David Wooster King



D.W. King, Providence, R.I., member of a family connected with cement products interests in England and America, a Harvard graduate—of uncomplaining and unflinching disposition, though small in stature, he was great in courage. I have seen him marching without a whimper when his feet were so sore that only the toes of one foot could touch the ground. He always had an extra cake or two of chocolate, and was willing to divide with the individual who could furnish fire or water. He changed from the Foreign Legion to the 170th, in 1915, and was seriously wounded in 1916. On recovery he went into the Artillery.

~~ Legionnaire (John) Bowe, Soldiers of the Legion. (Chicago: Press of Peterson Linotyping Co., 1918).

King, David Wooster, c '12-'14. Enlisted private Foreign Legion, French Army, August 1914; assigned to 170th Regiment of the Line; wounded; transferred to 81st Heavy Artillery; released from French Army November 1917 to accept commission in U.S. Army. Commissioned 1st lieutenant November 1917 in France; appointed assistant military attache, U.S. Legation, Berne, Switzerland. Engagements: Hartmannsweilerkopf; Champagne; Verdun; Somme 1917. Awarded Croix de Guerre.

~~ Frederick S. Mead, A.B. (ed), Harvard's Military Record in the World War, 1921.

David Wooster King, from Alan's own class at Harvard, came to Paris from Profidence, Rhode Island, to write a novel. Actually, he spent more time at cafe sidewalk tables drinking Pernod than he did at his desk, writing.

~~ Irving Werstein, Sound No Trumpet: The Life and Death of Alan Seeger (New York: Thomas Y. Crowell Company, 1967).