


Co. M


Not available


Killed in Action

Date of death:

March 1, 1918

Place of death:

Ansauville, France


Bois de Remieres, Seicheprey

Age at death:



Silver Star

Burial 1:

Mandres, France, Grave 205

Burial 2:

Saint Mihiel American Cemetery
Thiaucourt, France

Grave number:

Plot B Row 18 Grave 31


Riverside Cemetery


December 25, 1892


Dillon, South Carolina


Dr. John Hodges David (1856 - 1926)
Arletta "Lettie" Ione Manning David (1859 - 1934)



Annie David Bransford (1882 - 1968)
Edna David Gatehouse (1886 - 1957)
Nina Rebecca David (c. 1889 - )
Helen B. David (c. 1896 - )
Alice Hamer David ( c. 1899 - )

Additional information:

Attended Furman University for one year prior to entering, and graduating from The Citadel (Class of 1914). He was commissioned as a first lieutenant following his graduation from the first officers’ training school at Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia in August 1917. Served in France with the A.E.F. and was cited for heroism at the Battle of Picardy. First Lieut. David and twenty-seven of his men fought bravely to their death against a much larger number of the enemy in "No Man's Land" there. 1st Lt. David single-handedly killed seven of the enemy with a pistol before being fatally wounded. He was the first US Military Officer from South Carolina, and the first Citadel alumni, to be killed in the war.


Research by: Victoria Proctor, genealogist

Sources: Dillon County War Memorial, NARA, American Battle Monuments Commission, contemperaneous accounts and obituary, tombstone, Dillon County cemetery survey, cenotaph, 1910 Federal Census, The Dillon Herald October 15, 1968 issue (obit of Annie David Bransford)

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