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Wheeler David Everett

Monuments

First Division

 

Name:
David Everett Wheeler
Rank:
Lieutenant
Serial Number:
Unit:
16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division
Date of Death:
1918-07-18
State:
New Hampshire
Cemetery:
Aisne-Marne American Cem., Belleau, France
Plot:
B
Row:
4
Grave:
15
Decoration:
Silver Star Medal
Comments:

When David Everett Wheeler was born on November 25, 1872, his father, Everett, was 32 and his mother, Lydia, was 32. He married Mabel Blanche Whitney on June 10, 1898, in Boston, Massachusetts. They had one child during their marriage. Wheeler came to Europe during the first winter of the war as a Red Cross worker, being a doctor by profession. He enlisted in the Foreign Legion as a soldier in February, 1915. In the Champagne fighting In September of that year he was painfully wounded in the right leg. After the charging French had passed beyond him he tried to crawl back to the rear, but, finding many wounded and suffering men about him, he stopped and attended them. For this he was awarded the French War Cross. After leaving the hospital he secured his discharge from the Foreign Legion and joined the Canadian army, bring given the rank of Captain. When the United States entered the war, he was transferred to the American forces and was commissioned Major. He was killed during the Allied counter-offensive while attending the wounded under fire on July 18, 1918. He is now buried in Aisne-Marne American Cem., Belleau, France. His name is inscribed on the Buzancy monument as LT D R WHEELER. Also, a plaque dedicated for him is located in Governors Island Memorial Plaques, Governors Island, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA.

Source of information: www.findagrave.com, www.ancestry.com, www.abmc.gov, The Gazette, Montreal, Canada. Aug 14, 1918.