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First Name: David

Last Name: Maynard

Birthplace: USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Army (1784 - present)

Home of Record: Los Angeles, CA
Middle Name: W.

Date of Birth:

Date of Death: 11 January 1942 (Official)

MIA Date: 11 January 1942

Rank: First Lieutenant

Years Served:
David W. Maynard

•  World War II (1941 - 1945)


David W. Maynard
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army

On 11 January 1942, First Lieutenant David W. Maynard was serving with the 57th Infantry Regiment (US), Philippine Scouts, U.S. Army in the Far East Theater.

From 9-11 January, 1LT Maynard’s unit was in action in the Philippine Islands when Japanese forces under Lieutenant General Susumu Morioka assaulted the eastern flank of the Abucay-Mauban Line. On 11 January, the Japanese were repulsed by the 91st Infantry Division of Brigadier General Luther Stevens and Colonel George S. Clark's 57th Infantry Regiment (US), Philippine Scouts. 1LT Maynard’s courageous actions and extraordinary heroism that day earned him, at the cost of his life, the U.S. Army's second highest award for valor, the Distinguished Service Cross.

Medals, Awards and Badges

Distinguished Service Cross
Bronze Star Medal
Purple Heart
American Defense Service Medal
American Campaign Medal
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with Bronze Star
World War II Victory Medal
Presidential Unit Citation with 2 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters
Philippine Presidential Unit Citation
Combat Infantryman Badge

Distinguished Service Cross Citation (Synopsis)

First Lieutenant (Infantry) David W. Maynard (ASN: 0-384762), United States Army, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 57th Infantry Regiment, Philippine Scouts, in action against enemy forces on 11 January 1942. First Lieutenant Maynard's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.

Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 14 (1942)


The remains of First Lieutenant David W. Maynard were never recovered. He is memorialized by having his name inscribed on the Walls of the Missing at Manila American Cemetery and Memorial in Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines.


Honoree ID: 150362   Created by: MHOH




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