David Worth Loring

April 28, 2014

At the beginning of 2014 I contacted the responsibles of the Flanders Fields American Cemetery in Waregem to enquire about the possiblity to adopt a soldiers grave. They told me they were working on it and I immediately volunteered to adopt a grave. A few weeks ago I was able to officially request for a grave so I asked if it was possible to adopt the grave of David Worth Loring because I had stopped by his grave before. Today I finally received the confirmation of my adoption so I immediately started looking for more information about him.

Before the war

David Loring was born on March 20, 1887 in Sumter County, South Carolina in the United States.

South Carolina, USA

Sumter county, South Carolina

David was working in Wilmington, North Carolina, where he met and married his wife.

In the army

David entered service from Wilmington, North Carolina.

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Death of David Loring

David died on August 24, 1918 in Kemmel, Belgium in an action that he got awarded the Distinguished Service Cross. From his citation:
"The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Lieutenant (Infantry) David Worth Loring, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with 115th Machine-Gun Battalion, 30th Division, A.E.F., near Ypres, Belgium, 23 August 1918. When his gun positions were rendered untenable by shell fire, and his men were ordered to seek shelter in dugouts, Lieutenant Loring left a place of safety for the purpose of seeing that all his men were under cover and was mortally wounded by a shell, dying on his way to the hospital."

He is buried at the Flanders Field American cemetery in Waregem, Belgium.

Flanders FIeld American cemetery, Waregem, Belgiƫ

115th Machine Gun Battalion, 30th Division

115th Machine Gun Battalion

30th Division

Second Lieutenant

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Personal information

Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army
Service # ?
115th Machine Gun Battalion, 30th Division
Entered service from Wilmington, North Carolina

Born: March 20, 1887
Hometown: Sumter, Sumter County, South Carolina

Died: August 24, 1918 in Kemmel, Belgium
Status: killed in action (KIA)

Buried: Plot B, row 3, grave 4, Flanders FIeld American Cemetery, Waregem, Belgium
Awards: Distinguished Service Cross

Distinguished Service Cross

Wife: Viola Fennell Shaw Peders (1893-1976)
Father: George Washington Loring (1852-1920)
Mother: Annie Nessfield Green Loring (1858-1907)
Brother: /
Sister: /

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Any information you can provide me about this soldier, can be mailed to me (nicklieten at hotmail.com). Thank you!