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David Worth Loring
115th Machine Gun Battalion, 30th Division

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 soldier's 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 officialy request for a grave so I asked if it was possible to adopt the grave of David Worth Loring because he was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross. Today I finally received the confirmation of my adoption so I immediateyl started looking for more information about him:

David Worth Loring
2nd Lieutenant
115th Machine Gun Battallion, 30th Division
Entered service from: Wilmington, North Carolina

30th Division

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

Died: August 24, 1918
Status: Killed in Action (KIA) in Kemmel, Belgium

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

Married to: Viola Fennell Shaw Peders (1893 - 1976)
Children: /
Father: George Washington Loring (1852 - 1920)
Mother: Annie Nessfield Green Loring (1858 - 1907)
Brothers: /
Sisters: /

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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."



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