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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1893

Vol. IV

(Born O.)

David M. King

(Ap'd O.)


Born Smyrna, OH.​a

Military History. — Cadet at the U. S. M. A., from June 15, 1889, to June 12, 1893, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

(Add. Second Lieut. of Artillery, 4th Artillery, June 12, 1893)

(Second Lieut. of Artillery, 4th Artillery, Aug. 1, 1893)

Served: At Washington Barracks, D. C., to Aug. 20, 1896. — U. S. M. A., West Point, N. Y., Instructor, Department of Mathematics, Aug. 20, 1896 to Jan. 15, 1899, and in Department of Tactics during the summer of 1898.

(First Lieut., Ordnance, Nov. 21, 1898)

— Served at Allegheny Arsenal, Pa., Jan. 23, 1899 to ––––

Vol. V
[Supplement, Vol. V: 1900‑1910]

Military History. — Served: At Allegheny Arsenal, Pa., Jan. 23, 1899 to May, 1899; Inspector of steel, while at Allegheny Arsenal; at Watervliet Arsenal, N. Y., June, 1899 until Feb., 1902; at Sandy Hook Proving Ground, N. J., Feb., 1902 until May, 1903; at Benicia Arsenal, Cal., June, 1903 until June, 1905.

(Captain, Ordnance, Aug. 1, 1905)

— Inspector of powder while at Benicia Arsenal; commanded Benicia Arsenal, July 21, 1903 until Sept. 7, 1903; March 16, 1904 until July 10, 1904, and from April 15, 1905 to May 18, 1905; at Manila Ordnance Depot, Manila, P. I., July, 1905 to Sept., 1907; Acting Chief Ordnance Officer, Philippines Division, and commanding Manila Ordnance Depot, Sept. to Dec., 1905; Chief Ordnance Officer, Philippines Division, and commanding Manila Ordnance Depot, Sept. 21 to Nov. 14, 1906.

(Major, Ordnance, Feb. 29, 1908)

— At Rock Island Arsenal, Ill., Oct., 1907 to –––––.

Vol. VI
[Supplement, Vol. VI: 1910‑1920]

(David Matson King, Born Nov. 5, 1869.)

Military History. —

Captain, Ordnance Department, Aug. 1, 1903.

At Rock Island Arsenal, Ill., October, 1907, to

(Major, Ordnance Department, Feb. 29, 1908)

(Lieut.‑Colonel, Ordnance Department, July 1, 1916)

July, 1917; at Washington, D. C., in office of Chief of Ordnance, in charge of design of buildings, purchase of machinery and procurement of officers and personnel for the operation of plants in France for the repair and maintenance of all ordnance material of the American Expeditionary Forces, July, 1917, to

(Colonel, Ordnance, N. A., Jan. 8, 1918)

February, 1918; en route to France, Feb. 18 to March 3, 1918; in office of Chief Ordnance Officer, A. E. F., France, in charge of erection of plants, installation of machinery, operation of plants, and all repair work of ordnance material for A. E. F. to July 14, 1919; at Washington, D. C., in office of Chief of Ordnance, Inspector of Ordnance Establishment, July 27, 1919, to

(Colonel, Ordnance Department, March 2, 1920)

Awarded Legion of Honor by French Government.


Distinguished Service Medal

"For exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services. Displaying exceptional technical knowledge and comprehension of existing conditions, he ably organized, installed, and operated in the Services of Supply, and in the Army area, an extensive chain of repair facilities for the maintenance of ordnance material. With tireless energy and unfailing devotion to his important duties he perfected a loyal and efficient organization, capable of meeting all demands made upon it."

Vol. VII
[Supplement, Vol. VII: 1920‑1930]

Military History. —

Distinguished Service Medal.

Colonel, Ordnance Department, National Army, Jan. 8, 1918.

At Washington, D. C., in office of Chief of Ordnance, Inspector of Ordnance Establishments, July 27, 1919, to

Colonel, Ordnance Department, Mar. 2, 1920.

May 31, 1921; at Rock Island, Ill., commanding Rock Island Arsenal, June 3, 1921, to ––––

Awarded Legion of Honor by French Government.

[Supplement, Vol. VIII: 1930‑1940]

Military History: —

(Col., Ord. Dept., Mar. 2, 1920)

At Rock Island Ill., comdg. Rock Island Arsenal, June 3, 1921 to Jan. 27, 1932.

Died, Jan. 27, 1932, at Rock Island, Ill.: Aged 62.

Portrait and obituary in Annual Report, Association of Graduates, for 1932.º

Buried, Rock Island National Cemetery, Rock Island, IL.

Thayer's Note:

a Col. King's birthplace is from his AOG obituary.

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